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Call Number: H 364.1523 O5862
In the summer of 1975, an alarming number of patients at the Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Hospital began experiencing mysterious respiratory failures that left ten dead and over thirty more clinging to life. Doctors struggled to determine the cause of the attacks, and further analysis revealed each of the victims' intravenous drip bags had been contaminated with a powerful muscle relaxant named Pavulon--a drug traditionally used in hospitals when inserting patient breathing tubes in preparation for surgery. The discovery of Pavulon was particularly disturbing because hospital safeguards made it unlikely the chemical had been introduced to patients' drip bags by mistake. This suggested deliberate poisoning, but with no apparent connection between the victims, the motive behind the crime was unclear. The tangled investigation that followed gripped the nation's attention, particularly after the FBI narrowed its focus to two improbable suspects: a pair of well-liked nurses from the hospital's intensive care unit. Both were of Filipino decent, and the national media speculated racism was a major factor in the scrutiny placed on the nurses. Drawing extensively from court documents, news coverage from the time, and interviews with participants, Zibby Oneal and S. Martin Lindenauer's Paralyzing Summer presents a gripping account of the baffling case, following the incredible twists and turns that unfolded over a two and a half year period starting July 1975.
Always Leading, Forever Valiant: Stories of the University of Michigan
Call Number: H 378.774 A477
Now 200 years into its remarkable history, the University of Michigan remains at the vanguard of what it means to be a great modern public university. The University's Bicentennial in 2017 is an ideal opportunity to reflect on the path that Michigan has taken to get here. The engaging, well-illustrated stories in this book celebrate the progressive vision, dedicated individuals, and groundbreaking moments that helped forge the life-changing institution that the University is today. Snapshots of the University's early years and the founding minds behind them are included alongside engaging narratives about pivotal events like John F. Kennedy's Peace Corps speech at the Michigan Union and memorable personalities such as "Doc" Losh, Michigan's first female Professor of Astronomy and official Homecoming Queen for Life. Titled after the official Bicentennial motto, Always Leading, Forever Valiant is the perfect entry point to the University's 200-year history. The book will appeal to those interested in public institutions and history, along with alumni, students, faculty, and anyone who loves the University of Michigan.
How I Fell in Love with a Yellow Birch
Call Number: H 977.4932 F854
This writing is a series of historical and current references and images leading up to and through the development of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to the present time.
The Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast
Call Number: H 647.94 G451
History of the Lilienfeld family and their house at 447 W South St., Kalamazoo - currently the Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast.
A Setting for Excellence: The Story of the Planning and Development of the Ann Arbor Campus of the University of Michigan
Call Number: H 378.774 M4682
While there are times when the mix of old and new buildings and the chaotic activities of thousands of students can give a haphazard appearance to the university, campus planning has in fact become a highly refined form of architecture. This is demonstrated in a convincing fashion by this immensely informative and entertaining history of the evolution of the campuses of the University of Michigan by Fred Mayer, who served for more than three decades as the campus planner for the university during an important period of its growth during the late twentieth century. By tracing the development of the Michigan campus from its early days to the present, within the context of the evolution of higher education in America, Mayer provides a strong argument for the importance of rigorous and enlightened campus planning as a critical element of the learning environment of the university. His comprehensive history of campus planning, illustrated with photos, maps, and diagrams from Michigan's history, is an outstanding contribution to the university's history as it approaches its bicentennial in 2017. Perhaps more important, Mayer's book provides a valuable treatise on the evolution of campus planning as an architectural discipline.
Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure
Call Number: H 917.7 D925
Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure explores in depth over 30 of the Great Lakes Basin islands accessible by bridge or ferry and introduces more than 50 additional islands. Thirty-eight chapters include helpful information about getting to each featured island, what to expect when you get there, the island's history, and what natural and historical sites and cultural attractions are available to visitors. Each chapter lists special island events, where to get more island information, and how readers can help support the island. Author Maureen Dunphy made numerous trips to a total of 135 islands that are accessible by ferry or bridge in the Great Lakes Basin. On each trip, Dunphy was accompanied by a different friend or relative who provided her another adventurer's perspective through which to view the island experience.
Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football
Call Number: H 796.33263 B1288.2
In a story that will resonate with college football fans nationwide, 'Endzone' shows how the commercialization of college sports imperiled not only the traditions of one of the nation's most respected athletic programs but also the university's very identity. It is also an inspiring story of redemption and revival, when students, lettermen, fans, faculty, and regents rallied to reclaim the values that had made the program great for more than a century-- values that went deeper than dollars.
Milwood Elementary School Yearbooks
Call Number: H 371.8976 M6624
Yearbooks for Milwood Elementary: 2001 - 2006
Soldier of Truth
Call Number: H 345.02635 B3197
The story of the trials of Rev. Edward Pinkney in Berrien County.
