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Blood and Smoke

by Charles Leerhsen Simon & Schuster (May 03, 2011)

One hundred years ago, 40cars lined up for the firstIndianapolis 500. We are still waiting to find out who won.

The Indy 500 was created to showcase the controversial new sport of automobile racing, which was...

The Hard Way on Purpose

by David Giffels Scribner (March 18, 2014)

Award-winning author and journalist David Giffels explores the meaning of identity and place, hamburgers, hard work, and basketball in this collection of wry, irreverent essays reflecting on the many aspects...

The Chicago World's Fair of 1893: A Photographic Record

by Stanley Appelbaum Dover Publications (August 01, 2012)

128 rare, vintage photographs: 200 buildings — 79 of foreign governments, 38 of U.S. states — the original ferris wheel, first midway, Edison's kinetoscope, much more. 128 black-and-white photographs. Captions....

Maxwell Land Grant: Facsimile of 1942 Edition

by William A. Keleher Sunstone Press (January 15, 2008)

When the United States acquired New Mexico by invasion and conquest on August 15, 1846, it inherited a land grant problem of considerable magnitude. This problem continued for decades until 1870 when the United...

The Heart of Everything That Is

by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin Simon & Schuster (November 05, 2013)

This acclaimed New York Times bestselling biography of the legendary Sioux warrior Red Cloud, is a page-turner with remarkable immediacy…and the narrative sweep of a great Western” (The Boston Globe)....

One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season

by Chris Ballard Hachette Books (May 15, 2012)

"One Shot at Forever is powerful, inspirational. . . . This isn't merely a book about baseball. It's a book about heart."

--Jeff Pearlman, New York Times bestselling author of Boys Will Be Boys and The Bad Guys...

The Rock Island Line

by Bill Marvel Indiana University Press (August 01, 2013)

This richly illustrated volume tells the story of a legendary railroad whose tracks spanned the Midwest, serving farms and small-town America for more than 140 years. One of the earliest railroads to build westward...

The Children's Blizzard

by David Laskin HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

“David Laskin deploys historical fact of the finest grain to tell the story of a monstrous blizzard that caught the settlers of the Great Plains utterly by surprise. Using the storm as a lens, [he] captures...

The South Side: The Racial Transformation of an American Neighborhood

by Louis Rosen Ivan R. Dee (August 17, 1999)

A powerful and moving story of the racial transformation of an American neighborhood, told in memoir and oral narrative. "It deserves to become a classic....This text needs to be understood and performed at...

CVC Veri A Guide to the Epic of the Martian Empire

by Lee Cdn Streiff & Alison Lee Scott eBookIt.com (January 03, 2013)


By Lee Streiff

"In 1937 James Streiff and Bob Parks created 'the Epic of the Martian Empire'; in 1942 Paul Carter added his vision of the Cosmic Vortex to it, and the Universe was never the same again..."...

Toledo State Hospital

by Kimberly Brownlee Arcadia Publishing (October 19, 2020)

The Toledo State Hospital opened in 1888, and its design and healing approach were revolutionary for the time. First in the country built entirely on the "cottage model," its plan was intended to create a homelike...

Cincinnati Beer

by Michael D. Morgan The History Press (April 08, 2019)

Despite a brewing pedigree richer than that of Milwaukee or St. Louis, Cincinnati's role in American beer history is quite often underappreciated.

Drawing on years of research, Michael D. Morgan, author of the...

Milwaukee Frozen Custard

by Kathleen McCann & Robert Tanzilo The History Press (October 31, 2016)

Frozen custard is more than a dessert in Milwaukee. It's a culture, a lifestyle and a passion. Find the stories behind your favorite flavor at local festivals and homegrown neighborhood stands.

From the stand...

Dayton Beer

by Timothy R. Gaffney The History Press (July 22, 2019)

The story of beer in Dayton and the Miami Valley is as old as the region's first settlers, who brought their brewing methods with them from Europe. From humble origins, the Schwind brothers founded a Dayton...

Kahiki Supper Club

by Jeff Chenault, Doug Motz, David Meyers & Elise Meyers Walker The History Press (September 16, 2014)

Inspired by Florida's famed Mai-Kai restaurant, Bill Sapp and Lee Henry opened the Kahiki Supper Club in 1961. Patrons lined up for hours to see the celebrities who dined there--everyone from Betty White to...

Lost Restaurants of Chicago

by Greg Borzo & Hot Doug's Doug Sohn The History Press (December 03, 2018)

Chicago author, Greg Borzo, recalls the city's celebrated lost restaurants.

Many of Chicago's greatest or most unusual restaurants are "no longer taking reservations," but they're definitely not forgotten. From...

