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table of contents new hampshire ............ 4 vermont ................... 5-6 massachusetts .......... 7-9 rhode island ........ 10-11 connecticut ................ 12 new england ....... 13-15 new york ............. 16-23 new jersey ........... 24-26 pennsylvania ....... 27-29 delaware ..................... 30 maryland ............. 31-33 washington, d.c. ... 34-36 virginia .................. 37-41 north carolina ..... 42-46 south carolina ..... 47-48

The History Press brings a new way of thinking to history publishing—preserving and enriching community by empowering history enthusiasts to write local stories, for local audiences, as only a local can.

georgia ............... 49-53 florida .................. 54-57 alabama .............. 58-60 tennessee ............. 61-63 kentucky ..................... 64 ohio ..................... 65-66 michigan ............. 67-68 indiana ....................... 69 illinois .................. 70-73 wisconsin .................... 74 minnesota ........... 75-76 missouri .............. 77-80 arkansas .............. 81-84 mississippi .................. 85 louisiana .............. 86-87

texas .................... 88-93 oklahoma ................... 94 kansas ......................... 95 nebraska ..................... 96 south dakota .............. 97 montana ..................... 98 wyoming .................... 99 colorado ......... 100-101 utah ......................... 102 idaho ....................... 103 washington .............. 104 oregon ............ 105-108 california ........ 109-117 terms ....................... 118

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Stories from the White Mountains: Celebrating the Region’s Historic Past Mike Dickerman

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978.1.62619.079.5 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 49 images * $19.99

Throughout its rich and varied history, New Hampshire’s White Mountains region has played host to explorers and adventurers, lumberjacks and locomotives, as well as grand hotels and their well-heeled guests. In this new anthology of historical writing, local author Mike Dickerman captures the spirit, tenacity and resourcefulness of those who have lived, worked and played in these Great White Hills. His stories also bring to life dramatic events such as tragic plane crashes and the devastating Hurricane of 1938. The book spans the ages, from the logging railroads of yesteryear to the forest fire lookout towers of the mid-twentieth century, from the snow-laden heights of Mount Washington to the stately grounds of the Mountain View House.

The New England Life of Cartoonist Bob Montana: Beyond the Archie Comic Strip Carol Lee Anderson 978.1.60949.786.6 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 78 images * $19.99

Bob Montana, creator of the Archie comic strip and one of America’s greatest cartoonists, always considered himself a true New Englander. Filled with the antics of the rambunctious teenagers of the fictional Riverdale High, Montana’s comic strip was based on his high school years in Haverhill, Massachusetts. At the height of his career, he lived as a beloved resident in the quaint, picturesque town of Meredith in the heart of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Drawing from the Yankee humor he saw around him, Montana deftly included local scenes, events and characters in the puns and pranks of Archie’s comic-strip life. Join Lakes Region historian Carol Lee Anderson as she takes readers beyond the Archie comic strip.


Bennington and the Civil War Bill Morgan 978.1.62619.171.6 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 63 images * $19.99

Abolition & the Underground Railroad in Vermont Michelle Arnosky Sherburne 978.1.62619.038.2 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 47 images * $19.99

Many believe that support for the abolition of slavery was universally accepted in Vermont, but it was actually a fiercely divisive issue that rocked the Green Mountain State. In the midst of turbulence and violence, though, some brave Vermonters helped fight for the freedom of their enslaved Southern brethren. Thaddeus Stevens—one of abolition’s most outspoken advocates— was a Vermont native. Delia Webster, the first woman arrested for aiding a fugitive slave, was also a Vermonter. The Rokeby house in Ferrisburgh was a busy Underground Railroad station for decades. Discover the stories of these and others in Vermont who risked their own lives to help more than four thousand slaves to freedom.

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The people of Bennington often refer to the American Revolution as “our war,” as it was the site of the decisive Battle of Bennington. Yet more than one thousand Bennington boys fought in the Civil War, and residents on the homefront played their parts to support the United States, too. All the machinery used to produce gunpowder and nearly all the horseshoes for the United States Army were manufactured in Bennington, and a Bennington native was instrumental in the building of the USS Monitor. Mrs. Jefferson Davis visited friends in Bennington shortly after the war, and two Medal of Honor winners lived here as well. In this book, historian Bill Morgan unveils the important ways that Bennington helped preserve the United States during the Civil War.


Country Stores of Vermont: A History & Guide Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

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978.1.62619.272.0 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 70 images * $19.99

Each Vermont country store carries its own particular stock of special wares and memorable characters. Neighbors meet and communities are forged beside these feed barrels and bottomless coffee urns. Author Dennis BathoryKitsz returns once again to the Green Mountain State with this updated and revised history and guide to its beloved country stores. When Hurricane Irene threatened many of these local institutions and communities in 2011, Vermonters came together, often at their country stores. Explore the very heart of communities big and small, where locals have been keeping their house keys behind the counter and solving the world’s problems on the front stoop for more than two hundred years.

The Man from Vermont: Charles Ross Taggart, the Old Country Fiddler Adam R. Boyce 978.1.62619.211.9 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 49 images * $19.99

In 1895, East Topsham’s Charles Ross Taggart set his sights on becoming a traveling musical humorist. His uproarious ventriloquist and musical performances brought rave reviews in his Vermont community. He was soon thrust into the world of the lyceum and Chautauqua circuits, journeying far and wide across North America. His forty-three-year career spanned some of America’s most exciting and most difficult times, and his folk performances— especially his beloved “Old Country Fiddler”—brought smiles to all who experienced them. Discover the remarkable story of “The Man from Vermont” who helped Americans forget their troubles when they needed it most with his mimicry, stories and fiddling.


A History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon Anthony Mitchell Sammarco 978.1.60949.428.5 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp + 16 pp color * 88 images * $19.99

Looking Back at South Shore History: From Plymouth Rock to Quincy Granite John J. Galluzzo 978.1.60949.723.1 * 6 x 9 * 176 pp * 50 images * $19.99

From Plymouth Rock to Quincy granite, the South Shore of Boston has been a place of revolution, relaxation and revelation. Artists have gained inspiration from the meeting of sea and shore, enemy navies have targeted its strategic ports and, in better days, merrymakers have sought its warming sun, cooling breezes, amusement parks and historic and natural landmarks. The Toll House Cookie, the song “When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along)” and the U.S. Navy’s rallying cry “Don’t give up the ship!” all were South Shore born. John Galluzzo gathers the best of his “Look Back” column in this compilation of historic vignettes from South Shore Living magazine.

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Howard Johnson created an orange-roofed empire of ice cream stands and restaurants that stretched from Maine to Florida and all the way to the West Coast. Popularly known as the “Father of the Franchise Industry,” Johnson delivered good food and prices that brought appreciative customers back for more. The attractive white Colonial Revival restaurants, with eye-catching porcelain tile roofs, illuminated cupolas and sea blue shutters, were described as the epitome of “eating places that look like New England town meeting houses dressed up for Sunday.” Boston historian and author Anthony M. Sammarco recounts how Howard Johnson introduced twenty-eight flavors of ice cream, the “Tendersweet” clam strips and a menu of delicious and traditional foods that families eagerly enjoyed when they traveled.


Haunted Colleges & Universities of Massachusetts Renee Mallett

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978.1.60949.849.8 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 51 images * $19.99

Among the throngs of students attending colleges and universities across the state of Massachusetts linger the apparitions of those who met their untimely ends on campus grounds. In 1953, Eugene O’Neill, an Irish American playwright, died in room 401 of the Sheraton Hotel—today a Boston University dormitory. A grief-stricken widow roams the halls of Winthrop Hall at Endicott College in her pink wedding gown. She threw herself from her widow’s walk after receiving news of her husband’s death at sea and is known to students today as the “pink lady.” Author Renee Mallett offers these and other eerie stories from dozens of colleges and universities throughout the Bay State.

Ghosts of Cambridge: Haunts of Harvard Square and Beyond Sam Baltrusis 978.1.60949.947.1 * 6 x 9 * 112 pp * 41 images * $14.99

Cambridge has a tumultuous history filled with Revolutionary War beginnings, religious persecution and centuries of debate among Ivy League intelligentsia. It should come as no surprise that the city is also home to spirits that are entangled with the past and now inhabit the dormitories, local watering holes and even military structures of the present. Discover the apparitions that frighten freshmen in Harvard’s Weld Hall, the Revolutionary War ghosts that haunt the estates of Tory Row and the flapper who is said to roam the seats of Somerville Theatre. Using careful research and firsthand accounts, author Sam Baltrusis delves into ghastly tales of murder, crime and the bizarre happenings in the early days of Cambridge.


The Daring Coast Guard Rescue of the Pendleton Crew Theresa Mitchell Barbo and Captain W. Russell Webster (Ret.) Illustrations by Julia Marshall 978.1.62619.095.5 * 5.5 x 8.5 * 128 pp, full color * 24 illustrations * $14.99 * hardcover

Milford Chronicles Paul E. Curran, Edited by Maria D. Vesperi 978.1.62619.209.6 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 52 images * $19.99

Granite and manufacturing jobs drew immigrants to this small town during the Industrial Revolution to form a richly textured community. In this collection of the best of his columns, local historian Paul E. Curran chronicles the lives and achievements of many who left indelible imprints on Milford. Some contributed distinctive architecture, such as the stately Town Hall and the only Irish round tower in the country. Others offered gifts for the mind, including major contributions to the national library system. There were extraordinary athletes, intrepid travelers and those who marked the social conscience through personal sacrifice. Milford Chronicles celebrates the spirit of all who contributed to the community’s rich and enduring history.

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Jack Nickerson and his faithful lab, Sinbad, wake early one snowy Cape Cod morning, ready for winter fun. Meanwhile, miles away in the ocean, the crew of a cargo tanker ship called the Pendleton is in serious trouble. The waves and wind of a raging nor’easter rip the tanker in two, leaving the people to cling for their lives in the wicked, cold storm. There’s no time to waste—the Coast Guard, including Jack’s friend Bernie Webber, leave Chatham Harbor in search of the Pendleton crew. They don’t yet know that Jack and Sinbad have snuck aboard the rescue boat as stowaways. Join the young duo in the frontrow seat for the greatest small-boat rescue in American history.


Hidden History of Rhode Island and the Civil War Frank L. Grzyb

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978.1.62619.231.7 * 6 x 9 * 224 pp * 69 images * $21.99

From Brown University’s John M. Hay, later to become Lincoln’s assistant secretary, to the city of Newport’s role as the temporary headquarters for the U.S. Naval Academy, the Civil War history of the Ocean State is a fascinating if little-known tale. Few know that John Wilkes Booth visited Newport to meet his supposed fiancée just nine days before he assassinated President Lincoln. The state also contributed several high-ranking officers to the Union effort and, more surprisingly, two prominent officers to the Confederacy. Join author Frank L. Grzyb as he investigates Rhode Island’s rich Civil War history and unearths century-old stories that have since faded into obscurity.

Historic Rhode Island Farms Robert A. Geake 978.1.62619.262.1 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 75 images * $19.99

Dating back to the colonial era, the historic barns and outbuildings of Rhode Island have withstood the test of time. From the state’s early barnyard taverns to the modern-day horse and dairy farms that populate rural Rhode Island, each of these buildings has a story to tell. In the mid-eighteenth century, the Narragansett planters bred horses on their farms in southern Rhode Island. Later, dairy farms sprang up across the region. Milking barns were built on the largest farms in the state, including the Theinhert Dairy Farm and Barn in Lincoln. Before the advent of electric trolleys, urban barns sheltered horses for early tramcar transportation. Join author Robert A. Geake as he explores the origins and evolution of Rhode Island’s farms.


Aboard the Fabre Line to Providence: Immigration to Rhode Island William J. Jennings Jr. and Patrick T. Conley 978.1.62619.229.4 * 6 x 9 * 224 pp * 61 images * $19.99

A History of Mount Saint Charles Hockey Bryan Ethier, Foreword by Assistant Coach Paul Guay 978.1.60949.879.5 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 47 images * $19.99

From 1978 to 2003 Mount Saint Charles Academy captured the hearts of its fans and the state’s high school hockey championship. Attributing the streak to a near-mystical force called “Mount Pride,” beloved coach Bill Belisle and his team have built the most successful hockey program in Rhode Island. In the thrilling 2013 season, they recaptured the Mount glory as state champions. Yet the high school hockey team is much more than its wins and losses—it’s a culture and a family. Beginning with the earliest days when Rhode Island’s four-team league took to the frozen ponds with tree branches serving as rudimentary hockey sticks, author Bryan Ethier chronicles the history of the MSC “Flying Frenchmen.”

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In an era when immigration was at its peak, Fabre Line was the only transatlantic immigration line to service Southern New England, and one of its most important ports was in Providence, Rhode Island. Nearly 84,000 immigrants were admitted to the country between the years 1911 and 1934. Most of these immigrants were from Portugal, Ireland and Italy, and the Fabre Line kept up a brisk and successful business. However, both the line and the families hoping for a new life faced major obstacles in the form of World War I, immigration restriction laws of the 1920s and the Great Depression. Join Patrick T. Conley and William J. Jennings Jr. as they chronicle the history of the Fabre Line and its role in bringing new residents to the Ocean State.


Classic Diners of Connecticut Garrison Leykam, Forewords by Larry Cultrera & Christopher Dobbs

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978.1.62619.215.7 * 6 x 9 * 176 pp * 73 images * $19.99

Over twenty thousand miles of highways and main streets crisscross the state of Connecticut, inviting hungry travelers and locals into the more than one hundred diners that dot the roadways. Among these eateries are some of the most prized American classic diners manufactured by such legendary builders as DeRaffele, O’Mahony, Tierney and Kullman. Author Garrison Leykam hosts a road trip to Connecticut’s diners, celebrating local recipes and diner lingo—order up a #81, frog sticks or a Noah’s boy with Murphy carrying a wreath—as well as stories that make each diner unique. Stories of tragedy, triumph, sanctuary, comfort and community fill the pages in this celebration of classic and historic diners of the Nutmeg State.

Connecticut Yankees at Antietam John Banks 978.1.60949.951.8 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 61 images * $19.99

The Battle of Antietam was the single bloodiest day of the Civil War. In the intense conflict and its aftermath across the farm fields and woodlots near the village of Sharpsburg, Maryland, more than two hundred men from Connecticut died. Their grave sites are scattered throughout the Nutmeg State. Author John Banks chronicles their mostly forgotten stories using diaries, pension records and soldiers’ letters. Learn of Henry Adams, a private from East Windsor who lay incapacitated in the cornfield for nearly two days before he was found; Private Horace Lay of Hartford, who died with his wife by his side in a small church that served as a hospital after the battle; and Captain Frederick Barber of Manchester, who survived a field operation only to die days later.


Legends, Lore and Secrets of New England Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson 978.1.60949.946.4 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 45 images * $16.99

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New England’s history is marked with witch executions, curses and an untold number of cemeteries hiding mysteries beneath their stones. In this sometimes harsh landscape, the truth is often stranger than fiction. Examine the footprints burned into the ledge of Devil’s Foot Rock in Rhode Island. Spend a night at the Kennebunk Inn in Maine, where the mischievous specter of Silas Perkins still resides. Traverse an old dirt road near Sterling, Connecticut, where the Darn Man’s frozen body was uncovered in 1863. Authors Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson uncover the history behind the region’s best-kept secrets and lore. As you flip through these pages of New England’s legends, tread lightly—you just might find a story that will follow you home.


