History

Battle of Gettysburg 150th Anniversary

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg which was fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863 in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Approximately 51,000 soldiers from both sides were killed, wounded, or captured during the battle considered a turning point of the war. At the end of the third day, General Robert E. Lee and the Confederate army was forced to retreat back to Virginia. Four months later, on November 19, President Lincoln dedicated the Soldiers National Cemetery at the site with the historic speech that came to be known as the Gettysburg Address.

Great Reads for the Fourth of July

Time was...time is July 2013

The Americans: the national experience by Daniel J. Boorstin

America, a history in art: the American journey told by painters, sculptors, photographers, and architects by W.G Scheller

The photograph and the American dream, 1840-1940 by Foreword, William Jefferson Clinton ; American notes, Charles Dickens; essays, Stephen White and Andreas Blühm

Eyes of the nation: a visual history of the United States by Vincent Virga and curators of the Library of Congress ; with Alan Brinkley

Witness to America: an illustrated documentary history of the United States from the Revolution to today by Stephen Ambrose & Douglas Brinkley, [editors]

More Fascinating Michigan History

Michigan remembered: photographs from the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information, 1936- 1943 by edited by Constance B. Schulz ; with introductory essays by Constance B. Schulz and William H. Mulligan, Jr

Father Abraham's children: Michigan episodes in the Civil War by Frank B. Woodford ; new foreword by Arthur M. Woodford

A drive down memory lane: the named state and federal highways of Michigan by LeRoy Barnett

Picturing Hemingway's Michigan by Michael R. Federspiel

Fascinating Michigan History

Traveling through time: a guide to Michigan's historical markers by edited by Laura Rose Ashlee

Michigan, the Great Lakes state: an illustrated history by George S. May, JoEllen Vinyard

The sweetness of freedom: stories of immigrants by Stephen Garr Ostrander & Martha Aladjem Bloomfield

Michigan ghost towns of the Upper Peninsula by compiled by Roy L. Dodge

The Underground Railroad in Michigan by Carol E. Mull

Detroit ... Remember When?

Anybody who grew up in the Detroit area has fond memories of the people, places and things that formed their childhood. Some are still with us but others have disappeared into history. Whatever the case, take a trip back in time and revisit them right now!

Hudson's: Detroit's legendary department store by Michael Hauser and Marianne Weldon

Sanders confectionery by Greg Tasker

From Soupy to nuts: a history of Detroit television by Tim Kiska

Hydroplane racing in Detroit, 1946-2008 by David D. Williams and the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum

Michigan Notable Books 2013

Michigan: MichiganThe Michigan Notable Books program annually selects 20 of the most notable volumes published that year that best reflect the state's diverse ethnic, historical, literary and cultural experiences. Most of the winning titles can be found in the Library's collection. From fiction to nonfiction, the following list offers a variety of choices:

American Poet by Vande Zande, Jeff

The amphibians and reptiles of Michigan: a Quaternary and Recent faunal adventure by J. Alan Holman

Bear has a story to tell by written by Philip C. Stead ; illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Recent Michigan Nonfiction

From history to sports to music to biography, try some of these recent titles about the great state of Michigan!

The boy governor: Stevens T. Mason and the birth of Michigan politics by Don Faber

Driving Detroit: the quest for respect in Motown by George Galster

Hockeytown doc: a half-century of Red Wings stories from Howe to Yzerman by John "Jack" Finley ; [foreword by Gordie Howe]

The glory years of the Detroit Tigers: 1920-1950 by William M. Anderson ; with a foreword by Dan Dickerson

Michigan at War

All Around Michigan

Take a tour of our great state and learn about some of its many interesting communities.

Ann Arbor observed: selections from Then & now by Grace Shackman

Lost Ann Arbor by Susan Cee Wineberg

Cadillac: vintage postcard memoirs by Debra Bricault

The Caro area by Marcia M. Dievendorf, Patricia E. Frazer, and Mark O. Keller for the Caro Area District Library

Vintage views of the Charlevoix-Petoskey region by M. Christine Byron & Thomas R. Wilson

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