Selections from Galesburg History: 1830 to Present
Call Number: H DVD 977.417 S4648
Presented by Keith Martin, curator of the Galesburg Historical Museum.
Terror in the City of Champions
Call Number: H 364.1523 S7927
Detroit 1936: In a city abuzz over its unrivaled sports success, baseball fan Dayton Dean is arrested for murder. Though said to have a childlike intelligence, Dean possesses a vivid memory and a hunger for attention. He gives police a story about a secret Klan-like organization called the Black Legion, responsible for countless murders, floggings, and fire bombings. The Legion has tens of thousands of members in the Midwest, among them politicians and notable citizens--even, possibly, a beloved Detroit athlete. When Deans revelations explode, they all seek cover. Award-winning author Tom Stanton's stunning work of history, crime, and sports, weaves together the terror of the Legion with the magnificent athletic ascension of Detroit. Richly portraying 1930s America, and featuring figures like Louis, the country's most famous black man; Jewish slugger Hank Greenberg; anti-Semitic Henry Ford; radio priest Father Coughlin; and J. Edgar Hoover, Terror in the City of Champions is a rollicking true tale set at the confluence of hard luck, hope, victory, and violence.
Immigration & Justice for Our Neighbors: An Anthology
Call Number: H 305.906912 I334
Through poetry, essays and interviews, 36 contributors explore the theme of immigration and help us reflect on what it means to be a neighbor.
Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination
Call Number: H 977.434 B7896
With a stunning eye for detail and passion for Detroit, Boyd celebrates the music, manufacturing, politics, and culture that make it an American original.
The Original Six: How the Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, and Red Wings Laid the Groundwork for Today's National Hockey League
Call Number: H 796.96264 F8536 Bei
Broken up into six sections, Freedman tells the history and stories of the teams that represent the heart and soul of the NHL. From how these teams came to be and the steps that were taken to get them established to their early years and how they helped shape the game we love today, The Original Six is not only for lover's of these teams, but for the sport itself.
Who Are Those Guys
Call Number: H FICTION WILL
The date of July 30, 1975 changed the lives of two middle-aged bachelors forever. It put them on the hit list of three organizations and placed in the Federal Witness Protection program. With new identities and vocations, they started life anew. As professional golf hustlers, they established world records with scores of 56 and 57 on a 72-par golf course. These low scores brought Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicklaus and the Masters into their lives as well as the experiences of playing the hustlers golf circuit on the East and West coasts of Florida. Golf, murder and mayhem caused them to be constantly looking over their shoulders, reaching a climax at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field.
Detroit Fire Department
Call Number: H 363.378 T766
Once known as the Paris of the West, Motown became synonymous with urban abandonment and arson as job and population decline took hold in the late 20th century. No other fire department has experienced the hardships of the job on such a consistent basis as the Detroit Fire Department (DFD). Detroit firefighters have ridden the waves of unprecedented prosperity and tragic decline. Determined faces mask many layoffs, station closings, and a reduction in workforce. Despite these perils, dedication and the belief in their city remains a constant among Detroit firefighters. The official Detroit motto, We hope for better things; it shall rise from the ashes holds as true today as it did when first uttered over 100 years ago.
Call Number: H 977.435 H834
In May 1940, Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the production of 50,000 military airplanes. He then drafted the president of General Motors, William Knudsen, to mobilize industry in the United States. The automotive companies were called upon to produce a massive fleet of bombers, as well as tanks, trucks, guns, and engines. By the Willow Run, a sleepy little creek near Ypsilanti, Michigan, Ford Motor Company built the world's most famous bomber factory, which was the ultimate manifestation of the automotive industry's role in building armaments during World War II. By the spring of 1944, Willow Run was producing a four-engine B-24 bomber each hour on an assembly line. With tremendous assistance from the Yankee Air Museum, this book presents a pictorial history of Willow Run during World War II.
Wicked Bay City
Call Number: H 977.447 Y812
From unscrupulous lumber barons to Hell's Half Mile, Bay City history casts a sinister shadow. Pope Leo XIII was forced to intervene when rioting Catholic immigrants seized St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and battled one another in the city's streets. The police discoverd prostitute Lou Hall nearly beaten to death in the Block of Blazes. And respected publishing mogul Edwin T. Bennett's secret life led to the death of a young woman in a Bay city hotel room. Join author Tim Younkman for a wild ride into the city's wicked side.
Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor
Call Number: H 647.95 M637
What is an iconic Ann Arbor restaurant? Ask anyone who has ever spent time there as a student, traveler, or "townie," and they are likely to name several favorites in an instant. From debating the best place to celebrate or console on football Saturdays to deciding where to eat after the bars close, the choices have always sparked passionate conversation. In Ann Arbor, people are known to have strong feelings about the best places for pizza, coffee, beer, burgers, noodles, and burritos. Although many of the go-to hangouts are long gone, a surprising number still thrive. And there are always a few newcomers coming along to win the hearts of the next generation of diners, nibblers, and noshers. Some are fine restaurants and taverns, and others are lunch counters, diners, carry-outs, and drive-ins--but in each and every case, they are unique and together make up a collection of iconic local eateries.