The New England Mariner Tradition: Old Salts, Superstitions, Shanties & Shipwrecks Robert A. Geake

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978.1.62619.228.7 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 60 images * $16.99

For over three centuries, New Englanders have set sail in search of fortune and adventure— yet death lurked on every voyage in the form of storms, privateers, disease and human error. In hope of being spared by the sea, superstitious mariners practiced cautionary rituals. During the winter of 1779, the crew aboard the Family Trader offered up gin to appease the squalling storms of Neptune. In the 1800s, after nearly fifty shipwrecks on Georges Bank between Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Nova Scotia, a wizard paced the coast of Marblehead, shouting orders out to sea to guide passing ships to safety. As early as 1705, courageous settlers erected watch houses and lighted beacons at Beavertail Point outside Jamestown, Rhode Island, to aid mariners caught in the swells of Narragansett Bay. Join Robert A. Geake as he explores the forgotten traditions among New England mariners and their lives on land and sea.


Historic Powder Houses of New England: Arsenals of American Independence Matthew E. Thomas 978.1.62619.242.3 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 89 images * $19.99

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In the turbulent history of colonial New England, more than two hundred powder houses were built to store gunpowder, guns and armaments. Even the spark from a metal shoe nail could ignite their contents, so they often sat in remote sections of town. These volatile storehouses played a vital role in earning and preserving American independence. It was, after all, to a powder house in Concord, Massachusetts, that the British army marched in April 1775 to seize colonists’ gunpowder. The British were thwarted, and the colonists’ defense of the powder house ignited the Revolutionary War. Add to this the duels, murders, public hangings and tragic explosions that checkered the history of these structures, and the reader will discover a fascinating and forgotten aspect of our New England heritage. Using meticulous research, Matthew Thomas narrates the colorful histories of New England’s powder houses as he resurrects their historical significance in early American history.


Lost Amusement Parks of New York City: Beyond Coney Island Barbara & Wesley Gottlock

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978.1.62619.103.7 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp + 16 pp color * 73 images * $19.99

Coney Island is an iconic symbol of turnof-the-century New York, but many other amusement parks thrilled the residents of the five boroughs. Strategically placed at the end of trolley lines, railways, public beaches and waterways, these playgrounds for rich and poor alike first appeared in 1767. From humble beginnings, they developed into huge sites like Fort George, Manhattan’s massive amusement complex. Each park was influenced by the culture and eclectic tastes of its owners and patrons—from the wooden coasters at Staten Island’s Midland Beach to beer gardens on Queens’ North Beach and fireworks blasting from the Bronx’s Starlight Park. However, as real estate became more valuable, these parks disappeared. Rediscover the thrills of the past from the lost amusement parks of New York City.


A History of the Wallkill Central Schools A.J. Schenkman and Elizabeth Werlau 978.1.62619.155.6 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 77 images * $19.99

Long Island Italian Americans: History, Heritage & Tradition Salvatore J. LaGumina 978.1.60949.870.2 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 74 images * $19.99

For Italian immigrants and their descendants, moving from “the city” out to Long Island was more than a change of address. It signaled that the family had achieved the American dream, and in turn, elements of Italian values and culture are visible all over the island. Italians helped to build Long Island, whether as laborers or as contractors. They brought their culinary traditions and opened markets, such as the still family-owned Iavarone Brothers Foods and restaurants. Italians’ industrialism helped them thrive in fields as diverse as medicine, politics, acting and winemaking and importing. Join author Salvatore J. LaGumina to discover the remarkable contributions and vibrant culture of Italians and Italian Americans on Long Island.

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When the Borden family arrived in the nineteenth century, educational opportunities in Ulster County were limited; classes rarely extended beyond the eighth grade. This changed when the philanthropic Bordens established their Borden Condensed Milk Company and gave Wallkill the means to construct one of the area’s first high schools. In 1938, Central School District No. 1—incorporating the towns of Shawangunk, Plattekill, Gardiner, Marlborough, Newburgh and Montgomery—was formed after residents voted to consolidate the John G. Borden High School with surrounding oneand two-room schoolhouses. Although those early schoolhouses are now long gone, the proud tradition of education and service carries on.


Murder & Mayhem in Mendon and Honeoye Falls: “Murderville” in Victorian New York Diane Ham and Lynne Menz

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978.1.62619.141.9 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 41 images * $19.99

The Town of Mendon and the Village of Honeoye Falls are today quiet western New York suburbs, but they weren’t always so idyllic. In years past, the village was a center of commerce, manufacturing and railroads, and by the mid-nineteenth century, this prosperity brought with it an element of mayhem. Horse stealing was commonplace. Saloons and taverns were abundant. Street scuffles and barroom brawls were regular, especially on Saturday nights, after the laborers were paid. By Sunday morning, numerous drunks were confined to the “lockup” in the village hall. As the town and village turn two hundred, join local historians Diane Ham and Lynne Menz as they explore the peaceful region’s vicious history.

Murder & Mayhem in Ulster County A.J. Schenkman and Elizabeth Werlau 978.1.62619.073.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 43 images * $19.99

In 1870, the New York Herald proclaimed that Ulster County was New York’s “Ulcer County” due to its lawlessness and crime. The columnist supported his claim by citing that in only six months, “it has been the scene of no less than four cold blooded and brutal murders, six suicides and four elopements.” Hannah Markle ran a Kingston saloon where murder and violence were served alongside the whiskey. John Babbitt confessed on his deathbed to murdering Emma Brooks, and Willie Brown accidentally shot his best friend. The infamous Big Bad Bill, the “Gardiner Desperado,” lashed out more than once and killed in a drunken rage. Discover the mayhem and murder that these and others wreaked on one of New York State’s original counties.


St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812: Folly and Mischief John M. Austin 978.1.62619.148.8 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 23 images * $21.99

The fledgling United States struggled to keep its freedom from Great Britain during the War of 1812, but St. Lawrence County in upstate New York played a divided role. The region shared a border—as well as close personal and business associations—with British Canada and opposed the American embargo that disrupted these relationships. While some St. Lawrence men fought bravely for America, smuggling was a common way of life. Local historian John Austin recounts these and other events, as well as the fascinating North Country characters who influenced them, in this book on St. Lawrence County in the War of 1812.

Frank Decker, Assisted by Lois Rosebrooks 978.1.60949.810.8 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 70 images * $19.99

As the financial capital of the nation, Manhattan had close ties and strong sympathies with the South. But across the East River in Brooklyn stood a bastion of antislavery sentiment—Plymouth Church—led by Henry Ward Beecher. He guided his congregants in a crusade against the institution. They held mock slave auctions, raised money to purchase freedom for slaves and sent guns—nicknamed “Beecher’s Bibles”—to those struggling for a free Kansas. Plymouth Church was not only publicly important in the fight for abolition but also a busy Underground Railroad station. Once the Civil War broke out, the congregation helped raise troops and supplies for the U.S. Army. Discover this beautiful church’s vital role in the nation’s greatest struggle.

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Brooklyn’s Plymouth Church in the Civil War Era: A Ministry of Freedom


Hudson River Steamboat Catastrophes: Contests & Collisions J. Thomas Allison

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978.1.62619.147.1 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 46 images * $19.99

Romantic images lull us into believing steamboats were a quiet means of travel, but a crowded river, faulty equipment and the bravado of the captains resulted in at least one major catastrophe every year. Night boats collided and sank, carelessness caused boiler explosions, races put passengers at risk and fires would quickly swallow the wooden vessels. The grand Empire of Troy suffered many collisions. The Swallow broke in two on a rock, Reindeer’s explosion took forty lives at once and the Oregon and C. Vanderbilt entered into an epic and dangerous race. Collected from eyewitness accounts, these are some of the most exciting and frightening stories of peril aboard steamboats on the Hudson River.

Hidden History of the Mohawk Valley: The Baseball Oracle, the Mohawk Encampment and More Bob Cudmore 978.1.62619.121.1 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 72 images * $19.99

Much of the history of New York’s scenic Mohawk Valley has been recounted time and again. But so many other stories have remained buried, almost lost from memory. The man called the baseball oracle correctly predicted the outcome of twenty-one major-league games. An Amsterdam sailor cheated death onboard a stricken submarine. Not only people but once-loved places are also all but forgotten, like the twentieth-century Mohawk Indian encampment and Camp Agaming in the Adirondacks, where Kirk Douglas was a counselor. Local historian Bob Cudmore delves deep into the region’s history to find its most fascinating pieces of hidden history.


Oswego County and the Civil War: They Answered the Call Natalie Joy Woodall 978.1.62619.208.9 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 38 images * $19.99

Murder & Mayhem on Staten Island Patricia M. Salmon 978.1.62619.283.6 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 57 images * $19.99

The excitement and vibrancy of big-city thrills take a deadly turn when they hit Staten Island. Edward Reinhardt murdered his wife and rolled her body in a barrel down a busy thoroughfare. A known bootlegger—and suspected police informant—was found shot three times in a Packard on South Beach, sparking one of the island’s greatest mysteries. In 1843, the bodies of a mother and daughter were discovered in a Christmas Day fire; a family member would stand trial three times for their deaths. During the Jazz Age, a kiss would cost a popular Port Richmond teenager her life. Local historian Patricia M. Salmon has meticulously researched Staten Island’s most horrific murders, some well known and others long forgotten.

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Although far from the fighting, the residents of Oswego County were forever changed by the Civil War. One of the few regions that never forced a draft, thousands of men volunteered, motivated by patriotism, abolitionism or a yearning for adventure. Neither they nor their families were ever the same, and local author Natalie Joy Woodall relates their diverse experiences. William Adriance enlisted twice, despite suffering from rheumatism, marrying and starting a family during the war. Otis Mason Miner and his brother enlisted shortly after Fort Sumter surrendered, and in later years, Otis and his wife became pillars of their community. Many others made the ultimate sacrifice or suffered from wounds—seen and unseen—for the rest of their lives.


Frederick & Anna Douglass in Rochester, New York: Their Home Was Open to All Rose O’Keefe

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978.1.62619.181.5 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 56 images * $19.99

Frederick Douglass—famed author, orator and former slave—spent twentyfive years with his family in Rochester, New York, beginning in 1848. Despite living through one of our nation’s most bitter and terrifying times, Frederick and his wife, Anna, raised five children in a loving home with flower, fruit and vegetable gardens. While Frederick traveled widely, fighting for the freedom and rights of his brethren, Anna cared for their home and their family. Their house was open to fugitives on the Underground Railroad, visiting abolitionists and house guests who stayed for weeks, months and years at a time. Local author Rose O’Keefe weaves together the story of the Douglasses’ experience in Rochester and the indelible mark they left on the Flower City.

Exploring Manhattan’s Murray Hill Alfred Pommer & Joyce Pommer 978.1.62619.059.7 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 71 images * $16.99

Since this Manhattan neighborhood was named for the Murray family and their contributions to the American Revolution, many of New York’s most illustrious residents have made Murray Hill their home. The mansions of J.P. Morgan Jr. and William Waldorf Astor stood along its streets. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt lived here as newlyweds, as did Admiral Farragut, Commodore Perry and Sinclair Lewis, along with Andy Warhol’s famous “Factory.” Visit the original Tiffany & Company building, the Civic Club, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and a once-famous department store that is now New York’s Science, Industry and Business Library. Experience the striking architecture and discover the stories of Manhattan’s Murray Hill.


The Battle of Oriskany and General Nicholas Herkimer: Revolution in the Mohawk Valley Paul A. Boehlert 978.1.62619.224.9 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 43 images * $19.99

The Glory Days of Buffalo Shopping Michael F. Rizzo 978.1.62619.301.7 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 64 images * $19.99

Buffalo once was a shopper’s paradise, and those fond memories live on today for generations of locals. Buffalo native Seymour Knox helped his cousin Frank Woolworth open his famous chain of stores nationwide, and Cresbury Clothes remained a multi-generational family business for most of the twentieth century. Well-recognized national chains, like the A&P, and local department stores like AM&A’s and Sattlers were among the great retailers that dotted the main streets of the Queen City. Others, like Tops Market, were bought out by larger corporations. In this new, updated edition, join Buffalo native Michael Rizzo as he revisits the days when Buffalo’s streets were lined with stores and its sidewalks crowded with shoppers.

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During the critical Battle of Oriskany in August 1777, Continental forces led by General Nicholas Herkimer defeated the British army under St. Leger in the heart of New York’s Mohawk Valley. It was a hard-won victory, but he and his brave troops prevented the British from splitting the colonies in two. Herkimer’s citizen-soldiers turned back the British and protected Washington’s northern flank from attack. The Continental army survived to fight the decisive Battle of Saratoga the next month. Herkimer was mortally wounded, but his heroism and leadership firmly placed him in the pantheon of Revolutionary War heroes. Paul Boehlert presents a gripping account of the events before, during and after this critical battle.


Hidden History of South Jersey: From the Capitol to the Shore Gordon Bond

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978.1.62619.009.2 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 47 images * $19.99

South Jersey is perhaps best known for its beachside boardwalks, glitzy Atlantic City hotels and blueberry farms, but behind these iconic symbols are the overlooked tales that are unique to New Jersey. While much of Harriet Tubman’s life is well known, her time in Cape May is usually overlooked by biographers. Few know that the classic American drive-in movie theaters were born in South Jersey. Even the famous Wildwood, with its distinctive Doo-Wop architecture, hides forgotten stories. Often overshadowed by its more urban northern counterpart, South Jersey nonetheless has a hidden past. In this collection, author Gordon Bond uncovers the most intriguing of these tales.

A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone Linda J. Barth 978.1.62619.206.5 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 54 images * $19.99

Many Americans are familiar with Thomas Edison’s “invention factory” in Menlo Park, where he patented the phonograph, the light bulb and more than one thousand other items. Yet many other ideas have grown in the Garden State, too—New Jerseyans brought sound and music to movies and built the very first drive-in theater. Iconic aspects of American life, like the batting cage, catcher’s mask and even professional baseball itself, started in New Jersey. Life would be a lot harder without the vacuum cleaner, plastic and Band-Aids, and many important advances in medicine and surgery were also developed here. Join author Linda Barth as she explores groundbreaking, useful, fun and even silly inventions and their New Jersey roots.


Germans in New Jersey: A History Peter T. Lubrecht 978.1.62619.054.2 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 64 images * $19.99

The History of Diners in New Jersey Michael C. Gabriele 978.1.60949.822.1 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp + 8 pp color * 81 images * $19.99

Diners are New Jersey’s ultimate gathering places—at any moment, high school students, CEOs, construction workers and tourists might be found at a counter chatting with the waitresses and line cooks. Jerseyans yearn for lost favorites like the Excellent Diner and Prout’s Diner and still gather at beloved haunts like the Bendix and Tick Tock Diners. Although the industry is all but gone today, New Jersey was once the hub of diner manufacturing, making mobile eateries that fed hungry Americans as far away as the West Coast. Author Michael C. Gabriele offers this delicious history—collected from interviews with owners, patrons and experts—and indulges in many fond memories of New Jersey diners.

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When the state was young, German immigrants founded villages that are now well-established communities, such as Long Valley. Many were lured by the freedom and opportunity in the Garden State, especially in the nineteenth century, as they escaped oppression and revolution. German heroes have played a patriotic part in the state’s growth and include scholars, artists, war heroes and industrialists, such as John Roebling, the builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, and Thomas Nast, the father of the American cartoon. Despite these contributions, they faced discrimination, especially during the world wars. But in the postwar era, refugees and German Americans alike are a huge part of New Jersey’s rich cultural tapestry.


