How do I...?
Get a library card
Renew my library card
Use a library computer
Access my account
Search for a title
Place a hold
Renew my checkouts
Contact the library
Kids & Parents
New Materials Archives:
Tolerated but Never Accepted: Polish American Officials of Michigan and Polonia
Call Number: H 973.0049185 B6139
In Tolerated but Never Accepted: Polish American Officials Of Michigan, Don Binkowski traces the long and tortuous history of the Polish peasant's struggle to participate in America's democracy and election of officials in Michigan and elsewhere in America. Successful in their efforts to establish a 1919 independent Poland, the second-generation Poles gradually focused on all political levels culminating in the election of three Michigan congressmen and other officials during the New Deal. Binkowski documented their successes and failures in Michigan's and the nation's executive, legislative, and judicial branches while Polonia supported the eventual independence of Poland from the communists.
Marriage Records of Monroe County, Michigan
Genealogical Society of Monroe County, Michigan
Call Number: H 977.432 M3594
Five volume set spanning 1818 through 1903.
Steam Locomotives of the New York Central Lines
Call Number: H 625.261 S7995
The ultimate authority on all steam and electric locomotives from the DeWitt Clinton of 1831 to P&LE 9406 of 1948.
Great Lakes Heroes and Villains
Call Number: H 977 K11.4
This book tells the tales of some of each, heroes who risked all to save the lives of others and those whose lust for money justified their lack of morals. There are the courageous men and women of the United States and Canadian Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard who have heroically risked their lives when the lives of others were in peril. In contrast to the heroics some people have displayed, the Great Lakes have seen some very evil people as well. There were pirates who took ships and cargo by force or lured unsuspecting ships to run up on rocky shoals to be destroyed by the pounding surf, lumber thieves who would clear cut vast tracks of forests which they did not own and gangsters who controlled prostitution, illegal liquor trade, murder for hire, sale of drugs and anything else illegal and who would kill to protect their profits.--From cover
Scotland During the Plantation of Ulster: The People of Renfrewshire, 1600-1699
Call Number: H 929.34143 D635
The final book in this series from David Dobson is designed to assist family historians researching their origins in the Scottish county of Renfrew during the 17th century. Since only seventeen parish registers of the Church of Scotland prior to 1685 survive for this area, Mr. Dobson’s researches attempt to fill the void as best as possible. The volume is based, overwhelmingly, on primary sources in the National Archives of Scotland and Edinburgh, and is fully referenced. The most important sources used in the compilation are the Registers of Testaments for Hamilton and for Glasgow. Also used were Monumental Inscription lists, the Register of the Privy Council of Scotland, and the Register of the Great Seal of Scotland. The inhabitants are arranged alphabetically and are identified by a town or townland, date, and source.--From the publisher
A Doctor's Story
Call Number: H 921 N93495
The fascinating story of a young Czechoslovakian doctor, his plight to escape Nazi Europe and the life he created for his young family and himself in the U.S.
Fort St. Joseph, 1691-1781: The Story of Berrien County's Colonial Past
Call Number: H 977.411 P517
History of the colonial fort in what is now Niles, Michigan.
Wood on the Bottom
Call Number: H 977 S881.5
For many centuries wood was the preferred material for ships, both salt and freshwater. Masts, cabins, decks and hulls were all made from it. It was strong, resilient, easy to work with and inexpensive. Properly used and maintained, a wooden ship could last for many years. But it was no guarantee of safety... Stress of storm, collision, poor navigation, bad luck and human folly all played a part in sending thousands of wooden ships to the bottom of the Great Lakes, where they are quietly rotting away into the ages. Wood on the bottom tells the dramatic tales of a dozen wooden shipwrecks.--From the cover
History for Genealogists: Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors
Call Number: H 902.02 J177
Mrs. Jacobson dissects our the past into scores of time lines. There is a time line of the Industrial Revolution, American immigration, and the Labor Movement. Researchers can also make use of a time line for the history of each of the 50 states, and, in brief, for the rest of North America, Europe, and more.--From the publisher
Home Town Rochester
Call Number: H 977.438 L3342
A history of Rochester, Avon Township and Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Scotland During the Plantation of Ulster: The People of Lanarkshire, 1600-1699
Call Number: H 929.34145 D635
This book, which is designed as an aid to family historians seeking their origins in Lanarkshire or Clydesdale, as it was once known, is the third volume in a series designed to provide information on Scottish communities that participated in the Ulster exodus. The Old Parish Registers of the Church of Scotland are the backbone of Scottish genealogical research, and in the case of county Lanark their survival is better than average, with 53 such registers extant. This work, however, supplements information found in the church records and is based almost completely on primary sources, including the Register of Deeds of the Court of Session, Lanarkshire Sasines, the Registers of Testaments for Lanark and Glasgow, Monumental Inscription lists, the Register of Burgesses and Guildsbrethren of Glasgow, and the Register of the Privy Council of Scotland.--From the publisher
Arranging the Blaze
Call Number: H 811 S9543
Poetry by local poet and author, Chad Sweeney.
Scotland During the Plantation of Ulster: the People of Dumfries and Galloway, 1600-1699
Call Number: H 929.34147 D635
This book from David Dobson is designed to assist family historians researching their origins in Dumfries and Galloway during the 17th century. Since only three of 86 parish registers of the Church of Scotland prior to 1685 survive for this area, Mr. Dobson’s researches attempt to fill the void as best as possible. The volume is based, overwhelmingly, on primary sources in the National Archives of Scotland and Edinburgh, and is fully referenced. Sources include the Court of Session, Commisary Courts of Dumfries and Edinburgh, the High Court of the Admiralty, Kirk Session Records, burgh records, Register of Deeds, monumental inscriptions, and more. The inhabitants are arranged alphabetically and are identified by a town or townland, date, and source.--From the publisher
Trails from Shingle Diggin's
Call Number: H 977.411 S7955
A series of photographs and stories about the history and development of Coloma, Watervliet, Hagar Township and Bainbridge Township.
Rochester: Preserving History
Call Number: H 977.438 R676
Over 200 pictures of Rochester never before printed in any other publication.
Erin's Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada, 1751-1858
Call Number: H 929.3415 P9842
Volume III of Erin’s Sons extends the period of coverage to 1858 and lists approximately 7,000 additional Irish-born residents of Atlantic Canada. Like the other volumes in the series, it is based on a wide variety of genealogical sources, including church records, cemetery inscriptions, marriage and burial records, newspapers, census records, and ships’ passenger lists.--From the cover
The Ghost Mountain Boys
Call Number: H 940.542653 C1883
Lying due north of Australia, New Guinea is among the world’s largest islands. In 1942, when World War II exploded onto its shores, it was an inhospitable, cursorily mapped, disease-ridden land of dense jungle, towering mountain peaks, deep valleys, and fetid swamps. Coveted by the Japanese for its strategic position, New Guinea became the site of one of the South Pacific’s most savage campaigns. Despite their lack of jungle training, the 32nd Division’s Ghost Mountain Boys were assigned the most grueling mission of the entire Pacific campaign: march 130 miles over the rugged Owen Stanley Mountains and protect the right flank of the Australian army as they fought to push the Japanese back to the village of Buna on New Guinea’s north coast. Comprised of National Guardsmen from Michigan and Wisconsin, reserve officers, and draftees from across the country, the 32nd Division lacked more than training—they were without even the basics necessary for survival.--From the publisher
Three Rivers High School Reflector Yearbook
Three Rivers High School
Call Number: H 371.8976 R332
Three Rivers High School yearbooks for 1950, '51 and '52.
How to Live on Bread and Music
Call Number: H 811 S9545
Winner of the prestigious James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets and the Perugia Press Prize, this collection is life-affirming but without illusions. How to Live on Bread and Music, showcases poet Jennifer K. Sweeney's mature consciousness and circumspect intelligence. The book takes us on a physical and spiritual trip, symbolized in recurring images of the train. Exploring broad themes such as identity formation, nostalgia, and impermanence, the poet passes through risk to find refuge in the sensory world. Afaa M. Weaver says, These are poems that tell us we move forward in moments when motion seems all too risky and stillness all too intolerable.Jennifer K. Sweeney's first book of poems, Salt Memory, won the 2006 Main Street Rag Poetry Award. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Southern Review, Hunger Mountain, Crab Orchard, Spoon River, and Passages North. After living in San Francisco for twelve years, she currently lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. - From the publisher
Abstracts of the Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland
Call Number: H 929.3752 S6285
We are continuing this series with volumes 12, 19, and 21.
Genealogical Proof Standard: Building a Solid Case
Call Number: H 929.1 R7955
This book is the standard set by the genealogical field to build a solid case, especially when there is no direct evidence providing an snswer, or when there are conflicts in the evidence. This easy-to-read guide clearly sets forth the elements of this standard, and how to apply it to resolve genealogical problems. --From the publisher
Portage High School Roundup Yearbook
Portage High School
Call Number: H 371.8976 R8598
Portage High School yearbooks for 1961, '63, '65, and '66.
Portage Northern High School Legend Yearbook
Portage Northern High School
Call Number: H 371.8976 L511
Portage Northern High School yearbook for 1966.
Call Number: H DVD 977.418 KALA
This documentary film was made to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Kalamazoo's status as a city. It opens with a pictorial presentation of Kalamazoo's mayors from 2009 backwards to 1884 and then, through period photographs, shows the world of Kalamazoo as it would have been in 1884. The photography and the narrative covers the period in all aspects from housing, education, factories, stores, banking, transportation, recreation, fashion, medical care, religious institutions, cultural institutions, public services, and cemeteries and funeral parlors. --From catalog record
So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior
Call Number: H 977.49 B87758
It was Thanksgiving 1905 and thirty-one ships were on Lake Superior, making the season’s last, daring run--a run old salts had warned against, but to no avail against the shipping companies’ demands. What none of the sailors knew until it was far too late was that they would soon face the worst storm ever to hit the Great Lake, a storm that nearly half of their number would not survive. This is the story of that fateful storm, and of one of the worst shipping disasters in the nation’s history. As the storm strikes without warning, readers are taken aboard the SS Mataafa as it crashes into Duluth’s piers, half of the crew freezing to death overnight as the other half survives by dancing through the dark around bathtubs set ablaze with scuttled pieces of the ship--all while 10,000 Duluthians set bonfires on shore to guide ships to safety. Next we find ourselves aboard the SS Ira H. Owen, crashing into the cliff where Split Rock Lighthouse would later be built, too late for these men. And here too are the many ships, from Canadian shores to Michigan, where all hands were lost. It is a story drawn from the accounts of witnesses and survivors. It is a tale of people pitted against the elements, of a disaster so extreme that, in its wake, weather forecasting, shipbuilding, and compass-reading in light of the Iron Range’s magnetism were forever changed.--From the publisher
Haunted History of Kalamazoo
Call Number: H 133.10977417 B8272
Kalamazoo's violent and often anguished history has given way to myriad ghostly tales surrounding some of the town's most prominent places. From the tortured souls roaming the Asylum Lake Preserve to the infamous suicide of the amateur actress Thelma, who reputedly haunts the Civic Auditorium to this day, it is no small wonder that the town is filled with apparitions longing to make their stories and their presence known. In this startlingly spooky collection of tales, ghost hunters Bray and DuShane gather stories from legend, lore and residents alike that bring new meaning to the age-old adage 'seeing is believing.' --From the cover
Michigan's Columbus: The Life of Douglass Houghton
Call Number: H 921 H838L
The name Houghton is well-known to Michiganians. It graces a city, a county, a lake, waterfalls, schools, and more. But what made Douglass Houghton such a star? As the fledgling state s first geologist, he found more than any explorer before him from salt springs to gypsum. His reports helped launch a rush to the Keweenaw Peninsula s Copper Country. He also found time to be elected mayor of Detroit and teach at the University of Michigan, all before the age of thirty-six. Here is his story.--From the cover
Detroit: Ragtime and the Jazz Age
Call Number: H 977.434 M637
Detroit has always been at the forefront of American popular music development, and the ragtime years and jazz age are no exception. The cityÂ’s long history of diversity has served the region well, providing a fertile environment for creating and nurturing some of AmericaÂ’s most distinctly indigenous music. With a focus on the people and places that made Detroit a major contributor to AmericaÂ’s rich musical heritage, Detroit: Ragtime and the Jazz Age provides a unique photo journal of a period stretching from the Civil War to the diminishing years of the big bands in the early 1940s. --From the cover
Records of Bainbridge Township, Berrien County, Michigan
Call Number: H 977.411 K475
Miscellaneous records including: postmasters, 1890 Special Schedule of the Federal Census, first land owners and other records.
