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Local History Authors Abound at Holiday Hop
On December 5th dozens of local authors, artists and musicians sold and signed their work at the library during the downtown Art Hop. This was a great opportunity for history buffs to find out about materials that are available on their favorite local subjects. For example, the State Hospital has long been a fascination of Kalamazoo residents. Dr. William Decker was here signing his 2009 Michigan Notable Book on the hospital, Asylum for the Insane: A History of the Kalamazoo State Hospital. Retired KPL librarian, Margean Gladysz, offered her book A Spy on the Bus: Memoir of a Company Rat, based on letters she wrote to her family in Galesburg while she was traveling the country as a Greyhound company spy in the late 1940s. Of course, with all of Kalamazoo’s wonderful historic architecture, no Holiday Hop would have been complete without Lynn Houghton and Pam O’Connor, authors of Kalamazoo Lost and Found. These are just a few of the Holiday Hop authors whose books relate to our local history. But don’t worry if you missed it. You just need to visit the local history room to see the books--and mark your calendar for next years Holiday Hop!
Holiday Hop authors in the history room