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French and Indians in the Heart of North America, 1630-1815 by Robert EnglebertSecrets of Tracing Your Ancestors by W. Daniel QuillenOut of the Darkness and Into the Blue: Surprising Secrets, Tactics, and Training Concepts: A Memoir from One of Kalamazoo's Top Cops by Robert T. ChristensenThe Family Tree Historical Maps Book: A State-by-State Atlas of U.S. History, 1790-1900 by Allison Dolan

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History Room Poetry FileWas it a Vase?

One thing nearly always leads to another, when you’re doing library research. Last week a patron asked us to find the text of an old poem about the Kalamazoo River; while hunting it down, Local History librarian David DeVries discovered this gem in the history room Poetry file. Undated, the accompanying note said that it had been reprinted by request in the Kalamazoo Telegraph, though “doubtless many in Kalamazoo have read it.” ...


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Beth TimmermanDavid DeVriesPatrick JouppiJerry SmithRuth Wilson