History

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.

Sinking of the Lusitania

On May 7, 1915 the luxury liner Lusitania was torpedoed off the coast of Ireland by a German submarine. The ship sunk within minutes killing 1924 people, including 114 Americans.

Dead Wake [sound recording] by LARSON, ERIK

Lusitania: an epic tragedy by Diana Preston

The Lusitania by Simpson, Colin, 1931-

The Lusitania: unravelling the mysteries by Patrick O'Sullivan

Sinking of the Lusitania [videodisc]: terror at sea by produced by Darlow Smithson for Discovery Channel and the BBC in association with NDR and M6 ; producer, Johann Insanally ; director, Christopher Spencer

Triple Crown Time


Congratulations to American Pharoah winner of the Triple Crown. American Pharoah is the 12th horse and the first since 1978 to win the Triple Crown. Come on in and see our display dedicated to the eleven Triple Crown
winners and the beautiful traditions of the three highly acclaimed races:  the
Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.  Also featured are
materials available for check-out containing  awe-inspiring stories of horses
like Seabiscuit, Secretariat, and many others that have had an impact on our
nation

What We're Reading: May 2015

150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

Abraham Lincoln was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 while watching a play at Ford's Theatre in the closing days of the Civil War. The assassination was carried out by a popular actor of the time, John Wilkes Booth, as part of a conspiracy to revive the Confederacy.

The day Lincoln was shot by Jim Bishop

The darkest dawn: Lincoln, Booth, and the great American tragedy by Thomas Goodrich

Manhunt: the twelve-day chase for Lincoln's killer by James L. Swanson

American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln conspiracies by Michael W. Kauffman

150th Anniversary of U.S. Civil War's End

The Battle of Appomattox Courthouse was fought on the morning of April 9, 1865, and was the final engagement of the Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia  with Ulysses S. Grant's forces. The surrender documents were signed that afternoon.

A stillness at Appomattox by Bruce Catton

The Civil War, a narrative: Red River to Appomatox by Shelby Foote

Witness to Appomattox by Richard Wheeler

What We're Reading: April 2015

Nonfiction Picture Books for Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, try one of these great picture books featuring the true stories of strong, smart women throughout history. 

America's champion swimmer: Gertrude Ederle by written by David A. Adler ; illustrated by Terry Widener
Describes the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women's rights movement

Eleanor quiet no more: the life of Eleanor Roosevelt by written by Doreen Rappaport ; illustrated by Gary Kelley
Explores the life of Eleanor Roosevelt from her upbringing, education, and marriage to Franklin Delano.

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