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December 2017

Detroit: The Dream is Now by Michel ArnaudDetroit: The Dream is Now  
Arnaud, Michel
Call Number: H 977.434 A744
This is a visual essay on the rebuilding and resurgence of the city of Detroit by photographer Michel Arnaud, co-author of Design Brooklyn. In recent years, much of the focus on Detroit has been on the negative stories and images of shuttered, empty buildings-- the emblems of Detroit's financial and physical decline. In contrast, Arnaud aims his lens at the emergent creative enterprises and new developments taking hold in the still-vibrant city. The book explores Detroit's rich industrial and artistic past while giving voice to the dynamic communities that will make up its future. The first section provides a visual tour of the city's architecture and neighborhoods, while the remaining chapters focus on the developing design, art, and food scenes through interviews and portraits of the city's entrepreneurs, artists, and makers.
Yooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula by Kathryn RemlingerYooper Talk: Dialect as Identity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula  
Remlinger, Kathryn
Call Number: H 427.97749 R388
Drawing on sixteen years of fieldwork, including interviews with seventy-five lifelong residents of the UP, Kathryn Remlinger examines how the idea of a unique Yooper dialect emerged. Considering UP English in relation to other regional dialects and their speakers, she looks at local identity, literacy practices, media representations, language attitudes, notions of authenticity, economic factors, tourism, and contact with immigrant and Native American languages. The book also explores how a dialect becomes a recognizable and valuable commodity: Yooper talk (or "Yoopanese") is emblazoned on t-shirts, flags, postcards, coffee mugs, and bumper stickers.
The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide: How to Find, Record, & Preserve Your Ancestors' Graves by Joy NeighborsThe Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide: How to Find, Record, & Preserve Your Ancestors' Graves  
Neighbors, Joy
Call Number: H 929.1 N3977
Unearth clues to your past. Not all research can be done from home - sometimes you have to head into the field. Cemeteries are crucial for any genealogist's search, and this book will show you how to search for and analyze your ancestors' graves. Discover tools for locating tombstones, tips for traipsing through cemeteries, an at-a-glance guide to frequently used gravestone icons, and practical strategies for on-the-ground research. And once you've returned home, learn how to incorporate gravestone information into your research, as well as how to upload grave locations to BillionGraves and record your findings in memorial pages on Find A Grave.
From Warm Center to Ragged Edge: The Erosion of Midwestern Literary and Historical Regionalism by Jon LauckFrom Warm Center to Ragged Edge: The Erosion of Midwestern Literary and Historical Regionalism  
Lauck, Jon
Call Number: H 810.9 L3669
During the half-century after the Civil War, intellectuals and politicians assumed the Midwest to be the font and heart of American culture. Despite the persistence of strong currents of midwestern regionalism during the 1920s and 1930s, the region went into eclipse during the post-World War II era. In the apt language of Minnesota's F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Midwest slid from being the "warm center" of the republic to its "ragged edge." This book explains the factors that triggered the demise of the Midwest's regionalist energies, from anti-midwestern machinations in the literary world and the inability of midwestern writers to break through the cultural politics of the era to the growing dominance of a coastal, urban culture. These developments paved the way for the proliferation of images of the Midwest as flyover country, the Rust Belt, a staid and decaying region. Yet Lauck urges readers to recognize persisting and evolving forms of midwestern identity and to resist the forces that squelch the nation's interior voices
Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide by Rachel WolgemuthCemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide  
Wolgemuth, Rachel
Call Number: H 363.75 W861
Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide shows the range and opportunities of cemetery programming that go beyond basic starting points like dog-walking or traditional historic walking tours. It illustrates the reuses of both historic and contemporary burial grounds through the lenses of recreation, education, and reflection. This guide takes readers through the historical roots of cemetery programming, options for creating diverse programming, and step-by-step suggestions for executing events. While most cemeteries do not have a large paid staff, this book is accessible to anyone (paid staff members, volunteers, a Friends Group, or museum or historical society) looking to broaden the scope of how their local cemetery is utilized.
In the Pines: An Atlas of Michigan Logging Railroads by James S HannumIn the Pines: An Atlas of Michigan Logging Railroads  
Hannum, James S
Call Number: H 385 H246
This book complements and augments the store of knowledge currently available on the subject of Michigan's abandoned railroads. By design, the work is limited to Michigan's pine belt, in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula. In the late 1800s, logging railroads were densely concentrated in that locale. Restricting the scope of the book to that region results in a volume of manageable size. Mapping is done on a scale which allows fairly precise location of long-forgotten grades. Gathering the maps of five regional railroads, five local railroads, and twenty-six counties into one place, the book provides a concise reference for locating many of the old railways in this part of Michigan.