Jacktown: History & Hard Times at Michigan's First State Prison
Krasnow, Judy Gail
Call Number: H 365 K897
Competing with the likes of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Jackson won the battle to build Michigan's first state prison in 1838. During the era of the "Big House" and industrial growth, the penitentiary's on-site factories and cheap inmate labor helped Jackson become a thriving manufacturing city. In contrast to Jacktown's beautiful Greco-Roman exterior, medieval punishments, a strict code of silence, no heat, no electricity and a lack of plumbing defined life on the inside. Author Judy Gail Krasnow shares the incredible stories of life at Jacktown, replete with sadistic wardens, crafty escapees, Prohibition's Purple Gang, a chaplain who ran a brothel and influential reformers.
Bloomfield Hills: Home of Cranbrook
Call Number: H 977.438 B6321
Bloomfield Hills is an affluent suburban city located 20 miles north of downtown Detroit. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, much of the area's rolling farmland was purchased by wealthy Detroit residents who had first discovered "the hills" when they went touring northward in their new horseless carriages. Seeking refuge from Detroit's summer heat and crowds, the newcomers built weekend homes that ranged from elaborate farmhouses to large manor estates. Philanthropists George Gough Booth and his wife, Ellen Scripps Booth, envisioned more than a manor house for themselves, however, and built what is now a National Historic Landmark, the Cranbrook Educational Community. In 1932, Bloomfield Hills incorporated as a city. The city retains its mystique as an enclave of elegant living and exceptional schools, but its history also includes instances of poverty and mayhem. It is all here in Images of America: Bloomfield Hills: Home of Cranbrook.
Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes
Call Number: H 333.9516 S5626
This is the story of a small band of determined townspeople and how far they went to save beloved land and endangered species from the grip of a powerful corporation. Saving Arcadia is a narrative with roots as deep as the trees the community is trying to save, something set in motion before the author was even born. And yet, Shumaker gives a human face to the changing nature of land conservation in the twenty-first century. Throughout this chronicle we meet people like Elaine, a nineteen-year-old farm wife; Dori, a lakeside innkeeper; and Glen, the director of the local land trust. Together with hundreds of others they cross cultural barriers and learn to help one another in an effort to win back the six-thousand-acre landscape taken over by Consumers Power that is now facing grave devastation. The result is a triumph of community that includes working farms, local businesses, summer visitors, year-round residents, and a network of land stewards.A work of creative nonfiction, Saving Arcadia is the adventurous tale of everyday people fighting to reclaim the land that has been in their family for generations. It explores ideas about nature and community, and anyone from scholars of ecology and conservation biology to readers of naturalist writing can gain from Arcadia's story.
The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic
Cohn, Barbara Madgy
Call Number: H 027.4774 C6788
For the last century, the Detroit Public Library has ranked as one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit-an important landmark as well as a significant monument serving generations of Detroiters. The Detroit Public Library: An American Classic was born out of "Discover the Wonders," an art and architectural tour of the main library that began in December 2013. Since the tour's inception, around seven thousand people have visited this structural gem. The Detroit Public Library was the result of numerous requests for a book that showcases the library's many artistic and architectural wonders. As the photographs in this book reveal, the Detroit Public Library stands as an enduring symbol of the public library, one of the most democratic institutions in America.
100 Things to do in Detroit Before You Die
Call Number: H 917.7434 E1918
Detroit enjoys a rich history, having forged the American landscape with sexy muscle cars and the toe-tapping rhythms of Motown. But there's more to love about Detroit than merely its history. And there's never been a better time to explore than today, as the Motor City buzzes with a spirit of renewal. 100 Things to Do in Detroit before You Die paves the way to a rediscovery of this great Midwestern city, revealing tucked-away gems like the Grand Trunk Pub and the world's oldest jazz club, Baker's Keyboard Lounge. You'll find in these pages a Detroit brimming with renewed energy, where young chefs innovate with urban farm-grown food and where manufacturing know-how crafts trendy Shinola watches. And since oldies really can be goodies, we've also included classic sights like the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and the Motown Museum. Whether you've lived in Detroit all your life and want to dig deeper or you're a traveler eager to discover the city for the first time, 100 Things to Do in Detroit before You Die will help you create--and complete--your very own Motor City bucket list.