Michigan, Every Day
Call Number: H 977.4 S951
A day-by-day almanac about the bizarre, brilliant and bold people and events that made Michigan...Michigan.--From the cover
Portage Northern High School Legend Yearbook
Portage Northern High School
Call Number: H 371.8976 L511
Portage Northern High School yearbooks for 1972-'75 and 1992.
Michigan Summers: Tales and Recipes
Call Number: H 641.59774 M6249
Relive a 1950s trip to Mackinaw City on the old roads. Visit an island nature has forbidden any human to inhabit. Summertime photos from long ago. Create Michigan meals with blueberry soup, spinach cheese squares, barbecued whitefish, strawberry pudding...lots more.--From the cover
French Saint Joseph: Le Poste de la Rivière St. Joseph, 1690-1780
Call Number: H 977.411 W382
Detailed analysis and description of Saint Joseph, Michigan during French occupation: 1690-1780.
Portage Central High School Roundup Yearbook
Portage Central High School,
Call Number: H 371.8976 R8598
Portage Central High School yearbook for 1994.
The Greenman Family of Prospect Lake, MI
Call Number: H 929.2 G815H
Detailed genealogy, photographs and miscellaneous information on the Greenman family.
The M1 Carbine: A Revolution in Gun Stocking
Call Number: H 623.4425 C7714
Ever wonder what the real story is behind the M1 Carbine? Would you like to know who really did most of the work making these famous guns? This exciting new book will introduce you to companies you have probably never heard of - like the S.E. Overton Company in Michigan. You will meet their people, see them at work, and come away with a whole new appreciation for the M1 Carbines they made.--From the cover
Made in Michigan: Tales & Recipes
Call Number: H 641.59774 E164.2
Essays that tell you how to fake it when your memory goes, live with clutter, and get out of a speeding ticket with a banjo. More than 100 great recipes such as salmon & dill spread, strawberry pudding and chocolate mousse cake.--From the cover
Michigan Cooking: and other things
Call Number: H 641.59774 E164
Michigan--to know it is to love it. From the peaceful northern shores of the Great Lakes to the bustling city-pace of Detroit, we've got it all. When it comes to agricultural products Michigan shines--cherries, blueberries, apples, peaches, asparagus, beans... Captured in Michigan Cooking...and Other Thingsare some of Michigan's favorite recipes, along with a few wonderful tales about living in this truly Great Lakes state.--From the cover
More Michigan Cooking: and other things
Call Number: H 641.59774 E164.3
Sequel to Michigan Cooking: and other things.
Abstracts of the Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, Vol. 20
Skinner, V. L.
The series is arranged, volume by volume, chronologically by court session. Volume XX consists of abstracts for the period 1734-36, as found in the balance of Liber 29 and the first 207 pages of Liber 30 of the records. In all, the latest book in this remarkable series refers to an additional 7,500 inhabitants of the Province of Maryland in the years just prior to 1730. For the most part, the transcriptions state the names of the principals (testators, heirs, witnesses, administrators, and so forth), as well as details of bequests, names of slaves, appraisers, and more.--From the publisher
Reminiscences of the Lower St. Joseph River Valley
Call Number: H 977.411 M8897
History of the Morton family and the development of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan.
The History of Brick School District No. 4, 1841-1958
Krieger, Mrs. Ray
Call Number: H 977.411 K9263
A history of the school and farm Families of Bainbridge Township, Berrien County, Michigan. Written in 1958, reprinted in 1992.
Lighthouses of Southwest Michigan
Call Number: H 387.15509774 H871
As the coastal towns of southwestern Michigan began to grow in the 1800s, commerce and shipping traffic flourished, making way for the development of lighthouses to ensure vessels' safe passage into port. Lighthouses of Southwest Michigan takes readers on an exciting journey through the history of seven such structures, from the St. Joseph, South Haven, and Kalamazoo River Lights to the Holland Harbor, Grand Haven, Muskegon, and White River Lights. Through a rare collection of archival photographs, this book explores the legacy of these fascinating structures, the people who maintained them, and the ships and communities they protected.
The Great Pere Marquette Train Wreck and Other Historical Stories from Berrien County
Call Number: H 977.411 M996.3
A book of pictures and stories about Berrien County.
Silver Sands and Golden Memories: The History of Silver Beach Amusement Park, St. Joseph
Call Number: H 791.06877411 S3418
This book is an definitive compilation of information obtained from interviews, records, and newspaper articles with many rare and exceptional pictures. Those who experienced the magic of Silver Beach will recall memories that take them back to a simpler more innocent time. For those who did not have the opportunity to join in the joy and excitement of the amusement park, this book is the next best thing to having been there.--From the publisher
The Story of Buchanan
Hawes, , Walter
Call Number: H 977.411 H391
Based on a series of articles entitled 'The story of Buchanan' by Walter C. Hawes for the Berrien County record from 1951 through 1954.--From KPL catalog record
Twin City Trolleys
Call Number: H 388.46 S3876
A history of the streetcar and interurban lines of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Michigan.--From the cover
Michigan Aircraft Manufacturers
Call Number: H 338.4762913 P326
Engineers, inventors, and dreamers in the state of Michigan had been searching for the secret of heavier-than-air flight well before the Wright brothers' successful flights in 1903. In 1911, the first aircraft manufacturer opened for business in Michigan. During the 1920s and 1930s, the Detroit area was known as the 'Aviation Capital of America.' The All-American Aircraft Show, held annually in Detroit from 1928 to 1933, was the major showcase for introducing new airplanes to the aviation community. Major competitions, such as the Ford Air Tours (1925 to 1931) and the Cirrus Derby (1930), originated and ended at airports in Michigan. Michigan's aircraft manufacturers made major contributions to America's war efforts, building 1,500 Liberty planes during World War I and 8,685 B-24 bombers during World War II. In addition to those major manufacturers, a large number of individual designers and entrepreneurs toiled to build the ultimate airplane. Today the poineering tradition lives on in the hundreds of individuals who design and build airplanes in their garage or basement.--From the cover
Flight of the Graf Zeppelin
Call Number: H 977.411 M996.4
A book of pictures and stories about Berrien County, Michigan.
Souvenir of Watervliet: With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Most Prominent Men
Cross, G. C.
Call Number: H 977.411 S7291
Originally published in 1904, this reprint is a true collectable containing illustrations, photos and biographical sketches of Watervliet's most prominent families.
Rasmussen, R. L.
Call Number: H 977.411 R225.4
For over 125 years, generations of vacationers have made the annual journey to the Sister Lakes region of southwest Michigan. Their experiences and photographs represent a cultural snapshot of a summer spent at a group of Midwest lakes. The postcards, selected from a collection of over 1,000, capture the life and times of 80 years of this favorite Michigan destination.--From the publisher
Life in the Army
Call Number: H 973.781 F232
Containing historical and biographical sketches, incidents, adventures and narratives of the late war. Also, a history of the war with the Indians of the Far West; giving a description of the lives, habits and customs of the different Indian tribes.--From the title page
Discovering the Peoples of Michigan Reader
Call Number: H 305.8009774 D6116
"The DPOM Reader" provides brief synopses for the first twenty-four books in the acclaimed "Discovering the Peoples of Michigan" series. Meant to be used as an overview and teaching tool for the series, this Reader provides a valuable entree into the "Discovering the Peoples of Michigan Series", revealing the unique contributions that have been made by different and often unrecognized communities in Michigan's historical social identity.--From the publisher
Paw Paw River Days and Nights
Call Number: H 977.413 D2639
A collection of stories and history about the Hartford area.
Census Records for Latin America and the Hispanic United States
Call Number: H 929.3368016 P7194
This is the largest and most complete survey of census records available for Latin America and the Hispanic United States. The result of exhaustive research in Hispanic archives, it contains a listing of approximately 4,000 separate censuses, each listed by country and thereunder alphabetically by locality, province, year, and reference locator. The enormous number of census records identified by Dr. Platt in the course of his twenty-five-year investigation will surprise and delight the serious researcher, and none more so than the family historian researching his Hispanic roots.--From the cover
Memories of Yesteryear
Call Number: H 977.411 M5337
Read "the way it was" in this anthology of interesting and captivating stories by longtime residents of Benton Harbor and St. Joseph.
Then and Now: Coloma - Paw Paw Lake - Watervliet, Michigan
Rasmussen, R. L.
Call Number: H 977.411 R225.2
A photographic history of two towns and a lake in Southwest Michigan. The author has taken old postcards and other images and matched them to the same, current location. -- The author
A Look at Covert's Heritage
Call Number: H 977.413 S2466
History of Covert, Michigan through 1994.
Paw Paw Lake: Images of a Lake
Rasmussen, R. L.
Call Number: H 977.411 R225.3
This book takes readers through a pictorial journey of the lake's history. Through maps, old postcards and sketches, readers can visually experience the lake's history. -- The author
Van Buren County, Michigan: A Pictorial History
Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society,
Call Number: H 977.413 V2212
Collection of hundreds of historic photos with detailed captions.
Blossomtime Festival Southwest Michigan: A Pictorial History, 1906-1996
Call Number: H 394.5 Z584
Photos and history of the Blossomtime Festival in southwest Michigan.
Glimpses of the Past: Stories and Pictures of North Berrien Pioneers
North Berrien Historical Society ,
Call Number: H 977.411 G5599
A collection of family histories, stories, pictures and anecdotes from the descendants of the pioneer families of North Berrien County.
Photographic Memories:South Haven, Michigan
Call Number: H 977.413 A6521
Photographic Memories of South Haven, MI chronicles the 1900's with pictures of South Haven's streets, beaches, ships, clubs, landmarks, people, schools and businesses. Some that are well known and continue today, some that are all but forgotten. - From the publisher.