November 2017

Land Too Good for Indians: Northern Indiana Removal by John P BowesLand Too Good for Indians: Northern Indiana Removal  
Bowes, John P
Call Number: H 977.00497 B7868
The history of Indian removal has often followed a single narrative arc, one that begins with President Andrew Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830 and follows the Cherokee Trail of Tears. In that conventional account, the Black Hawk War of 1832 encapsulates the experience of tribes in the territories north of the Ohio River. But Indian removal in the Old Northwest was much more complicated--involving many Indian peoples and more than just one policy, event, or politician. In Land Too Good for Indians , historian John P. Bowes takes a long-needed closer, more expansive look at northern Indian removal--and in so doing amplifies the history of Indian removal and of the United States.
Irish Genealogical Abstracts from the Londonderry Journal, 1772-1784  by Donald SchlegelIrish Genealogical Abstracts from the Londonderry Journal, 1772-1784  
Schlegel, Donald
Call Number: H 929.3415 S339
Items extracted include birth, death and marriage notices; notices of separation and of non-responsibility for debts; administrators' and executors' notices; arrests and execution of criminals; notices of ships sailing out of Ireland.
Convicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship by Jameel McGeeConvicted: A Crooked Cop, an Innocent Man, and an Unlikely Journey of Forgiveness and Friendship  
McGee, Jameel
Call Number: H 277.74 M4788
Racial tensions had long simmered in Benton Harbor, a small city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, before the day a white narcotics officer--more focused on arrests than justice--set his sights on an innocent black man. But when officer Andrew Collins framed Jameel McGee for possession of crack cocaine, the surprising result was not a race riot but a transformative journey for both men.Falsely convicted, McGee spent three years in federal prison. Collins also went to prison a few years later for falsifying police reports. While behind bars, the faith of both men deepened. But the story took its most unexpected turn once they were released--when their lives collided again in a moment brimming with mistrust and anger. The two were on a collision course--not to violence--but forgiveness.
The Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits by Tiya MilesThe Dawn of Detroit: A Chronicle of Slavery and Freedom in the City of the Straits  
Miles, Tiya
Call Number: H 977.434 M6437
Most Americans believe that slavery was a creature of the South, and that Northern states and territories provided stops on the Underground Railroad for fugitive slaves on their way to Canada. In this paradigm-shifting book, celebrated historian Tiya Miles reveals that slavery was at the heart of the Midwest's iconic city: Detroit. In this richly researched and eye-opening book, Miles has pieced together the experience of the unfree - both native and African American - in the frontier outpost of Detroit, a place wildly remote yet at the center of national and international conflict. Skillfully assembling fragments of a distant historical record, Miles introduces new historical figures and unearths struggles that remained hidden from view until now. The result is fascinating history, little explored and eloquently told, of the limits of freedom in early America, one that adds new layers of complexity to the story of a place that exerts a strong fascination in the media and among public