Off the Beaten Path. Michigan: A Guide to Unique Places
Call Number: H 917.74 D864.8
Michigan Off the Beaten Path features the things travelers and locals want to see and experience--if only they knew about them. From the best in local dining to quirky cultural tidbits to hidden attractions, unique finds, and unusual locales, Michigan Off the Beaten Path takes the reader down the road less traveled and reveals a side of Michigan that other guidebooks just don't offer.
Gordie: The Legend of Mr. Hockey
Call Number: H 921 H856G
Michigan will never forget Gordie Howe's presence on and off the ice -- he combined skill, savvy, strength, meanness and longevity like no other hockey player. Known to generations of fans as Mr. Hockey, Howe passed away on June 10, 2016 at the age of 88. The Detroit Red Wings legend's career spanned from 1946 to 1980, including 25 seasons with the Red Wings. A 23-time NHL All-Star, Howe led the Red Wings to four Stanley Cups, won six Hart Trophies as the league's most valuable player and won six Art Ross Trophies as the NHL's top scorer. When he retired in 1980, he held the NHL records for regular-season goals (801), assists (1,049), points (1,850). In this tribute to the legendary Red Wing that features nearly 100 images, the Detroit Free Pres s reflects on Howe's life in 128 pages of historic photos and defining stories about Mr. Hockey.
The Troubleshooter's Guide to Do-It-Yourself Genealogy
Quillen, W. Daniel
Call Number: H 929.1 Q67.1 2016
The essential companion guide from the author of our classic "Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors," this book shows advanced do-it-yourselfers how to tackle common genealogy research problems!Leading genealogy author W. Daniel Quillen picks up where he left off in "Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors" in this newly revised fourth edition. He shows do-it yourself genealogists who have progressed past the beginning steps exactly how to find their ancestors with more advanced methods of researching those hard-to-find ancestors. Quillen shows readers how to overcome those difficult roadblocks that frequently crop up. Investigative techniques, research insights, and new websites are highlighted to assist with more advanced genealogical research. Areas covered include in-depth census research; mortality schedules; extensive section on military records; US region-by-region research assistance; global research tips; and when to engage the services of a professional genealogist and what you can expect if you do.
Legendary Locals of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor
Thomopoulos., Elaine Cotsirilos
Call Number: H 977.411 T466
A cast of characters tumbles out of the pages of this book, beginning with the courageous settlers who tamed the wilderness. By the 1890s dynamic denizens of St. Joseph and Benton Harbor harvested fruit, established factories, and opened tourist attractions. Drake and Wallace's Silver Beach Amusement Park, with its roller coaster, fun house, and lake Michigan beach attracted visitors from Chicago. So did the curative mineral waters. Al Capone took "the baths," despite their stinking like rotten eggs. The Israelite House of David, a Christian sect founded by Benjamin and Mary Purnell, welcomed summer visitors to their amusement park. Despite an infamous scandal and trial involving Benjamin, the House of David thrived for decades. The cities spawned inventors like August Herring, who flew an airplane five years before the Wright brothers; Emory Upton, who developed an electric-powered washing machine manufactured by a company now known as Whirlpool; and Walter Miller, inventor of a record-changing machine manufactured by V-M. By the 1980s, manufacturing in the area had declined and the cities suffered. Present-day entrepreneurs, artists, and community activists have jump-started their return to vitality.
Legendary locals of Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nenadic , Susan L.
Call Number: H 977.435 N437
Graced by the Huron River with an abundance of parks, Ann Arbor offers residents and visitors entertainment, sports, shopping, dining, and of course, the University of Michigan. Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor celebrates its citizens. Some of those who make up Ann Arbor are creative artists, inspiring educators, dedicated public servants, and determined business owners. With the exception of Lewis the cat, who reigned at Downtown Home and Garden, this book is filled with stories about people who have made and are making Ann Arbor one of the best places to live in the United States. Within its pages lie the stories of who chose maize and blue as the University of Michigan's colors; who was the first Ann Arborite to race in the Indy 500; and who sold Tom Monaghan, founder of Domino's, his first pizzeria. Inside are photographs and descriptions of the legendary people of the past and the present, as well as those who are on their way to becoming the legends of the future.
Lost Restaurants of Detroit
Call Number: H 647.95 V119
While some restaurants come and go with little fanfare, others are dearly missed and never forgotten. In 1962, patrons of the Caucus Club were among the first to hear the voice of an eighteen-year-old Barbra Streisand. Before Stouffer's launched a frozen food empire, it was better known for its restaurants with two popular locations in Detroit. The Machus Red Fox was the last place former Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa was seen alive. Through stories and recipes nearly lost to time, author Paul Vachon explores the history of the Motor City's fine dining, ethnic eateries and everything in between. Grab a cup of coffee--he's got stories to share.