Hidden History of Toledo

by Lou Hebert The History Press (February 11, 2019)

Toledo's history as a frontier town turned manufacturing powerhouse is well known. However, few know that it was once home to a champion racehorse.

Many are unaware that East Toledo's verdant urban woodlands...

Hidden History of Cleveland

by Christopher Busta-Peck The History Press (October 25, 2011)

Join local history preservationist Christopher Busta-Peck and unearth aspects of Cleveland's past that dangle too near extinction from city memory. Too often, we think of history as something that happens elsewhere....

Iconic Restaurants of Butler County, Ohio

by Teri Horsley The History Press (May 27, 2019)

Join local food writer Teri Horsley as she explores the history of Butler County's most beloved eateries and the stories behind them.

Butler County has concocted fine food and finer memories for generations....


by Patricia Ibbotson Arcadia Publishing (May 28, 2002)

Eloise, which started out as a poorhouse, later became known as Wayne County General Hospital. Today, all that remains are five buildings and a smokestack.

From only 35 residents on 280 acres in 1839, the complex...

Ohio and Erie Canal

by Boone Triplett Arcadia Publishing (August 25, 2014)

A fascinating history of the Ohio and Erie Canal, from a national leader in agricultural output to a recreational resource.

George Washington first proposed the idea of a canal connecting the Great Lakes to the...

Italians in Detroit

by Armando Delicato Arcadia Publishing (October 26, 2005)

People of Italian descent have been present in Detroit since Alfonso Tonti, second-in-command to Antoine Cadillac, participated in the founding of the city in 1701.

By the close of the 19th century, the trickle...

Logging in Wisconsin

by Diana L. Peterson & Carrie M. Ronnander Arcadia Publishing (July 10, 2017)

Logging in Wisconsin explores the 70 years when logging ruled the state, covering the characters who worked in forests and on rivers, the tools they used, and the places where they lived and worked.


Chicago Lawn/Marquette Manor

by Kathleen J. Headley Arcadia Publishing (October 23, 2001)

The Marquette Park area on the southwest side of Chicago is comprised of two neighborhoods- Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor.

This book depicts the evolution of both neighborhoods with photographs and images...

Shaker Heights

by Bruce T. Marshall Arcadia Publishing (July 26, 2006)

Shaker Heights achieved international renown in the early 20th century as an enclave for wealthy residents - a city of stunning homes, substantial green space, an excellent school system, and attentive municipal...

Chicago's Historic Prairie Avenue

by William H. Tyre Arcadia Publishing (June 02, 2008)

Prairie Avenue evolved into Chicago's most exclusive residential street during the last three decades of the 19th century.

Chicago's wealthiest citizens--Marshall Field, Philip Armour, and George Pullman--were...


by Gerald L. Karwowski Arcadia Publishing (August 22, 2007)

In November 1834, Capt. Gilbert Knapp staked a claim to 141 acres at the mouth of the Root River, naming it Port Gilbert. This site became the city of Racine.

During the pioneer years, Racine was dubbed "the...

Lost Dearborn

by Craig E. Hutchison The History Press (December 11, 2017)

Throughout its existence, Dearborn has been a pioneer settlement, a multicultural hub, a college town, a major tourism center and a world-renowned industrial city.

Unfortunately, due to a variety of factors,...

Lost Dayton, Ohio

by Andrew Walsh The History Press (June 11, 2018)

Many of the places that helped make Dayton a center of innovation were lost to history, while others survived and adapted, representing the city's spirit of revitalization.

Some of the city's distinctive and...

The Chicago 77: A Community Area Handbook

by Mary Zangs The History Press (July 01, 2014)

With over two hundred neighborhoods divided into seventy-seven community areas, Chicago offers a dazzling and daunting challenge to ambitious tourists and lifelong citizens.

Anyone who's never been to Chicago...

Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley

by Sean T. Posey The History Press (August 21, 2017)

Historic Theaters of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley traces the evolution of modern cinema through the rich local history of the Mahoning Valley.

From the days of the gaslit opera houses through the era of...

Remembering Steubenville

by Dr. John R. Holmes The History Press (June 01, 2009)

Explore the history of the City of Murals through the eyes of those who lived it. Perfect for fans of Ohio and American frontier history.

Beginning as a military fort on the banks of the Ohio River, Steubenville...

Eastside Indianapolis

by Julie Young The History Press (July 01, 2009)

Early Indianapolis was designed to only be one square mile, but as more settled in the Circle City, progress made its way across the Eastside.

Through their dedication to maintaining the character of neighborhoods...

The Grey Eagles of Chippewa Falls

by John E. Kinville The History Press (February 17, 2020)

Drawing on never-before-seen materials, author John E. Kinville unfolds the complex legacy of Women's Klan no.14 aka the Grey Eagles of Chippewa Falls.