September 2017

Applewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate by Susan NewhofApplewood: The Charles Stewart Mott Estate  
Newhof, Susan
Call Number: H 977.437 N548
This book tells the stories of Applewood's first one hundred years, from celebrations to tragedies. It profiles the four women who loved and married C. S. Mott and recalls the days when most of the family's food came from animals and crops raised on the estate. It recalls talented cooks, nannies, and a genial Scottish gardener, and showcases treasured antiques and artwork that remain at Applewood, which is now a part of the Ruth Mott Foundation. Drawing from the Ruth Mott Foundation archives, author Susan J. Newhof weaves stories with passages from personal letters, interviews with family members and staff, and C. S. Mott's detailed diary, which he dictated nearly every day for forty-one years. More than 250 photos dating from the late 1800s to today, including candid family snapshots, illustrate the stories and provide an intimate look at the private life of a very public family and the place they called home.
Designing Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture by Michael SmithDesigning Detroit: Wirt Rowland and the Rise of Modern American Architecture  
Smith, Michael
Call Number: H 720.977434 R8837S
In the early 1900s, Detroit was leading the nation in architectural innovation and designer Wirt Rowland was at the forefront of this advancement, yet few are even aware of his substantial contribution to the evolution of architectural style. It is widely believed that celebrated local architect Albert Kahn designed many of Detroit's structures, such as the General Motors and First National Bank buildings. In fact, while Kahn's efforts were focused on running his highly successful firm, it was Rowland, his chief designer, who was responsible for the appearance and layout of these buildings--an important point in appreciating the contributions of both Kahn and Rowland. During the early twentieth century, Rowland devised a wholly new or "modern" design for buildings, one not reliant on decorative elements copied from architecture of the past. As buildings became more specialized for their intended use, Rowland met the challenge with entirely new design methodologies and a number of improved technologies and materials that subsequently became commonplace.
Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies by Joel StoneDetroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies  
Stone, Joel
Call Number: H 977.434 D4836
In the summer of 1967, Detroit experienced one of the worst racially charged civil disturbances in United States history. Years of frustration generated by entrenched and institutionalized racism boiled over late on a hot July night. In an event that has been called a 'riot,' 'rebellion,' 'uprising,' and 'insurrection,' thousands of people took to the streets for several days of vandalism, arson, and gunfire. Law enforcement was overwhelmed, and it wasn't until battle-tested federal troops arrived that the city returned to some semblance of normalcy. Fifty years later, native Detroiters cite this event as pivotal in the city's history, yet few completely understand what happened, why it happened, or how it continues to affect the city today. Discussions of the events are often rife with misinformation and myths, and seldom take place across racial lines. It is editor Joel Stone's intention with 'Detroit 1967: origins, impacts, legacies' to draw memories, facts, and analysis together to create a broader context for these conversations
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Grace, Grit, and Glory by Laurie HarrisThe Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Grace, Grit, and Glory  
Harris, Laurie
Call Number: H 784.2 H3148
This is the first history of the DSO to document the orchestra from its earliest incarnation in the late nineteenth century to its current status as one of the top orchestras in the country. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra tells the story of the organization-the musicians, the musical directors, the boards, and the management-as they strove for musical excellence, and the consistent funding and leadership to achieve it in the changing economic and cultural landscape of Detroit. Author Laurie Lanzen Harris, with Paul Ganson, explores the cycles of glory, collapse, and renewal of the orchestra in light of the city's own dynamic economic, demographic, and cultural changes.
Michigan State University: The Rise of a Research University and the New Millennium, 1970-2005 by Douglas NoverrMichigan State University: The Rise of a Research University and the New Millennium, 1970-2005  
Noverr, Douglas
Call Number: H 378.77427 N941
In the 1960s and '70s, Michigan State College transformed into the major research institution known today as Michigan State University, a true "megaversity." Michigan State University, the final volume of this trilogy, explores the history of that transformation and the growing pains the school endured as it became a part of the American Association of Universities. From President John A. Hannah's vision, the new university has been defined by rapid expansion, growth, new opportunities, and the occasional crisis. Its development has been a massive undertaking that marshaled individuals, research interests, federal funds, state appropriations, and more.
At the Bend of the River Grand: 130 Years of the Passionate Pursuit of Holiness at Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting by David BaggettAt the Bend of the River Grand: 130 Years of the Passionate Pursuit of Holiness at Eaton Rapids Camp Meeting  
Baggett, David
Call Number: H 269.24 B1447
This book provides a detailed account of what camp meeting was (and still is) like with a daily log that covers every major event and service. This account includes summaries of sermons delivered by its presidents and evangelists of the past and present, an abundance of photographs culled from archives, and three appendices containing a record of past presidents, a year-by-year roster of camp officers, platform speakers, and other camp workers, along with the transcript of a sermon delivered by President W. G. Nixon in 1926.