New Brunswick and the Civil War: The Brunswick Boys in the Great Rebellion Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi

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At the beginning of the Civil War, many of New Brunswick’s young men exchanged manufacturing equipment for rifles, and those whom they left behind witnessed the war through letters from their sons, brothers and husbands. Patriotism, a longing to earn more money and adventure lured these “Brunswick Boys” to enlist. Their recollections offer insights into everyday life in New Jersey during the war—New Brunswick’s factory system, education and medicine—and also reveal their struggles to survive amid battles and close encounters with death, as well as their difficult transition back to civilian life. Joanne Hamilton Rajoppi presents the fascinating stories of New Brunswick and the Civil War.

A History of the Andover Ironworks: Come Penny, Go Pound Kevin W. Wright 978.1.62619.218.8 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 46 images * $19.99

Soon after Philadelphia began to exploit New Jersey’s largest hematite deposit in 1758, Andover Furnace and Forge began producing the best metal in the world. This frontier industrial outpost endured thirty-five years before labor costs, competition from cheap imports, careless consumption of woodlands and difficulty in transporting its products finally extinguished its fires. Today, repurposed eighteenth-century stone mills and mansions at Andover and Waterloo testify to the combination of rich ore, abundant water power and seemingly endless forests that long ago attracted teamsters, woodcutters, charcoal burners, miners, molders and smelters to the Appalachian Highlands of New Jersey. Local expert Kevin Wright tells the hidden story of the facets and personalities that once made Andover iron so widely coveted.


Philadelphia Spiritualism and the Curious Case of Katie King Stephanie Hoover 978.1.62619.153.2 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 33 images * $19.99

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In the wake of the Civil War, Spiritualism—and its promises of communication with the dead— reached its peak as grieving families hoped to reunite with men lost in battle. In the face of an uncertain future, people sought comfort in the messages of mediums, and for Philadelphians, that reassurance was found in Katie King. Katie was a spirit who materialized at the séances of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Holmes—or so attendees believed. For eight months in 1874, she captivated every level of Philadelphia society, including Vice President Henry Wilson, who clamored to speak with the lovely apparition. When a believer-turned-skeptic decided to investigate Katie King for himself, the “spirit” was quickly revealed as a hoax. From the rise of Spiritualism in the city to the aftermath of the scandal, author Stephanie Hoover reveals the personalities and chicanery behind the curious case of Katie King.


Braddock’s Road: Mapping the British Expedition from Alexandria to the Monongahela Norman L. Baker

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978.1.62619.114.3 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 71 images * $19.99

In 1755, Major General Edward Braddock and two army regiments set out from Alexandria with the objective of capturing Fort Duquesne, near presentday Pittsburgh. To transport their sizable train of artillery and wagons, they first had to build a road across the rugged Appalachian Mountains. It was almost 289 treacherous miles from Alexandria, Virginia, by way of Fort Cumberland in Maryland and on to the French fort; the road they built was one of the most impressive military engineering accomplishments of the eighteenth century. Historian Norman L. Baker chronicles the construction of the road and creates the definitive mapping of even those sections once thought lost.

Hidden History of Cumberland County Joseph David Cress 978.1.60949.990.7 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 41 images * $19.99

The rolling fields and quiet towns of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, belie its dynamic history. From slaves who escaped to freedom through Underground Railroad stations in Shippensburg and Boiling Springs to a telephone-like invention created by Lower Allen’s Daniel Drawbaugh a full decade before the patent of Alexander Graham Bell, the pages of Cumberland County’s history conceal long-forgotten but true tales. There are numerous but often-overlooked contributions from county residents—from 1920 to 1923, Newville hosted the first state police academy in the nation, and during World War II, a humble bandage invented in Carlisle saved countless lives. Author Joseph David Cress explores these and other hidden tales from the history of Cumberland County.


The Fort Pitt Block House Emily M. Weaver, with the Fort Pitt Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution 978.1.60949.933.4 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 54 images * $19.99

Pittsburgh in World War I: Arsenal of the Allies Elizabeth Williams, Foreword by Dr. Joseph F. Rishel 978.1.60949.823.8 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 54 images * $19.99

When the whole of Europe went to war in 1914, Pittsburgh was a city of immigrants—the large Polish community urged leaders to join the side of the Allies, while German immigrants supported the Central powers. By the time the country entered World War I in 1917, Pittsburghers threw their support into the war effort united as Americans. With over 250 mills and factories, the Steel City produced half of the steel and much of the munitions used by the Allies. Pittsburgh gave more than steel—sixty thousand men went to war, and women flocked to the front lines as nurses. Historian Elizabeth Williams traces the remarkable story of Pittsburgh during the Great War.

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The story of the Fort Pitt Block House is one that spans nearly three centuries of Pittsburgh history. It was originally constructed as a defensive redoubt for Fort Pitt, a key British fortification during the French and Indian War. After the conflicts on the Pennsylvania frontier ended, the brick-laid building served as a trading post for wares and munitions, and in the nineteenth century, it played host to families and even a candy shop. In 1894, the only surviving structure of Fort Pitt was gifted to the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Join site curator and author Emily M. Weaver as she chronicles the remarkable history of the Fort Pitt Block House.


A Quaker Officer in the Civil War: Henry Gawthrop of the 4th Delaware Justin Carisio

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978.1.60949.751.4 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 46 images * $19.99

When the call went out in 1862 for volunteers for Delaware’s 4th Infantry Regiment, a number of men from prominent Quaker families came forward to fight for the Union. Deeply patriotic and strongly opposed to slavery, they served with distinction in some of the later campaigns of the Civil War, from Cold Harbor through Appomattox. Among them was Henry Gawthrop. Commissioned a first lieutenant in Company F, he saw action during the Siege of Petersburg and at the Battle of Five Forks. Fifty years after the war, he drew on his diary and letters from the war years to create a unique memoir that is among the most comprehensive and detailed of any Delaware Civil War veteran. This is his story.


The Enchanted Forest: Memories of Maryland’s Storybook Park Janet Kusterer and Martha Anne Clark 978.1.62619.139.6 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 69 images * $19.99

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The history of the Enchanted Forest is one of magical beginnings. When it first opened in 1955, Ellicott City’s storybook land became the first children’s theme park on the East Coast. Young visitors could climb aboard rides like the Little Toot tugboat, Mother Goose and Ali Baba or encounter animals like peacocks and burros. Upon its closing in 1989, Marylanders who cherished memories of the Enchanted Forest were deeply disappointed. However, many of the park’s beloved figures were moved to nearby Clark’s Elioak Farm, where they were restored and displayed to the delight of new generations. Even today, the farm is a popular destination that evokes the whimsical spirit of the iconic park. Local author Janet Kusterer and Martha Anne Clark of Elioak Farm trace the park’s history through vintage images and interviews with the Harrison family, former employees and visitors. Join Kusterer and Clark to rediscover the magic of the Enchanted Forest.


Frederick County Characters: Innovators, Pioneers & Patriots of Western Maryland John W. Ashbury, Foreword by Christopher Haugh

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978.1.62619.266.9 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 58 images * $19.99

Since its founding in 1748, Frederick County has been home to some of the nation’s most celebrated and dynamic historical figures, including the famed Francis Scott Key and Thomas Stone, one of Maryland’s signers of the Declaration of Independence. Later, Dr. John Tyler—Frederick’s pioneering oculist—performed the first cataract operation in the region. Burkittsville’s Outerbridge Horsey gained fame by producing over ten thousand barrels a year of America’s finest rye whiskey from his warehouse distillery. With this collection of the best of his articles from Frederick Magazine, local author John W. Ashbury profiles the most remarkable and fascinating figures in the history of Frederick County.

Prince George’s County and the Civil War: Life on the Border Nathania A. Branch Miles, Monday M. Miles and Ryan J. Quick 978.1.60949.848.1 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 59 images * $19.99

Bordered by the Federal capital but separated from Virginia and the Confederacy only by the Potomac River, the citizens of Prince George’s County found themselves on the front lines of the Civil War. As Maryland’s largest slave-owning county, some joined the Confederacy. Many remained loyal to the Union, losing sons and property for the cause. Three forts in the county were dedicated to the capital’s defense: Fort Foote, Fort Washington and Fort Lincoln. This did not prevent Confederate general Jubal Early’s troops from invading in July 1864. Prince George’s County and the Civil War: Life on the Border charts the course of a community caught in the midst of the bloodiest conflict in American history.


Mysteries and Lore of Western Maryland: Snallygasters, Dogmen and Other Mountain Tales Susan Fair 978.1.62619.024.5 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 37 images * $19.99

Braddock’s Road: Mapping the British Expedition from Alexandria to the Monongahela Norman L. Baker 978.1.62619.114.3 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 71 images * $19.99

In 1755, Major General Edward Braddock and two army regiments set out from Alexandria with the objective of capturing Fort Duquesne, near presentday Pittsburgh. To transport their sizable train of artillery and wagons, they first had to build a road across the rugged Appalachian Mountains. It was almost 289 treacherous miles from Alexandria, Virginia, by way of Fort Cumberland in Maryland and on to the French fort; the road they built was one of the most impressive military engineering accomplishments of the eighteenth century. Historian Norman L. Baker chronicles the construction of the road and creates the definitive mapping of even those sections once thought lost.

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In the shadows of the quiet mountain towns of Western Maryland, strange creatures are said to lurk in the woods while phantoms wander the foothills. The Hagerstown clock tower is reportedly haunted by the ghost of a young artist killed during the Civil War, while the low summit of South Mountain was once host to a mysterious spell-caster, the Wizard Zittle. Farther west, tales of legendary hunter Meshach Browning echo among the Allegheny Mountains while visitors to Deep Creek Lake may feel the chilling presence of monks who never left their former monastery. From the 1909 hoax of the monstrous Snallygaster that terrorized the Middletown Valley to the doglike Dwayyo that was spotted near Frederick in 1965, local historian Susan Fair rounds up the legends and lore of Western Maryland.


Historic Restaurants of Washington, D.C.: Capital Eats John DeFerrari

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978.1.62619.126.6 * 7.5 x 9.25 * 224 pp + 16 pp color * 99 images * $24.99

While today, foodies flock to the flavors of Logan Circle and the H Street corridor, Washington’s first true restaurants opened around 1830. Waves of immigrants introduced a global mix of ingredients to the capital’s eager palates by opening eateries like the venerable China Doll Gourmet and Cleveland Park’s Roma Restaurant. By the twentieth century, the array of dishes to tempt hungry residents was astounding. Diners could have tea at Garfinckel’s Greenbrier or lunch at local favorites such as Little Tavern Diner or Ben’s Chili Bowl. For an elegant evening, fine restaurants like Rive Gauche and the Monocle satisfied the most sophisticated gastronome. With careful research and choice recipes, “Streets of Washington” blogger John DeFerrari chronicles the culinary and social history of the capital through its restaurants, tasting his way from the lavish Gilded Age dining halls of the Willard Hotel to the Hot Shoppe’s triple-decker Mighty Mo.


Woodward & Lothrop: A Store Worthy of the Nation’s Capital Michael J. Lisicky, Introduction by Tim Gunn 978.1.62619.060.3 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 86 images * $19.99

Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent John Muller, Forewords by Donald T. Bliss & Donald A. Ritchie 978.1.60949.964.8 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 51 images * $19.99

When young Samuel Clemens first visited the nation’s capital in 1854, both were rough around the edges and of dubious potential. Returning as Mark Twain in 1867, he brought his sharp eye and acerbic pen to the task of covering the capital for nearly a half-dozen newspapers. He fit in perfectly among the other hard-drinking and irreverent correspondents. His bohemian sojourn in Washington, D.C., has been largely overlooked, but his time in the capital city was catalytic to Twain’s rise as America’s foremost man of letters. Through original research unearthing never-before-seen material, author John Muller explores how Mark Twain’s adventures as a capital correspondent proved to be a critical turning point in his career.

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Affectionately called “Woodies” by loyal Washingtonians, the beloved department store Woodward & Lothrop stood at the heart of downtown for over a century. The store and its employees shared in the best moments in the lives of Washingtonians, from the elaborate holiday window displays to the Wedding Service department that helped countless brides choose their china patterns. For weary shoppers, the Bake Shop and seventh-floor Tea Room offered city favorites such as Wellesley Fudge Cupcakes and Chicken Pot Pie. Department store historian Michael J. Lisicky brings readers back to the store’s golden age, through interviews with store insiders, vintage images and a selection of recipes.


Urban Legends & Historic Lore of Washington, D.C. Robert S. Pohl

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978.1.62619.196.9 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 56 images * $17.99

A carving of General Lee on the back of the Lincoln monument, the birth of lobbying at the Willard Hotel, a romantic gesture that built the distinctive homes of Capitol Hill—these are legends of Washington, D.C. According to local lore, the missing J Street was L’Enfant’s snub to Supreme Court justice John Jay, and the course of history could have been changed if only a young baseball player named Fidel Castro had accepted a contract with the Washington Senators. In search of the truth behind these legends and more, local guide and writer Robert S. Pohl takes readers on a tour of the historic lore and urban legends that surround the monuments, neighborhood streets and even the Metro stations of Washington, D.C.

Explosion on the Potomac: The 1844 Calamity Aboard the USS Princeton Kerry Walters 978.1.62619.197.6 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 35 images * $19.99

In 1844, the USS Princeton was the most technologically sophisticated warship in the world. Its captain, Robert Stockton, and President John Tyler were both zealous expansionists, and they hoped that it would be the forerunner in a formidable steam-powered fleet. On a Potomac cruise intended to impress power brokers, the ship’s main gun exploded as the vessel neared Mount Vernon. Eight died horribly, while twenty others were injured. Two of Tyler’s most important cabinet members were instantly lost, and the president himself had a near miss. The tragedy set off an unpredictable wave of events that cost Tyler a second term, nearly scuttled plans to add Texas to the Union and stirred up sectional rancor that drove the nation closer to civil war.


African Americans of Alexandria, Virginia: Beacons of Light in the Twentieth Century Char McCargo Bah, Christa Watters, Audrey P. Davis, Gwendolyn BrownHenderson and James E. Henson Sr., Foreword by Mayor William D. Euille 978.1.62619.013.9 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 47 images * $19.99

Richmond Independent Press: A History of the Underground Zine Scene Dale M. Brumfield, Foreword by Don Harrison, Introduction by Edward Slipek Jr. 978.1.60949.839.9 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp + 8 pp color * 71 images * $19.99

During the political and cultural upheaval of the 1960s, even the sleepy southern town of Richmond was not immune to the emergence of radical counterculturalism. A change in the traditional ideas of objective journalism spurred an underground movement in the press. The Sunflower, Richmond’s first underground newspaper, appeared in 1967 and set the stage for a host of alternative Richmond media lasting into the 1990s and beyond. Publications such as the Richmond Chronicle, the Richmond Mercury and the Commonwealth Times, as well as those covering the African American community, have served the citizens of Richmond searching for a change in the status quo. Join author Dale Brumfield as he explores a cultural revolution in the River City.

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Sitting just south of the nation’s capital, Alexandria has a long and storied history. Still, little is known of Alexandria’s twentieth-century African American community. Experience the harrowing narratives of trials and triumph as Alexandria’s African Americans helped to shape not only their hometown but also the world around them. Rutherford Adkins became one of the first black fighter pilots as a Tuskegee Airman. Samuel Tucker, a twenty-six-year-old lawyer, organized and fought for Alexandria to share its wealth of knowledge with the African American community by opening its libraries to all colors and creeds. Discover a vibrant past that, through this record, will be remembered forever as Alexandria’s beacon of hope and light.