Lenawee County and the Civil War
Call Number: H 977.431 L567
Lenawee County was a hotbed for antislavery activities in the 1830s that translated into strong Union support in April 1861. Adrian, Tecumseh and Hudson sent hundreds of soldiers to fight and die in the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation propelled nearly fifty of the county's African American residents to take up arms to preserve the nation and end slavery once and for all. Captain Samuel DeGolyer, creator of the Lenawee Guard, escaped Confederate prison in Richmond. On the homefront, residents like Laura and Charles Haviland sheltered fugitive slaves and even donated land to help families start anew. Join author Ray Lennard as he explores the events of the war that changed Lenawee County and the nation forever.
Historic Dutch Sites in the Holland/Zeeland Area: An Illustrated Tour Guide
Call Number: H 977.415 H67336
This guide is a revision and expansion by Robert P. Swierenga of one by Henry Ippel, which was published in 1996 by the Dutch American Historical Commission (DAHC).
A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City
Call Number: H 307.3416 P571
A young writer's sincere search (with his dog) for an authentic life--buying a ruined house in Detroit for $500, fixing it up nail by nail, and, in the process, participating in the grassroots rebirth of the city itself.
Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive
Call Number: H 625.261 K261
The against-all-odds story of a World War II-era steam locomotive and the determination of two generations of volunteers to keep it running comes alive in Twelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive. Pere Marquette 1225 was built in 1941 at the peak of steam locomotive development. The narrative traces the 1225's regular freight service in Michigan, its unlikely salvation from the scrapyard for preservation at Michigan State University, and the subsequent work to bring it back to steam, first by a student club and later by a railroad museum. Milestones along the way include 1225's retirement in 1951, its donation to MSU in 1957, its return to steam in 1988, a successful career hauling tens of thousands of excursion riders, and its starring role in the 2004 movie The Polar Express . The massive infrastructure that supported American steam locomotives in their heyday disappeared long ago, forcing 1225's faithful to make their own spare parts, learn ancient railroad skills, and interpret the entire effort for the public. As such, the continuing career of 1225 is a triumph of historic preservation.
Heaven was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip-Hop and Beyond
Liebler, M. L.
Call Number: H 780.9774 H4426
Heaven Was Detroit: From Jazz to Hip Hop and Beyond is the first of its kind to capture the full spectrum of Detroit popular music from the early 1900s to the twenty-first century. Readers will find in this unique and stimulating anthology new essays, and a few classics, by widely known and respected music writers, critics, and recording artists who weigh in on their careers and experiences in the Detroit music scene, from rock to jazz and everything in between. With a foreword by the acclaimed rock writer Dave Marsh and iconic photos by Leni Sinclair, the book features such well-known writers as Greil Marcus, Jaan Uhelszki, Al Young, Susan Whitall, Gary Graff, John Sinclair, and many others.Divided into nine sections, the book moves chronologically through the early days of jazz in Detroit, to the rock 'n' roll of the 1960s, and up to today's electronica scene, with so many groundbreaking moments in between. This collection of cohesive essays includes Motown's connection to the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement through its side label, Black Forum Records; Lester Bangs's exemplary piece on Alice Cooper; the story behind the emergence of rap legend Eminem; and Craig Maki's enlightening history on "hillbilly rock" - just to name a few. With a rich musical tradition to rival Nashville, Detroit serves as the inspiration, backdrop, and playground for some of the most influential music artists of the past century.Heaven Was Detroit captures the essence of the Detroit music scene: the grit, the spark, the desire to tell a story set to the rhythm of the city. Fans of any music genre will find something that speaks to them in the pages of this collection.
Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank LLoyd Wright to Googie
Call Number: H 720.9774 B2145
From 1940 to 1970 mid-Michigan had an extensive and varied legacy of modernist architecture. While this book explores buildings by renowned architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Alden B. Dow, and the Keck brothers, the text--based on archival research and oral histories--focuses more heavily on regional architects whose work was strongly influenced by international modern styles. The reader will see a picture emerge in the portrayal of buildings of various typologies, from residences to sacred spaces. The automobile industry, state government, and Michigan State University served as the economic drivers when the mid-Michigan area expanded enormously in the growing optimism and increasing economic prosperity after World War II. Government, professional associations, and private industry sought an architectural style that spoke to forward-looking, progressive ideals. Smaller businesses picked a Prairie style that made people feel comfortable. Modernist houses reflected the increasingly informal American lifestyle rooted in the automobile culture. With a detailed narrative discussing more than 130 buildings and enriched by 150 illustrations, this text is a vibrant start at reclaiming the history of mid-Michigan modernist architecture.
Map Guide to German Parish Registers
Call Number: H 912.43 H2496
Maps and guides primarily to German Lutheran and Roman Catholic parishes. Includes film numbers from the Genealogical Society of Utah. Sometimes includes other churches, such as the French Reformed Church and German Reformed Church. May include guides to Jewish records as well. Volumes 1-5, Hessen, Baden, Mecklenburg, Oldenburg, and Wurttemberg.