Western Massachusetts Families of 1790 by Helen UllmannWestern Massachusetts Families of 1790  
Ullmann, Helen
Call Number: H 929.3744 W5277
Contains genealogical sketches of heads of households living in what are today Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties.
White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1763-1768 by Joseph BoyleWhite Pennsylvania Runaways, 1763-1768  
Boyle, Joseph
Call Number: H 929.3748 B7924.2
Transcription of ads for runaway servants taken from colonial newspapers. The ads often provide name, age, sex, height, place of origin, occupation, speech, clothing, physical imperfections, and more.
White Pennsylvania Runaways, 1769-1772 by Joseph Lee BoyleWhite Pennsylvania Runaways, 1769-1772  
Boyle, Joseph Lee
Call Number: H 929.3748 B7924.3
Transcription of ads for runaway servants taken from 24 colonial newspapers from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and New York. The ads provide information on more than 2,500 persons, giving name, age, sex, height, place of origin, occupation, speech, clothing, physical imperfections, and more.
Genealogical Abstracts from 18th-century Virginia Newspapers by Robert HeadleyGenealogical Abstracts from 18th-century Virginia Newspapers  
Headley, Robert
Call Number: H 929.3755 H4334
Genealogical abstracts from more than 7,000 issues of eighty newspapers printed in Virginia in the 18th century.
Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America's Postindustrial Frontier by Rebecca KinneyBeautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America's Postindustrial Frontier  
Kinney, Rebecca
Call Number: H 977.434 K558
The first book to analyze how contemporary ideas of Detroit circulate in popular culture in order to map the extension of the mythology of the frontier in American culture. Kinney analyzes a cross-section of twentieth and twenty first century cultural locations--an internet web forum, architectural photography, advertising and commercial culture, documentary film, and print and online media--to reveal the continued process of racialization in stories we tell about the rise, fall, and potential for rise again in Detroit. Kinney argues that the contemporary stories produced and told about Detroit enable the erasure of white privilege and systemic racism in the past and the present. By situating Detroit as a 'beautiful wasteland, ' both desirable and distressed, the author shows how the narrative of ruin and possibility form a mutually constituted relationship: the city is possible precisely because of its perceived ruin.
The Kelloggs: Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard MarkelThe Kelloggs: Battling Brothers of Battle Creek  
Markel, Howard
Call Number: H 977.422 M3452
In The Kelloggs, Howard Markel tells the sweeping saga of these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America's notion of health and wellness from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and who helped change the course of American medicine, nutrition, wellness, and diet.
 Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland by Cynthia Clampitt Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland  
Clampitt, Cynthia
Call Number: H 633.15 C586
Food historian Cynthia Clampitt pens the epic story of what happened when Mesoamerican farmers bred a nondescript grass into a staff of life so prolific, so protean, that it represents nothing less than one of humankind's greatest achievements. Blending history with expert reportage, she traces the disparate threads that have woven corn into the fabric of our diet, politics, economy, science, and cuisine. At the same time she explores its future as a source of energy and the foundation of seemingly limitless green technologies. The result is a bourbon-to-biofuels portrait of the astonishing plant that sustains the world.
The Detrit Riot of 1967 by Hubert LockeThe Detrit Riot of 1967  
Locke, Hubert
Call Number: H 977.434 L814
The Detroit Riot of 1967 (originally published in 1969) is the story of that terrible experience as told from the perspective of Hubert G. Locke, then administrative aide to Detroit's police commissioner. The book covers the week between the riot's outbreak and the aftermath thereof. An hour-by-hour account is given of the looting, arson, and sniping, as well as the problems faced by the police, National Guard, and federal troops who struggled to restore order. Locke goes on to address the situation as outlined by the courts, and the response of the community--including the media, social and religious agencies, and civic and political leadership. Finally, Locke looks at the attempt of white leadership to forge a new alliance with a rising, militant black population; the shifts in political perspectives within the black community itself; and the growing polarization of black and white sentiment in a city that had previously received national recognition as a "model community in race relations."
French in Michigan by Russell MagnaghiFrench in Michigan  
Magnaghi, Russell
Call Number: H 977.4004 M1961.1
Compared to other nationalities, few French have immigrated to the United States, and the state of Michigan is no exception in that regard. Although the French came in small numbers, those who did settle in or pass through Michigan played important roles as either permanent residents or visitors.The colonial French served as explorers, soldiers, missionaries, fur traders, and colonists. Later, French priests and nuns were influential in promoting Catholicism in the state and in developing schools and hospitals. Father Gabriel Richard fled the violence of the French Revolution and became a prominent and influential citizen of the state as a U.S. Congressman and one of the founders of the University of Michigan. French observers of Michigan life included Alexis de Tocqueville. French entrepreneurs opened copper mines and a variety of service-oriented businesses. Louis Fasquelle became the first foreign-language instructor at the University of Michigan, and François A. Artault introduced photography to the Upper Peninsula. As pioneers of the early automobile, the French made a major contribution to the language used in auto manufacturing.
