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May 2018

The Autobiography of Theodore Edgar Potter by Theodore PotterThe Autobiography of Theodore Edgar Potter  
Potter, Theodore
Call Number: H 921 P869
1910
Field Recordings: Poems by  Field Recordings: Poems  
Call Number: H 811 B8148
2018
Firmly rooted in the dramatic landscapes and histories of Michigan, Field Recordings uses American folk music as a lens to investigate themes of personal origin, family, art, and masculinity. The speakers of these poems navigate Michigan's folklore and folkways while exploring more personal connections to those landscapes and examining the timeless questions that occupy those songs and stories.
140 years of hunting & fishing at Hubbard Lake! by Mike Cornelius140 years of hunting & fishing at Hubbard Lake!  
Cornelius, Mike
Call Number: H 977.479 C8143 V.4
2013
Delve into the tales of the fishermen (& women), and hunters who have challenged the woods and waters of this wonderful northern Michigan lake. Relive the "one the got away," the triumphs and the trophies!
Hubbard Lake, Past and Present by  Hubbard Lake, Past and Present  
Call Number: H 977.479 C8143 V.3
2012
Encompass modern day pioneers and memorable personalities: Miss Stars & Stripes, Mt. Mariah Ski Lodge, and much more!
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April 2018

Remember the Alamo by  Remember the Alamo  
Call Number: H DVD 384.85 R386
2017
A tribute to the Alamo Drafthouse located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, that was forced to close after three years when its lease was abruptly and unexpectedly terminated by its landlord. Employees and customers reflect on the impact the theater had made on its community in such a short amount of time.
Mule Skinner Blues: With Too Much Baggage, on an Unfil Bicycle, a Crank Cranks his Way Through the Wilderness by Mark WedelMule Skinner Blues: With Too Much Baggage, on an Unfil Bicycle, a Crank Cranks his Way Through the Wilderness  
Wedel, Mark
Call Number: H 917.3 W391
2017
In May, 2017, while pedaling a bicycle from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C. on the trails of the Great Allegheny Passage and Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, author Mark Wedel mused on what it means to be an American--a muddy, filthy, cranky American.
Welcome to Tecumseh: Join Us for a Photographic Journey of Historic Images of the Past  by Ashley ChaseWelcome to Tecumseh: Join Us for a Photographic Journey of Historic Images of the Past  
Chase, Ashley
Call Number: H 977.431 C4872
2017
Photographic History of Tecumseh Michigan
Kingdom of Württemberg. Volume II, Neckarkreis, Province of Hohenzollern, Kingdom of Prussia by Kevan HansenKingdom of Württemberg. Volume II, Neckarkreis, Province of Hohenzollern, Kingdom of Prussia  
Hansen, Kevan
Call Number: H 912.43 H2496 V.6
2013
Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volume, listing 1,282 places, was principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today (many available on Family History Library microfilm). This is the sixth of a series covering all of Germany.
Kingdom of Württemberg. Volume III, Schwarzwaldkreis by Kevan HansenKingdom of Württemberg. Volume III, Schwarzwaldkreis  
Hansen, Kevan
Call Number: H 912.43 H2496 V.7
2010
Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volume, listing 1,412 places, was principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today (many available on Family History Library microfilm).
Kingdom of Württemberg. Volume IV, Donaukreis  by Kevan HansenKingdom of Württemberg. Volume IV, Donaukreis  
Hansen, Kevan
Call Number: H 912.43 H2496 V.8
2014
Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volume, listing 3,371 places, was principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today (many available on Family History Library microfilm).
Hessen-Nassau I, Regierungsbezirk Wiesbaden, Kingdom of Prussia by Kevan HansenHessen-Nassau I, Regierungsbezirk Wiesbaden, Kingdom of Prussia  
Hansen, Kevan
Call Number: H 912.43 H2496 V.9
2010
Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volume, listing 1,972 places, was principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today (many available on Family History Library microfilm).
Hessen-Nassau II, Regierungsbezirk Kassel, Kingdom of Prussia by kevan HansenHessen-Nassau II, Regierungsbezirk Kassel, Kingdom of Prussia  
Hansen, kevan
Call Number: H 912.43 H2496 V.10
2010
Written in English by Kevan Hansen, the volume, listing 3,045 places, was principally written to help family historians resolve where their family may have gone to church – and left vital records behind that may be seen today (many available on Family History Library microfilm).