Elinor Fry: A Legacy of Dance in Richmond Paul N. Herbert

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In Richmond, no other name is more synonymous with dance than Elinor Fry. Helen Keller, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson and author Tom Wolfe were just some of the people with whom Fry connected in five decades of dance. From 1920 to 1970, Fry was involved, often accompanied by her beloved students, in nearly every major public event in the River City. Performing in an array of venues and photographed twice by National Geographic, Fry was a blend of creativity and business savvy and a wonderful role model for thousands of children who learned dance in her studio. Join author and historian Paul Herbert as he celebrates Elinor Fry’s spirit and exceptional achievements in the world of dance in Richmond.

Hidden History of Roanoke: Star City Stories Nelson Harris 978.1.60949.993.8 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 14 images * $19.99

How did a Roanoke neighbor’s secret upend North Carolina politics and why did a wedding scandal in Big Lick make front-page headlines in New York? These questions and many more are answered in this exciting volume of hidden stories and forgotten tales from the Star City. Discover why a Roanoker was found frozen in the North Atlantic and what Mother’s Day crime and trial shocked the city in 1949. Meet the Black Cardinals, a semipro African American baseball team that played in the 1930s and ’40s, and find out how a fistfight at Shenandoah Life helped save the company. Author Nelson Harris delves into the annals of history to uncover these marvelous and mostly unknown stories of the Star City of the South.


Virginia’s Legendary Santa Trains Donna Strother Deekens and Doug Riddell 978.1.62619.140.2 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 87 images * $19.99

Beginning in the 1950s, department stores around the Commonwealth teamed up with rail lines to create a magical Christmas adventure: the Santa Train. Delight-filled children from Richmond and Alexandria to Roanoke flocked to see and ride the trains sponsored by Miller & Rhoads, Cox’s Department Store, J.C. Penney and many others. These majestic trains rode the rails across Virginia with old Saint Nick himself. Join railroad author Doug Riddell and former Miller & Rhoads Snow Queen Donna Strother Deekens as they recount heartwarming memories of Christmases past and chronicle the history of Virginia’s Kris Kringle trains.

Daniel S. Morrow 978.1.60949.896.2 * 6 x 9 * 352 pp * 58 images * $24.99

In 1853 Lexington, Virginia, Mary Evelyn Anderson spurned the advances of a young law student named Charles Burks Christian. Humiliated and heartbroken, Christian confronted, stabbed and killed the man he believed responsible for Anderson’s decision. The man was her cousin, Thomas Blackburn. What followed was a circus of inept and brilliant lawyers dragging members of the most prominent families in antebellum Virginia through an all-too-public discussion of seduction, courtship, honor and self-defense. Daniel S. Morrow chronicles the history of the events that led to Blackburn’s death, the trials that followed and the impact on Lexington, its two colleges and the men and women who would soon find themselves engaged in a great Civil War.

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Murder in Lexington: VMI, Honor and Justice in Antebellum Virginia


World War II Richmond, Virginia Walter S. Griggs Jr.

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978.1.62619.026.9 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 48 images * $19.99

The effects of the war raging across Europe were visible in Richmond as early as 1939. In that year, the city saw its first parking meters on the streets and began to collect aluminum scrap for use in war industries. In 1940, pursuant to the new draft law, Richmond’s sons between the ages of twenty-one and thirty-five registered for the draft. While bomb shelters were put up all over the town, dances were held to maintain local morale. Even as local German families faced discrimination, Richmonders strived for a sense of unity and solidarity. Author and historian Walter Griggs Jr. revives this conflicted spirit, memorializing the sorrow and celebrating the triumphs of a resilient southern city through world war.

A Refugee at Hanover Tavern: The Civil War Diary of Margaret Wight Presented by The Hanover Tavern Foundation, Edited by Shirley A. Haas & Dale Paige Talley 978.1.62619.045.0 * 6 x 9 * 224 pp * 33 images * $21.99

The Hanover Tavern outside Richmond was a place of refuge during the Civil War. Life at the Tavern was not always safe as residents weathered frequent Union cavalry raids on nearby railroads, bridges and farms. Margaret Copland Brown Wight and some of her family braved the war at the Tavern from 1862 until 1865 in the company of a small community of refugees. She kept a diary to document each hardship and every blessing—a day of rain after weeks of drought, news of her sons fighting in the Confederate armies or word from her daughter caught behind enemy lines. Wight’s diary, discovered more than a century after the war and presented here for the first time, is a vital voice from a time of tumult.


Fort Harrison and the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm: To Surprise and Capture Richmond Douglas Crenshaw 978.1.60949.581.7 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 44 images * $19.99

Braddock’s Road: Mapping the British Expedition from Alexandria to the Monongahela Norman L. Baker 978.1.62619.114.3 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 71 images * $19.99

In 1755, Major General Edward Braddock and two army regiments set out from Alexandria with the objective of capturing Fort Duquesne, near presentday Pittsburgh. To transport their sizable train of artillery and wagons, they first had to build a road across the rugged Appalachian Mountains. It was almost 289 treacherous miles from Alexandria, Virginia, by way of Fort Cumberland in Maryland and on to the French fort; the road they built was one of the most impressive military engineering accomplishments of the eighteenth century. Historian Norman L. Baker chronicles the construction of the road and creates the definitive mapping of even those sections once thought lost.

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Early in the morning of September 29, 1864, two Union corps under the command of General Benjamin Butler crossed the James with the goal of overwhelming Robert E. Lee’s army and capturing Richmond. The Confederate defenders were vastly outnumbered; many were inexperienced and initially without trusted leadership. Fort Harrison and the other works at Chaffin’s Farm held the key to the Confederate defenses. The drama that ensued was a battle between the Confederates’ resiliency and the Union’s ability to capitalize on one of its greatest opportunities. Doug Crenshaw chronicles the events of an often-forgotten episode of Civil War history through gripping firsthand accounts.


Hidden History of Henderson County, North Carolina Terry Ruscin, Foreword by Wick Andrews

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978.1.62619.129.7 * 6 x 9 * 240 pp * 130 images * $19.99

Who composed a blockbuster opera a few miles from downtown Hendersonville? Who were the record-setting McCrary twins, and why were they famous? These questions and many more are answered in this exciting volume of obscured history. From James Brown’s 1950s performance on Hendersonville’s Main Street to the rumors of illegal distilling in Cathead, these are the tales of surreptitious cascades, log homes and unattended cemeteries. Delve into the communities of Black Bottom, Delmont and Peacock Town. Discover what lurks within the derelict buildings of the county’s backcountry roads. Join author and historian Terry Ruscin as he reveals Henderson County’s forgotten history.

Asheville Food: A History of High Country Cuisine Rick McDaniel, Photography by Amy Kalyn Sims, Foreword by Julie Stehling 978.1.60949.865.8 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp + 16 pp color * 57 images * $19.99

A founding city of the farm-to-table movement, Asheville has become a nationally recognized food mecca, a hot spot for food celebrities and a bustling hub of microbreweries. Food historian and author Rick McDaniel traces the rise of the Asheville food scene from its early eateries to the pioneering chefs who put Asheville on the culinary map and the new generation of stars who command the kitchens at the city’s hottest new restaurants. Join McDaniel as he embarks on a mouthwatering journey to explore the farmers, chefs, markets and history that have shaped Asheville’s rich food heritage. 


Robert Henry: A Western Carolina Patriot Richard Russell, Foreword by Wayne Caldwell 978.1.62619.145.7 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 73 images * $19.99

Watauga County, North Carolina, in the Civil War Michael C. Hardy 978.1.60949.888.7 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 34 images * $19.99

Some say that Watauga County’s name comes from a word meaning “beautiful waters,” yet during the Civil War, events in this rugged western North Carolina region were far from beautiful. Hundreds of the county’s sons left to fight gloriously for the Confederacy. This left the area open to hordes of plundering rogues from East Tennessee. While no large-scale battles took place there, Boone was the scene of the beginning of Stoneman’s 1865 raid. The infamous Keith and Malinda Blalock called Watauga County home, leading escaped POWs and dissidents from Blowing Rock to Banner Elk. Join Civil War historian Michael C. Hardy as he reveals Watauga County’s Civil War sacrifices and heroism, both on and off the battlefield.

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Robert Henry is a character more suited for fiction than nonfiction. While just a boy, he fought with the Overmountain Men at Kings Mountain and battled British troops along the Catawba River. As a surveyor, he helped mark the boundary line between Tennessee and North Carolina. He had a long career as a prominent attorney and owned the famous Sulphur Springs resort. Yet while Henry is one of western North Carolina’s most accomplished ancestors, he is also one of the most eccentric. He preferred to dress in moccasins and traveled with a walking stick nearly as tall as he. Some said he had the gift of foresight and was able to predict his own death. Join author Richard Russell as he navigates the unusual, contradictory and fascinating life of Robert Henry.


Snow Camp, North Carolina J. Timothy Allen

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978.1.60949.941.9 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 35 images * $19.99

A small village, rich in North Carolina history, Snow Camp has long been a crossroads and an outsider to the Old North State. Settled in 1749 by the oldest Quaker meeting still in the region, the community has been involved in the nation’s history since its origin. The Regulators Movement formed over unfair taxation by the North Carolina colony and helped inspire more famous protests in Boston. Freedom’s Hill Wesleyan Church arose in Snow Camp to resist the dominant pro-slavery culture of both the state and the Methodist Church in 1847. The Underground Railroad held faith in Snow Camp, having four stations in the small area alone. Join author and resident J. Timothy Allen as he chronicles Snow Camp’s past, present and future.

Stories of Old Currituck Outer Banks Travis Morris 978.1.62619.316.1 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 75 images * $19.99

The Outer Banks of Currituck County are home to large mansions and see thousands of tourists each year. The islands weren’t always populated, however. Much of the land was purchased to raise cattle before larger homes were constructed. In 1857, the Currituck Shooting Club became one of many early hunting clubs that dotted the islands. The area endured complex political battles in the 1970s over the construction of roads and residential development that would eventually exchange the hunting clubs for housing communities. Follow lifetime Currituck native and prolific author Travis Morris as he retells the history of development through newspaper articles and personal anecdotes and offers an insider’s glimpse into the movers and shakers who made the islands the popular getaway they are today.


Dallas, North Carolina: A Brief History Kitty Thornburg Heller 978.1.62619.163.1 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 71 images * $19.99

The French & Indian War in North Carolina: The Spreading Flames of War John R. Maass 978.1.60949.887.0 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 53 images * $19.99

Though most of the events in the French and Indian War took place hundreds of miles away, North Carolina served its patriotic duty. As the European forces of France, Spain and Great Britain and their Native American allies brought war to the New World, the Tarheel State mobilized troops, raised money, built forts and participated in several arduous military campaigns. The war had a huge impact on the state, including a dramatic conflict between Colonial Governor Arthur Dobbs and the colonial legislature over how many troops to raise and how they would be funded. Join historian and author John R. Maass as he chronicles a significant yet oft-overlooked part of North Carolina history.

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Walking the streets of Dallas, North Carolina, reveals a town unchanged by time. The Gaston County seat for over sixty years, the town has roots that were planted in the days of Native American and early immigrant settlement. Union soldiers camped in the Court Square during the Civil War. The Dallas Courthouse rose from the ashes of a devastating fire in 1874. Discover notable natives such as the longest-serving UNC president, Dr. William C. Friday, and get a glimpse into Dallas past, present and future. And with mouth-watering regional recipes pulled straight from Dallas residents, this book is a trip back to the halcyon days of the small-town South. Follow along with Dallas native Kitty Heller as she chronicles the history of a truly unique small town.


On This Day in Piedmont Triad History Alice E. Sink

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978.1.62619.031.3 * 5 x 7 * 464 pp * 55 images * $14.99

The Piedmont Triad of North Carolina has played a remarkable role in the history of the Southeast—one day at a time—for centuries. Against the backdrop of major historical events and movements, the Triad is also flecked with smaller gems of oft-overlooked history. Prolific author and Triad native Alice Sink chronicles these events, reviving a story for each day of the year. From a Civil War buried treasure to gypsy kidnappings and runaway marriages, each day brings with it an exciting, bite-size adventure through history. Residents from Winston-Salem to High Point to Greensboro can all enjoy this volume for their daily dose of that old Piedmont Triad history.

The Chattooga River: A Natural & Cultural History Laura Ann Garren 978.1.60949.985.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp + 16 pp color * 49 images * $19.99

The Chattooga River has run through the American consciousness since the movie Deliverance thrust it into the national spotlight. But this National Wild and Scenic River is much more than the make-believe set of a suburbanite nightmare. People travel from all over the country to run its rapids, cast into its current for trout and hike the miles of trails that meander through thousands of acres of woods in the Chattooga watershed. One of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southeast, the river muscles fifty-seven miles through a southern deciduous forest with one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the country and is home to many species of rare wildflowers. Join author Laura Ann Garren as she describes the history and wonder of the real Chattooga River.


Eerie South Carolina: True Chilling Stories from the Palmetto Past Sherman Carmichael, Illustrations by Kristen Solecki 978.1.62619.214.0 * 5.5 x 8.5 * 128 pp * 30 illustrations * $14.99

A History of South Carolina Barbeque Lake E. High Jr. 978.1.60949.863.4 * 6 x 9 * 176 pp + 16 pp color * 87 images * $19.99

South Carolina has been home to good, old-fashioned barbeque for quite a long time. Hundreds of restaurants, stands and food trucks sell tons of the southern staple every day. But the history of Palmetto State barbeque goes deeper than many might believe—it predates the rest of America. Native Americans barbequed pork on makeshift grills as far back as the 1500s after the Spanish introduced the pig into the Americas. Since the early 1920s, South Carolinians have been perfecting the craft and producing some of the best-tastin’ ’que in the country. Join author and president of the South Carolina Barbeque Association Lake E. High Jr. as he traces the delectable history from its pre-colonial roots to a thriving modern-day tradition.

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Master storyteller Sherman Carmichael is back with more mysterious tales from South Carolina—from Plantersville to Loris and from Beaufort to Clinton. Many of these stories have been told and retold throughout generations, like the red-eyed specter that roams the stairwells of Wilson Hall at Converse College or the haunted grave site of Agnes of Glasgow in Camden. In 1987, a construction company unearthed the bodies of fourteen Union soldiers from the Civil War—twelve of the bodies were found without their heads. The Abbeville Opera House has a chair that remains open to this day for a patron who visited long ago. Join Carmichael for these and many more rare and offbeat stories from South Carolina.


The Lumber Boom of Coastal South Carolina: Nineteenth-Century Shipbuilding & the Devastation of Lowcountry Virgin Forests Robert McAlister

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978.1.62619.278.2 * 6 x 9 * 112 pp * 44 images * $19.99

The virgin forests of longleaf pine, bald cypress and oak that covered much of the South Carolina Lowcountry presented seemingly limitless opportunity for lumbermen. Henry Buck of Maine moved to the South Carolina coast and began shipping lumber back to the Northeast for shipbuilding. Buck was followed by lumber barons of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries who forever changed the landscape, clearing vast tracts to supply lumber to the Northeast. Local historian Robert McAlister presents this epic story of the ebb and flow of coastal South Carolina’s lumber industry.