Scots-Dutch Links in Europe and America, 1575-1825 by David DobsonScots-Dutch Links in Europe and America, 1575-1825  
Dobson, David
Call Number: H 929.3411 D635.33
This book identifies some of the Scots who settled in the Netherlands and the Dutch settlements in America between 1575 and 1825 and is based on research into primary and secondary sources on both sides of the Atlantic
Known Military Dead During the American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783  by Clarence PetersonKnown Military Dead During the American Revolutionary War, 1775-1783  
Peterson, Clarence
Call Number: H 973.3 P4852
Mr. Peterson has assembled the first complete list of the known military dead during the American Revolution. Known Military Dead consists of an alphabetically arranged listing of upwards of 10,000 names, with rank, date of death, and state of birth or service or place where buried. Also includes a bibliography of published Revolutionary War records.
Index of Anne Arundel County, Maryland Death Certificates, 1840-1920 by Christine SimmonsIndex of Anne Arundel County, Maryland Death Certificates, 1840-1920  
Simmons, Christine
Call Number: H 929.375255 S5923
Information from this index was obtained from the electronic version of the death records at the Maryland State Archives (MSA) and are the compiled records from the Board of Health for counties from 1898-April 1910 (MSA SE42) and the Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics from May 1910-June 1951 (MSA SE43): Anne Arundel county differed from some Maryland jurisdictions by listing certificates by the month and year of death, and then alphabetically by surname from A-Z (Some counties list by certificate number issued so deaths are listed consecutively from Jan. through Dec.) At times death certificates at the ASA are shown in incorrect alphabetical order and thus may have been overlooked by the researcher. This index includes persons who died within Anne Arundel County and were known or presumed to have been buried in the county, including prisoners, and institutional residents. Residents of Anne Arundel County who died outside the county (.e., at a hospital in Baltimore) have not been included, nor have persons who died within Anne Arundel County but were known to have been vuried elsewhere (i.e. Arlington Cemetery)
Franco's Refugees: Records of the Jews who Came through Spain and Portugal to New York City, 1940-1941 by Lawrence FeldmanFranco's Refugees: Records of the Jews who Came through Spain and Portugal to New York City, 1940-1941  
Feldman, Lawrence
Call Number: H 929.37471 F3125
This is the first of three books on the movement of 15,000 Jews in the second and third years of World War II.
I Lived in Those Times: Five Generations of a Michigan Pioneer Family by James FordI Lived in Those Times: Five Generations of a Michigan Pioneer Family  
Ford, James
Call Number: H 929.2 F699F
In 1836 Darwin Ford loaded his wife and baby in the back of an oxcart, and left Medina, Ohio for the wilderness of southern Michigan. There he labored to carve a homestead out of the forest while his sons fought and died in the Civil War. Later his descendants struggled through the Great Depression, served as military pilots in World War II and Vietnam, and pursued careers in the ministry, education, and the law. For five generations they left detailed accounts of the events that were important in their lives as the world evolved from oxcarts and candles to airplanes and computers.
The Thirty-Year War: A History of Detroit's Streetcars, 1892-1922 by Neil LehtoThe Thirty-Year War: A History of Detroit's Streetcars, 1892-1922  
Lehto, Neil
Call Number: H 388.46 L524
Streetcars played an especially important role in society around the turn of the twentieth century in Detroit, in part because of the downtown hub-and-spoke design of its main streets. During this period the streetcar was the main mode of transportation for the average citizen, as horse-drawn carriages and automobiles were not found outside of the upper class. Control over streetcar franchises was highly coveted--this control was simultaneous with having power over how and where people were transported throughout the city, making it an incredible political tool. The Thirty-Year War was a battle waged between 1892 and 1922 by the City of Detroit against the politically powerful and deeply entrenched corporations that owned streetcar franchises for control of the city's streetway system. This compelling history shows how and why the owners of monopoly franchises of great public utilities such as bridges, street railways, electricity, natural gas, and cable television will protect and defend their privilege against public ownership or control, and is an example of how one city successfully fought back.
Sailing into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century and the Crews Who Sailed Them by Frank  BolesSailing into History: Great Lakes Bulk Carriers of the Twentieth Century and the Crews Who Sailed Them  
Boles, Frank
Call Number: H 386.544 B688
The Great Lakes create a vast transportation network that supports a massive shipping industry. In this volume, seamanship, cargo, competition, cooperation, technology, engineering, business, unions, government decisions, and international agreements all come together to create a story of unrivaled interest about the Great Lakes ships and the crews that sailed them in the twentieth century. This complex and multifaceted tale begins in iron and coal mines, with the movement of the raw ingredients of industrial America across docks into ever larger ships using increasingly complicated tools and technology. The shipping industry was an expensive challenge, as it required huge investments of capital, caused bitter labor disputes, and needed direct government intervention to literally remake the lakes to accommodate the ships. It also demanded one of the most integrated international systems of regulation and navigation in the world to sail a ship from Duluth to upstate New York. Sailing into History describes the fascinating history of a century of achievements and setbacks, unimagined change mixed with surprising stability.