Bath Massacre: America's First School Bombing
Call Number: H 977.424 B5312
On May 18, 1927, the small town of Bath, Michigan, was forever changed when Andrew Kehoe set off a cache of explosives concealed in the basement of the local school. Thirty-eight children and six adults were dead, among them Kehoe, who had literally blown himself to bits by setting off a dynamite charge in his car. The next day, on Kehoe's farm, what was left of his wife---burned beyond recognition after Kehoe set his property and buildings ablaze---was found tied to a handcart, her skull crushed. With seemingly endless stories of school violence and suicide bombers filling today's headlines, Bath Massacre serves as a reminder that terrorism and large-scale murder are nothing new. --From the publisher
Minong - The Good Place: Ojibwe and Isle Royale
Call Number: H 977.4997 C6638
This account traces the Ojibwe people's long history with Isle Royale. Minong (the Ojibwe name for Isle Royale) is the search for the history of the Ojibwe people's relationship with this unique island in the midst of Lake Superior. Cochrane uses a variety of sources: Ojibwe oral narratives, recently rediscovered Jesuit records and diaries, reports of the Hudson's Bay post at Fort William, newspaper accounts, and numerous records from archives in the United States and Canada, to understand this relationship to a place. What emerges is a richly detailed account of Ojibwe activities on Minong and their slow waning in the latter third of the nineteenth century. --From the publisher
Grand Marais Historical Society,
Call Number: H 977.4932 G7513
The Grand Marais Historical Society invites readers to discover the fascinating history of a unique Michigan town through this collection of historic photographs, gathered from its archives and local family albums. --From the cover
Stories in Stone: Travels through Urban Geology
Call Number: H 557.3 W7224
From Brooklyn to Philadephia, from limestone to travertine, Stories in Stone will inspire readers to realize that, even in the most modern metropolis, evidence of our planet's natural wonders can be found all around us in building stones that are far less ordinary than we might think at first glance. -- From the publisher
St. Ignace Public Library,
Call Number: H 977.4923 S77457
The St. Ignace Public Library put this book together for the community. A committee sought out pictures for the book and researched local history archives. Several St. Ignace residents supplied the pictures and the information to go with them, and many of these pictures have never been published before. This book illustrates the rich history and beauty of the St. Ignace area and its people.-- From the publisher
A History of Wayne State University in Photographs
Call Number: H 378.774 A813
Wayne State University traces its earliest roots to the Civil War era and Detroit’s Harper Hospital, where its Medical College was founded in 1868. In 1917 a junior college was formed in the building now called Old Main, and along with four other schools—education, engineering, pharmacy, and a graduate school—these units would come to be called Wayne State University. In A History of Wayne State in Photographs, Evelyn Aschenbrenner traces the evolution of the university from those early schools into a modern research university with an extensive urban campus.--From the publisher
Wills and Probate Records: A Guide for Family Historians
Call Number: H 929.341 G759
This practical and accessible guide shows how to get the most from [UK wills and related records], including those scattered in church courts before central registration was introduced in 1858--Cover p. .
Albert Kahn and his Family in Peace and War
Call Number: H 921 K122B
The subject of the story is one of "character" and amounts to a well documented eulogy involving the contributions not only of Albert [Kahn], but also of others in the family in times of peace and war. --From the book jacket.
Cemeteries of Berrien County, Michigan - Berrien Township
Berrien County Genealogical Society,
Call Number: H 977.411 C3944BER
Record of burials for Franklin, Long Lake, Maple Grove, Morris Chapel, Union, County Poor House, and Benton Center cemeteries.
1812 Ancestor Index
Call Number: H 973.52 E347
Vols. 1 and 3. The 1812 Ancestor Index lists approximately 20,000 established ancestors, who had military or other service during the period from the close of the American Revolution, 1784, until the close of the War of 1812 in 1815. The ancestors, men and women, are listed with the names of their spouse, and the name of the child with his or her spouse that the descendant came through.This gives two generations for almost every ancestor, from the time of the organization of the Society in 1892 until June 15, 1970. -- From the Preface.
Pioneers of Berrien County, Michigan Interred in Johnson Cemetery
Call Number: H 977.411 S6552
An alphabetical listing of individuals buried in the Johnson Cemetery, located north of Niles, Michigan. Many entries also include additional information such as spouse, children, etc.
Neighborhood Focus: Vine
Call Number: DVD 977.418 N
Video recording of three programs presented at the Kalamazoo Public Library celebrating the Vine Neighborhood. Programs include the neighborhoods history, architecture, and the Rose Place Project.
Vine Street Alternative High School Yearbook
Call Number: H 371.8976 V782
Vine Alternative High School Yearbooks have been added to the collection for years 1987-88, 1989-90, 1991-92, and 1994-95.
Life on the Great Lakes: A Wheelman's Story
Call Number: H 921 D981
A personalized, anecdotal account of working on Great Lakes ships in the early 20th century by Dutton (1900-1980), the wheelsman on more than a dozen and a half of the vessels. First published serially in Inland seas beginning in Fall 1981, and edited for this edition by William Donohue Ellis. Acidic paper. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
See Dick and Jen Run: The 2006 Michigan Race for Governor
Call Number: H 324.9774 S6293
Michigan political correspondent Skubick covered the 2006 race for Michigan Governor, which pitted Democratic incumbent Jennifer Granholm against the Republican, Amway heir Dick DeVos, who lost despite having run the most expensive gubernatorial campaign in the history of Michigan. Here, Skubick provides a journalistic narrative of the ups and downs of the campaign from the first debates to Granholm's victory. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier
Call Number: H 386 K1817
Throughout the 19th and early-20th centuries, schooner trade was vital to the development of the Great Lakes region. This study tells the stories of the crews that sailed the schooners, their labour issues and strikes, the role of the schooner in the maritime economy and the roots of its demise. - From the publisher.
Negotiating Relief: Development of Social Welfare Programs in Depression-Era Michigan, 1930-1940
Call Number: H 330.9774 S8195
Local officials, social workers, and recipients were key players in the Michigan debates over how best to administer relief. The book sheds important light on the profession of social work and public welfare, and the development of nonfederal relief at the state and local levels after 1935. Guided by fiscal localism and a firm belief in home rule, local officials fought to retain control of relief. Drawing on newspaper records, county and city board minutes, social welfare agency records, federal records, and case file records, Negotiating Relief gives voice to the numerous groups involved in welfare debates, particularly the recipients of relief. - From the publisher.
History of the County of Westmoreland, Pennsylvania
Call Number: H 974.881 A3332
Originally published in 1882, this history contains biographical sketches of many Westmoreland County pioneers as well as details of the settlement of each township.
Lithuanians in Michigan
Call Number: H 977.40049192 G785
Despite the small numbers of Lithuanians immigrating to the west in the twentieth century, Lithuanians have managed to start a community in every region of Michigan and have come to work in and make an economic impact on all of Michigan's major industries. Lithuanians in Michigan explores the history of Lithuanian immigration and the preservation of Lithuanian identity against the pressure of assimilation. Historically and today, the cultural activities of Lithuanian communities are centered at the parish, which serves to reinforce a sense of unity for Lithuanians. Michigan's central location among Lithuanian colonies has led it to play an important role in and to make a considerable impact on the North American Lithuanian community and Lithuania since the 1870s. - From the publisher.
Deckhand: Life on Freighters of the Great Lakes
Call Number: H 921 H4139
With numerous photographs and engaging stories, Deckhand offers an insider's view of both the mundane and the intriguing duties performed by deckhands on these gritty cargo vessels. Boisterous port saloons, monster ice jams, near drownings, and the daily drudgery of soogeying---cleaning dirt and grime off the ships---are just a few of the experiences Mickey Haydamacker had as a young deckhand working on freighters of the Great Lakes in the early 1960s. - From the publisher.
Atlas of Early Michigan's Forests, Grasslands, and Wetlands
Call Number: H 912.774 A3331
This easy-to-use Atlas provides the historical notes and maps of Michigan created by surveyors from the federal General Land Office (GLO) between 1816 and 1856. In addition, present-day maps have been overlain on the historic maps so that readers can locate the original forest and grassland types within Michigan today. This book affords readers the opportunity to see how areas throughout the state appeared to surveyors more than 150 years ago. - From the publisher.
Prairies and Savannas in Michigan
Call Number: H 578.7409774 O188
Prairies and savannas are a rare and unique part of Michigan's natural heritage. Once occupying a significant portion of Lower Michigan's landscape, these dynamic and varied communities have nearly vanished, along with numerous species that rely on the habitats they provide. Now less than 1 percent of the original prairie and savanna acreage remains in Michigan, and the little that remains is threatened by habitat destruction, invasive species, and rapidly closing canopies. "Prairies and Savannas in Michigan" gives a complete understanding of these dynamic systems, the plants and animals they support, the ecological processes that sustain them, and current efforts to restore these valuable pieces of Michigan's natural heritage. - From the publisher.
The Sandstone Architecture of the Lake Superior Region
Call Number: H 720.97749 E1919
From 1870 to 1910 the prosperity of the copper and iron mining, lumbering, and shipping industries of the Lake Superior region created a demand for more substantial buildings. In satisfying this demand, architects, builders, sad clients preferred local red sandstone. They found this stone beautiful, colorful, carvable, durable, and fireproof. Because it was extracted easily in large blocks and shipped cheaply by water, it was economical. The red sandstone city halls, county courthouses, churches, schools, libraries, banks, commercial blocks, and houses give the Lake Superior region a distinct identity. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Up the Rouge!: Paddling Detroit's Hidden River
Call Number: H 508.7743 T547
This title chronicles in words and pictures a five-day trip made by two Detroit Free Press journalists up the abused Rouge River in metro Detroit. Thurtell and Beck show that despite its environmental contamination, the Rouge is home to wildlife and that its very seclusion makes it a sanctuary. During their trek, the authors saw animals such as green and blue herons, snapping turtles, musk turtles, mallards, feral dogs, and the first adult female common mergansers ever recorded in summertime in Wayne County. Maps are included to help readers track their journey. - From the publisher.
Great Lakes Journey: A New Look at America's Freshwater Coast
Call Number: H 917.7 A831 2003
An environmental travelogue that documents the changes in the Great Lakes since the publication of The Late, Great Lakes. Great Lakes Journey is a follow-up to William Ashworth's earlier book The Late, Great Lakes, published in 1986. Fifteen years after his first trip, Ashworth journeys to many of the same places and talks to many of the same people to examine the changes that have taken place along the Great Lakes since the 1980s. Through personal observation, research, and numerous interviews with scientists, activists, and government agencies, Ashworth creates a detailed picture of the status of the Great Lakes at the end of the twentieth century. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Little Zoo by the Red Cedar: The Story of Potter Park Zoo
Call Number: H 590.7377427 H644
One of Michigan's best-kept secrets is tucked away between a railroad and a river near downtown Lansing. Founded in 1920, Potter Park Zoo is the state's oldest accredited zoo, yet today there are still Lansing residents who have never heard of it. Small and largely underfunded, the zoo has survived to become a respected educational and wildlife research center-and a fun place to spend the day! Read about the history of Potter Park Zoo, but learn how zoos across the country have evolved. - From the publisher.
American City: Detroit Architecture, 1845-2005
Call Number: H 720.977434 S5316
In 90 stunning full-color photographs, the book documents the innovative features of fifty of Detroit’s most impressive buildings. An introductory essay offers an overview of the city’s architectural history and outlines the social forces and the personalities that helped shape the city’s built environment. The heart of American City, however, is the photography, which brings Detroit’s architecture to life in gorgeous detail. Accompanying text identifies each building and provides basic information such as date, location, and architect, pointing out features that make the building of particular interest and importance. - From the publisher.
Beyond the Windswept Dunes: The Story of Maritime Muskegon
Call Number: H 977.457 S5532
At one time the leading edge of westward expansion, Muskegon was a place where lumbering and lakers merged and where rails met decks, a place situated midway along the coast of a great and sometimes stormy inland sea. Here Elizabeth Sherman offers both a shipping history and a portrait of the city. A number of ships were lost in Lake Michigan near Muskegon Harbor, and the stories of some of the most notable wrecks and rescue missions appear in this book. The book offers many first-hand statements of shipwreck survivors and other witnesses, lending an authentic voice to the accounts. - From the publisher.
Auto Mania: Cars, Consumers, and the Environment
Call Number: H 338.476292 M1236
McCarthy (US Naval Academy) focuses on the historical interaction between car, consumer, and environment, presenting the underside of American automotive history: early opposition to cars, their heavy draw on natural resources, their effect on air and water, junkyards, auto consumerism, industry resistance to change, and import invasion. - From the publisher.
Eyes on Fire: Witnesses to the Detroit Riot of 1967
Call Number: H 977.434 E975
Anthology on the Detroit Riot of 1967, the most devastating event in Detroit history. In the commemorative essays contained in this anthology, it's not so much about why the riot happened, but what it was like to see it happen firsthand. The book contains 13 riveting stories from people who lived to tell them. One story tells how a teenager's excitement of going to see Stevie Wonder at the Fox Theatre in July 1967 turned into a harrowing rescue mission. Another writer tells how after having a National Guardsman's rifle shoved in her face, she had a shift in consciousness about civil rights and joined the Black Panther Party as a teen. - From the publisher.