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March 2018

Farm Girl in a Feed Sack Dress by Dorothy ShearFarm Girl in a Feed Sack Dress  
Shear, Dorothy
Call Number: H 921 S5395
2011
A delightfully detailed recollection of growing up on a southeastern Michigan farm, just outside Ann Arbor, in the 1940s and 1950s. Shear shares twenty-plus years of memories and provides an intimate look at farm life as agriculture was transitioning from manual labor and horses t greater mechanization and modern conveniences. The one-room schoolhouse, childhood games, farm chores and the farmstead, church and a rich community of friends and family are all vividly described in this charming memoir.
Actors' Colony at Bluffton, Muskegon, Michigan: Buster Keaton & the Muskegon Connection by Marc OkkonenActors' Colony at Bluffton, Muskegon, Michigan: Buster Keaton & the Muskegon Connection  
Okkonen, Marc
Call Number: H 977.457 O414
2016
Near the turn of the twentieth century, as the last vestiges of Muskegon's lumbering era faded from the horizon, a community that catered to theatrical entertainers was started by C.S. "Pop" Ford. Lying in the shadow of a massive dune known as Pigeon Hill in a portion of the city known as Bluffton, Ford found a captive market in the actors who performed at the show house at nearby Lake Michigan Park. Beginning around 1906, vaudevillian performers began to summer in the area. Like many others, the Keaton family discovered Muskegon during appearances at the theater. For Joe Keaton and his wife, Myra, it was a slice of heaven. For his children, it was their first place to call home. "The best summers of my life were spent in the cottage Pop had built on Lake Muskegon in 1908," wrote silent film comedian Buster Keaton in his autobiography years later. This is the story of that magical place.
Northern Border: Essays on Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Beyond by Robert ArchibaldNorthern Border: Essays on Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Beyond  
Archibald, Robert
Call Number: H 977.49 N8743
2014
Michigan's borders have a history of being fluid, being traded and being occupied by changing nations. Its international borders are even more so, dividing this northern state from Canada in the liquid form of Lake Superior and Lake St. Clair. The water, the trees and the minerals beneath the land have shaped the history of its peoples, whose stories are told here, with a focus on the Upper Peninsula. Meet the immigrants fighting for fair working conditions in the iron and copper mines; the 19th century soldiers stationed at an isolated outpost; the "shackers" who remained long after the loggers left; and the dedicated worshippers who have kept a church parish alive for five centuries. There are also the WWII-era Detroit factory workers lobbying for the right to smoke; a widow making a living at a lingerie factory; the modern-day deer hunters meditating in their blinds; the writers who have found inspiration in the U.P.'s splendor; and more.
Freemasonry comes to Michigan Along the Saginaw Indian Trail by Raymond DoyscherFreemasonry comes to Michigan Along the Saginaw Indian Trail  
Doyscher, Raymond
Call Number: H 366.1 D7549
2016
Freemason history and the development of the earliest cities of southeast Michigan Territory in the 18th and 19th Centuries followed the same route. This route was actually an old walking path called The Saginaw Indian Trail (much of it is today's Woodward Ave.). This book, "Freemasonry Comes To Michigan," by Author Raymond Doyscher Jr. contains the stories of local pioneers and national figures, and the history of migration from Detroit to Pontiac including the establishment of area institutions that still exists today.
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February 2018

Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825 by David DobsonDirectory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825  
Dobson, David
Call Number: H 929.3411 D635.35
Volumes 1-8. Based on documents found in British archives and a handful of published sources, this work has the names of over 5,000 Scottish emigrants appearing in ship passenger lists before 1825. It also has data on about 1,000 Scots who settled in North America between 1625 and 1825. The bulk of the immigrants identified arrived in the U.S. or Canada between 1773 and 1815. The information given on each immigrant varies according to the type of record, but there is a fair mix of data giving age, date of birth, occupation, place of residence, names of family members, date and place of arrival, and circumstances of emigration.