The Chattooga River: A Natural & Cultural History Laura Ann Garren 978.1.60949.985.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp + 16 pp color * 49 images * $19.99

The Chattooga River has run through the American consciousness since the movie Deliverance thrust it into the national spotlight. But this National Wild and Scenic River is much more than the make-believe set of a suburbanite nightmare. People travel from all over the country to run its rapids, cast into its current for trout and hike the miles of trails that meander through thousands of acres of woods in the Chattooga watershed. One of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southeast, the river muscles fifty-seven miles through a southern deciduous forest with one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the country and is home to many species of rare wildflowers. Join author Laura Ann Garren as she describes the history and wonder of the real Chattooga River.


Legends, Lore & True Tales of the Chattahoochee Michelle Smith 978.1.62619.022.1 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 30 images * $19.99

Civil War Ghosts of North Georgia Jim Miles 978.1.62619.184.6 * 6 x 9 * 112 pp * 23 images * $19.99

Though Georgia was spared the hard hand of war for two years, combat arrived with a vengeance in September 1863 with the Battle of Chickamauga in north Georgia. It was the second-largest battle of the Civil War and has become one of America’s most haunted battlefields, producing a long history of bizarre paranormal events that continue today. From Sherman’s notorious march to Confederate general James Longstreet’s continued inhabitance of his postwar home, Georgia is haunted by many of those who fought in America’s deadliest war. Join author Jim Miles as he details the ghosts that still roam Georgia’s Civil War battlefields, hospitals and antebellum homes.

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The Chattahoochee Trace in southeast Alabama and west Georgia is steeped in Native, African and early American tradition—stories often deeply rooted in folklore. Unusual beasts such as the Kolowa, the Wampus Cat and even Bigfoot roam the area. Crossroads magic, hoodoo and Huggin’ Molly make their homes in the storied region. The Native American trickster rabbit, the Nunnehi Cherokee watchers, the tales of the Indian mounds and the saga of Brookside Drive are forever etched in Chattahoochee lore. From the Creek wars to Indian removal and Sherman’s March to the Sea, the legends of “the Hooch” have left an indelible mark on Georgia and Alabama. Join author Michelle Smith as she reveals many strange creatures and myths.


Civil War Ghosts of Central Georgia and Savannah Jim Miles 978.1.62619.191.4 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 20 images * $19.99

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The Heartland of Georgia, a vast region stretching from Columbus to Savannah and from the edge of Atlanta to Florida, is home to historic sites of Sherman’s March to the Sea and Andersonville Civil War Prison. Because of this history, the area is one of the most haunted in the United States. All manner of paranormal phenomena haunt the battlefields, houses, prison sites and forts throughout this region. Spirits even stalk the streets of Savannah, one of the most haunted cities in the world. Join author and historian Jim Miles as he details the past and present of the ghosts that haunt central Georgia and Savannah.

Civil War Ghosts of Atlanta Jim Miles 978.1.62619.190.7 * 6 x 9 * 112 pp * 19 images * $19.99

The Atlanta metropolis is one of America’s most modern and progressive cities, and it is easy to forget that 150 years ago it was the scene of a long and deadly campaign. Union general William T. Sherman hammered relentlessly against Atlanta at Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, Ezra Church and Jonesboro. Months later, as he began his infamous March to the Sea, much of Atlanta was destroyed by fire. Thousands died in the fighting, and thousands more succumbed to wounds and disease in the large hospitals constructed around the city. Today, the ghosts of Atlanta’s Civil War actions haunt battlefields, hospital sites, cemeteries, homes and commercial structures, all a testament to the tragic history of the city. Join author Jim Miles as he details the Civil War spirits that still haunt Atlanta.


Haunted Dalton, Georgia Connie Hall-Scott 978.1.60949.789.7 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 62 images * $19.99

Atlanta Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in the Hub of the South Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle 978.1.60949.841.2 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp + 16 pp color * 77 images * $19.99

From Atlanta’s first brewery in the 1850s to the city’s Saloon Row and the parched days of local and national Prohibition, the earliest days of Atlanta’s beer history are laced with scandal and excitement. Follow the journey of beer through Atlanta’s development, starting with colonial Georgia and the budding wilderness settlement of Terminus and eventually evolving into the ever-growing metropolis known as Atlanta. Authors Ron Smith and Mary Boyle celebrate the resurgence of craft beer in a town that once burned to the ground. As Atlanta rose from the ashes of the Civil War, so also has artisanal beer made a comeback in this enigmatic but resilient city.

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Nestled in the foothills of the picturesque North Georgia mountains, Dalton is a city steeped in history and legend. The Cherokees called it their “Enchanted Land” before they were driven out through an American tragedy remembered as the Trail of Tears. As the gateway to the Civil War, Whitfield County hosted bloody battles and sacrificed many of its own. It is home to an array of spirits that, for reasons of their own, refuse to leave. The laughter of ghost children still echoes through the halls of the historic Wink Theatre. From the weeping girl of the former Hotel Dalton to long-dead marching ghost soldiers and beyond, Dalton abounds in paranormal activity. Join Connie Hall-Scott on a journey through a host of things that go bump in the night.


A History of the Berry Schools on the Mountain Campus Jennifer W. Dickey

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978.1.62619.202.7 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 41 images * $24.99 * hardcover

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Martha Berry had a vision that a residential school for young men and women with limited educational opportunities would help break the cycle of poverty that pervaded the rural South. She began an educational experiment in northwest Georgia that unfolded during her lifetime and continues into the twenty-first century. This book tells the story of a part of that school—the high school that existed on the Mountain Campus at Berry for more than six decades. For the students who were educated there, the school was transformative. As one alumnus explained, the school had about it an “intangible magic.” Jennifer Dickey captures the spirit of that school that today lives on.

A Brief History of Smyrna, Georgia William P. Marchione, PhD 978.1.60949.952.5 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 52 images * $19.99

The dynamic city of Smyrna, Georgia, situated a scant fifteen miles northwest of Atlanta, has a fascinating history. In July 1864, two significant battles were fought within the confines of present-day Smyrna as General Sherman’s Federal juggernaut converged on the “Gateway City” of Atlanta. The town was incorporated in 1872 with high expectations that rapid suburban development would ensue. It was the coming to the area of the aeronautics industry in the post–World War II period that finally generated sustained growth. Then, in the 1990s, the city reinvented itself through an aggressive urban renewal program spearheaded by a dynamic mayor and a progressive-minded city council. William P. Marchione recounts the history that created Smyrna.


The Art & Life of Atlanta Artist Wilbur G. Kurtz: Inspired by Southern History David O’Connell 978.1.62619.302.4 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp + 16 pp color * 66 images * $21.99

The Chattooga River: A Natural & Cultural History Laura Ann Garren 978.1.60949.985.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp + 16 pp color * 49 images * $19.99

The Chattooga River has run through the American consciousness since the movie Deliverance thrust it into the national spotlight. But this National Wild and Scenic River is much more than the make-believe set of a suburbanite nightmare. People travel from all over the country to run its rapids, cast into its current for trout and hike the miles of trails that meander through thousands of acres of woods in the Chattooga watershed. One of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southeast, the river muscles fifty-seven miles through a southern deciduous forest with one of the highest levels of biodiversity in the country and is home to many species of rare wildflowers. Join author Laura Ann Garren as she describes the history and wonder of the real Chattooga River.

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Georgia artist and historian Wilbur G. Kurtz launched his career by founding the Pen and Brush Club of Atlanta in 1913 and quickly became a premier authority on Old South Atlanta—Margaret Mitchell personally selected Kurtz as technical advisor and artistic director for Gone with the Wind. A co-founder of the Civil War Round Table of Atlanta, Kurtz supervised the placement of more than four hundred historical markers in northeast Georgia documenting various stages of the Atlanta Campaign of 1864. Kurtz’s legacy lives on through his murals and historic paintings on display in public buildings and private art collections throughout Atlanta and the South. David O’Connell recounts the fascinating life and vibrant works of Georgia’s preeminent artist-historian.


Lost Restaurants of Jacksonville Dorothy K. Fletcher

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978.1.62619.106.8 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 60 images * $19.99

The city of Jacksonville has long enjoyed a wondrous array of restaurants with fine cuisine and unique atmospheres. Some of the greatest of those now exist only in memory. Le Chateau, with its elegant patio and seascapes, was a beacon of fine dining. The Rainbow Room at the George Washington Hotel offered a crowded dance floor with its dinner experience. The Green Derby was the hub of passion for fans of Florida and Georgia during one of the fiercest rivalries in college football. Join author Dorothy K. Fletcher as she recalls the history of the city’s lost restaurants and reflects on a more gracious time in Jacksonville living.


Haunted St. Augustine and St. Johns County Elizabeth Randall, Photography by Bob Randall 978.1.62619.226.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 48 images * $14.99

St. Johns County and St. Augustine are some of the earliest settled areas in the United States, and both are home to fascinating history. The area’s story is filled with tales from Native Americans, early European settlers and modern-day Floridians. In some places, the habitants of those historical moments have remained. From the Castillo de San Marcos to the Huguenot Cemetery and the authentic old drugstore, the city and the county are filled with fascinating and terrifying stories of lingering spirits. Join photojournalist couple Elizabeth and Bob Randall as they recount the stories of the things that haunt one of America’s oldest regions.

Seth H. Bramson and Bob Jensen 978.1.62619.187.7 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 79 images * $21.99

Originally settled prior to the coming of the Florida East Coast Railway in 1904, Homestead became only the second incorporated municipality in Dade County in 1913. A land of rich soil steeped in agricultural heritage, the area soon grew into a marvelously diverse city of more than sixty thousand residents. The foundation laid by the railroad gave way to the aviation industry when the city became home to Homestead Air Force Base, now Homestead Air Reserve Base. Homestead is now the gateway to two national parks and is home to Homestead-Miami Speedway, a unique winery and a thriving business community. Join authors Seth H. Bramson and Bob Jensen as they detail the rich history of this South Florida gem.

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Haunted Tampa: Spirits of the Bay Deborah Frethem 978.1.62619.213.3 * 6 x 9 * 96 pp * 24 images * $17.99

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Tampa may be known for sunshine and good times, but it has a scary side. When dusk settles down over the Hillsborough River, spirits begin to stir. Strange things happen in old hotels, theaters and public buildings, and an old cemetery becomes surprisingly lively. Some have seen an old crime boss walking the street. Some have encountered ancient spirits in a public parking garage. Still others have met a long-dead soul in a downtown shop. Join local author and historian Deborah Frethem as she navigates the twists and turns of the more macabre side of Tampa Bay.

Orlando, Florida: A Brief History James C. Clark 978.1.62619.194.5 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 81 images * $19.99

Orlando is known internationally as a tourist destination, attracting fifty million visitors each year to its numerous resorts and parks. In all that excitement, it’s easy to overlook the city’s interesting past. In the 1800s, the area was embroiled in the Seminole Wars, and Fort Gatlin was constructed to shield citizens from attacks. Soon, a city grew around the fort. During the cowboy era, thousands of cattle, ranchers and cowboys crossed the central Florida terrain moving livestock. Those pioneers soon moved to farming, and Orlando became the center of the Florida citrus industry. Join author and historian James C. Clark as he reveals the remarkable history of one of the world’s most popular destinations.


A Brief History of Safety Harbor, Florida Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner 978.1.62619.131.0 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 57 images * $21.99

According to legend, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto arrived on the shores of Safety Harbor in 1539 believing that he had discovered the fabled Fountain of Youth. The natural mineral springs drew visitors to bathe in their restorative waters, and in the twentieth century, they were eventually transformed into the world-famous Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, enjoyed by wealthy socialites and professional athletes for decades. Today, the city is best known for its abundance of festivals and the collection of artists, writers, poets and musicians who call it their home—an oasis of calm within bustling Pinellas County. Join authors Warren Firschein and Laura Kepner as they detail the vibrant history of scenic Safety Harbor.

Rodney Kite-Powell 978.1.60949.873.3 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 75 images * $21.99

Tampa’s Davis Islands has long been among the most desirable places to live on Florida’s west coast. Created by David P. Davis during the 1920s Florida land boom, the project made him wildly rich and nationally famous. He followed up Davis Islands with a subdivision twice its size in St. Augustine, which he named Davis Shores. Davis sold his Tampa development in August 1926 but slipped into debt and died under mysterious circumstances while en route to Europe aboard a luxury liner. Though he did not live to see it, work on Davis Islands continued, and the development ultimately became a huge success. Join author Rodney Kite-Powell as he examines the history of one of Florida’s most famous neighborhoods.

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History of Davis Islands: David P. Davis and Story of a Landmark Tampa Neighborhood

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Haunted Montgomery, Alabama Faith Serafin 978.1.60949.930.3 * 6 x 9 * 112 pp * 25 images * $19.99

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In Montgomery—cradle of the Confederacy and capital city of Alabama— lost highways bring visitors to the grave of legendary country singer Hank Williams and the home of the jazz-era princess Zelda Fitzgerald. Dig up the bones on the feather duster murder from the Garden District, and find out which spirits at Huntingdon College make this campus their eternal home. Take a stroll through the Old Alabama Town, and listen for the ghost of the Lucas Tavern. Join ghost hunter and folklorist Faith Serafin for a trip through the Heart of Dixie and Montgomery’s most haunted history.

Haunted Shelby County, Alabama Kim Johnston 978.1.60949.927.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 33 images * $19.99

Shelby County, Alabama, is at the heart of the state. The area is home to Alabama’s forgotten plantations, a deep history of the Creek Indians who died during the Trail of Tears and dark secrets from areas such as Harpersville, Calera, Chelsea, Montevallo and Leeds. From eerie images of Civil War ghosts at Shelby Springs Manor to the downright sinister happenings in the Devil’s Corridor of Chelsea, the scars of the past have left Shelby County a major hot spot of paranormal activity. Author and paranormal researcher Kim Johnston delivers a fascinating collection of haunts and legends from around Shelby County.


Haunted Alabama Black Belt David Higdon and Brett Talley 978.1.60949.944.0 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 49 images * $19.99

There is a place in Alabama, a region that stretches across its lower middle from Georgia to Mississippi. It is a place steeped in history—a place where a people were enslaved, a nation was broken and a new dream of freedom was born. It is a place where the past is always near at hand. And sometimes, that past takes a moment to whisper in your ear. They call this place the Black Belt. From the Cato-Thorn House in Barbour County to the Snow Hill Institute in Wilcox County, Alabama’s Black Belt has a great number of restless spirits that still haunt it. Join authors David Higdon and Brett Talley as they uncover the ghosts and hauntings of one of Alabama’s most historic areas.

Dale Langella 978.1.60949.916.7 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 38 images * $19.99

Alabama is no stranger to the battles and blood of the Civil War, and nearly every eligible person in the state participated in some fashion. Some of those citizen soldiers may linger still on hallowed ground throughout the state. Wartorn locations such as Fort Blakely National Park, Crooked Creek, Bridgeport and Old State Bank have chilling stories of hauntings never before published. In Cahawba, Colonel C.C. Pegue’s ghost has been heard holding conversations near his fireplace. At Fort Gaines, sentries have been seen walking their posts, securing the grounds years after their deaths. Join author Dale Langella as she recounts the mysterious history of Alabama’s most famous battlefields and the specters that still call those grounds home.

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Civil War Eufaula Mike Bunn

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978.1.62619.244.7 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 62 images * $19.99

Historian and preservationist Mike Bunn takes you from the pivotal role Eufaula played in Alabama’s secession and early enthusiasm for the Confederate cause to its aborted attempt to become the state’s capital and its ultimate capture by Union forces, chronicling the effects of the conflict on Eufaulans along the way. Civil War Eufaula draws on a wide range of firsthand individual perspectives, including those of husbands and wives, political leaders, businessmen, journalists, soldiers, students and slaves, to produce a mosaic of observations on shared experiences. Together, they communicate what it was like to live in this riverside trading town during a prolonged and cataclysmic war. It is the story of ordinary people in extraordinary times.