Trust and Power: Consumers, the Modern Corporation, and the Making of the United States Automobile Market
Call Number: H 338.476292 C611
The book provides novel insights into the dialogue between modern corporations and consumers by examining automobiles during the twentieth century. In the new market at the turn of the century, automakers produced defective cars, and consumers faced risks of physical injuries as well as financial losses. By the 1920s automobiles were sold in a mass market where state agencies intervened to monitor, however imperfectly, product quality and fair pricing mechanisms. After 1945, the market matured as most U.S. families came to rely on auto transport. Automakers sold a product suited to the unequal distribution of income. Again, the state intervened to regulate relations between buyers and sellers in terms of who had access to credit, and thus the ability to purchase expensive durables like automobiles. - From the publisher.
Riding the Roller Coaster: A History of the Chrysler Corporation
Call Number: H 338.8 H993
The first comprehensive history of the Chrysler Corporation, this book is intended for readers interested in the history of automobiles and of American business, and for fans and critics of Chrysler's products. - From the publisher.
Twelve Diseases that Changed Our World
Call Number: H 614.4 S5533
Diseases have significantly shaped the course of the world's history. From the fourteenth-century plague to HIV/AIDS today, diseases have fundamentally altered the shape of society, politics, and culture. In a sweeping, thoughtful account, "Twelve Diseases That Changed Our World" considers the history of twelve important diseases: their impact, their consequences, their costs, and the lessons learned. Examining hemophilia, blight, tuberculosis, cholera, smallpox, bubonic plague, influenza, malaria, yellow fever, syphilis, porphyria, and AIDS, this book not only covers the diseases' histories but also addresses public health responses and societal upheavals. Historical perspectives on these diseases will be indispensable for a better understanding of how we and our forebears survived the onslaught of 'plagues' and how we might avoid their devastating consequences in the future. - From the publisher.
Detroit: Then and Now
Call Number: H 977.434 G2851
Famous the world over for automobile manufacture and the distinctive sounds of Motown music, Detroit, the Motor City, celebrates its 300th birthday in 2001. Detroit Then & Now is a fascinating look at this city's great history, taking historic photographs from the dawn of the camera age and comparing them with full-color photographs of the same scenes as they are during the Tricentennial. Despite an industrial heritage, the city has its culture including art museums, a historical museum and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, as well as a great zoological park, beaches, and marinas. With a reputation for sports and music, Detroit is as vibrant a city today as it ever has been. This book is a fascinating documentation of history and change in one of the United States' most important cities. - From the publisher.
Angels in the Architecture: A Photographic Elegy to an American Asylum
Call Number: H 362.2 J673
In the nineteenth century, perhaps no approach to mental illness was more compassionate than that of hospital administrator Thomas Story Kirkbride, whose asylum designs integrated beauty and nature as a method to treat patients. The Northern Michigan Asylum in Traverse City, Michigan, was one of the last of nearly two hundred such architecturally intriguing asylums. Founded in 1885 under the principle "beauty is therapy," the Northern Michigan Asylum closed in 1989 and today stands as a haunting reminder of this lost era. Angels in the Architecture is a photographic study of this institution's one-hundred-year history. Heidi Johnson's photographs of the building today are juxtaposed with rare images from private collections and state archives. Johnson has captured Kirkbride's spirit of compassion - of angels in the architecture - in a book that conveys the human element of mental illness with beauty and integrity. - From the publisher.
Race Against Liberalism: Black Workers and the UAW in Detroit
Call Number: H 331.6396073 L6736
This chronicle of the black labor movement in Detroit begins with the independent caucuses in the 1940s and the Trade Union Leadership Council in the 1950s, in which black workers' workplace activism crossed over into civic unionism, challenging the racial structure of the city's neighborhoods, leisure spaces, politics, and schools. By the mid-1960s, a full-blown black power movement had emerged in Detroit, and in 1968 black workers organized nationalist Revolutionary Union Movements inside the auto plants, advocating a complete break from the labor establishment. By the 1970s, the tradition of independent race-based activism among Detroit's autoworkers continued to shape the politics of the city as Coleman Young became the city's first black mayor in 1973.
The Model T: A Centennial History
Call Number: H 629.2222 F7111CA
Just in time for the centennial celebration of the Model T, Robert Casey captures the remarkable story of that car's history and development and of its long-lasting impact on America. Here are the people who built the Model T and how, the folks who purchased it and why, and the profound technological leaps in mass production and mass consumption that we rightly associate with the Model T.
The Forests of Michigan
Call Number: H 634.9 D553
Like no other book currently available, The Forests of Michigan explores the natural history, ecology, and economic importance of the rich and varied forests that cover over half of the state's 37.3 million acres. The Forests of Michigan tells how the forests returned after the Wisconsin glacier retreated, and how they recovered from the onslaught of unrestrained logging and wildfire that virtually wiped them out. The emphasis of the book is a view of sustainability that builds not only upon the lessons learned from native peoples' attitude and use of trees but also on the latest scientific principles of forest ecology and management. Written in an engaging style, The Forests of Michigan sees the forest and the trees, offering a hearty serving of information as well as many anecdoctal delights.
Central Michigan University,
Call Number: H 378.774 C5413
Central Michigan University yearbooks for 1966 and 1967.
The Iron Hunter
Call Number: H 921 O802
This is the autobiography of one of Michigan's most influential and flamboyant historical figures: the reporter, publisher, explorer, politician, and twenty-seventh governor of Michigan, Chase Salmon Osborn (1860-1949). Making unprecedented use of the automobile in his 1910 campaign, Osborn ran a memorable campaign that was followed by an even more remarkable term as governor. In two years he eliminated Michigan's deficit, ended corruption, and produced the state's first workmen's compensation law and a reform of the electoral process. His autobiography reflects the energy and enthusiasm of a reformer inspired by the Progressive Movement, but it also reveals the poetic spirit of an adventurer who fell in love with Michigan's Upper Peninsula after traveling the world. Reprint of the edition originally published in New York by Macmillan in 1919.
Michigan's Capitol: Construction and Restoration
Call Number: H 725.1 S438
A history of the building and restoration of one of the nation's most prominent capitols. Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Finns in Michigan
Call Number: H 977.40049454 K217
Kaunonen examines the many schisms and splits that define the course of Finnish social life in Michigan. Michigan's Finns flocked to diverse cultural organizations that span a broad ideological spectrum. This book examines an extraordinarily wide range of organizations, including religious institutions, temperance societies, working-class political and labor groups, the cooperative movement, and a nationalist association of Finns.
History of the Finns in Michigan
Call Number: H 977.40049454 H7536
Originally published in Finnish in 1967 by Armas K. E. Holmio, History of the Finns in Michigan, translated into English by Ellen M. Ryynanen, brings the story of the contribution of Finnish immigrants into the mainstream of Michigan history. Holmio combines firsthand experience and personal contact with the first generation of Finnish immigrants with research in Finnish-language sources to create an important and compelling story of an immigrant group and its role in the development of Michigan. History of the Finns in Michigan is a fascinating story for historians interested in Finnish history, Michigan history, immigration studies, and nineteenth-and early-twentieth-century Great Lakes history.
Call Number: H 977.422 P226
Since losing its bid to become the state capital of Michigan in 1847, Marshall has won many awards and accolades. Home to the largest national historic landmark district in the country in the small urban category, Marshall has been called a “textbook of American architecture” by the National Parks Service. Marshall was one of the first four Michigan Main Street Communities and is the site of the oldest county fair in the state. In recent years, the community has been named one of the “dozen distinctive destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. - Book cover.
Great Lakes Indian Accomodation and Resistance During the Early Reservation Years, 1850-1900
Call Number: H 970.4 D199
During the four decades following the War of 1812, Great Lakes Indians were forced to surrender most of their ancestral homelands and begin refashioning their lives on reservations. The challenges Indians faced during this period could not have been greater. By centuries end, settlers, frontier developers, and federal bureaucrats possessed not only economic and political power but also the bulk of the regions resources. It is little wonder that policymakers in Washington and Ottawa alike anticipated the disappearance of distinctive Indian communities within a single generation. However, these predictions have proved false as Great Lakes Indian communities...have survived. Danziger's lively and insightful book documents the story of these Great Lakes Indians - a study not of vicitimization but of how Aboriginal communities and their leaders have determined their own destinies and preserved core values, lands and identities against all odds and despite ongoing marginalization. - Book jacket.
Call Number: H 977.449 M1671
This photographic panorama reflects the city's economic cycles and its institutions that have given Alma an enviable stability through the years. - Book cover
World War II Front Line Nurse
Call Number: H 921 M1478
In late 1942, along with so many others who signed up to support the war effort, thirty-year-old Mildred Radawiec left a comfortable position as a nurse at the University of Michigan Hospital and postponed her marriage to a soon-to-be doctor to volunteer as a surgical nurse in the major battle theaters of the war. Radawiec was one of thirty volunteers from the hospital surgical staff that comprised the University of Michigan Unit, the 298th General Hospital, as the University of Michigan Hospital was called. - Book cover
The Vernor's Story: from gnomes to now
Call Number: H 338.8 R854
Observing almost a century and a half of this great American thirst quencher, The Vernor's Story tells the tale of Vernor's passionate drive to make his brew the ginger ale of choice in the then fledgling business of carbonated soft drinks. - Book cover
Where Did Our Love Go?: The Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound
Call Number: H 781.644 G348 2007
Where Did Our Love Go? chronicles the rise and fall of Motown records while emphasizing the role of its dynamic founder, Berry Gordy Jr. First published in 1986, this classic work includes a new preface by Nelson George that identifies Motown's influence on young artists and music moguls of today, including R. Kelly, D'Angelo, Sean Combs, and Russell Simmons. - Book cover
Maritime Bay County
Call Number: H 977.447 B6558
Since the 1830s when the first hints of permanent settlers appeared on the banks near the mouth of the Saginaw River, the river and bay have supported the busy traffic of a major Great Lakes seaport, the humming saws of hundreds of lumber mills, the waves caused by countless vessel launches, and the many other sounds, sights, and smells indicative of industry and innovation. Bay City and West Bay City became major players in the lumbering, shipping, and shipbuilding industries on the Great Lakes from the mid-1800s into the 19th century. Indeed, innovation and perseverance have been the keys to Bay County's world-class maritime industry and culture that are still apparent today. - Book cover
Pontiac's War: Its Causes, Courses and Consequences
Call Number: H 973.2 M6291
For much of the 17th and 18th centuries, European Americans and Native Americans lived in harmony as traders and hunters, sharing cultures, and even taking spouses and raising families. However, after 1760, relations broke down, and resulted in the conflict known as Pontiac's War (1763-1765). Much of Northeast America was plunged into turmoil, forcing the British into a radical change in imperial policy regarding the colonies, which then broke down in the build up to the American Revolution. - Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.
Songquest: the journals of Great Lakes folklorist Ivan H. Walton
Call Number: H 921 W239
Ivan H. Walton was a pioneering folklorist who collected the songs and stories of aging sailors living along the shores of the Great Lakes in the 1930s. His collection is unique in the annals of Great Lakes folklore. It began as a search for songs but broadened into a collection of weather signs, shipboard beliefs, greenhorn tales, and stories of the intense rivalry between sailors and the steamboat men who replaced them. Edited by Joe Grimm, Songquest: The Journals of Great Lakes Folklorist Ivan H. Walton is a selection from the daily journals Walton wrote during his travels as a folklore collector. - Publisher's website
Kalamazoo Country Club 1909-2009
Call Number: H 728.40977417 B8592
Publication written in commemoration of the Kalamazoo Country Club's 100 year anniversary.
The Genealogist's Internet: The Bestselling Guide, 4th ed.
