History

75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britian

The Battle of Britain is the name given to the German Air Force's (Luftwaffe) campaign against the shipping, airfields, and cities of the United Kingdom. Between July and October, 1940, over 1,350 bombers attacked ships, airfield, and cities. This was the first military campaign in history to be fought entirely in the air. The climax came on September 15, when Britain's RAF shot down 56 Luftwaffe planes.
 

Battle of Britain: five months that changed history, May -October 1940 by James Holland

 

With wings like eagles: a history of the Battle of Britain by Michael Korda

 

 

The few: the American "Knights of the air" who risked everything to fight in the battle of Britain by Alex Kershaw

 

 

Battle of Waterloo Bicentennial

The Battle of Waterloo was fought 200 years ago on June 18, 1815. A French army under the command of Napoleon was defeated by a coalition army commanded by the Duke of Wellington. Napleon's defeat marked the end of his rule as Emperor of the French.

The Battle of Waterloo by Jeremy Black

The final act: the roads to Waterloo by Gregor Dallas

Waterloo: June 18, 1815: the battle for modern Europe by Andrew Roberts

Rites of peace: the fall of Napoleon & the Congress of Vienna by Adam Zamoyski

Research Local History with Historic Map Works

The Canton Public Library offers a variety of resources to help you with genealogical or historical research. On June 1st, we will be adding a new database to help you learn more about the history of places around the United states: Historic Map Works. This resource offers over 1.5 million land ownership maps to help you track the geographic and human history of cities and villages over hundreds of years.

Tip: Look for maps of the Canton Area by searching for Western Wayne County. See who used to own the land that the library now sits on by comparing modern map overlays.

Michigan Architecture

Great architecture of Michigan by text by John Gallagher; photographs by Balthazar Korab

MSU campus— buildings, places, spaces: architecture and the campus park of Michigan State University by Linda O. Stanford and C. Kurt Dewhurst

Architecture in Michigan by Wayne Andrews

Lost Detroit: stories behind the Motor City's majestic ruins by Dan Austin ; photography by Sean Doerr

Forgotten landmarks of Detroit by Dan Austin

Discover Your Mitten State

Under the Radar Michigan: the first 50 by written by Tom Daldin ; photographs and stories about the episode names by Jim Eldelman ; contributing prose by Eric Tremonti

Michigan: an explorer's guide by Jeff Counts, with photographs by the author

Backroads & byways of Michigan: drives, daytrips & weekend excursions by Matt Forster

Michigan state and national parks: a complete guide by Tom Powers

50 hikes in Michigan: sixty walks, day trips & backpacks in the lower peninsula by Jim DuFresne

Investigate History at the Library


Make use of our genealogy and Michigan history resources at the library. Our database page has links to  

genealogy resources like Ancestry.com (in-library use only), HeritageQuest, and Seeking Michigan. If you're looking for Michigan history, we can help there, too. Our history resources include MeL Michigana, which gathers several online historical archives and collections in one place.

Sleuth a little of your family tree or learn something new about Michigan and claim your eLectrified badge.
All resources are available for use within the library. Those you can access from home may require you to log-in with your Canton Public Library card. 

Mark Twain's Previously Unknown Writings

Mark TwainMark Twain, Father of American Literature, and author of famous works such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, has more to offer us readers. Scholars in California have recently discovered a series of writings written by Twain when he was a 29-years old journalist in San Francisco. Read more about this story in this article.

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