Census Substitutes and State Census Records
Call Number: H 016.3173 D6653
Substitute name lists for 50 states & state censuses for 38 states.
Ionia Free Fair Centennial: 100 Years of Memories
Call Number: H 977.454 M4788
A nostalgic look at the history of the Ionia Free Fair on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. Resplendent with photos and stories, this book attempts to capture the story of the "World's Largest Free Fair," one of Michigan's greatest outdoor events. Compiled and presented on behalf of the Ionia County Historical Society by David McCord, with the help of many others. Through historical data and personal stories, and imagery from a variety of sources, the reader can gain a sense of the importance of this century-old institution to this small Midwestern city. The event was founded in 1915 by then-mayor Fred W. Green, who later was elected governor of Michigan, and his business partner Fred A. Chapman. These two, along with the entire community, created an annual festival that went beyond the traditional County Fair to become an entertainment mecca for many. Still, the agricultural community remained a focus year after year. Generations of fair-going families have been involved in the livestock, produce, and traditional arts and skills you'd expect at a fair.Throughout the better part of the 20th century and all its challenges - the great depression, the world wars, prosperity and competition - the Ionia Free Fair remains a fond memory for millions. And it will, we all hope, continue to be a part of peoples lives for generations to come.
Michigan Boys in Blue, Volume 8
Call Number: H 973.7 M6235 V.8
A compendium of Michigan's contribution to the Union in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 - Branch, Calhoun & Hillsdale Counties.
Isle Royale Families Cookbook
Power, Teri Snell
Call Number: H 641.59774 P8878
A collection of recipes from summer residents 1886-2013.
Early New England Families, 1641-1700
Williams, Alicia Crane
Call Number: H 929.374 W7213
This compilation presents sketches written for the Early New England Families Study Project, under the direction of Alicia Crane Williams. The project, created to fill the need for accurate and concise published summaries on 17th-century New England families, uses Clarence Almon Torrey's bibliographic index of early New England marriages (and its recent successors) as a guide to compiling authoritative and documented sketches.
Darius B. Moon: The History of a Michigan Architect, 1880-1910
Call Number: H 921 M81795M
Darius Bartlett Moon was, in the truest sense, an embodiment of a Renaissance man. Born into an agricultural family in 1851, Moon left the farm and apprenticed as a carpenter. Eventually he attended classes at a local business school and began his career as an architect. In 19th century Michigan, an architect was not subject to the same requirements as they are today and many architects apprenticed under an established architectural firm to learn the trade. Darius Moon took a different path and became a self-taught architect. His years working as a carpenter and contractor enabled him to see firsthand the problems that poor architectural design could cause.Because Moon was self-taught, he was occasionally self-conscious about his abilities which lead him to be a demanding and ever present supervisor at construction sites. This is typically an uncommon role for an architect, and in Moons' day, resulted in several injuries at building sites. On February 8, 1877 Moon married the love of his life, Miss Ellen Sprague. They had four children who became the center of his world. Moon had a softer side not seen by the contractors with whom he worked, and also wrote on a daily basis, mostly poetry with a healthy dose of prose. Additionally, he engaged in property development and several business ventures. Moon's legacy includes several significant houses in Lansing and Michigan, many of which are still standing, including the Rogers Carrier home on the campus of Lansing Community College, the Woodbury home in East Lansing (now the Howland House, a student co-op), the Turner Dodge home and the Stebbins cottage overlooking Lake Michigan.
General Henry Baxter, 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry: A Biography
Martin, Jay C.
Call Number: H 921 B3555M
Few 19th-century Americans were as adventurous as Henry Baxter. Best known for his Civil War exploits-from leading the 7th Michigan Volunteer Infantry across the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg in the first daylight amphibious assault in American history, to his defense of the Union line on day one of Gettysburg-he accomplished these despite having no prewar military training. His heroism and leadership propelled him from officer of volunteers to major general in the Army of the Potomac. A New York emigrant from a prominent family, Baxter was involved in developing Michigan's political, business and educational foundations. He excelled at enterprise, leading a group of adventurers to California during the Gold Rush, co-founding what would become the Republican Party and eventually becoming President Grant's diplomat to Honduras during one of the most dynamic periods of Central American history.
Laugh Lines and Other Wrinkles
Call Number: H 811 O599.1
Poems by Chris Oosterbaan and Joyce Snow
Cruising Through the Years: Full Speed Ahead
Call Number: H 811 O599.1
Poems by Chris Oosterbaan and Joyce Snow
The Americanization of a Congregation
Bruins, Elton J
Call Number: H 285.732 B892
This second edition of Bruinss engaging history of the Third Reformed Church of Holland, Michigan, chronicles the events of twenty-five years of change since the first edition of this book was published for the churchs centennial in 1970. This study continues to stand as a valuable contribution to the study of American church history and as a detailed case study of one churchs effort to maintain an effective and relevant ministry to a new and continually changing culture.