Call Number: H 929.10285 C5553
This accessible guide, now in its fourth edition, offers expert advice for researchers in a rapidly changing field. Designed both for those starting out and experienced family historians, its famous range and scope includes: major web sources of primary data for family historians, discussion groups and mailing lists devoted to genealogy, how to publish your family history on the web, and more.
The Wolves of Isle Royale: A Broken Balance
Call Number: H 599.773 P4857 2007
The Wolves of Isle Royale is author and wildlife biologist Rolf Peterson's fascinating firsthand account of the relationship that exists between the wolf and the moose on the island. Illustrated with over 100 photographs, this book reveals the true nature of the mysterious and little-understood wolf, and it offers novel solutions to the conservation crisis as the wolf population falters to its lowest recorded level. - Book cover
The Indians of Hungry Hollow
Call Number: H 970.21 D922
The Indians of Hungry Hollow tells a story of family life in the early decades of the twentieth century through the eyes and hearts of a small Indian community in Northern Michigan. Bill Dunlop, a respected Ottawa elder and storyteller, recounts the experiences of his youth as a Hungry Hollow native. Marcia Fountain-Blacklidge has faithfully taken down Bill's story and presents it to the reader here in this volume. - Book cover
Italians of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
Call Number: H 974.886 C576
In this unprecedented volume, nearly two hundred photographs collected from Italian American families still living in the Pittsburgh region illustrate aspects of the Italian immigrant experience in western Pennsylvania, including work, community, leisure, religion, and family life. - Book cover
Michigan Forest Communities: A Field Guide and Reference
Call Number: H 634.9 D553.1
A guide to Michigan forests.
Butterflies of the Great Lakes Region
Call Number: H 595.789 D735
Concise, easy-to-understand descriptions provide valuable information for butterfly identification and discovery - from abundant species to the rarest. With added detail on color and distinguishing marks, habitat, range, and food sources, Butterflies will give even novice butterfly enthusiasts the skills necessary to identify species found throughout the Great Lakes region. - Book cover
Guardian of the Great Lakes: The U.S. Paddle Frigate Michigan
Call Number: H 359.325 R6913
Guardian of the Great Lakes is the saga of the USS Michigan, an archetype iron-hulled war steamer launched in 1843. Its mission was to patrol the ofttimes volatile Great Lakes region, quelling port town civil disturbances, while at the same time rescuing both Canadian and American ships in distress.The Michigan found itself unavoidably attracted to calamity, leaving in its wake a collection of eyewitness accounts to these momentous yet largely forgotten occurences. Incidents such as the timber rebellion of the 1850s, which occurred in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan, are documented for the first time. Other episodes such as the assassination of "king" Strang on Beaver Island and the destruction of the community there are studied under the light of newly discovered sources. Still other chapters reveal the chaos created by the Civil War on the lakes, the destructive mining strikes of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the tragic, bloody, Fenian invasion of Canada.Between major calamities lay the vagaries of maritime life on the Great Lakes detailed in the records of the Michigan's crew. From their social and community life in Erie, Pennsylvania to storms, shipwrecks, and sickness, the records kept by the men and officers of the USS Michigan have helped to produce in this book an accurate and detailed narrative of naval and maritime life on the Great Lakes during this important period. - Publisher's website
Duets: Love Is Strange
Call Number: H 812 J73.2
This book is an evening of six one-act plays that explore the relationship between men and women, one couple at a time. By turns funny, explosive, tragic, and thoughtful, Duets can be a tour de force evening for two fine actors, providing a view of the human heart in the tender war of love. - Book preface
Call Number: H 371.8976 N8749 1975-76
Portage Northern Middle School yearbook from 1976
Blue and Gold
Call Number: H 371.8976 B6581 1960
Portage Junior High School yearbooks for 1959 and 1960.
Portage West Middle School
Call Number: H 371.8976 P845 1982
Portage West Middle School yearbooks from 1982 and 1992.
Portage Central Middle School yearbook
Call Number: H 371.8976 P841 1985
Portage Central Middle School yearbooks from 1984 and 1985.
Michigan: Our Land, Our Water, Our Heritage
Call Number: H 508.774 M6247
Included in this book are essays by nine acclaimed Michigan authors; numerous quotes from leading figures in Michigan; and full-color photographs by well-known Michigan photographers of the land, water, and shorelines of the Great Lakes state. - Book jacket
Sweetwater, Storms, and Spirits: Stories of the Great Lakes
Call Number: H FICTION SWEE
A collection of Great Lakes maritime short stories.
The Clans, Septs & Regiments of the Scottish Highlands
Call Number: H 929.6 A193
This book provides a detailed description of the clans, septs and regiments of the Scottish highlands.
Social Networking for Genealogists
Call Number: H 929.10285 S6459
This book describes the wide array of social networking services that are now available online and highlights how these services can be used by genealogists to share information, photos, and videos with family, friends, and other researchers. Each chapter guides you through a unique category of social networking services using genealogy-related examples. From blogs and wikis to Facebook and Second Life, author Drew Smith shows you how to incorporate these powerful new tools into your family history research. - Book cover
Insects of the Great Lakes Region
Call Number: H 595.7 D923
Guidebook to insects of the Great Lakes region.
Ancient Life of the Great Lakes Basin: Precambrian to Pleistocene
Call Number: H 560.977 H7476
This book provides a one-of-a-kind look at ancient life in the Great Lakes. Written for a broad audience, including individuals and professionals interested in the biology or geology of the Great Lakes region, the book describes most of the common fossils found in this region. - Book cover
Great Lakes for Sale: From Whitecaps to Bottlecaps
Call Number: H 333.91 D3891
Great Lakes for Sale is an important part of the effort to remind people why commercialization of Great Lakes water is a dangerous threat. It's not simply a matter of how much water in the short term is removed; the long-term threat is control of water and the possibility that non-Great Lakes interests will assert ownership of the very substance of the Great Lakes. - Publisher's website
Portage Central Middle School yearbook
Call Number: H 371.8976 P841 1985
The library has Portage Central Middle School yearbooks from 1984 and 1985.
How to Do Everything Genealogy, 2nd edition
Call Number: H 929.1 M8482
Fully updated and revised, this bestselling genealogy guide helps you tap into the wealth of global ancestry records and offers proven strategies for both traditional and electronic research. This book explores basic rules of genealogical evidence, evaluation of source materials, research methods, and successful techniques for web-based research. You'll get new information on DNA-based records, social networking sites, blogs, podcasts, the latest hardware and software, and much more. - From book cover
Saugatuck & Douglas: hand-altered Polaroid photographs
Call Number: H 779.477414 D2615
Cynthia Davis captures these Michigan landmarks in her unique pictures, which she creates by manipulating the gel-like chemicals in Polaroid photographs while they're still developing. This imbues her work with a dreamlike quality, somewhere between photorealism and impressionist painting. - From book jacket
Domino's Farms: A landmark office park in the country
Call Number: H 725.230977435 B7165
Domino's Farms is one of the nation's most extraordinary office parks, a modern architectural marvel in the heart of farm country. The story of Domino's Farms takes you behind the scenes in the design and construction of the half-mile-long, copper-roofed building called the "ultimate triumph" of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style. It offers an insightful glimpse into the visionary minds that created a Class-A workplace in the midst of rolling croplands. - From book jacket
Sharing the Balance of Power: an examination of shared power in the Michigan House of Representatives, 1993-94
Call Number: H 328.774 L8259
Like national politicians, state legislators all too often focus on partisanship instead of policy making, engaging themselves in rancorous debate that achieves little beyond gridlock. However, during one short period in Michigan's history, legislators stopped bickering and focused on forging compromise. Daniel Loepp's Sharing the Balance of Power chronicles the 87th Michigan Legislature (1993-1994), in which Republicans and Democrats successfully shared power. - Publisher's website
Record of Indentures of Individuals Bound Out as Apprentices, Servants, Etc.
Call Number: H 929.3748 R3114
Record of indentures of individuals bound out as apprentices, servants, etc. and of German and other redemptioners in the Office of the Mayor of the city of Philadelphia, October 3, 1771 to October 5, 1773. - Book cover
Virginia Historical Genealogies
Call Number: H 929.3755 B6662
Historical genealogies of families from Virginia.
Virginia Soldiers of 1776
Call Number: H 929.3755 V8174 V.1
Compiled from documents on file in the Virginia Land Office together with material found in the Archives Department of the Virginia State Library, and other reliable sources. - From book cover
The Power of a Promise: Education and Economic Renewal in Kalamazoo
Call Number: H 378.30977417 M6471
When a group of anonymous donors announced in 2005 that they would send every graduate of this midsized, public school district to college for free, few within or outside Kalamazoo, Michigan, understood the magnitude of the gesture. Now, in the first comprehensive account of the Kalamazoo Promise, Michelle Miller-Adams charts its initial impact as well as its potential to bring fundamental economic and social change to a community hurt by job loss, depopulation, and racial divides. - From book jacket.
A Field Guide For Genealogists, second edition
Call Number: H 929.1 J165
You are sitting in a library and have just reached a dead end... Or you are doing research in a courthouse when you come upon a term in a will or a measurement in a land record that you don't understand... In order to understand some of the things we run into as genealogists, it seems like we need to carry around a library with us. Of course we just can't. Even if we could we wouldn't know how to make the best use of it anyway. Hopefully this little book will be a viable alternative - a useful tool which we can take with us in our purses or briefcases - that can help answer those little questions that come up. - Book Preface.
The Plank Road and the First Railroad: From Marquette, MI to Negaunee and Ishpeming,1845-1857
Call Number: H 977.496 D6357
This book offers a complete history of three roads: the plank road, the first railroad and the first wagon road. The book contains photos, maps and five appendixes.
The Sleuth Book for Genealogists
Call Number: H 929.1 C948.2
This book includes advice on determining your research goal, organizing what you know, practicing 'cluster genealogy' research, documenting your research and deciding whether you've answered your research questions. - From book cover.
Abstracts of Wills, Administrations, and Marriages of Fauquier County, Virginia 1759-1800
King, J. Estelle
Call Number: H 929.3755275 K531
This book also contains cemetery inscriptions, rent rolls, and other data. - Book cover
Denizations and Naturalizations in the British Colonies in America, 1607-1775
Call Number: H 929.373 B665.1
This book contains a list of the denizations and naturalizations in the British Colonies in America from 1607-1775.
Marriage Notices 1785-1794 for the Whole United States
Call Number: H 929.373 M3592
Marriage notices from the Massachusetts Centinel and the Columbian Centinel.
Wills and Administrations of Elizabeth City County Virginia 1688-1800
Call Number: H 929.3755412 C4661
Wills and administrations from Elizabeth City County, Virginia.
The Michigan Roadside Naturalist
Call Number: H 574.9774 H747
Michigan's highways traverse a wonderful mix of geological, biological and archaeological features that are often missed by busy travelers whose main purpose is getting from one place to another. Some of these sights may be easily recognized from the car window, while others may be enjoyed by making short diversions. This book is meant to be a guide for the discovery of such features, either for persons merely passing through, or for those who wish to more thoroughly enjoy the natural treasures of the state. - From book preface.
The German and Swiss Settlements of Colonial Pennsylvania: A Study of the So-Called Pennsylvania Dutch
Call Number: H 974.8 K9621
In scarcely 200 pages, Professor Kuhns has surveyed the factors that compelled roughly 100,000 emigrants from the Palatinate, Wurtenberg, Zweibrucken, and other principalities in southern Germany to settle in Pennsylvania between 1683 and 1776 and establish a new way of life in their adopted homeland...The entire process of immigration is captured in vivid descriptions of (often unscrupulous) immigrant recruitment, the difficult passage across the Atlantic, indentured servitude, and settling on the land...Concluding as it does with a chapter on the Revolution, in which we discover which Pennsylvania-Germans were patriots and which were pacifists, The German and Swiss Settlements of Colonial Pennsylvania is one volume that will hold the interest of Americans of colonial German descent from cover to cover. - From publisher's website.