Pioneers of Steuben County, New York: Migrations from New England, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey,1722-1790 by Marian HenryPioneers of Steuben County, New York: Migrations from New England, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey,1722-1790  
Henry, Marian
Call Number: H 929.374783 H523
2016
This book paints a picture of the early settlers of the Genesee Country who were among the first wave of migrants moving westward after the Revolutionary War. Author Marian Henry begins with families enumerated in the 1790 Federal Census and links these first settlers of present-day Steuben County to their eastern origins -- usually New England, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey. The sketches cover the Erwin family, who originated in Ireland and settled in what was then Ontario County; the Lindsley family; the Canisteo Associates, who had moved to Pennsylvania as part of the Susquehanna Company; and the Corning Proprietors, some of whom had Irish and German roots and who settled in Painted Post (present-day Corning). Each sketch aims to document the following: head of household and his parents; his spouse(s) and her/their parents; their children; the children's spouses; parents of children's spouses
Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians by Ian MaxwellTracing Your Scottish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians  
Maxwell, Ian
Call Number: H 929.3411 M4654
2013
This fully revised second edition of Ian Maxwell's Tracing Your Scottish Ancestors is a lively and accessible introduction to Scotland's long, complex and fascinating story. It is aimed primarily at family historians who are eager to explore and understand the world in which their ancestors lived. He guides readers through the wealth of material available to researchers in Scotland and abroad. He looks at every aspect of Scottish history and at all the relevant resources. As well as covering records held at the National Archives of Scotland, he examines closely the information held at local archives throughout the country. He also describes the extensive Scottish records that are now available on line. His expert and up-to-date survey is a valuable handbook for anyone who is researching Scottish history because he explains how the archive material can be used and where it can be found. For family historians, it is essential reading as it puts their research into a historical perspective, giving them a better insight into the part their ancestors played in the past.
French-Canadian Roots by Lawrence CompagnaFrench-Canadian Roots  
Compagna, Lawrence
Call Number: H 929.371 C736
2017
The author has traced thousands of his direct ancestors, all the way into the middle ages, and arguably right back into antiquity. Using methods described in this book you can do the same, through your French Canadian ancestors, whose pedigrees are some of the best documented on the planet. The instructions are step-by-step, with tips on what to look for and how to progress rapidly.
The People of Cork 1600-1799 by David DobsonThe People of Cork 1600-1799  
Dobson, David
Call Number: H 929.34195 D6353
2017
This book has been researched and compiled from a range of primary sources, mainly in Ireland but also in England, Scotland, the Netherlands, and the United States. While it is in no way comprehensive, the book does identify several thousand inhabitants of the city of Cork during the 17th and 18th centuries whose families could have ultimately made their way to the Americas, and often leads to documents that should facilitate the research undertaken by historians and genealogists interested in the people of Cork. Most entries identify the inhabitant by name, occupation, and a date. A number of them also provide such additional information as the names of family members, when emigrated, education, military service, and so on.
Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland. Calvert County by V.L.  SkinnerAbstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland. Calvert County  
Skinner, V.L.
Call Number: H 929.3752 S6285.6
2017
A debt book consists of a list of persons owning land with the names and rents of each tract that he or she owned, all listed in one place under his or her name.
Abstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland. Queen Anne's County by V. L. SkinnerAbstracts of the Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland. Queen Anne's County  
Skinner, V. L.
Call Number: H 929.3752 S6285.7
2017
A debt book consists of a list of persons owning land with the names and rents of each tract that he or she owned, all listed in one place under his or her name
The Organic Movement in Michigan by Maynard KaufmanThe Organic Movement in Michigan  
Kaufman, Maynard
Call Number: H 631.584 O681
2017
The 19 chapters in the book encompass a wide variety of information: historical summaries of the major organic organizations, reports on various organic activities, and essays about the past, present and future of organic farming. They provide a record of both successes and failures, triumphs and tragedies, such as the fatal encounter of OGM with the Federal program for organic certification.
Sustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World by Nancy LangstonSustaining Lake Superior: An Extraordinary Lake in a Changing World  
Langston, Nancy
Call Number: H 977.49 L285
2017
Lake Superior, the largest lake in the world, has had a remarkable history, including resource extraction and industrial exploitation that caused nearly irreversible degradation. But in the past fifty years it has experienced a remarkable recovery and rebirth. In this important book, leading environmental historian Nancy Langston offers a rich portrait of the lake's environmental and social history, asking what lessons we should take from the conservation recovery as this extraordinary lake faces new environmental threats.
Settlers of the Beekman Patent - Spencer to Swift by Frank DohertySettlers of the Beekman Patent - Spencer to Swift  
Doherty, Frank
Call Number: H 929.374733 D655
2017
The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Dutchess County, NY, An Historical and Genealogical Study of all the 18th Century Settlers in the Patent.
Local News, 1858 to 1865, from the Grand Traverse Herald, Traverse City, Michigan by Homer ThielLocal News, 1858 to 1865, from the Grand Traverse Herald, Traverse City, Michigan  
Thiel, Homer
Call Number: H 977.464 T431.1
2016
Transcriptions of all Grand Traverse area articles published in this pioneer newspaper during its first seven years. The editor, Morgan Bates, wrote about farming, lumbering, shipping, complained about problems of mail delivery, promoted his Republican political views, and noted the marriages and deaths of local residents. Reading the articles provides a sense of what life was like for the earliest settlers in the region.