In the xenophobic atmosphere of the 1920s and 1930s, Ku...

The Saginaw Trail

by Leslie K. Pielack The History Press (July 30, 2018)

Leslie Pielack tells the story of those whose lives intertwined with the Saginaw Trail, the ancient path that transformed early Michigan.

The Saginaw Trail led from the frontier town of Detroit into the wilderness,...

Powerhouses of Ohio High School Football

by Tim Raab & Bobby Carpenter The History Press (July 22, 2019)

Join author Tim Raab as he presents the champions, contenders, heartbreaks and heroics of this thrilling era of Ohio pigskin history.

Few things seem as important to Americans as sports, particularly football....

Murder & Mayhem on Ohio's Rails

by Jane Ann Turzillo The History Press (January 21, 2014)

Ride Ohio's rails with some of the bravest trainmen and most vicious killers and robbers to ever roll down the tracks.

The West may have had Jesse James and Butch Cassidy, but Ohio had its own brand of train...

Michigan's Haunted Lighthouses

by Dianna Higgs Stampfler The History Press (March 04, 2019)

Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, with more than 120 dotting its expansive Great Lakes shoreline. Many of these lighthouses lay claim to haunted happenings.

Former keepers like Captain Townshend...

Pewabic Pottery: A History Handcrafted in Detroit

by Cara Catallo The History Press (July 10, 2017)

At the height of America's Arts and Crafts movement, Detroit neighbors Horace J. Caulkins and Mary Chase Perry pooled their talents together to found Pewabic Pottery.

With modest beginnings in 1903, Pewabic transformed...

Haunted Rockford, Illinois

by Kathi Kresol & Dale Kaczmarek The History Press (October 02, 2017)

Just beneath the glossy surface of Rockford's rich heritage lies a dark history of tragedy.

The city's troubled and turbulent past left scars that still resonate today. Geraldine Bourbon's final struggle still...

Witchcraft in Illinois

by Michael Kleen & Owen Davies The History Press (September 18, 2017)

For the first time in print, Michael Kleen presents the full story of the Prairie State's dalliance with the dark arts.

Although Illinois saw no dramatic witch trials, witchcraft has been a part of Illinois history...

Michigan and the Civil War

by Jack Dempsey The History Press (February 02, 2011)

Michigan undertook a rapid and robust response to Lincoln's call to arms during the Civil War and in many of its great battles. Read the much overlooked history in this volume.

With lively narration, telling...

Classic Restaurants of Summit County

by Sharon Moreland Myers & Images courtesy of the Akron Beacon Journal--Summit Memory Project The History Press (June 18, 2018)

Akron and Summit County's classic hot spots have satisfied palates since the early twentieth century. Akron alone could sit up to thirty thousand people at once during the golden age of the '50s and '60s.


Michigan POW Camps in World War II

by Gregory D. Sumner The History Press (November 05, 2018)

During World War II, Michigan became a temporary home to six thousand German and Italian POWs.

At a time of homefront labor shortages, they picked fruit in Berrien County, harvested sugar beets in the Thumb,...

Marshall Field's

by Gayle Soucek The History Press (September 10, 2010)

Anyone who has waited in a Christmas line for the Walnut Room's Great Tree can attest that Chicago's loyalty to Marshall Field's is fierce.

Dayton-Hudson even had to take out advertising around town to apologize...

The 1967 Belvidere Tornado

by Mike Doyle The History Press (March 13, 2017)

Claiming the lives of seven adults and seventeen children, the Belvidere tornado struck the most vulnerable at the worst possible time: just as school let out. More than five hundred people suffered injuries....

Wicked Women of Ohio

by Jane Ann Turzillo The History Press (September 10, 2018)

Award-winning crime writer Jane Ann Turzillo recounts the stories of Ohio's most notorious vixens, viragoes and villainesses.

The Buckeye State produced its share of wicked women. Tenacious madam Clara Palmer...

Cincinnati's Hyde Park

by Gregory Parker Rogers The History Press (September 24, 2010)

An engaging history of Cincinnati's Hyde Park.

First settled in 1795, Hyde Park was an area of great estates and small and large farms until 1892. Designed to be upscale, the neighborhood attracted people looking...

Hidden History of Flint

by Gary Flinn The History Press (July 03, 2017)

Flint is a city full of legacies overshadowed by tragedy. Read the stories of the innovations and surprising elements of the city's past.

In the shadow of Flint's success as an industrial hub and the tragedy...

Door County Tales

by Gayle Soucek The History Press (June 03, 2011)

Befitting its role as Wisconsin's thumb, Door County has its own unique pulse. It is the "Door of the Dead," which some historians blame for more shipwrecks than any other body of freshwater in the world.