U.s. Local History - Old North
Lost Farms of the St. Croix Valley
Paperback ISBN: 146712513x
The St. Croix Valley has been a haven for farmers since the first boom in the 1850s. The St. Croix River was a mecca for early industry, and the vast Minnesota and Wisconsin prairies have provided the natural resources for the region's farmers to grow their crops and their families. The valley was dotted with brightly painted barns, a sign of economic success. However, as time wore on, the St. Croix Valley experienced an agricultural downturn. Barns have been left abandoned. Fields have been turned into subdivisions. An era has passed, and the barns and farms that were once proud reminders of the region's success are disappearing from the countryside. But why? Lost Farms of the St. Croix Valley explores the history of the region, shares the photographs and stories of local farmers, and evaluates why the traditional family farm is falling by the wayside.
Our State's History in the Words of the People Who Lived It
Paperback ISBN: 0814319688
Joe Grimm of the Detroit Free Press has combined a fascinating collection of old family letters, diaries, journals, photos, and other memorabilia in this rare glimpse at Michigan's past. Based on a series of articles that appeared in the "Chronicles" column of the Detroit Free Press Sunday magazine from 1985 to 1987, Michigan Voices introduces the reader to a more personal side of the state's history. Excerpts from historical documents include Cadillac's proposal of 1700 to establish Detroit and Roger Andrews' crusade for an independent Upper Peninsula in 1916. Among the chronicles Grimm has uncovered are humorous letters from a World War I recruit, an engaging series of correspondences between a Flint schoolgirl and Detroit Mayor Frank Murphy during the Great Depression, and an interview with Kenneth C. Welch, the revolutionary architect and planner who developed the mall/shopping center concept in 1946.
Midwest and the Nation
Hardcover ISBN: 0253315255
"Cayton and Onuf have tried to recapture a central place for region in our thinking while, at the same time, incorporating into their analysis the latest scholarship on gender, political behavior, etc. Theirs is a fine blending of the old and the new: old scholarship and new directions."
Places Near the Dead
Paperback ISBN: 0878397620
A thought-provoking collection of essays and poems that explore memory, the meaning of place, and sacred space.
Old Chicago Road
US-12 from Detroit to Chicago
Paperback ISBN: 073857810x
With origins dating back to the end of the last ice age, the road known as Michigan Avenue was most familiar to early settlers as the "Old Sauk Trail." Old Chicago Road: US-12 from Detroit to Chicago traces one of America's oldest and most famous routes--from its eastern origin at the very center of Detroit to its western terminus on the north side of Chicago. Vintage views, many of which have never before been published, explore the cities, towns, and villages along its path. While it has been known by many names throughout its history, the road continues to weave a unique American story in its present form as modern-day thoroughfare US-12.
The Old Northwest Pioneer Period
Hardcover ISBN: 025334168x