Black Regulars and Militiamen in the War of 1812 by Eric JohnsonBlack Regulars and Militiamen in the War of 1812  
Johnson, Eric
Call Number: H 973.52 J669
2017
This work identified 455 Black men who enlisted in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812 and another 662 Blacks who served as militiamen in a number of state militias. This book is an expanded version of the author's original work, Black Regulars in the War of 1812, which was first published in 2015.
Down by the Feed Mill: The Past and Present of America's Feed Mills and Grain Elevators by David HanksDown by the Feed Mill: The Past and Present of America's Feed Mills and Grain Elevators  
Hanks, David
Call Number: H 725.4 H2415
2017
More than 300 fascinating photos bring to light the importance of feed mills to American townspeople, economies, and heritage. This wealth of contemporary new photos, together with some vi9ntage images from museum collections, give us a visual record of a changing, and passing, American institution. Covering a time frame of more than 150 years, the book's illuminating text explains what feed mills and grain elevators do, how they work, the role they have played in American agricultural economy, and the relationship of these businesses to their farmer customers. By focusing on three mills in depth we learn the changing technological and economic conditions that shaped, and sometimes destroyed, mills. These evocative photos capture mills in the southern half of Michigan's lower peninsula, chosen to be representative of the US mills as a whole in terms of their variety, historic evolution, and characteristics.
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January 2018

Planning a Future for Your Family's Past: How to Organize Your Genealogy Materials, Make Decisions About Your Collection, and Pass What You Know to Future Generations by  Planning a Future for Your Family's Past: How to Organize Your Genealogy Materials, Make Decisions About Your Collection, and Pass What You Know to Future Generations  
Call Number: H 929.1 W877
2016
Keep your family history alive for future generations! Old photos, genealogical documents, ancestors' stories, and artifacts are vital to understanding your family's past-and they belong to your family's future. This concise step-by-step guide will help you organize and pass your genealogy collection and family history to the next generation.
Debt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland, Cecil County & Durham County by V. L. SkinnerDebt Books of the Provincial Land Office of Maryland, Cecil County & Durham County  
Skinner, V. L.
Call Number: H 929.375238 S6285
2017
The Provincial Land Office distributed land for the Lord Proprietor from 1634 to 1777. The rent rolls and the debt books, the means by which the LP kept track of the rents due him, begin 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.
Marine City by Gene BuelMarine City  
Buel, Gene
Call Number: H 977.441 B9283
2012
Marine City is nestled on the banks of the beautiful St. Clair River, half a mile away from Sombra, Ontario, Canada. Today, it is a small town with strong American values, much like it always has been. Full of industrious people who keep America running, this town has a long history of hard work and skilled labor that is reflected in its rich heritage of shipbuilders, sailors, farmers, factory workers, and enterprising businesspeople. Their stories are shared throughout this book in rare and seldom seen photographs from the 1870s through the 1930s. From the perspectives of the people who lived and worked here, Images of America: Marine City shows a tradition of shipbuilding and sailing, as well as life around town, documenting the important role Marine City played in the early development of the entire Great Lakes shipping industry.
Camp Maqua by Kathryn BakerCamp Maqua  
Baker, Kathryn
Call Number: H 977.474 B1679
2015
The Bay City, Michigan, YWCA camp began as a small gathering of 65 women during the summer of 1916 at a rental cottage in Killarney. The second site, selected two years later, was on Aplin Beach near Saginaw Bay. In 1924, the YWCA purchased the Camp Maqua property in Hale, on the shores of Loon Lake, with a solitary farmhouse, and numerous cabins were then completed. After the YWCA sold the property to a private owner in 1979, it was subdivided into 10 parcels. In 1987, the Baker/Starks families purchased the lodge and 14 acres. Ten families continue to keep the spirit of Maqua alive through an association dedicated to retaining the historical integrity of the land and remaining buildings.
Mayflower Families Through Five Generations by  Mayflower Families Through Five Generations  
Call Number: H 929.374 M468
2017
Continuing series. Volume Sixteen, Part FourVolume Twenty-one, Part TwoVolume Twenty-Four, Part One 
Roads Were Not Built for Cars: How Cyclists Were the First to Push for Good Roads and Became the Pioneers of Motoring by Carlton  ReidRoads Were Not Built for Cars: How Cyclists Were the First to Push for Good Roads and Became the Pioneers of Motoring  
Reid, Carlton
Call Number: H 388.3472 R353
2015
Carlton Reid reveals the pivotal--and largely unrecognized--role that bicyclists played in the development of modern roadways. Reid introduces readers to cycling personalities, such as Henry Ford, and the cycling advocacy groups that influenced early road improvements, literally paving the way for the motor car. When the bicycle morphed from the vehicle of rich transport progressives in the 1890s to the "poor man's transport" in the 1920s, some cyclists became ardent motorists and were all too happy to forget their cycling roots. But, Reid explains, many motor pioneers continued cycling, celebrating the shared links between transport modes that are now seen as worlds apart. In this engaging and meticulously researched book, Carlton Reid encourages us all to celebrate those links once again.