In Pursuit of Faithfulness: Conviction, Conflict, and Compromise in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference
Call Number: H 289.7 P9238
In 1841, four Amish Mennonite families left their homes in southwestern Pennsylvania and traveled in horse-drawn wagons to Elkhart County, Indiana. Their journey was distinctly American, as they joined a wave of white settlers searching for new and cheaper lands where they could live, work, and worship. It was also distinctly Anabaptist, as they sought to live out complicated commitments to Christ, nonviolence, and community. In this lively narrative, historian and journalist Rich Preheim investigates the heritage and innovations of Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, an area conference of Mennonite Church USA, that have profoundly shaped Mennonite faith and practice since the nineteenth century. Standing at the crossroads of tradition and change, Mennonites in Indiana and Michigan wrestle to pursue faithfulness to Christ in the twenty-first century.
Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes
Call Number: H 577.18 R216
There are more than 180 exotic species in the Great Lakes. Some, such as green algae, the Asian tapeworm, and the suckermouth minnow, have had little or no impact so far. But a handful of others--sea lamprey, alewife, round goby, quagga mussel, zebra mussel, Eurasian watermilfoil, spiny water flea, and rusty crayfish--have conducted an all-out assault on the Great Lakes and are winning the battle. In Lake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes, William Rapai focuses on the impact of these invasives. Chapters delve into the ecological and economic damage that has occurred and is still occurring and explore educational efforts and policies designed to prevent new introductions into the Great Lakes.
The Second History of Ishpeming, Michigan, 1920 through the 1954 Centennial
Call Number: H 977.496 D6357.7
This book also contains names, schools, or news contributions from National Mine, West Ishpeming, North Lake, Diorite, Humboldt, Champion, Republic, Michigamme, Palmer, Ohio, Imperial, Taylor, Gwinn area, and other locations of western Marquette County.
The Kalamazoo Coloring Book
Borst, Simon Kalil
Call Number: H 977.417 B738
This coloring book has been created in celebration of one of America's most unique cities. Images and scenes have been selected to represent both the iconic and intimate in Kalamazoo as it is now--in 2016--from the perspective of artist Simon Kalil Borst. These images also reflect that which is timeless: the pride, comforts, creative forces and culture in Kalamazoo that it will be known and loved for in years to come. Most importantly, these drawings warmly welcome you, whether native or newcomer, to participate in bringing them to life, just as the city does for all who live or visit here.
The Original Battle Creek Crime King: Adam "Pump" Arnold's Vile Reign
Call Number: H 364.106 P226
Adam 'Pump' Arnold was both feared and regaled in Victorian-era Battle Creek. He was a bootlegger and a pimp, a robber and a con artist, an arsonist and a loan shark and even an assassin. Arnold faced off with the city over illegal liquor sales and flaunted his victory with a life-size statue of the mayor dressed as a hobo. Called the 'greatest criminal in the history of Battle Creek,' Arnold was convicted in a captivating public trial for the murder of his own son.
Letters from the Leelanau: Essays of People and Place
Call Number: H 977.4635 S864
Far away from everything and on the way to nowhere lies the Leelanau Peninsula. This gentle landscape of rolling hills and bays of Lake Michigan has become home to many a world-weary traveler. Letters from the Leelanau represents a ten-year slice of life on this northern peninsula. Writer Kathleen Stocking, daughter of Leelanau lumberman Pierce Stocking, shares in a genuinely infectious way an easy intimacy with both the people and the land in these essays written in the years 1979 to 1989.
Irish Immigrants of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank
Call Number: H 929.37471 R373
Volume 4 in a continuing series.
The Long Arc of the Universe: Travels Beyond the Pale
Call Number: H 910.4 S8649
Leelanau writer Stocking explores other countries and cultures, including her work in the prisons of California and her travel to third world countries. She attempts to understand the larger world in relationship to Michigan's remote and beautiful Leelanau Peninsula.
Torn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man's Survival on the Open Sea
Call Number: H 917.74 S3924
Dennis Hale reached the dock just in time to see the Daniel J. Morrell heading out to open waters, a 600-foot freighter that had plied the waters for sixty years, carrying ore from Minnesotas Iron Range to steel firms around the Great Lakes. The twenty-six-year-old watchman had, quite literally, missed the boatwhich meant scrambling to rejoin the Morrell at its next stop or forfeiting a good chunk of his pay package. Seventy-two hours later, Hale would find himself clinging to a life raft alongside the frozen bodies of his crewmates in the violent waves of Lake Huron. The boat would not be reported missing for another twenty-seven hours and by the time the life raft was found, Dennis Hale would remain as the sole survivor of the wreck of the Daniel J. Morrell.