Legends, Lore & True Tales of the Chattahoochee Michelle Smith 978.1.62619.022.1 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 30 images * $19.99

The Chattahoochee Trace in southeast Alabama and west Georgia is steeped in Native, African and early American tradition—stories often deeply rooted in folklore. Unusual beasts such as the Kolowa, the Wampus Cat and even Bigfoot roam the area. Crossroads magic, hoodoo and Huggin’ Molly make their homes in the storied region. The Native American trickster rabbit, the Nunnehi Cherokee watchers, the tales of the Indian mounds and the saga of Brookside Drive are forever etched in Chattahoochee lore. From the Creek wars to Indian removal and Sherman’s March to the Sea, the legends of “the Hooch” have left an indelible mark on Georgia and Alabama. Join author Michelle Smith as she reveals many strange creatures and myths.


Hidden History of Civil War Tennessee James B. Jones Jr. 978.1.60949.899.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 21 images * $19.99

A History & Guide to the Monuments of Chickamauga National Military Park Stacy W. Reaves 978.1.60949.986.0 * 5.5 x 8.5 * 160 pp * 77 images * $17.99

The Battle of Chickamauga was the most significant Union defeat in the western theater of the Civil War and the second-deadliest battle of the war behind only Gettysburg. Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park was established in 1890, the first of America’s national military parks. Immediately after the battle, both Union and Confederate soldiers sought to honor those who gave their lives, and now Chickamauga and Chattanooga are home to more than seven hundred monuments, markers and tablets commemorating those who sacrificed. Join Stacy W. Reaves and photographer Jane D. Beal as they recount the history of Chickamauga Battlefield and the monuments that memorialize its history.

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Tennessee’s Civil War history is an oft-told narrative of famous battles, cunning campaigns and renowned figures. Beneath this well-documented history lie countless stories that have been forgotten and displaced over time. Discover how Vigilance Committees sought to govern cities such as Memphis, where law was believed to be dead. See how Nashville and Memphis became important medical centers, addressing the rapid spread of “private diseases” among soldiers, and marvel at Colonel John M. Hughes, whose men engaged in guerrilla warfare throughout the state. Join author James B. Jones Jr. on an exciting journey through the unknown and hidden history of Civil War Tennessee.


Chattanooga’s Robert Sparks Walker: The Unconventional Life of an East Tennessee Naturalist Alexandra Walker Clark

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978.1.62619.113.6 * 6 x 9 * 224 pp * 57 images * $19.99

The legend that was Robert Sparks Walker began in a log cabin outside Chattanooga called Spring Frog Cabin. Walker would become synonymous both with Chattanooga and nature, penning thousands of articles, poems and books as a naturalist. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, Walker gained international fame for his work, yet his largest impact remains in his native Tennessee. He helped to found the Chattanooga Audubon Society, including preserving his childhood home through Audubon Acres. His life was one of adventure, reflection and a deep devotion to the understanding and preservation of nature. Alexandra Walker Clark, granddaughter of Robert Sparks Walker, celebrates the life of this Scenic City pioneer.

Tennessee Literary Luminaries: From Cormac McCarthy to Robert Penn Warren Sue Freeman Culverhouse 978.1.60949.830.6 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 61 images * $19.99

The Volunteer State has been a pioneer in southern literature for generations, giving us such literary stars as Robert Penn Warren and Cormac McCarthy. But Tennessee’s literary legacy also involves authors such as Peter Matthew Hillsman Taylor, who delayed writing his first novel but won the Pulitzer Prize upon completing it. Join author Sue Freeman Culverhouse as she explores the rich literary heritage of Tennessee through engaging profiles of its most revered citizens of letters.


Elkmont’s Uncle Lem Ownby: Sage of the Smokies F. Carroll McMahan 978.1.62619.119.8 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 54 images * $19.99

The Dreaded Thirteenth Tennessee Union Cavalry: Marauding Mountain Men Melanie Storie 978.1.62619.112.9 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 54 images * $21.99

Tennessee’s Thirteenth Union Cavalry was a unit composed mostly of amateur soldiers that eventually turned undisciplined boys into seasoned fighters. At the outbreak of the Civil War, East Tennessee was torn between its Unionist tendencies and the surrounding Confederacy. The result was the persecution of the “home Yankees” by Confederate sympathizers. Rather than quelling Unionist fervor, this oppression helped East Tennessee contribute an estimated thirty thousand troops to the North. Some of those troops joined the “Loyal Thirteenth” in Stoneman’s raid and in pursuit of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Melanie Storie recounts the harrowing narrative of an often-overlooked piece of Civil War history.

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Born in 1889 in the Smoky Mountains, Lem Ownby became one of the region’s most recognized figures. Sight-impaired from an early age, Lem spent his life logging, bear hunting, farming and tending his beehives. He welcomed the arrival of logging operations into the pristine wilderness but became an eyewitness to the devastation it brought to land, streams and wildlife. As the last leaseholder living within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Lem became a legend, selling his honey and offering pearls of wisdom to hikers, writers and even the governor. Enter the forest with author F. Carroll McMahan as he tells dramatic, fascinating and sometimes humorous stories of a man who lived truly on his own terms.


Ghosts of Bobby Mackey’s Music World Dan Smith

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978.1.62619.222.5 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 35 images * $19.99

Over the years, Bobby Mackey’s Music World has played host to countless real-life horror stories and a string of criminal activity. The site has been the location of death and destruction since the nineteenth century, including illegal lynchings and a bridge collapse killing forty-one men. Illegal gambling and liquor abounded when it later served as the Bluegrass Inn. In more recent years, mafia bosses turned it into a mafia-controlled nightclub known as the Latin Quarter. Beginning with the caretaker who fell under a demonic possession to more recent encounters between patrons and the paranormal, author Dan Smith revives the chilling stories that make it the most haunted nightclub in America.

Barn Dances & Jamborees Across Kentucky J.D. Wilkes, Foreword by John Cohen 978.1.62619.268.3 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp + 8 pp color * 58 images * $19.99

Kentuckians have been wearing out shoe leather at informal jamborees since the state was settled over two hundred years ago. Tadpole’s Dew Drop Inn played host to some fifteen hundred musical shindigs in its time as a mecca of Marshall County music. A Rosine barn dance gave bluegrass founder Bill Monroe his start, and another fosters new musical talent at its weekly gettogethers. Clawhammer banjo players, Appalachian cloggers and square dance callers from Possum Trot to Rabbit Hash celebrate the unique musical culture of Kentucky. Join Grammy-nominated soundtrack artist J.D. Wilkes as he waltzes around the Bluegrass, looking for oprys, socials, porch pickins and barn dances in every holler.


Inside the Ohio Penitentiary David Meyers, Elise Meyers Walker and James Dailey II 978.1.62619.097.9 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 69 images * $19.99

As “animal factories” go, the Ohio Penitentiary was one of the worst. For 150 years, it housed some of the most dangerous criminals in the United States, including murderers, madmen and mobsters. Peer in on America’s first vampire, accused of sucking his victims’ blood five years before Bram Stoker’s fictional villain was even born; peek into the cage of the original Prison Demon; and witness the daring escape of John Hunt Morgan’s band of Confederate prisoners. Uncover the full extent of mayhem and madness locked away in one of history’s most notorious maximum-security prisons.

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On November 2, 1895, the newly formed football team at Fremont High School journeyed to Sandusky to play its first game against Sandusky High School. It was the beginning of the second-oldest high school football rivalry in Ohio. Since then, the teams have met 106 times in the regular season and once in the playoffs. The players have included an Olympian, a top NFL draft pick, a Heisman Trophy winner and scores of athletes and coaches who went on to notoriety and success. Take the field with author and sports journalist Vince Guerrieri as he recounts the amazing legacy of a truly historic rivalry.


Columbus Neighborhoods: A Guide to the Landmarks of Franklinton, German Village, King-Lincoln, Olde Town East, Short North & the University District Tom Betti, Ed Lentz & Doreen Uhas Sauer 978.1.60949.669.2 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 84 images * $19.99

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The community centers that locals call home aren’t just points of interest but places that have shaped history beyond their communities and even Ohio. This encyclopedia of Columbus neighborhoods gives voice to the rich heritage residing in the bell towers, parks and streetscapes of Franklinton, German Village, King-Lincoln, Olde Town East, Short North and the University District. Along with WOSU’s award-winning Columbus Neighborhoods series, Tom Betti, Doreen Uhas Sauer and Ed Lentz curate the stories tracing the lines from your neighborhood to the Manhattan Project, the Underground Railroad, Abraham Lincoln and the Tuskegee Airmen.

A Culinary History of the Great Black Swamp: Buckeye Candy, Bratwurst & Apple Butter Nathan Crook 978.1.60949.290.8 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp + 16 pp color * 72 images * $19.99

The Great Black Swamp remains as a monument to the hardship and perseverance of the people who drained and settled it. They transformed densely forested wetlands into one of the most productive agricultural areas in the nation. Commercial crops of corn, soy, tomatoes and wheat are dominant in the fertile loam of southeastern Michigan, northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. However, each immigrant group calling this place home brought its own culinary traditions—from pickled eggs to peanut butter pie. Dr. Nathan Crook explores the landscape, history, culture and representative cuisines that make eating here a unique and memorable experience.


Ann Arbor Beer: A Hoppy History of Tree Town Brewing David Bardallis, Foreword by Rene and Matt Greff 978.1.62619.156.3 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp + 16 pp color * 91 images * $19.99

Ghosts of Grand Rapids Nicole Bray and Robert Du Shane, with Julie Rathsack 978.1.62619.205.8 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 24 images * $19.99

Come nose around in the creepier corners of the Grand Rapids of yesteryear. Discover why Hell’s Bridge persists as such an oft-told urban legend and what horrific history earned Heritage Hill the title of Michigan’s most haunted neighborhood. Mingle with the spooky inhabitants of the Phillips Mansion, Holmdene Manor, San Chez Restaurant and St. Cecilia Music Center. Meet the guests who never quite checked out of the Amway Grand. Read the true stories behind the Michigan Bell Building and the Ada Witch Legend. Nicole Bray, Robert Du Shane and Julie Rathsack illuminate the shadows of local sites you thought you knew.

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Ann Arbor has always been a beer-loving town. From the establishment of the first commercial brewery in 1838 through a century of German immigration down to today’s local craft brew boom, the amber liquid looms large in Tree Town’s quirky past and present. Find out how beer helped a former University of Michigan professor win a Nobel Prize. Discover the Ann Arbor doctor whose nationally bestselling home remedy book featured ale recipes. Learn which Michigan football legend pounded brewskis as part of his training regimen. Covering the exploits of famous poets, performers and prohibitionists, local author David Bardallis leads readers to “the best beer you can drink” in Ann Arbor today.


The Patriot War Along the Michigan-Canada Border: Raiders and Rebels Shaun J. McLaughlin

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978.1.62619.055.9 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 50 images * $19.99

The soldiers and civilians who participated in the Patriot War, fought between 1837 and 1842, hoped to free Canada from supposed British tyranny, as the United States had done just over half a century before. The Patriots launched at least thirteen raids on Upper Canada from the American border states. The western front, which spanned the British colony from Ohio and Michigan in western Lake Erie and along the Detroit River, saw some of the fiercest fighting. Many Canadians were outraged at the retaliatory hangings, while Americans protested the transport of their kin to the Tasmanian penal colony. With stories from both sides of the border, historian Shaun J. McLaughlin recalls the triumphs and sacrifices of the doomed Patriots.


Columbus, Indiana’s Historic Crump Theatre David Sechrest, Introduction by Mayor Kristen Brown 978.1.62619.188.4 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 50 images * $19.99

The Monon Bell Rivalry: Classic Clashes of DePauw vs. Wabash Tyler G. James 978.1.60949.659.3 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 82 images * $19.99

History is made every November in central Indiana when DePauw and Wabash meet to do battle for the Monon Bell. Relive the classic moments of the oldest college football rivalry of its kind. In this hard-hitting collection, author Tyler James highlights the coaches and players who gained glory capturing the Bell. Deep historical research and personal interviews with players provide an intimate look into the epic games that live on in legend. Along with players and coaches, the fans receive due recognition for their part in this time-honored rivalry. The Bell heists, the songs, the game-day traditions—James recounts fan fervor in vivid, often humorous, detail.

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Not since the construction of the Columbus courthouse had one man and his vision received as much publicity from local newspapers as John Crump and his theater, designed and built by architect Charles Sparrell in 1889. This is the story of the passion, struggles and triumphs that created the first true cultural arts center in this small town and the legacy that continues to inspire the community over a century later to protect this local landmark. It is a journey marked by first-class opera performances, flickering silent films, police intervention and arrests and, ultimately, decay and closure. A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book will go to the Heritage Fund in support of the Crump Theatre building.


Wrigley Field: 100 Stories for 100 Years Dan Campana and Rob Carroll, Introduction by WGN-TV’s Dan Roan, Featuring a Special Story by Kerry Wood

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978.1.62619.034.4 * 6 x 9 * 224 pp * 71 images * $19.99

Charge through the turnstiles of this collection of personal stories about baseball’s greatest ballpark and the sacred space it occupies in the hearts of Cubs fans and the soul of Wrigleyville. With contributors like Bob Costas, Rick Sutcliffe and Steve Stone, this informal oral history salutes the legacy that has made Wrigley such an unforgettable part of baseball and Chicago for the last century. These one hundred stories reflect the variety of millions of Cubs fans around the world, from those whose relationship with the Friendly Confines has lasted a lifetime to those who are taking their seats up close to the ivy for the very first time.


The Bloomington-Normal Circus Legacy: The Golden Age of Aerialists Maureen Brunsdale and Mark Schmitt 978.1.60949.710.1 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 63 images * $19.99

Chicago Magic: A History of Stagecraft & Spectacle David Witter 978.1.62619.127.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 36 images * $19.99

By the end of America’s “Golden Age of Magic,” Chicago had taken center stage in front of an American audience drawn to the craft by the likes of Harry Houdini and Howard Thurston. Cashing in on a craze that rivaled big-band mania, magic shops and clubs sprang up everywhere across the Windy City, packed in customers and put down roots. Over the last century, Magic, Inc. has outfitted magicians from Harry Blackstone Sr. to Penn and Teller to David Copperfield. Magic was an integral part of Chicago’s culture, from its earliest venture into live television to the card sharps and hucksters lurking in its amusement parks and pool halls. David Witter presents Chicago’s fascinating magic history from its vaudeville circuit to its contemporary resurgence.

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Starting in the 1870s, the barns, icehouses, gymnasiums and empty theaters of central Illinois provided the practice sites for aerial performers whose names still command reverence in the annals of American circus history. Meet Fred Miltimore and the Green Brothers, runaways from the Fourth Ward School who became the first Bloomington-born flyers. Watch Art Concello, a ten-year-old truant, become first a world-class flyer, then a famous trapeze impresario. The entire art of the trapeze—instruction, training, performance and management—became a Bloomington-Normal industry during the tented shows’ golden age, when finding a circus flying act without a connection to this area would have been virtually impossible.