Dutch Colonists in the Americas, 1615-1815 by David DobsonDutch Colonists in the Americas, 1615-1815  
Dobson, David
Call Number: H 929.3492 D6353
While much is known about the lineages of the thousands of Netherlanders who settled in the Americas during the 17th and 18th centuries, David Dobson's new book is derived from European records that generally have eluded the grasp of North American researchers. During the course of his researches in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, London, Barbados, and other archives, Mr. Dobson gathered a considerable amount of information concerning Dutch individuals who ventured to the New World between 1615 and 1815. Many of these references were found in obscure sources.In the style of most of his directories, Mr. Dobson has arranged these Dutch emigrants alphabetically by surname. Typically, the notices provide a date and place of residence in the New World, the individual's occupation, and a citation.
The People of Dublin 1600-1799 by David DobsonThe People of Dublin 1600-1799  
Dobson, David
Call Number: H 929.34183 D6353
By the 18th century Dublin was the center of government, commerce, and finance for Ireland, trading with the British Isles, Europe, and across the Atlantic. Information on the 2,500 Dubliners here includes name, occupation, a date, and the source; some entries give name of a family member, date of marriage or death, military theater served in, etc.
The People of Derry City, 1921 by Brian MitchellThe People of Derry City, 1921  
Mitchell, Brian
Call Number: H 929.34162 M6812.2
A list of heads of household, in alphabetical order by surname, and including street, house number, and page number reference to the Derry almanac and directory.
The Place Names of County Derry by Brian MitchellThe Place Names of County Derry  
Mitchell, Brian
Call Number: H 929.34162 M6812.3
The Place Names of County Derry consists of two parts. In Part One researchers will find a list of 1,750 place names, in alphabetical order, as recorded in the 1901 census returns for the city and county of Londonderry (also known as Derry). It includes the names in County Derry of all townlands, together with street listings for all towns. Part Two, County Derry Parish Reports, features record sources--both civil and church--of value to family historians, compiled and recorded by parish. By mid-19th century, County Derry was subdivided into 46 civil parishes. Realistic genealogical research, in the absence of indexes and databases, generally requires knowledge of the parish in which your ancestor lived. This section details parish reports, in alphabetical order, for each of Derry’s 46 civil parishes, describing and locating the parish (e.g., topographical features, population in 1831, principle towns), identifying the top ten surnames in the mid-19th century, and detailing the major record sources for that parish: (1) church registers, their religious denomination and commencement dates; (2) graveyards and their location in the mid-19th century; and (3) census returns and census substitutes dating from 1663 to 1911.
Scottish-American Gravestones, 1700-1900 by David DobsonScottish-American Gravestones, 1700-1900  
Dobson, David
Call Number: H 929.3411 D635.34
Prior to 1855, gravestone inscriptions represent almost the sole source of death information in Scotland. After that date, Scottish law mandated the systematic recording of births, marriages, and deaths throughout the nation, while prior to 1855 Scottish parish registers tended to focus on baptismal and marriage entries, to the virtual exclusion of death records. The only other major sources of death information lie in the obituary pages of the Scottish press, or in the various Registers of Testaments. In recent years the precariousness of Scottish tombstones has been underscored by their deteriorating condition, prompting various genealogical societies to transcribe the information found on them. When one considers that a number of these gravestone inscriptions contain references to family members who died abroad, as well as those who died in Scotland, Scottish gravestones take on even more importance for North Americans. These facts have not been lost on the indefatigable Scottish researcher, David Dobson, who, drawing upon both published and unpublished sources, has compiled this volume of death records, Scottish-American Gravestones, 1700-1900. In all there are more than 1,500 death records in the volume, and they are arranged alphabetically according to the surname of the decedent.
Guide to Irish Quaker Records, 1654-1860 by  Guide to Irish Quaker Records, 1654-1860  
Call Number: H 929.3415 G6469
The pyramidal meeting structure so characteristic of the Quaker Church was established in Ireland following George Fox's visit there in 1669. In this elegant volume, published originally by the Irish Manuscripts Commission, Mrs. Goodbody lays out the history and organization of the Quaker Church in Ireland and then proceeds to describe the various kinds of records that were kept so meticulously by the Friends' meetings throughout Ireland. These records, which are described with precision in the Introduction, include minute books; membership records; registers of births, marriages, deaths, and certificates of removal; wills; records of the poor; property records, and more. The bulk of the book takes the form of an inventory and synopsis of Quaker records in Ireland, and with the appended contribution of B. G. Hutton, in Northern Ireland as well. Part I, for Ireland, and the Appendix, for Northern Ireland, enumerate all Irish Quaker meetings--arranged from the National to the Monthly Meeting--specifying the kinds of extant records for each, with the years of coverage. The bulk of the volume (Part II) describes the holdings of a number of private collections of Quaker records housed at the Historical Library in Dublin.