Mastering Online Genealogy
Call Number: H 929.10285 Q67
Revised 5th edition. Covers the use of computers and the Internet to successfully do your own genealogical research. This book includes information on genealogy databases: what they are, where they are, and how to use them; free genealogy websites: who they are, strengths and weaknesses; subscription services: who they are, what they cost; pitfalls to watch out for, pratfalls to avoid the value of message boards, blogs, etc.; and what kind of computer and software to buy. The author also includes genealogy software reviews and a glossary of terms.
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
Call Number: H 577.63 E282
The Great Lakes--Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior--hold 20 percent of the world's supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan's compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.For thousands of years the pristine Great Lakes were separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the roaring Niagara Falls and from the Mississippi River basin by a "sub-continental divide." Beginning in the late 1800s, these barriers were circumvented to attract oceangoing freighters from the Atlantic and to allow Chicago's sewage to float out to the Mississippi. These were engineering marvels in their time--and the changes in Chicago arrested a deadly cycle of waterborne illnesses--but they have had horrendous unforeseen consequences. Egan provides a chilling account of how sea lamprey, zebra and quagga mussels and other invaders have made their way into the lakes, decimating native species and largely destroying the age-old ecosystem. And because the lakes are no longer isolated, the invaders now threaten water intake pipes, hydroelectric dams and other infrastructure across the country.Egan also explores why outbreaks of toxic algae stemming from the overapplication of farm fertilizer have left massive biological "dead zones" that threaten the supply of fresh water. He examines fluctuations in the levels of the lakes caused by manmade climate change and overzealous dredging of shipping channels. And he reports on the chronic threats to siphon off Great Lakes water to slake drier regions of America or to be sold abroad.
Call Number: H 745.09774 M6246
The Great Lakes State has always been known for its contributions to twentieth-century manufacturing, but it's only beginning to receive wide attention for its contributions to Modern design and architecture. Brian D. Conway, Michigan's State Historic Preservation Officer, and Amy L. Arnold, project manager for Michigan Modern, have curated nearly thirty essays and interviews from a number of prominent architects, academics, architectural historians, journalists, and designers, including historian Alan Hess, designers Mira Nakashima, Ruth Adler Schnee, and Todd Oldham, and architect Gunnar Birkerts, describing Michigan's contributions to Modern design in architecture, automobiles, furniture and education.
Body of Water
Call Number: H 639.27 D667
Chris Dombrowski was playing a numbers game: two passions--poetry and fly-fishing; two children, one of them in utero; and an income hovering perilously close to zero. Enter, at this particularly challenging moment, a miraculous email: can't go, it's all paid for, just book a flight to Miami .Thus began a journey that would lead to the Bahamas and to David Pinder, a legendary bonefishing guide. Bonefish are prized for their elusiveness and their tenacity. And no one was better at hunting them than Pinder, a Bahamian whose accuracy and patience were virtuosic. He knows what the fish think , said one fisherman, before they think it .By the time Dombrowski meets Pinder, however, he has been abandoned by the industry he helped build. With cataracts from a lifetime of staring at the water and a tiny severance package after forty years of service, he watches as the world of his beloved bonefish is degraded by tourists he himself did so much to attract. But as Pinder's stories unfold, Dombrowski discovers a profound integrity and wisdom in the guide's life.
Called to Greatness: Seed of Champions
Call Number: H 248.4 T839
Called to greatness: seed of champions is for those who feel there is more to their life than what they are currently experiencing. A primary belief in this book is that mediocrity and complacency are enemies of a greater you.
Another Soldier's Story
Call Number: H DVD 921 P913A
Chronology of the service of Judge Charles A Pratt, April 2, 1909 - March 22, 1989
Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow
Call Number: H 338.76292 T894
In the wake of World War II, the U.S. automobile industry was fully unprepared to meet the growing demands of the public, for whom they had not made any cars for years. In stepped Preston Tucker, a salesman extraordinaire who announced the building of a revolutionary new car: the Tucker '48, the first car in almost a decade to be built fresh from the ground up. Tucker's car, which would include ingenious advances in design and engineering that other car companies could not match, captured the interest of the public, and automakers in Detroit took notice. Here, author Steve Lehto tackles Tucker's amazing story, relying on a huge trove of documents that has been used by no other writer to date.
Feast of Goodness
Call Number: H 641.5 F2887
A collection of recipes by Presbyterian women and the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church, 321 West South Street, Kalamazoo.
When it Mattered Most
Call Number: H 956.7 C343
Today's military medical personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world are upholding that long, proud tradition of caring and sacrifice for their fellow comrades in arms, risking and even losing their own lives. When It Mattered Most is their story. Includes a biography, portrait and family photos for each soldier listed.
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