Hidden History of Uptown & Edgewater Patrick Butler 978.1.62619.143.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 43 images * $19.99

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If there’s any place in Chicago that’s been all things to all men, it has to be the corner of the city that is occupied by Edgewater and Uptown. Babe Ruth and Mahatma Gandhi found a place of refuge at the Edgewater Beach Hotel, but the locale has also been a sanctuary for Appalachian coal miners and Japanese Americans released from internment camps. Al Capone reportedly moved booze through a secret tunnel connecting the Green Mill and the Aragon Ballroom, “Burglar Cops” moonlit out of the Summerdale police station and a “Kitchen Revolt” by some not-very-ordinary housewives sent once-invulnerable machine ward boss Marty Tuchow on his way to Club Fed. Veteran beat reporter Patrick Butler presents forgotten people and places.

Illinois’ Haunted Route 66 Janice Tremeear 978.1.62619.252.2 * 6 x 9 * 112 pp * 25 images * $19.99

Route 66 is no longer the main thoroughfare between Chicago and St. Louis, but if local lore is to be believed, ghostly traffic along the Mother Road continues unabated. Janice Tremeear chases down accounts of a man executed for witchcraft, the demon baby of Hull House and the secrets of H.H. Holmes’s “Murder Castle.” Native American legends place the piasa bird in the skies above the highway’s southern stretch with the same insistence that characterize contemporary UFO sightings in the north. In between, spirits such as Resurrection Mary join the throng of hapless souls wandering the roadside of the Prairie State’s most famous byway.


Gangsters & Organized Crime in Jewish Chicago Alex Garel-Frantzen 978.1.62619.193.8 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 28 images * $19.99

Al Capone. The Untouchables. The Valentine’s Day massacre. You may think you know everything about the Roaring Twenties in the Windy City. But in the early twentieth century, the harsh environment of the Maxwell Street ghetto produced a proliferation of Jewish gangsters involved in everything from labor racketeering to white slavery. Their illegal activity offended their own community’s value system and sparked rifts between Reform and Orthodox Jews. It also ignited tensions between city officials and Jewish leaders, indelibly marked the gentile population’s perception of Chicago’s Jews and shaped the city’s West Side for years to come.

Gayle Soucek 978.1.60949.734.7 * 128 pp * 62 images * $19.99

Carson Pirie Scott and Company always enjoyed a sterling reputation in Chicago, even among the merchant princes of State Street. For more than one hundred years, in architect Louis Sullivan’s final commercial masterpiece, Carson’s stood shoulder to shoulder with retail icon Marshall Field’s, establishing itself as an anchor of contemporary style. It was a place that brought the world to the Midwest, from designer clothes to the exotic scenery of the Mediterrenea dance numbers and the Santa’s Village displays. Relive the friendly shopping experience that has kept the Carson’s name alive for over a century and a half.

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Carson’s: The History of a Chicago Shopping Landmark


Haunted Chippewa Valley Devon Bell 978.1.60949.977.8 * 6 x 9 * 112 pp * 22 images * $16.99

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The Chippewa Valley is nestled snugly in a vast tract of Wisconsin farmland that offered early settlers a secure place to settle into the American dream. But the valley also harbors a strange and sometimes confusing past. From the boisterous activity of the lumber boom to the lingering stillness of the Eau Claire Asylum, this northwestern corner of the Badger State is filled with tragic stories and tall tales. Cast off with the ghost ferries of Caryville or stand vigil in the small, secluded cemetery where the spirits of children come out to play. Join Devon Bell on a journey into the eerie history of the Chippewa Valley.

Chronicles of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin Thomas H. Fehring 978.1.62619.217.1 * 6 x 9 * 208 pp * 84 images * $19.99

Wander through a history of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, told largely through the letters and recollections of early residents of the village. Current residents can get a sense of what it was like to live in their community during its formative years, as it was becoming the sort of place where literally every house has a story. In addition to giving a voice to familiar landmarks and beloved local characters, the story of Whitefish Bay also provides prime seating for the drama of Wisconsin at large during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Join Thomas Fehring as he fishes out the fascinating history of this remarkable coastal town.


Dayton’s: A Twin Cities Institution Kristal Leebrick 978.1.60949.672.2 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 60 images * $19.99

Minnesota Mysteries: A History of Unexplained Wonders, Eccentric Characters, Preposterous Claims & Baffling Occurrences in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes Ben Welter 978.1.62619.362.8 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 72 images * $19.99

Any Minnesotan worth his lutefisk has heard of the Kensington Runestone. But have you heard of Victor Setterlund? In 1949, he uncovered another runestone fewer than ten miles away. How about Newmann the Great? In 1909, the Kenyon-born illusionist astonished Minneapolitans by driving a team of horses blindfolded across town to find a key hidden in a basement safe. How about little Mary Weinand? In 1915, her father demanded justice when the “meanest boy” at her one-room schoolhouse in Corcoran cut off her luxurious auburn curls. These little-known stories, along with dozens more culled from Minnesota newspaper archives, are presented here.

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Newsweek called Dayton’s the “swingingest spot in Minneapolis,” and almost anyone living in the Twin Cities during the twentieth century has an anecdote to prove it. At Dayton’s, you could buy a cashmere sweater for a song during an Anniversary Sale or commission a Persian silk dress for a society wedding. You could attend an eighth-floor extravaganza like Santabear’s First Christmas or catch the occasional circus. Dayton’s was the job that put many Minnesotans through college or the career that took them to retirement. From its early days as an innovative dry goods store to a trend-setting company that grew into the retail giant Target, Kristal Leebrick chronicles ten decades in the life of a Minnesota enterprise that defined style, good service and philanthropy.


The Ku Klux Klan in Minnesota Elizabeth Dorsey Hatle

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978.1.62619.189.1 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 39 images * $19.99

Minnesota might not seem like an obvious place to look for traces of Ku Klux Klan parade grounds, but this northern state was once home to fiftyone chapters of the KKK. Elizabeth Hatle tracks down the history of the Klan in Minnesota, beginning with the racially charged atmosphere that produced the tragic 1920 Duluth lynchings. She measures the influence the organization wielded at the peak of its prominence within state politics and tenaciously follows the careers of the Klansmen who continued life in the public sphere after the Hooded Order lost its foothold in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.

Minnesota’s Notorious Nellie King: Wild Woman of the Closed Frontier Jerry Kuntz 978.1.62619.207.2 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 23 images * $19.99

From 1887 to 1893, a young woman scandalized the residents of the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin with her fetching appearance, eccentric behavior and criminal misdeeds. Best known as Nellie King, she employed over a dozen other aliases throughout her career as fake detective, horse thief, laudanum fiend and general disturber of the dubious peace of saloons and brothels across the northern plains. She attracted sensational headlines, love-struck suitors and stray revolver shots with equal abandon; her story’s Dickensian cast of characters included a hapless counterfeiter, a dashing physician, a battle-hardened magician and a determined mother. Jerry Kuntz pieces together the clues to her true identity for the first time.


Fading Ads of St. Louis Wm. Stage 978.1.60949.489.6 * 7 x 9 * 128 pp, full color * 71 images * $22.99

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Before the billboard, radio or television commercial, there was the painted ad. Today, these aging ads capture the imagination, harkening back to a bygone era. Vanishing paint on brick walls speaks to a time when commerce was much simpler and much more direct. Few cities in America have produced as many intriguing fading ads as St. Louis. Fewer still are home to such an expert on the subject as author Wm. Stage. For decades, Stage has studied and researched the lost art form of the painted ad, carefully tracking the history of this hands-on approach to advertising from its lustrous heyday to its disappearing present. Join Stage on a tour through St. Louis’s fading ads hidden in plain sight.


Bald Knobbers: Chronicles of Vigilante Justice Vincent S. Anderson

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978.1.62619.201.0 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 41 images * $19.99

At the close of the nineteenth century in the Ozark Plateau, lawlessness ruled. Lawmakers, in bed with moonshiners and bootleggers, fueled local crime and turned a blind eye to egregious wrongdoing. In response, a vigilante force emerged from the Ozark hills: the Bald Knobbers. They formed their own laws and alliances; local ministers donned the Knobber mask and brought “justice” to the hills, lynching suspected bootleggers. As community support and interest grew, reporters wrote curious articles about Knobber exploits. Join Vincent S. Anderson as he uncovers these peculiar reports including trials, lovers’ spats ending in coldblooded murder and Ozark vigilante history that inspired a folk legend.

Murder & Mayhem in Missouri Larry Wood 978.1.62619.033.7 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 38 images * $16.99

Desperadoes like Frank and Jesse James earned Missouri the nickname of the “Outlaw State” after the Civil War, and that reputation followed the region into the Prohibition era through the feverish criminal activity of Bonnie and Clyde, the Barkers and Charles “Pretty Boy” Floyd. Duck into the Slicker War of the 1840s, a vigilante movement that devolved into a lingering feud in which the two sides sometimes meted out whippings on each other. Or witness the Kansas City Massacre of 1933, a shootout between law enforcement officers and criminal gang members who were trying to free Frank Nash, a notorious gang leader being escorted to federal prison. Follow Larry Wood through the most shameful and savage portion of the Show-Me State’s history.


Haunted Graveyards of the Ozarks David E. Harkins 978.1.60949.984.6 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 46 images * $12.99

From the neatly tended urban necropolis to the long-forgotten family plot at the end of a winding gravel road, these “quiet cities� of the Ozarks have the power to send chills up and down the spine of the most hardened skeptic. Be it the restless Civil War soldiers of Greenbrier, the mass murderer who stalks Peace Church or the red eyes that persecute visitors to Robinson, tales of ghostly activity abound in every burial ground carved out of the ancient Ozark hills. Follow Dave Harkins as he explores the fascinating history and unsettling lore clinging to these haunted graveyards.

Lisa Livingston-Martin 978.1.62619.204.1 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 80 images * $19.99

A rich mixture of inexplicable history and eerie happenstance runs through the portion of the Ozark Plateau that Carthage has carved out for itself. Woodland cabins greet visitors with phantom hosts or vanish into the night entirely. Rumors of lost Spanish treasure caravans haunt the hills with the same persistence as the Confederate guerrillas who were run to ground there. Nor is the town itself immune from the encroachment of the supernatural; the drama of tragic death continues to find a stage in an opera house, a hospital and an elegant residence. Lisa Livingston-Martin tracks down the fiercest and most fascinating specters from Carthage’s past.

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Kansas City, 1940: A Watershed Year John Simonson

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978.1.62619.323.9 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 64 images * $19.99

1940: It’s the year Nazis rain bombs on London and goosestep into Paris, when President Roosevelt wins an unprecedented third term and Kansas Citians finally run the corrupt Pendergast political machine out of power. The new reform-minded city government is bent on cleaning up the sinful “Paris of the Plains” and streamlining its future with wide new miles of trafficways. Notorious nightclubs have closed. The City Market opens. Glenn Miller swings, Bojangles taps and Gone With the Wind premieres. A dying meteor lights up the night sky above a racially segregated city, home to Charlie Parker and Thomas Hart Benton, Walter Cronkite and Satchel Paige. It’s all on display here in photographs snapped by WPA workers.


Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley Kat Robinson, Photography by Grav Weldon 978.1.62619.199.0 * 6 x 9 * 256 pp + 16 pp color * 129 images * $19.99

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If life is a highway, food is the fuel. The restaurant cuisine of Arkansas was crafted by transportation—and by family heritage. From century-old soda fountains to heritage candy makers, Arkansas wine country and the birthplace of fried pickles, discover the delicious nooks of the Ozarks and scrumptious crannies of the river valley through this tasty travelogue. Learn how fried chicken came to a tiny burg called Tontitown. Discover a restaurant atop a gristmill with a history predating the Civil War. Dine where Bill Clinton, Sam Walton and Elvis Presley caught a bite to eat. Join author Kat Robinson and photographer Grav Weldon on this exploration of over one hundred of the state’s classic and iconic restaurants.


Daughter of the White River: Depression-Era Treachery & Vengeance in the Arkansas Delta Denise White Parkinson, Foreword by Dale P. Woodiel 978.1.60949.913.6 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 70 images * $19.99

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The once-thriving houseboat communities along Arkansas’ White River are long gone, and few remember the sensational murder story that set local darling Helen Spence on a tragic path. In 1931, Spence shocked Arkansas when she avenged her father’s murder in a DeWitt courtroom. The state soon discovered that no prison could hold her. For the first time, prison records are unveiled to provide an essential portrait. Join author Denise Parkinson for an intimate look at a Depression-era tragedy. The legend of Helen Spence refuses to be forgotten—despite her unmarked grave.

The Little Rock Arsenal Crisis: On the Precipice of the American Civil War David Sesser 978.1.60949.969.3 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 36 images * $19.99

On the eve of a statewide election to determine a secession convention, prosecession militia descended on Little Rock in February 1861. They closed in around the Federally controlled arsenal in the hopes of seizing the weapons stores. A standoff began between the Federal troops and secessionists, with the citizens of Little Rock caught in the middle. The ensuing political debate set the stage for Southern secession, and the arsenal weapons became integral to the Confederate cause. Join author David Sesser in an exploration of the fascinating political drama and prelude to the bloodiest war in American history.


Parker Homestead: A History and Guide Mary Anne Parker 978.1.62619.273.7 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 59 images * $19.99

Bald Knobbers: Chronicles of Vigilante Justice Vincent S. Anderson 978.1.62619.201.0 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 41 images * $19.99

At the close of the nineteenth century in the Ozark Plateau, lawlessness ruled. Lawmakers, in bed with moonshiners and bootleggers, fueled local crime and turned a blind eye to egregious wrongdoing. In response, a vigilante force emerged from the Ozark hills: the Bald Knobbers. They formed their own laws and alliances; local ministers donned the Knobber mask and brought “justice” to the hills, lynching suspected bootleggers. As community support and interest grew, reporters wrote curious articles about Knobber exploits. Join Vincent S. Anderson as he uncovers these peculiar reports including trials, lovers’ spats ending in coldblooded murder and Ozark vigilante history that inspired a folk legend.

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Nestled in the heart of Poinsett County, Arkansas, Parker Homestead began as one cabin in the backyard of Teressa and Phil Parker in the 1980s. Over the next thirty years, it evolved into a living history pioneer village that transports visitors to the simpler times of their ancestors. The setting includes Roberts Chapel, a peaceful cabin dating to 1858 that features beautiful stained-glass windows and a cypress-stump pulpit. There’s the old-timey General Store where Teressa Parker makes her famous lye soap with a cast-iron cauldron and a boat paddle. In the Blacksmith Shop, artisans create candle holders, fire pokers and metal artwork. Join author Mary Anne Parker as she explores the wonderfully whimsical history of northeast Arkansas’ Parker Homestead.


Arkansas Civil War Heritage: A Legacy of Honor W. Stuart Towns 978.1.62619.192.1 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 63 images * $19.99

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The American Civil War shaped the course of the country’s history and its national identity. This is no less true for the state of Arkansas. Throughout the Natural State, people have paid homage and remembrance to those who fought and what was fought for in memorial celebrations and rituals. The memory of the war has been kept alive by reunions and preservationists, continuing to shape the way the War Between the States affects Arkansas and its people. Historian W. Stuart Towns expertly tells the story of Arkansas’s Civil War heritage through its rituals of memorial, commemoration and celebration that continue today.

Haunted Graveyards of the Ozarks David E. Harkins 978.1.60949.984.6 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 46 images * $12.99

From the neatly tended urban necropolis to the long-forgotten family plot at the end of a winding gravel road, these “quiet cities” of the Ozarks have the power to send chills up and down the spine of the most hardened skeptic. Be it the restless Civil War soldiers of Greenbrier, the mass murderer who stalks Peace Church or the red eyes that persecute visitors to Robinson, tales of ghostly activity abound in every burial ground carved out of the ancient Ozark hills. Follow Dave Harkins as he explores the fascinating history and unsettling lore clinging to these haunted graveyards.