Scots-Irish Links 1825-1900
Call Number: H 929.3411 D635.6
Throughout the seventeenth century there was substantial emigration from Scotland to Ireland, this changed during the eighteenth century when the majority of Scottish emigrants were bound for North America and relatively few moved to Ireland. The late eighteenth century witnessed the rise of Irish settlement in Scotland which by the mid-nineteenth century had become substantial...However there was still some movement from Scotland to Ireland during the Victorian period, albeit small scale. This book identifies some of these migrants, and others with links to Scotland, as well as graduates of the University of Glasgow with Irish links. Research was based mainly on documentary sources in the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh, as well as some published contemporary material in the Library of the University of St. Andrews. - From book introduction.
Abstracts of the Testamentary Proceedings of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, Volume I: 1658-1674
Skinner Jr., V.
Call Number: H 929.3752 S6285 V.1
We have in our collection Volumes 1-8, 10-13, 16, 17 and 18.
An alphabetical index to Ulster Emigration to Philadelphia: 1803-1850
Call Number: H 929.3416 A2166
This book was written to readily provide the sort of information the amateur as well as professional researcher is looking for, particularly with respect to the places of origin of the early 19th century Irish emigrant. Research sources include a townland index first printed in Dublin in 1861, Customs Lists and Passenger Lists contained in the National Archives, existing passenger lists recorded voluntarily by ship's masters of the Cunard and Cooke shipping lines, and civil parish emigration lists retained by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. - From book introduction.
Pensioners of the United States 1818
United States War Department,
Call Number: H 973.3 U5882.1
A list of all the pensioners of the United States, the sum annually paid to each, and the states or territories in which the pensioners were paid. - p.5 of book.
Baltimore County Families, 1659-1759
Call Number: H 929.375271 B2615
This book is the story of the hundreds of families - and thousands of individuals - who settled along the banks of the Patapsco, Gunpowder, and Susquehanna rivers and their tributaries during the first hundred years of the county's existence. - From book introduction.
Tennessee Soldiers in the Revolution
Call Number: H 929.3768 A4283
The Revolutionary history of Tennessee belongs to her mother state, and in the archives of North Carolina are to be found many interesting records of the valorous services performed by the men on her western frontier during the Struggle for Independence. This list of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots is taken from the unpublished Revolutionary Army Accounts of North Carolina which are a part of the State Archives, at Raleigh. - Book introduction and preface.
Irish Emigrants in North America
Call Number: H 929.3415 D635.1 PT. 1, 2 & 3
These books contain lists of Irish emigrants who settled in North America and offer referrals to other sources in which further information can be found. We have four books containing parts 1-7 of the series.
Shipwrecks of Isle Royale National Park: The Archaeological Survey
Call Number: H 977.49 L5665
Within the boundaries of Michigan's Isle Royale National Park lie the remains of some of this nation's most famous shipwrecks. In this special edition, for the first time the park's underwater shipwreck museum is revealed to the general public.-Book cover
Paths of Destruction: The Story of West Michigan's Worst Natural Disaster, the Tornadoes of April 3, 1956
Call Number: H 977.4 O858
Over 50 years ago, on April 3, 1956, five tornadoes, spawned by a squall line of devastating "supercell" storms, roared through West Michigan destroying hundreds of buildings from South Haven to Traverse City, and leaving 18 fatalities in their wake. Those who experienced the storm, especially those who lost loved ones to its ferocity, will never forget its power. For succeeding generations, however, it is only a story told in quiet tones by older family members. They have not seen entire buildings explode, or cars and trees hurled about as though they were toys. Nor have they experienced helplessness in the face of nature's power. To understand those experiences they must turn to the memoriesand photographs preserved in this book.-Book cover.
Index to Marriages and Deaths in the New York Herald vol. 4
Call Number: H 929.37471 M214 V.4
This book is the fourth volume of the series and covers 1871-1876.
Erin's Sons: Irish Arrivals in Atlantic Canada 1761-1853
Call Number: H 929.3415 P9842 V.1
Atlantic Canada's records are fewer and less informative than those of New England and New York from the same period. Genealogists in eastern Canada search records in the adjacent seaboard of the United States in pursuit of information lacking nearer to home. Yet, poor as Atlantic Canada's colonial documentation may be, it often contains details about people in Ireland that cannot be found in Irish records. -Book Introduction.We have both volumes one and two.
Fishes of the Great Lakes Region, revised ed.
Call Number: H 597 H87.1U 2004
For everyday anglers, armchair enthusiasts, and serious students, Hubbs and Lagler's text remains the definitive work in the identification and study of fishes of this important freshwater region. - Book cover
Die Trying: One Man's Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits
Call Number: H 921 P229
At the age of 26, Bo Parfet seemed like just another ordinary guy working as an investment banker at J.P. Morgan when he arranged his first major mountain climb - of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest and fiercest mountain. He was no professional climber, nor was he in any kind of shape to be tackling any major peak. But in just four years, with perseverance and unbelievable courage, he managed to successfully complete his quest to scale all Seven Summits. - Book jacket.
Fred Meijer: Stories of His Life
Call Number: H 921 M5115S
Retailing pioneer Fred Meijer comes alive in the pages of this intimate biography, told in part by the people in Fred's life-from store cashiers to American presidents. Astute businessman, visionary arts patron, homespun philosopher-Fred is a man of many parts. His story weaves a chronicle of how to succeed in business, how to shape one's life, how to leave the world a better place, and how to have fun along the way. - Book cover.
Edge of Empire: Documents of Michilimackinac, 1671-1716
Call Number: H 977.4923 E232
Edge of Empire provides both an overview and an intensely detailed look at Michilimackinac at a very specific period of history. While the introduction offers an overview of the French fur trade, of the place of Michilimackinac in that network, and of what Michilimackinac was like in the years up to 1716, the body of the book is comprised of sixty-one French-language documents, now translated into English. - Book jacket.
Ontario People: 1796-1803
Call Number: H 929.3713 O597
This book contains a transcription of the District Loyalist Rolls of 1796. These rolls have been carefully transcribed for the first time by Dr. E. Keith Fitzgerald, who has supplemented the 4,000 entries with further data from his own research. Details supplied by the settlers, the magistrates, and by Dr. Fitzgerald now provide a rich source of information on the early inhabitants of Ontario. Some entries show, for example, relationships, deaths, military service, maiden names of married women, and remarriage of widows. - Publisher's website.
Isabella County 1859-2009
Call Number: H 977.451 W523
History of Isabella County, Michigan.
Mayflower Families Through Five Generations
Call Number: H 929.374 M468 V.2
Recently acquired new volumes include Vol 20 pt. 2 and 3; Vol 21; Vol. 22; and Vol. 23 pt. 1.
Mayflower Source Records
Call Number: H 929.37448 M4689
Primary data concerning Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the Islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.-From book cover.
Twelve Virginia Counties: Where Western Migration Began
Call Number: H 975.5 G994
This is a scholarly and informative account of the origin and settlement of the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Caroline, Essex, Gloucester, Goochland, Hanover, King William, King and Queen, Louisa, New Kent, and Orange, and of the people and events associated with their history. It was from these counties, constituting a narrow corridor extending from the basin of the York River, that the historic migrations into Kentucky and the Northwest Territory originated. - Publisher's website.
Ninety Years Crossing Lake Michigan: The History of the Ann Arbor Car Ferries
Brown Jr., Grant
Call Number: H 386.6 B87799
In 1892, the Ann Arbor Car Ferries shook the transportation world by doing what was then deemed impossible—carrying loaded railroad cars by ship across the sixty-two miles of open water between Frankfort, Michigan, and Kewaunee, Wisconsin. With passion, acuity, and remarkable detail, Grant Brown describes the nearly one hundred years of crossings—from their beginnings with James Ashley's bold new idea of car ferrying down to the last fight for survival before the Michigan Interstate Railway Company finally closed in 1982. This book draws on ships' logs from various museums, over two thousand newspaper articles, annual reports from 1889 through 1976, and interviews with former employees. The result is a living history of the ships, the crews, and their adventures; of the men who built and ran the business; and of the enormous influence the vessels had on the communities they served. - Publisher's website.
Legend yearbook 1996
Portage Northern High School,
Call Number: H 371.8976 L511
1996 Legend yearbook for Portage Northern High School.
Portage Central High School yearbook 1979
Portage Central High School,
Call Number: H 371.8976 R8598
Portage Central High School yearbook 1979.
Lines Drawn Upon the Water: First Nations and the Great Lakes Borders and Borderlands
Call Number: H 977.00497 L7547
The First Nations who have lived in the Great Lakes watershed have been strongly influenced by the imposition of colonial and national boundaries there. This book examines the impact of the Canadian-American border on their communities, with reference to national efforts to enforce the boundary and the determination of local groups to pursue their interests and define themselves. - From book cover.
Frankenmuth Historical Association
Call Number: H 977.446 F8297
Over 200 photos from the archives of the Frankenmuth Historical Association tell the story of Frankenmuth in it’s early years up to World War II. Each photo was researched and captioned in order to present a fascinating glimpse into the past of this unique German heritage city. - Frankenmuth Historical Association
New Englanders in the 1600s: A Guide to Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2005
Call Number: H 929.374 H739
New Englanders in the 1600s: A Guide to Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2005 will help researchers find the best current genealogical writing about seventeenth-century New England families. All levels of researchers, from the beginner to the professional, will find the book helpful for finding articles, single- and multi-family genealogies, and other scholarly compendia covering New England immigrants born before the year 1700. Entries are alphabetized by surname; each entry contains enough information for you to locate the research that has been done on that particular person, and also indicates which publications mention other family members, ties to royalty, full-family genealogies, and/or DNA studies. Mr. Hollick, a professional genealogist, has included listings for over 3,600 families. - Publisher
In Sunlight or in Shadow
Call Number: H 782.42079 W6784
How a little café in a little town in Michigan touched hearts around the world with a 50-hour Danny Boy Marathon. - Sub-title
Family Maps of Berrien County, Michigan
Call Number: H 912.77411 B7895
Maps and land records for Kalamazoo, Berrien, Barry, Cass, Allegan, Branch, Calhoun, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties.
Detroit: City of Champions
Call Number: H 796.0440977434 A958
Detroit. 1935. In the midst of the worst economic crisis in the history of the United States, one city had reason to celebrate. This is the story of that incredible sports season, brought to life through the words of the people who lived it. It is the story of sports heroes who raised the standard of athletic achievement to a higher level. This is the story of Detroit, and how it became known as the "City of Champions."
Directory of Genealogical and Historical Societies, Libraries and Periodicals in the U.S. and Canada
Call Number: H 929.1025 D58851
Genealogical and historical directory.
International Vital Records Handbook
Call Number: H 929.1 K32 2009
The International Vital Records Handbook offers complete up-to-date information on how and where to request vital records. It also includes copies of the application forms, where available, thus simplifying and speeding up the process by which all vital records are obtained.
Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice
Call Number: H 363.69 T983 2009
This is the only book to cover the gamut of preservation issues in layman's language: the philosophy and history of the movement, the role of government, the documentation and designation of historic properties, sensitive architectural designs and planning, preservation technology, heritage tourism, plus a survey of architectural styles.-Book cover.
