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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.