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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)....

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..."...

Patriotic Murder

by Peter Stehman Potomac Books (October 01, 2018)

Robert Prager, a lonely German immigrant searching for the American dream, was probably the most shameful U.S. casualty of World War I. From coast to coast, Americans had been whipped into a patriotic frenzy...

Barnstorming Ohio

by David Giffels Hachette Books (August 24, 2020)

An on-the-ground look at the diverse challenges facing Ohio, in light of its national significance as the state that has aligned with presidential election winners more than any other -- from an award-winning...

Dodge City

by Tom Clavin & John Bedford Lloyd Macmillan Audio (February 27, 2017)

Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through...

Wild Bill

by Tom Clavin & Johnny Heller Macmillan Audio (February 04, 2019)

?The first thing you will notice about this engaging and delightful biography is that [Narrator Johnny Heller] sounds like a character actor who moseyed off the set of an old-fashioned oater. His voice is a...

The Poisoned City

by Anna Clark & Xe Sands Macmillan Audio (July 09, 2018)

When the people of Flint, Michigan, turned on their faucets in April 2014, the water pouring out was poisoned with lead and other toxins.

Through a series of disastrous decisions, the state government had switched...

Cincinnati’s Literary Heritage

by Kevin Grace The History Press (January 04, 2021)

Since its founding in 1788, Cincinnati has treasured books and reading. While the early settlers swapped books with one another, by the early 1800s, civic leaders were envisioning the creation of a public library;...

The 1849 Cholera Outbreak in Jefferson City

by Gary Elliott The History Press (January 25, 2021)

In 1849, a steamship named after President James Monroe headed from St. Louis to Council Bluffs, Iowa. The passengers were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Philadelphia. At St....

Ohio's Black Hand Syndicate

by David Meyers & Elise Meyers Walker The History Press (January 04, 2021)

Organized crime was born in the back of a fruit store in Marion. Before America saw headlines about the Capone Mob, the Purple Gang and Murder Inc., the specter of the Black Hand terrorized nearly every major...

Secret Societies in Detroit

by Bill Loomis The History Press (January 25, 2021)

Secret societies have operated in Detroit for most of the city's history. Many started for fun and companionship. Others had more serious ends in mind. The African American Mysteries: The Order of the Men of...

Michigan at Antietam

by Brian James Egen, Jack Dempsey & Dave Finney The History Press (August 31, 2015)

America's single bloodiest day was at the Battle of Antietam, and Michigan played a prominent role. Discover the state's connections to the Lost Order, one of the Civil War's greatest mysteries. Explore George...

Columbus Pizza

by Jim Ellison The History Press (November 09, 2020)

For nearly a century Columbus, Ohio pizza parlors have served up delicious meals by the tray and by the slice. This history goes back to the 1930s, when TAT Ristorante began serving pizza. Today, it is the oldest...

The Notorious Isaac Earl and His Scouts

by Gordon L. Olson Eerdmans (May 14, 2014)

While large armies engaged in epic battles in the eastern theater of the Civil War, a largely unchronicled story was unfolding along the Mississippi River. Thirty "Special Scouts" under the command of Lieutenant...

The Historic Memorial District of Downtown Indianapolis

by Rudy Schouten The History Press (August 03, 2020)

Old Indianapolis bears little resemblance to the new one, but Indy's unique trail of war memorials has a powerful way of linking the two. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is unmistakably emblematic of the Circle...

Christmas in Cleveland

by Alan F. Dutka The History Press (November 02, 2020)

Generations of Clevelanders share cherished memories of the city at Christmastime. Many recall the incredible Sterling-Lindner Christmas trees, shopping for mom and dad at the Twigbee Shop and the mesmerizing...

Classic Restaurants of Milwaukee

by Jennifer Billock The History Press (November 02, 2020)

Milwaukee may be known for beer, brats and custard, but the city's food history is even richer and tastier. At the Public Natatorium, diners supped at an old public pool and watched a dolphin show at the same...

Classic Restaurants of Des Moines and Their Recipes

by Darcy Dougherty Maulsby The History Press (November 02, 2020)

With Italian steakhouses, the Younkers Tea Room and Stella's Blue Sky Diner, Des Moines's culinary history is tantalizingly diverse. It is filled with colorful characters like bootlegger/"millionaire bus boy"...

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...

Iconic Chicago Dishes, Drinks and Desserts

by Amy Bizzarri The History Press (December 05, 2016)

The food that fuels hardworking Chicagoans needs to be hearty, portable and inexpensive. Featuring select stories and recipes, author Amy Bizzarri surveys the delectable landscape of Chicago's homegrown culinary...

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...