Known Military Dead During the War of 1812 by Clarence Stewart PetersonKnown Military Dead During the War of 1812  
Peterson, Clarence Stewart
Call Number: H 973.52 P4852
The War of 1812 was fought by eighteen states--the original thirteen states that formed the Union, as well as Vermont, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Louisiana. In the preparation of this work, the compiler surveyed the records of the National Archives, as well as many of the libes and archives of the eighteen states in which fatalities were recorded. The end result is an authoritative list of some 3,500 known military dead of the War of 1812. The entries, which are alphabetically arranged, give the name of the deceased, his rank, the name of his company or branch of service, his date of death, and an indication as to whether the individual died in battle or as a prisoner of war.
Beautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline by Dora ApelBeautiful Terrible Ruins: Detroit and the Anxiety of Decline  
Apel, Dora
Call Number: H 704.9 A641
Once the manufacturing powerhouse of the nation, Detroit has become emblematic of failing cities everywhere--the paradigmatic city of ruins--and the epicenter of an explosive growth in images of urban decay. In Beautiful Terrible Ruins , art historian Dora Apel explores a wide array of these images, ranging from photography, advertising, and television, to documentaries, video games, and zombie and disaster films. Apel shows how Detroit has become pivotal to an expanding network of ruin imagery, imagery ultimately driven by a pervasive and growing cultural pessimism, a loss of faith in progress, and a deepening fear that worse times are coming. The images of Detroit's decay speak to the overarching anxieties of our era: increasing poverty, declining wages and social services, inadequate health care, unemployment, homelessness, and ecological disaster--in short, the failure of capitalism. Apel reveals how, through the aesthetic distancing of representation, the haunted beauty and fascination of ruin imagery, embodied by Detroit's abandoned downtown skyscrapers, empty urban spaces, decaying factories, and derelict neighborhoods help us to cope with our fears. But Apel warns that these images, while pleasurable, have little explanatory power, lulling us into seeing Detroit's deterioration as either inevitable or the city's own fault, and absolving the real agents of decline--corporate disinvestment and globalization.
Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland. Dorchester County by Vernon L SkinnerAbstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland. Dorchester County  
Skinner, Vernon L
Call Number: H 929.3752 S6285.5
Volumes 1 and 2. The Provincial Land Office distributed land on behalf of the Lord Proprietor. The rent rolls and debt books, the means by which the LP kept track of the rents, commenced in 1715. The surviving rent rolls consist of entries for each tract of land patented, the name of the person for whom the land was surveyed, acreage, and rent.
Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago by John N. LowImprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago  
Low, John N.
Call Number: H 970.00497 L9125
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians has been a part of Chicago since its founding. In very public expressions of indigeneity, they have refused to hide in plain sight or assimilate. Instead, throughout the city's history, the Pokagon Potawatomi Indians have openly and aggressively expressed their refusal to be marginalized or forgotten and in doing so, they have contributed to the fabric and history of the city. Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago examines the ways some Pokagon Potawatomi tribal members have maintained a distinct Native identity, their rejection of assimilation into the mainstream, and their desire for inclusion in the larger contemporary society without forfeiting their "Indianness." Mindful that contact is never a one-way street, Low also examines the ways in which experiences in Chicago have influenced the Pokagon Potawatomi.
Michigan Apples: History and Tradition by Sharon KegerreisMichigan Apples: History and Tradition  
Kegerreis, Sharon
Call Number: H 634.11 K268
French Jesuit missionaries planted apple seeds in the Michigan wilderness more than a century before the travels of Johnny Appleseed. Seedlings grew into giant fruit-bearing trees that provided tangy apples to pioneers who followed. As the Detroit settlement grew, grafted apple trees were planted. By the late 1700s, orchards that bloomed with Fameuse, Calville Blanc d'Hiver, Pomme Gris and Detroit Red rivaled those of New England, and even President Thomas Jefferson received scions of Detroit trees to plant at his Monticello estate. Today, 850 farms boast over nine million apple trees. Sample the seasons of Michigan's apple history with author Sharon Kegerreis, from early settlements to today's vibrant industry.
The Top 300 Surnames of Derry-Londonderry by Brian MitchellThe Top 300 Surnames of Derry-Londonderry  
Mitchell, Brian
Call Number: H 929.34162 M6812.4
Derry's naming traditions go back to Derry's founding, by the city of London, in 1613. Mitchell bases his top 300 surnames upon the 1989 Foyle Community Directory. The Introduction gives the main cultural origins of Derry surnames: Gaelic, English/Lowland Scots, and 20th-century newcomers from Italy, Eastern Europe, and Indian Nationals.
American Settlements and Migrations: A Primer for Genealogists and Family Historians by LLoyd DeWitt BockstruckAmerican Settlements and Migrations: A Primer for Genealogists and Family Historians  
Bockstruck, LLoyd DeWitt
Call Number: H 929.373 B665.2
Gives a synopsis of settlement and migration patterns throughout the U.S. The main focus is on the states and territories established between the colonial period and the mid-19th century. Information includes settlers' origins, reasons for settlement, places of settlement, names of early families, migrations across and between states, and more.

