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Michigan Week

michigan: michiganExplore the following resources about Michigan all year-long, but especially during Michigan Week which is celebrated this year during the week of May 17 - 24. This celebration is intended to inspire people to embrace, explore and celebrate the history and resources of the great state of Michigan. The following is just a sampling of our rich Michigan collection here at the Canton Public Library. Be sure to come and browse through all of the titles regarding our great state!

Fun Facts About Michigan

Michigan Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff by Colleen Burcar with Gene Taylor: Includes fun and quirky stories of interesting Michigan residents and places.

Michigan Trivia compiled by Ernie & Jill Couch: Did you know that 60,000 automobiles were registered in Michigan in 1913? Or did you know that Michigan become part of the Indian Territory in 1800? Find out more facts about the Great Lakes State in this fun book.

Unexplained Michigan mysteries: strange but true tales from the Michigan unknown by Gary W. Barfnecht: The title says it all: a fascinating collectin of eerie and strange real-life tales.

Weird Michigan: your travel guide to Michigan's local legends and best kept secrets by Linda S. Godfrey: Local legends, bizarre beasts, fabled people, roadside oddities, unexplained phenomena - they're all here!

Michigan Reference Books

Need some information regarding Michigan for a school report? These Michigan references are the place to start your research.

The 50 states edited by Charles Bahmueller: All the basics are here (e.g., history, geography, economy), but it also includes governor profiles, population projections, and historical timelines.

State Names, Seals, Flags and Symbols: A Historical Guide by Benjamin F. Shearer: This book includes information about all 50 states, with information about legal holidays, fairs and festivals, universities, professional sports teams and more.

Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig: Did you ever wonder how the cities of Colon and Hell got their peculiar names? Read this book and find out the story behind hundreds of Michigan cities and town names.

Michigan Flora and Fauna

Michigan Mammals by Rollin H. Baker: An excellent resource regarding mammals residing in Michigan. Features detailed information for each animal, including descriptions, measurements, habitat and behavior.

Michigan Wildflowers by Helen V. Smith: A comprehensive, illustrated volume of 483 species of Michigan wildflowers.

Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of Michigan and the Great Lakes Region by Burton V. Barnes and Warren H. Wagner, Jr.: A detailed encyclopedia regarding the various trees of Michigan.

National Geographic Field Guide to Birds: Michigan edited by Jonathan Alderfer: A guide to the identification of birds native to Michigan.

Public Gardens of Michigan by Miriam Easton Rutz: This book, complete with dozens of photographs, captures the beauty of many of the public gardens across the state, such as the Frederick Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids and the Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor.

Michigan History

Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State by Willis F. Dunbar: This comprehensive book covers the history of the state including ethnic groups, recent political developments, labor and business, and many other topics.

Michigan Historic Cemeteries Preservation Guide by Gregg King: This award winning book was written by a Canton resident. It is the only guide written specifically for the conservation and preservation of Michigan cemeteries.

A Drive Down Memory Lane: The Named State and Federal Highways of Michigan by LeRoy Barnett: This book reacquaints the reader with the approximately 250 people and groups that were immortalized-recently or decades ago-on the travel maps of this state by having their names assigned to our most significant lanes of traffic.

Traveling Through Time: A Guide to Michigan's Historical Markers by Laura Rose Ashlee: A guidebook for Michigan historical markers arranged alphabetically within county chapters and indexed by personal names and subjects.

Michigan: A History by Bruce Catton: Written in 1976 as part of The States and The Nation series for the country's bicentennial, this book captures the spirit and attitude of Michigan--its residents and pioneers--as well as any and better than most titles. A Petoskey native and Pulitzer Prize winner, Catton also wrote Waiting for the Morning Train, a personal account of his early years growing up in Northern Michigan.

Fort Pontchartrain at Detroit: A Guide to the Daily Lives of Fur Trade and Military Personnel, Settlers and Missionaries at French Posts by Timothy J. Kent: Sent by King Louis XIV, Cadillac had been ordered to establish Fort Pontchartrain at Detroit as the new center of fur trade and military power in the interior regions. This detailed reference book, regarding every aspect of the fort, will appeal to enthusiasts of the fur trade era, early military life, and Native lifestyles.

Retrieving Michigan's Buried Past: The Archaeology of the Great Lakes State by John. R. Halsey: Comprised of 13 chapters contributed by distinguished archaeologists, the book not only covers the full range of prehistoric occupations in the state but also gives extensive coverage of the archaeology of Michigan from the time of the first European exploration to the dawn of the 20th century.

Atlas of Great Lakes Indian History by Helen Hornbeck Tanner: A historic view of the Native American tribes that inhabited the Great Lakes region from about 1640 to 1871.

The Mackinac Bridge (DVD): Modern Marvels tells the story of the bridge with the help of the people who built and maintain it. The Mackinac Bridge is one of the most extraordinary edifices ever built

Michigan Places

There are many more books regarding cities, towns and townships in Michigan in our Michigan History section. A great place to begin is the Images of America series which included brief histories of Canton, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Holland and Ypsilanti among others. Other topics include the many landmarks of Detroit we all grew up with such as Hudsons, Belle Isle, the Masonic Temple, the Michigan State Fair, and Sanders Confectionery. Be sure to browse our shelves!

Michigan Shadow Towns by Gene Scott: Many of the original towns in Michigan were stops along the railroads that crisscrossed the state. Some of these towns still exist, but many of them are extremely small "shadows" of themselves. This book highlights the interesting histories of these bygone places.

Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan by Ronald J. Stephens: Once referred to as the Black Eden of Michigan, Idlewild was considered the premiere African-American resort community in the country. Find out more about its unique past in this book.

Mackinac Island: A 600-Year History (DVD): Chronicles the history of Mackinac Island from before European settlement until the year 2000.

Michigan People

Discovering the Peoples of Michigan series published by Michigan State University Press: This is an interesting series of books published in 2001 and 2002, covering nearly a dozen of the state's 75 ethnic groups.

Empire builders: how Michigan entrepreneurs helped make America great by Burton W. Folsom: The story of entrepreneurs and businessman such as John Jacob Astor, Herbert Dow, and Will Kellogg.

Soapy: A Biography of G. Mennen Williams by Thomas J. Noer: A complete biography of G. Mennen "Soapy" Williams (1911-1988), former governor of Michigan, who was reelected five times and served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

The Most Dangerous Man in Detroit: Walter Reuther and the Fate of American Labor by Nelson Lichtenstein: In addition to being a biography, this book is also a history of the United Auto Workers union, and of the labor movement during a period when great success laid seeds for later weakness and isolation.

Michigan Governors: Their Life Stories by Willah Weddon: Biographies of the governors of Michigan, from the first, Stephens T. Mason, to John Engler.

Michigan Cooking

Celebrating 300 years of Detroit Cooking, 1701 to 2001 edited by Marguerite J. Humes: In commemoration of Detroit's 300th birthday, the Detroit Historical Society Guild compiled this cookbook. Included are recipes from Pre-European Native Americans, to ones written for modern kitchens. Interesting facts and photos of Detroit complement the text.


Michigan History: Published by the Michigan Historical Center, Department of History, Arts and Libraries, this bi-annual publication features articles regarding Michigan's rich history. Also includes book reviews and travel tips.

AAA Living: Interested in traveling in Michigan? Be sure to check out this Automobile Club of Michigan magazine. Featuring articles on various Michigan destinations, it also includes information regarding restaurants and lodging.

Michigan Out-of-Doors: Michigan Out-of-Doors is the official monthly publication of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs. It features articles regarding outdoor sports such as hunting and fishing.