Buying Time for Heritage: How to Save an Endangered Historic Property
Call Number: H 363.69 H8494
J. Myrick Howard provides practical tips on how a neighborhood, downtown, or preservation group can get involved in beneficial real estate work with only modest resources. Inspiring photographs illustrate his premise that a property is rarely "too far gone" to be renovated, and the rewards of renovation are abundant. Buyers of PNC properties have put them to a multitude of new uses, adding millions of dollars to local tax rolls and creating numerous jobs. Several properties have been adapted into affordable housing, and thousands of acres of open space have been placed under protective covenants, perpetually restricting their development. Rather than face off against developers, PNC itself has become a developer--for community benefit. This volume offers a model for other organizations working to make historic communities thrive.-Publisher's website
Encyclopedia of Women and Baseball
Call Number: H 796.35708203 E5648
This ambitious encyclopedia provides information on women players, managers, teams, leagues and issues since the mid-19th century. Players are listed by maiden name with married name, when known, in parentheses. Information provided includes birth date, death date, team, dates of play, career statistics and brief biographical notes when available.-Book cover.
Finding Your Italian Ancestors: A Beginner's Guide
Call Number: H 929.345 A217
For millions of Americans, home means Italy, where their roots started years ago. In this book, you'll discover the tools you need to trace your ancestors back to the homeland. Learn how and where to find records in the United States and Italy, get practical advice on deciphering those hard-to-read documents, and explore valuable online resources. The guide also includes maps, multiple glossaries, and an extensive bibliography.
Sirens of Chrome: The Enduring Allure of Auto Show Models
Call Number: H 338.476292 K9253
Dozens of photos, programs and posters culled from libraries, corporate files, and auto enthusiast portfolios.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Call Number: H 977.49 P573
Images of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
The Toldeo War: The First Michigan-Ohio Rivalry
Call Number: H 977.1 F1153
The story of the dispute over land ownership between Michigan and Ohio.
Call Number: H 977.455 A465
Archival photographs of people and places from Alpine Township's history.
Finding Anyone, Anywhere, Anywhen
Call Number: H 025.04 E463
The Internet is the most powerful research tool available today, but there are tricks to using it to its full potential. Noel Montgomery Elliot reveals what he's learned over his 35 years of research experience, including the most common mistakes people make when trying to locate ancestors who lived a century or more ago. He reveals how the little-known science called onomatology is one of the keys to unlocking genealogical research in the distant past, and he shows how easy it is to open the door. - Publisher's website
Tracing Your Scottish Family History
Call Number: H 929.3411 A2396
Professional genealogist Anthony Adolph gives you the tools, information and inspiration to trace your Scottish ancestry whether you start your search from Scotland or from elsewhere in the world. He shares hundreds of links to enable you to search the vast number of records now available online, in addition to other Scottish sources such as archives and libraries. He describes in detail how to proceed step by step, source by source through your genealogical search, illustrating the process with real-life examplesalong the way.-Book jacket
Copts in Michigan
Call Number: H 281.72 D5532
Granted exceptional access to the Coptic community, Eliot Dickinson provides the first in-depth profile of this unique and remarkably successful immigrant group. Drawing on personal interviews to infuse the book with warmth and depth.-Book cover
Gene the Pumpkin Man: 50th Year of the Pumpkin Farm
Call Number: H 977.418 R476
Carol Rhodes is the Pumpkin Lady and tells an entertaining and educational story for children from four to eighty-four. She describes the history of the centennial farm and her husband who is one of the largest growers of retail pumpkin sales in Michigan.-Book cover
Greetings From St. Joseph, Michigan
Call Number: H 977.411 M996.2
This book's lively narrative spans the Colonial Era to the 21st century and includes chapters on St. Joseph's domestic architecture, downtown, industries, transportation, schools, churches and cultural organizations.-Book cover
Tahquamenon Country: A Look At Its Past
Call Number: H 977.4925 T2392
Taylor's unique and perceptive story contains a wealth of historical information. Though written over a quarter of a century ago, this culmination of a lifetime spent collecting and documenting the rich history of Tahquamenon area of Michigan is still a strong Michigan history volume.-Book introduction.
Child of the Sit-Downs: The Revolutionary Life of Genora Dollinger
Call Number: H 921 D6655J
Genora Dollinger helped create the Women's Emergency Brigade (WEB). She and her followers waded into the fray against the Flint police, the Pinkertons, and local officials sympathetic to GM, helping to achieve victory for the United Auto Workers and generating the first contract ever signed between GM and the UAW.-Book jacket.
The U.P. Goes to War: Upper Michigan and Its Heroes in World War II
Call Number: H 940.537749 C428
A book celebrating the Upper Peninsula men and women who helped win the war. There are over 2,000 names: U.P. admirals and generals, Pearl Harbor fatalities, and our Medal of Honor winners. Learn about U.P. war industries, rationing, censorship, bond and scrap drives, overseas reunions, wartime sports, and the six U.P. confinement camps.-Book cover.
The Detroit Tigers: A Pictorial Celebration of the Greatest Players and Moments in Tigers History
Call Number: H 796.357640977434 A5523 2008
The fourth edition of The Detroit Tigers begins with the historic final season of baseball at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull and prepares for a new century of baseball at Comerica Park, where the team has already made memories. Anderson has traveled the country to find the most interesting and rarely seen photos for this volume, visiting all major repositories of baseball photographs as well as private collections.-Book jacket.
Historic Photos of University of Michigan Football
Call Number: H 796.332630977435 O137
Selected from the extensive collection at the University of Michigan's Bentley Historical Library, the dramatic photos in this volume include rarities from games in the early 1900s, classic showdowns between Michigan and Ohio State, and All-American athletes such as the first Michigan Wolverine to win the Heisman trophy. In vivid black-and-white, the first hundred years of Michigan football unfold in these remarkable images of the players, coaches and fans.-Book jacket.
Hillside Middle School Eagles Yearbook
Call Number: H 371.8976 H665
Hillside Middle School yearbooks from 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 school years.
Island Folk: The People of Isle Royale
Call Number: H 977.4997 O391
The history of a working fishing community comes alive in this collection of stories from the people who made a life on Isle Royale.-Book cover
Yankees in Michigan
Call Number: H 304.8774074 W74
As Brian C. Wilson describes them in this highly readable and entertaining book, Yankees - defined by their shared culture and sense of identity - had a number of distinctive traits and sought to impose their ideas across the state of Michigan. After the ethnic label of "Yankee" fell out of use, the offspring of Yankees appropriated the term "Midwesterner." So fused did the identities of Yankee and Midwesterner become that understanding the larger story of America's Midwestern regional identity begins with Yankees in Michigan.-Book cover.
Summer Dreams: The Story of Bob-Lo Island
Call Number: H 791.068713 L787
Located twenty miles south of Detroit where the Detroit River meets Lake Erie, Bob-lo Island was the ultimate summer playground for families from Detroit and Windsor for nearly one hundred years. In its heyday, the island housed an amusement park with one of the world’s largest dance halls, an elegant restaurant, and a hand-carved carousel. It also employed two large Frank Kirby–designed ferry steamers—complete with dancing and other entertainment—to transport patrons to and from the island, which was not accessible by car. In Summer Dreams, author Patrick Livingston tells the story of Bob-lo from its discovery by French explorers to its subsequent use by missionaries, British military men, escaped slaves, farmers, and finally the wealthy class, who developed the island as a summer resort.-Publisher's website
Call Number: H 977.414 W6426.1
Contains images of historical Otsego alongside contemporary ones.
Historic Photos of Ann Arbor
Call Number: H 977.435 G612
Published in striking black-and-white, these images communicate the historic events and everyday life of two centuries of Americans and two centuries of an important American city.-Book cover
This Land, the Ontonagon
Call Number: H 977.4985 J652
A local history of Ontonagon, Michigan.
More Dating of Old Photographs 1840-1929
Call Number: H 779.0722 M8353
This book contains 120 pages of old photographs from the 1840s to the 1920s. New to this edition are sections dedicated to unusual and hand-colored photographs. -Book cover
Glimpses of Grand Traverse Past: Reflections on a Local History
Call Number: H 977.464 F451
This book contains discussions focused on important historical events, artifacts, and institutions of the Grand traverse area.
Sharing the Wealth: The Biography of a Cheerful Giver, Automotive Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist, Peter C. Cook
Call Number: H 921 C7717L
Peter C. Cook is one of West Michigan's most successful businessmen and one of today's leading philanthropists in the region. - Introduction
Pewabic: Deadly Waters
Call Number: H FICTION REYN
The beautiful summer evening of August 9, 1865, just at sunset in Lake Huron off Alpena, Michigan, was a tragic time and place when the Propeller Pewabic sank with a loss of more than one hundred-twenty-five lives. Down-bound from the Soo, the Pewabic collided with its sister propeller, the Meteor, upbound from Detroit. The encounter between the two vessels has gone down in the annals as the seventh worst catastrophe with loss of lives in Great Lakes shipping disasters. - Book cover
David Buick's Marvelous Motor Car: The Men and the Automobile that Launched General Motors
Call Number: H 338.76292222 B9321G
The first detailed look at the life of David Buick. - Book cover
The Town That Wouldn't Die: A Photographic History of Alpena, Michigan from its Beginnings through 1940
Call Number: H 977.481 H197.1
Local history of Alpena, Michigan.
Michigan State College: John Hannah and the Creation of a World University, 1926-1969
Call Number: H 378.77427 T4554
The second volume in the sesquicentennial history of Michigan State University.
The Witching Voice: A Novel From the Life of Robert Burns
Call Number: H FICTION JOHN
This novel brings to life the crucial years from 1784 to 1788, when Burns rose from poverty and obscurity as an Ayrshire farmer to nationwide acclaim and lionizing by the aristocracy of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital and a bastion of the European Enlightenment. - Book cover
Lady Elgin: The Lady is Down
Call Number: H FICTION REYN
On the early morning of Septmeber 8, 1860, the side-paddle-wheeler Lady Elgin, sank off shore of Winnetka, Illinois, with a loss of over 298 lives. The steamer had been to Chicago for an excursion of supporters of Stephen Douglas for President and were returning to Milwaukee when it was struck by a lumber hooker in a heavy storm sweeping through the area. Pre-Civil War background is given regarding the possible secession by the State of Wisconsin from the Union in the event Douglas was to be elected president. The Lady Elgin rates second in loss of lives in a Great Lakes shipping disaster. -Book cover
Cemeteries of St. Joseph County, Michigan 1800-1990, Vol. 5
St. Joseph County Genealogical Society,
Call Number: H 977.419 C394 V.5
Transcriptions of St. Joseph County, MI cemeteries, volume 5.
Cemeteries of St. Joseph County, Michigan 1800-1990 Vol.4
St. Joseph County Genealogical Society,
Call Number: H 977.419 C394 V.4
Transcriptions of St. Joseph County, MI cemeteries, volume 4.
Alpena Gleanings and Stones From Her Granite Gardens
Call Number: H 977.481 H197
History of Alpena, Michigan.
Griffith: Smoke on the Waters
Call Number: H FICTION REYN
In the early morning hours of June 17, 1850, the side-paddle wheel steamer G.P. Griffith, carrying over three hundred English, Irish and German immigrants caught fire and ran aground in Lake Erie off Cleveland, Ohio. Only thirty men and one woman survived. The sinking is regarded as the third most tragic number of deaths in a Great Lakes shipping disaster. The Griffith is about who these people were, how they came to be aboard the Griffith and how she caught fire and sank. - Book cover.
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse: A History & Pictorial Souvenir
Call Number: H 387.15509774923 B8599
History and pictorial souvenir of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.
Dating Old Photographs: 1840-1929
Call Number: H 779.0722 D234
Features more than 650 reproductions of old photographs covering the period from 1840 to 1929. - Book cover
Ludington State Park: Queen of the North
Call Number: H 779.360977461 R326
For more than a year, international-award winning photographers Todd and Brad Reed made it their quest to photograph every angle, every mood of Ludington State Park. The fruits of their journey are the breathtaking images in this book. - Book jacket
Ontonagon Lighthouse Journal
Call Number: H 387.15509774985 O598
These 3 volumes contain the journal entries of lighhouse keepers from 1872-1951.