Thru and Back Again: A Hiker's Journey on the North Country Trail by Luke JordanThru and Back Again: A Hiker's Journey on the North Country Trail  
Jordan, Luke
Call Number: H 796.5 J824
2017
Luke Jordan grew up on a farm in central Minnesota where he spent much of his childhood running around outdoors. His favorite and most inspirational place to visit was the North Shore of Lake Superior. He was awe-struck by the beauty of the region, and soon started venturing out on his own. During his college years, he began backpacking and volunteering for trail organizations. After graduating with a natural resources degree, with his college years behind him, he was ready to strap on his pack and attempt a grand adventure over the North Country National Scenic Trail. He succeeded, and became the fourth person to successfully thru-hike the trail. Known on the trail as Strider, he continues to share his story and inspire others to get out and hit the trail on their own adventures.
Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings by  Landscapes and Gardens for Historic Buildings  
Call Number: H 712.6 F277
2017
It's been more than forty years since the second edition of this landmark guide to the preservation and restoration of gardens and landscapes at historic sites was published. Since the last edition came out, author Rudy Favretti, the nation's foremost authority in this area, has worked on many significant sites including both Monticello and Mount Vernon. New to this edition are: -Personal case studies from the authors' extensive experience in landscape restoration-preservation - An in-depth look complete with color images of the archaeological excavations at Bacon's Castle and Monticello in Virginia -Seventy-three illustrations including eight color photos -An enlarged and comprehensive bibliography -Fully updated and added chapters based on new and emerging information in the field Further, Landscape and Gardens for Historic Buildings covers a wide array of topics including researching and planning, maintaining restored landscapes, identifying authentic flora, and selecting the right historical period, or a series of periods to show the evolution of the historic landscape.
Greetings from Detroit: Historic Postcards from the Motor City by Dan AustinGreetings from Detroit: Historic Postcards from the Motor City  
Austin, Dan
Call Number: H 977.434 A9355
2017
In the era before cameras became commonplace, postcard shops were everywhere--allowing folks to send snapshots of their travels to friends and family, or to take home as mementos. Many of these old postcards are now sought-after collectibles today, offering a rare look back at a time of tremendous growth and change across Detroit during the first half of the twentieth century. Divided into six sections, Greetings from Detroit showcases the changing times and interests of the city--highlighting some of the distinct neighborhoods, including Midtown, southwest Detroit, and the downtown area. A portion of the book is devoted to Detroit's parks, with special interest in Belle Isle, Palmer Park, Clark Park, and Water Works Park. The book also shines a light on the majestic steamers that often dotted the Detroit River. Greetings from Detroit gathers some of the best, most illustrative postcards in one place and--for the first time, in full color--frames them alongside meticulously researched writing, offering context and stories behind each image. It is a history book. It is a picture book. It is a window into the history of Detroit.
Storm Struck: When Supercharged Winds Slammed Northwest Michigan by Bob CampbellStorm Struck: When Supercharged Winds Slammed Northwest Michigan  
Campbell, Bob
Call Number: H 551.55 C192
2015
A devastating storm with a straight-wind blast struck Northwest Michigan on August 2, 2015. It left houses with gaping holes, thousands of residents with no power for days, and parts of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore unrecognizable. This book depicts the destructive storm and its impact on the affected counties including Leelanau, Grand Traverse and Antrim, with photographs by and stories about the storm's resilient survivors.
Fighting the Death Penalty: A Fifty-Year Journey of Argument and Persuasion by Eugene WangerFighting the Death Penalty: A Fifty-Year Journey of Argument and Persuasion  
Wanger, Eugene
Call Number: H 364.66 W2469
2017
Michigan is the only state in the country that has a death penalty prohibition in its constitution -- Eugene G. Wanger's compelling arguments against capital punishment is a large reason it is there. The forty pieces in this volume are writings created or used by the author, who penned the prohibition clause, during his fifty years as a death penalty abolitionist. His extraordinary background in forensics, law, and political activity as constitutional convention delegate and co-chairman of the Michigan Committee Against Capital Punishment has produced a remarkable collection. It is not only a fifty-year history of the anti–death penalty argument in America, it also is a detailed and challenging example of how the argument against capital punishment may be successfully made.
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