August 2017

Paralyzing Summer by Zibby OnealParalyzing Summer  
Oneal, Zibby
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 by Kim ClarkeAlways Leading, Forever Valiant: Stories of the University of Michigan  
Clarke, Kim
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 by Wesley FreelandHow I Fell in Love with a Yellow Birch  
Freeland, Wesley
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 by Stephen  GibsonThe Kalamazoo House Bed and Breakfast  
Gibson, Stephen
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 by Frederick MayerA Setting for Excellence: The Story of the Planning and Development of the Ann Arbor Campus of the University of Michigan  
Mayer, Frederick
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 by Maureen DunphyGreat Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure  
Dunphy, Maureen
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 by  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 by  Milwood Elementary School Yearbooks  
Call Number: H 371.8976 M6624
Yearbooks for Milwood Elementary: 2001 - 2006
Soldier of Truth by Philip BassettSoldier of Truth  
Bassett, Philip
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  by John GarrodSelections from Galesburg History: 1830 to Present  
Garrod, John
Call Number: H DVD 977.417 S4648
Presented by Keith Martin, curator of the Galesburg Historical Museum.
Terror in the City of Champions by Tom StantonTerror in the City of Champions  
Stanton, Tom
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.

July 2017

Immigration & Justice for Our Neighbors: An Anthology by Jennifer ClarkImmigration & Justice for Our Neighbors: An Anthology  
Clark, Jennifer
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 by Herb BoydBlack Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination  
Boyd, Herb
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 by Lew FreedmanThe Original Six: How the Canadiens, Bruins, Rangers, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, and Red Wings Laid the Groundwork for Today's National Hockey League  
Freedman, Lew
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 by James WilletteWho Are Those Guys  
Willette, James
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 by David TraiforosDetroit Fire Department  
Traiforos, David
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.
Willow Run by Randy HottonWillow Run  
Hotton, Randy
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 by Tim YounkmanWicked Bay City  
Younkman, Tim
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 by Jon MilanIconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor  
Milan, Jon
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 by Judy Gail KrasnowJacktown: 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 by Christine BlackwellBloomfield Hills: Home of Cranbrook  
Blackwell, Christine
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.

June 2017

Saving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes by Heather ShumakerSaving Arcadia: A Story of Conservation and Community in the Great Lakes  
Shumaker, Heather
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 by Barbara Madgy CohnThe 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 by Amy Eckert100 Things to do in Detroit Before You Die  
Eckert, Amy
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 by Jim DuFresneOff the Beaten Path. Michigan: A Guide to Unique Places  
DuFresne, Jim
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 by Detroit Free Press 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 by W. Daniel QuillenThe 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 by Elaine Cotsirilos Thomopoulos.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 by Susan L. Nenadic 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 by Paul VachonLost Restaurants of Detroit  
Vachon, Paul
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  by Ray LennardLenawee County and the Civil War  
Lennard, Ray
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.

May 2017

Historic Dutch Sites in the Holland/Zeeland Area: An Illustrated Tour Guide by Robert SwierengaHistoric Dutch Sites in the Holland/Zeeland Area: An Illustrated Tour Guide  
Swierenga, Robert
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 by Drew PhilpA $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City  
Philp, Drew
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 by Kevin KeefeTwelve Twenty-Five: The Life and Times of a Steam Locomotive  
Keefe, Kevin
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 by M. L.  LieblerHeaven 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 by Susan BandesMid-Michigan Modern: From Frank LLoyd Wright to Googie  
Bandes, Susan
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.

March 2017

Map Guide to German Parish Registers by Kevan HansenMap Guide to German Parish Registers  
Hansen, Kevan
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 by William  DollarhideCensus Substitutes and State Census Records  
Dollarhide, William
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 by David McCordIonia Free Fair Centennial: 100 Years of Memories  
McCord, David
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 by John UrschelMichigan Boys in Blue, Volume 8  
Urschel, John
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  by Teri Snell PowerIsle 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 by Alicia Crane WilliamsEarly 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 by James MacLeanDarius B. Moon: The History of a Michigan Architect, 1880-1910  
MacLean, James
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 by Jay C. MartinGeneral 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 by Chris  OosterbaanLaugh Lines and Other Wrinkles  
Oosterbaan, Chris
Call Number: H 811 O599.1
Poems by Chris Oosterbaan and Joyce Snow
Cruising Through the Years: Full Speed Ahead by Chris OosterbaanCruising Through the Years: Full Speed Ahead  
Oosterbaan, Chris
Call Number: H 811 O599.1
Poems by Chris Oosterbaan and Joyce Snow
The Americanization of a Congregation by Elton J BruinsThe 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 by Rich PreheimIn Pursuit of Faithfulness: Conviction, Conflict, and Compromise in Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference  
Preheim, Rich
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 by William RapaiLake Invaders: Invasive Species and the Battle for the Future of the Great Lakes  
Rapai, William
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 by Robert DobsonThe Second History of Ishpeming, Michigan, 1920 through the 1954 Centennial  
Dobson, Robert
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 by Simon Kalil BorstThe 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 The Original Battle Creek Crime King: Adam "Pump" Arnold's Vile Reign  
Pardoe, Blaine
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 by Kathleen StockingLetters from the Leelanau: Essays of People and Place  
Stocking, Kathleen
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 by Kevin  RichIrish Immigrants of the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank  
Rich, Kevin
Call Number: H 929.37471 R373
Volume 4 in a continuing series.
The Long Arc of the Universe: Travels Beyond the Pale by Kathleen StockingThe Long Arc of the Universe: Travels Beyond the Pale  
Stocking, Kathleen
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 by Michael SchumacherTorn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man's Survival on the Open Sea  
Schumacher, Michael
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 by Daniel QuillenMastering Online Genealogy  
Quillen, Daniel
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 by Dan EganThe Death and Life of the Great Lakes  
Egan, Dan
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.

February 2017

Michigan Modern by Amy ArnoldMichigan Modern  
Arnold, Amy
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 by Chris DombrowskiBody of Water  
Dombrowski, Chris
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 by James TriumphCalled to Greatness: Seed of Champions  
Triumph, James
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.

January 2017

Another Soldier's Story by  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 by Steve LehtoPreston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow  
Lehto, Steve
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 by  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 by Samuel CasscellsWhen it Mattered Most  
Casscells, Samuel
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.