The U.S. Army in the War of 1812: An Operational and Command Study
Call Number: H 973.524 Q69 V.1
This two volume set deals with the operations of the army, the problems relating to the high command, and the direction of the war, as well as the search for effective field commanders during the War of 1812.-Book preface
Google Your Family Tree: Unlock the Hidden Power of Google
Call Number: H 025.069291 L9872
A guidebook that teaches family historians how to unlock the hidden power of the Internet's most popular search engine.
The Michigan Central Railroad: History of the Main Line, 1846-1901
Call Number: H 385.09774 M386
In pioneer America, the Michigan Central Railroad became the major route between east and west, linking older states and their restless populations to young cities like Detroit and Chicago, and to the wide open spaces beyond. Now, for the first time in book form, historian Nick Marsh systematically relates the colorful story of this legendary enterprise, drawing on numerous archival records, photographs and artifacts. The MCRR story is a story of toil, triumph, and tragedy. Marsh includes chapters on the railroad's construction, its conversion from a state-owned to a private enterprise, the sad ending to a Michigan farmers' rebellion, the involvement of William H. Vanderbilt, and the "empire building" of the visionary James F. Joy. - Wayne Stevens, Ann Arbor historian (from cover)
Lake Effect: A Deckhand's Journey on the Great Lakes Freighters
Call Number: H 921 H6477
A deckhand's coming-of-age story of sailing the Great Lakes steamboats during the social and political turbulence of the early 1970s, "Lake Effect" is a vivid and memorable account, told in an entertaining narrative style, of life aboard the giant ore boats. This humorous yet poignant memoir follows his voyage of self-discovery. - cover
Point Betsie: Lightkeeping and Lifesaving on Northeastern Lake Michigan
Call Number: H 387.15509774632 H396
Point Betsie: Lightkeeping and Lifesaving on Northeastern Lake Michigan is the compelling story of a key Great Lakes lighthouse whose beam has pierced night skies for 150 years. This rich history recounts the efforts of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard on Lake Michigan's wreck-strewn northeastern coast, near the treacherous Manitou Passage. - from publisher
A "Guest" of the Confederacy: The Civil War Letters & Diaries of Alonzo M. Keeler
Call Number: H 973.781 K263
This story, factually written, is of an officer serving in the Union Army during the War of the Rebellion. Through his daily diary entries and the several letters that he wrote to family members, the day-to-day tasks, responsibilities, and obligations he assumed, even as a prisoner of war, provide us with a glimpse into life as it existed during this conflict in our nation's history. - Cover
Alpena County Michigan Sesquicentennial: History and Families1857-2007
Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society,
Call Number: H 977.481 A4561
History of Alpena County, Michigan from 1857-2007.
This Ontonagon Country: The Story of an American Frontier
Call Number: H 977.4985 J326
History of Ontonagon County, Michigan.
Call Number: H 977.492 P573
Mackinac Island by Terry W. Phipps is a tour guide through this country's second national park. - Cover
Jiffy: A Family Tradition
Call Number: H 338.7 R4626
Nearly eighty years ago, American housewife Mabel Holmes decided to make a biscuit mix so easy that "a man could do it." She began to experiment in her own kitchen, and several months later, the family's milling business, tucked away in the tiny village of Chelsea, Michigan, was selling "Jiffy" Biscuit Mix, America's first prepared baking mix.This is the story of the Holmes family and their local employees who joined together to make Chelsea Milling Company what it is today—a touchstone for any business trying to survive in the modern world. - Cover
Parkview Hills: "We Belong to the Land"
Call Number: H 977.417 W2351
The conviction that mankind's physical & spiritual survival is linked inexorably to the land defined the life of Dr. H. Lewis Batts, Jr. & the community he co-founded with Burton Upjohn: Parkview Hills.Thus this book is both the story of the land itself and of the people whose lives have been rooted in it. From the Native Americans who hunted and farmed the land generations ago, to the pioneers who found a rich diversity of plants and wildlife still thriving there, to the founders and residents of Parkview Hills who have worked to maintain that vitality, people author the story of this land. - Cover
Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II
Call Number: H 921 L8968R
She flew the swift P-51 and the capricious P-38, but the heavy, four-engine B-17 bomber and C-54 transport were her forte. This is the story of Nancy Harkness Love who, early in World War II, recruited and led the first group of twenty-eight women to fly military aircraft for the U.S. Army. - Book jacket
Liberty Hyde Bailey: Essential Agrarian and Environmental Writings
Call Number: H 630 B1551
A trained scientist writing in the lyrical tradition of Emerson, Burroughs, and Muir, Bailey offered the twentieth century its first exquisitely interdisciplinary biocentric worldview; this Michigan farmer's son defined the intellectual and spiritual foundations of what would become the environmental movement. - Book jacket.
Haunted Lake Huron: [Lake Myths, Wrecks & Spirits]
Call Number: H 133.109774 S8815
This is the third volume in the Haunted Great Lakes series continuing the tradition of bringing ghost lovers everywhere a fresh batch of spookiness. Full of ghosts, superstitions and cursed ships from Lake Huron's shores, islands and lighthouses, including a complete chapter on the ghosts of Mackinac Island and tales from Sarnia to Manitoulin and beyond. - Book jacket.
Of Woods and Water: A Photographic Journey Across Michigan
Call Number: H 779.3609774 L583
Celebrated photographers Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan explore the diversity of Michigan landscapes in their latest collection of photographs. Forests, prairies, savannas, wetlands, the shorelines of four Great Lakes, and the variety of terrain that crosses the Upper Peninsula are featured in more than 140 color images. - Book jacket.
Call Number: H 977.487 F898.1
This collection of images of Cheboygan and the surrounding area highlights its birth and growth from boomtown to vacation destination. - Book Jacket.
Bloodstoppers and Bearwalkers: Folk Traditions of Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Call Number: H 398.2097749 D718 2008
This new edition, with a critical introduction and an appendix of additional tales selected by James P. Leary, restores and expands Dorson's classic contribution to American folklore. Engaging and well informed, the book presents and ponders the folk narratives of the region's loggers, miners, lake sailors, trappers and townsfolk. - Book cover.
A Diver's Guide to Shipwrecks: Along Lake Superior's North Shore
Call Number: H 917.749 D1848
Readers will learn not only the maritime history and structural details of the original vessels, they'll also find the fascinating stories of the wrecks themselves - how they happened, what actions were taken to save both crew and vessels, and the modern-day efforts to preserve these sites. With detailed descriptions and hundreds of photographs, charts, and diagrams...this book will appeal equally to anyone who has ever wondered what nautical mysteries lie beneath the waves of the greatest of the Great Lakes. - From book cover
Billy Durant: Creator of General Motors
Call Number: H 921 D949G
This account of the career of William Crapo Durant is based in part on unpublished manuscripts and documents and on interviews with his widow, two of his personal secretaries and others who knew his well. - Foreword.
Shining Big Sea Water: The Story of Lake Superior
Call Number: H 977.49 R5955
In Shining Big Sea Water, historian Norman K. Risjord offers a grand tour of Lake Superior's remarkable history, taking readers through the centuries and into the lives of those who have traveled the lake and inhabited its shores.Through lively, informative chapters, Risjord begins with the lake's cataclysmic geological birth, then explores the lives of native peoples along the shore before European contact and during the fur trade, showing how Superior functioned as a "blue-water highway" for Indians, early explorers, industries, and settlers. He outlines the development of such cities as Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; Ashland, Wisconsin; and Two Harbors, Minnesota, and tells the fascinating histories of life-saving lighthouses and famous shipwrecks. In the final chapter, Risjord looks to the future, offering a clear-eyed account of the environmental and economic challenges faced by America's largest freshwater lake. Interspersed throughout the book are handy tips for travelers, highlighting historically significant sites that illustrate key pieces of Lake Superior's natural and human history, including national lakeshores in the United States and provincial parks in Canada.
Public Gardens of Michigan
Call Number: H 712 R982
Michigan's glorious public gardens display the rich tapestry of the garden design traditions of the Great Lakes State. The earliest public gardens date from 1701, when Cadillac founded Detroit. These French baroque style elements, their Dutch counterparts, and the English Landscape tradition brought by waves of settlers, exist side by side with more recent influences such as the Arts and Crafts movement, Japanese gardens, and industrial motifs. Vast industrial fortunes allowed tycoons such as Henry Ford, Edsel and Eleanor Ford, and Charles Stewart Mott to build immense estates with beautifully structured gardens that are now public spaces. A commitment to green space, as evidenced by Michigan State University's land grant mission and horticulture/landscape architecture emphasis, also contributed to Michigan's unusual and enchanting beauty. More than a tour guide, Public Gardens of Michigan reveals not only the beauty and majesty of the gardens, but the wealth of design inspiration that Michigan landscape architects borrowed from and gave to the world. Miriam Easton Rutz's fascinating volume uncovers the history, politics, and legacy of Michigan's public gardens. From stately cemeteries to whimsical zoological parks and breathtaking vistas, readers will delight in discovering the awesome grandeur of this lush and historic garden state. Book jacket.
Sault Ste. Marie
Call Number: H 977.491 S8444
Sault Ste. Marie was destined to be a gathering place. Native Americans relied on the rapids of the St. Mary's River, which links two Great Lakes, Superior and Huron, for a year-round supply of fish. Its population swelled in the summer-a tradition that continued as French traders came to turn in their pelts and celebrate the end of another long, hard winter. After the Revolutionary War, the Sault, as it is called, became a community divided on national lines, with the United States holding one shore and Canada the other. Eventually man conquered the rapids, and today the Soo Locks transport millions of tons of freight annually to ports all over the world. Tourists are drawn by the cool breezes off the lake and the sight of steel behemoths passing almost close enough to touch.
Historic Cottages of Glen Lake
Call Number: H 977.4635 S5722
Over 50 Glen Lake historic cottages' interiors and exteriors are documented in 172 duotones and narratives that honor each cottage's lore and memories. - From book cover.
Wreck of the Carl D.
Call Number: H 977 S3924
At approximately 5:30 P.M. on November 18, 1958, the Carl D. Bradley, a 623-foot limestone carrier caught in one of the most violent storms in Lake Michigan history, snapped in two, and sank in less than five minutes. In Wreck of the Carl D., Michael Schumacher reconstructs, in dramatic detail, the tragic accident, the perilous search-and-rescue mission, and the chilling aftermath for the small Michigan town so intimately affected by the tragedy. -From book cover.
War As They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time of Unrest
Call Number: H 796.3320922 R8135
In this enthralling book, Michael Rosenberg dramatically weaves the campus unrest and political upheaval into the story of Hayes and Schembechler. Their rivalry began with Schembechler arriving in protest-heavy Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the height of the Vietnam War. It ended with Hayes wondering what had happened to his country.
Ravens in the Storm: A Personal History of the 1960s Antiwar Movement
Call Number: H 959.7 O352
In 1964, Carl Oglesby, a young copywriter for a Michigan-based defense contractor, was asked by a local Democratic congressman to draft a campaign paper on the Vietnam War. Oglesby's report argued that the conflict was misplaced and unwinnable. He had little idea that its subsequent publication would put him a on a fast track to becoming the president of the now-legendary protest movement Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In this book, Oglesby shares the triumphs and tribulations of an organization that burgeoned across America, only to collapse in the face of surveillance by the U.S. government and infighting. - From book cover.
Local History Online
• All About Kalamazoo History
• Historical Newspapers
• Photo Galleries
Downtown Kalamazoo Theaters
Rural Schools of Kalamazoo County
Cemeteries of Kalamazoo County
[+] Local History Collection
Civil War Information
Clippings & Misc.
Identifying and Dating Photos
Michigan Pioneer Collections
Mortality Schedules, 1850 & 1860
Student Catalogues 1851-1902
Yearbooks & Student Catalogs
Local History Room
Help and How To
Architecture & Historic Preservation Topic Guide
Genealogy Topic Guide
Local Information Database