Church Street: The Sugar Hill of Jackson, Mississippi Grace Sweet and Benjamin Bradley 978.1.62619.111.2 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 75 images * $19.99

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The 1930s and 1940s saw unprecedented prosperity for the African Americans of Jackson’s Church Street. From the first black millionaire in the United States to defenders of civil rights, nearly all of Jackson’s black professionals lived on Church Street. It was one of the most popular places to see and be seen, whether that meant spotting Louis Armstrong strolling out of the Crystal Palace Club or Martin Luther King Jr. organizing an NAACP meeting at his field office on nearby Farish Street. Join authors and veterans of Church Street Grace Sweet and Benjamin Bradley as they explore the astounding history and legacy of Church Street.


Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans: Historic Churches, Cathedrals and Sanctuaries Deborah Burst, Foreword by Anne Rice 978.1.60949.905.1 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp, full color * 89 images * $19.99

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Since Louisiana is the only state in the union to organize itself through parishes and not counties, it should come as no surprise that its places of worship are pillars of its communities. The Big Easy is no exception. From New Orleans to the Northshore, stately churches, grand cathedrals and rustic chapels act as reliquaries and safeguards of community history and strength. The stories of their builders, architects and leaders exemplify development and the immigrant experience in Louisiana. Their parishioners embody the diverse and personal meanings of faith and devotion. Join Deborah Burst as she explores the rich history of churches of New Orleans.

A Guide to the Historic French Quarter Andy Peter Antippas 978.1.62619.280.5 * 5.5 x 8.5 * 144 pp * 57 images * $14.99

Walking through the French Quarter can overwhelm the senses—and the imagination. The experience is much more meaningful with knowledge of the area’s colorful history. For instance, the infamous 1890 “separate but equal” legal doctrine justifying racial segregation was upheld by the Louisiana Supreme Court at the Cabildo on Jackson Square. In the mid-twentieth century, a young Lee Harvey Oswald called Exchange Alley home. One of New Orleans’ favorite drinks—the sazerac—would not exist if  Antoine Peychaud had not served his legendary bitters with cognac from his famous apothecary at 437 Royal. Local author Andy Peter Antippas presents a walking history of  the Vieux Carré, one alley, corner and street at a time.


Haunted Lafayette, Louisiana Cheré Dastugue Coen 978.1.60949.746.0 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 29 images * $19.99

Ghost stories abound in the Cajun and Creole city of Lafayette, Louisiana. The Hub City boasts a multitude of spirits and specters, from those lost in Civil War skirmishes and fever outbreaks to those souls that simply can’t say goodbye. Today, they wander the halls of bed-and-breakfasts and restaurants and linger along back roads and cemeteries. Pirates are rumored to guard buried treasure, and ancient French legends hide in the swamps, bayous and woods. Join longtime journalist and ghost seeker Cheré Dastugue Coen as she visits Lafayette’s haunted sites and travels the countryside in search of ghostly legends found only in South Louisiana.

Bud Steed, Photography by Hope Steed Kennedy 978.1.60949.862.7 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 34 images * $19.99

With yellow fever, Civil War battles, murders and tragic accidents staining its history, it is no wonder that Baton Rouge is rife with tales of ghostly visitors. Highland Road has had so many reports of Civil War soldier sightings that the local police department sent out an officer to track one down. Spirits crowd about in the stately grounds of the Magnolia Mound and Old Cottage Plantations, the Old Capitol and the New and even the USS Kidd. Unlikely spots like the Guaranty Income Life and Broadcast Building have plenty of hair-raising stories of their own; the cafeteria used to be a morgue! Explore the Red Stick’s eerie past with paranormal investigator Bud Steed as he uncovers the city’s most chilling tales.

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Haunted Baton Rouge


Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece 978.1.62619.049.8 * 6 x 7 * 192 pp, full color * 104 images * $14.99

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Fresh tortillas, fluffy huevos con bacon and spicy salsa—good morning, Austin. Or good afternoon, evening, night—whenever! From taco tailgates to taquerias, there is a taco for every occasion and persuasion. Some say that it was born in the days of cowboys and vaqueros, and others say it was a creation of the Tex-Mex culture, but one thing is certain: the breakfast taco has taken over the Capital City. From South Congress to North Austin, neon and chalkboard signs tempt hungry passersby with their best morning-time handheld bites. With over forty breakfast taco recipes, Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece investigate (and masticate) the history, culture and traditions of that indelible and delectable Austin treat: the breakfast taco.

Hip-Hop in Houston: The Origin & the Legacy Maco L. Faniel, Foreword by Steve Fournier, Afterword by Julie Grob 978.1.60949.978.5 * 6 x 9 * 176 pp * 48 images * $19.99

Rap-A-Lot Records, U.G.K. (Pimp C and Bun B), Paul Wall, Beyoncé, Chamillionaire and Scarface are all names synonymous with contemporary hip-hop. And they have one thing in common: Houston. Long before the country came to know the chopped and screwed style of rap from the Bayou City in the late 1990s, hip-hop in Houston grew steadily and produced some of the most prolific independent artists in the industry. With early roots in jazz, blues, R&B and zydeco, Houston hip-hop evolved not only as a musical form but also as a cultural movement. Join Maco L. Faniel as he uncovers the early years of Houston hip-hop from the music to the culture it inspired.


For the Love of Texas: Tell Me About the Colonists! Betsy and George Christian, Illustrations by Chris A. Gruszka 978.1.62619.159.4 * 5.5 x 8.5 * 112 pp * 22 illustrations * $14.99 * hardcover

Before Texas was Texas, it was a lot of things to a lot of different people. Comanche, Choctaw, French, Spanish, Mexican and more laid claim to Texas soil as their own, and no one wanted to share. The fights and alliances that arose out of the colonization of Texas shaped the state’s future. Find out all about the beginning of the state and the colonists who helped pave the way for the Texas we now know.

texas 89 For the Love of Texas: Tell Me About the Revolution! Betsy and George Christian, Illustrations by Chris A. Gruszka 978.1.62619.160.0 * 5.5 x 8.5 * 128 pp * 18 illustrations * $14.99 * hardcover

Before Texas was a state in the United States, it was a state of Mexico called Coahuila y Tejas. Texans then—like Texans today—didn’t like being told what to do. So in 1835, the land now known as Texas organized a revolt and fought for freedom from Mexico and for an independent Texas—that’s right, Texas was a country! But before it could gain independence, for over six months, Mexican troops under Santa Anna battled against the Texas colonists in a bloody war with effects Texans can still find today.


Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook: Dallas/Fort Worth Edition, Volume 1 Tiffany Harelik 978.1.62619.086.3 * 7.25 x 9.25 * 128 pp, full color * 55 images * $19.99

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While Fort Worth is known for its meat and potato “cowboy cuisine” and Dallas for its upscale artisanal restaurants, the Metroplex has embraced the next wave of culinary creativity: the food truck revolution! Whether it’s strawberry basil balsamic lemonade, herb and pepper infused olive oil, Cajun crawfish pasta or whoopie pies, the food trucks in cowboy country are serving a wide range of cuisines as well as the traditional hamburgers, hot dogs and handheld treats. Join Tiffany Harelik as she brings the Trailer Food Diaries to the Metroplex and explores the recipes and personal stories behind Dallas and Fort Worth’s favorite restaurants on wheels.

Trailer Food Diaries Cookbook: Houston Edition, Volume 1 Tiffany Harelik 978.1.62619.087.0 * 7.25 x 9.25 * 112 pp, full color * 49 images* $19.99

In Houston, everyone from enterprising chefs at established restaurants to home cooks who love to eat has taken their recipes to the streets. From the Heights to Montrose and bars in between, food truck concepts are peppered around the Bayou City, feeding hungry Houstonians everything from bacon jam to cookie-flavored cashew butter, beer-braised lengua tacos to fried escargot. These creative mini-restaurants on wheels have shared the best of the best, including flavors from southern, Asian and Bayou cuisine. Join Tiffany Harelik as she brings the Trailer Food Diaries to Houston and explores the recipes and personal stories behind Houston’s tastiest trend.


Texas High School Football Dynasties Rick Sherrod, Foreword by G.A. Moore 978.1.60949.612.8 * 6 x 9 * 256 pp * 122 images * $19.99

Since the first annual state football champion was crowned in 1920, Texas has never been the same. Today, millions of Texans gather in stadiums across the Lone Star State, eagerly awaiting that magical mid- to late-December moment when the season comes to its dramatic conclusion. Of the 391 high schools reaching the championship matchup, only a handful—26— have won the title four times or more, laying claim to the coveted moniker “dynasty.” From Waco High School’s fourth title win in 1927 to Stamford’s fourth official win in 2012, writer and lifelong football enthusiast Rick Sherrod traces the “best of the best” in this pigskin empire across ninetythree action-packed seasons.

Edited by Donald Willett 978.1.62619.182.2 * 6 x 9 * 208 pp * 84 images * $21.99

Named for Bernardo de Galvez and established in 1839, Galveston measures just over two hundred square miles. In early Texas history, however, it was actually the largest city in the Lone Star State, as well as a hugely important port that would become a strategic target during the Civil War. The Oleander City survived the depredations of war and flourished, a resilience it would also display in the wake of the devastating hurricane of 1900. From early cannibals and pirates to the woman suffrage movement and Nazi POWs, Galveston’s amazing story continues to evolve today. Join thirteen of Texas’s most noted scholars and historians as they share this remarkable island history.

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Galveston Chronicles: The Queen City of the Gulf


Austin Beer: Capital City History on Tap BitchBeer.org, Foreword by Debbie Cerda 978.1.62619.094.8 * 6 x 9 * 224 pp + 16 pp color * 109 images * $19.99

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Austin might be known for its live music, but its beer scene is just as vibrant and historic. As early as 1860, German immigrant Johann Schneider started brewing beer out of a saloon on Congress Avenue, later crafting innovative brew vaults, the first of their kind in the city. Proving that Austin taste buds were thirsty for something more dynamic than a Lonestar, the end of the twentieth century and beginning of the twenty-first saw a huge boom in craft beer production, creating a culture of local beer advocates, homebrewing enthusiasts and innovators. Join the ladies behind hilarious and informative beer blog BitchBeer.org as they explore Austin beer history, developments and culture—complete with read-along drinking games and local beer pairings.

Haunted History of Old San Antonio Lauren M. Swartz and James A. Swartz 978.1.60949.979.2 * 6 x 9 * 96 pp * 38 images * $14.99

As the saying goes, “dead men tell no tales.” Or do they? From its humble beginnings as a Spanish settlement in 1691 to the bloody battle at the Alamo, San Antonio’s history is rich in haunting tales. Discover Old San Antonio’s most haunted places and uncover the history that lies waiting for those who dare to enter their doorways. Take a peek inside the Menger Hotel, the “Most Haunted Hotel in Texas,” and just a block away, peer into the Emily Morgan Hotel, one of the city’s first hospitals and where many men and women lost their lives. Explore the San Fernando Cathedral, where people are buried within the walls and visitors claim to see faces mysteriously appear. Join authors James and Lauren Swartz and decide for yourself what truly lurks behind the Alamo City’s fabled past.


Historic Austin Restaurants: Capital Cuisine through the Generations Melanie Haupt, Photography by Dena Childs 978.1.62619.123.5 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp + 16 pp color * 69 images * $19.99

Austin has staked its claim as the seat of innovative culinary movements, and its food culture mirrors the transformations taking place across the city. The evolution of the east side is reflected in joints like Franklin Barbecue, while landmarks like Scholz Garten, the oldest restaurant in the capital, testify to the contributions of the town’s college presence and a healthy German influence. Joe’s Bakery isn’t just one of the town’s most beloved Tex-Mex spots; it’s the place where the real wheeling and dealing in Texas politics happens. Food writer Melanie Haupt samples Austin’s iconic restaurants and the rich heritage that produced them.

E.R. Bills 978.1.62619.281.2 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 70 images * $19.99

Some of these quirky true stories might surprise even the most proud Texan. Austin sat the first all-woman state supreme court in the nation in 1925. A utopian colony thrived in Kristenstad during the Great Depression. Bats taken from the Bracken and Ney Caves and Devil’s Sinkhole were developed as a secret weapon that vied with the Manhattan Project to shorten World War II. In Slaton in 1922, German priest Joseph M. Keller was kidnapped, tarred and feathered amid anti-German fervor following World War I. Author E.R. Bills offers this collection of trials, tribulations and intrigue that is sure to enrich one’s understanding of the biggest state in the Lower Forty-eight.

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Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional & Nefarious


A Culinary History of Pittsburg County: Little Italy, Choctaw Beer and Lamb Fries David Cathey

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978.1.62619.162.4 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp + 16 pp color * 81 images * $19.99

Long before the era of the foodie, the little coal-mining town of Krebs set the standard for celebrating food in Oklahoma. Its reputation as the Sooner State’s Little Italy began in the mid-1870s when Italian immigrants chased the coal boom to Pittsburg County, deep in the heart of the Choctaw Nation. After 150 years, Italians and Choctaw neighbors are now bound by pasta, homemade cheeses and sausages and native beer once brewed illegally in basement bathtubs and delivered by children from door to door. Stop by for a steak at GiaComo’s, a Choc at Pete’s Place, lamb fries at the Isle of Capri, gnocchi at Roseanna’s or a gourd of caciocavallo at Lovera’s. Join Food Dude Dave Cathey on a tour through this colorful and delicious history.

Campus Ghosts of Norman, Oklahoma Jeff Provine 978.1.62619.212.6 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 58 images * $19.99

Since Norman’s inception more than 120 years ago as a college town, it has gathered a shadowy history and more than a few residents who refuse to leave. Ghostly organ music and sinister whispers fill school buildings in the night. Patients walk the surgical suites of the old infirmary, which was once a quarantine ward for polio victims. Long-deceased sisters still occupy their sororities—one even requiring an exorcism—and dorms are notorious for poltergeists and unexplainable sounds. Professor Jeff Provine sheds light on some of the darker corners of this historic campus and the secrets that reside there.


Mayday Over Wichita: The Worst Military Aviation Disaster in Kansas History D. W. Carter 978.1.62619.052.8 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 56 images * $19.99

On the cold Saturday morning of January 16, 1965, a U.S. Air Force KC135 tanker carrying thirty-one thousand gallons of jet fuel crashed into a congested African American neighborhood in Wichita, Kansas. When the fire and destruction finally subsided, forty-seven people—mostly African American children—were dead or injured, homes were completely destroyed and numerous families were splintered. As shocking as it may sound, the event was seemingly omitted from the historical record for nearly fifty years. Now, historian D. W. Carter examines the myths and realities of the crash while providing new insights about the horrific four-minute flight that forever changed the history of Kansas.

Kenn Johnson, Foreword by Bill Mayer 978.1.62619.375.8 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 39 images * $16.99

The University of Kansas’s men’s basketball team is one of the oldest and most successful in the history of college basketball; the very inventor of the sport, Dr. James Naismith, was KU’s first coach. Its long and illustrious history began in 1898 and includes some of the biggest names in the game, from legends like Wilt Chamberlain to “secret weapons” like Andrea Hudy, the only female strength and conditioning coach in the division. Longtime Jayhawk enthusiast Kenn Johnson offers up a unique and in-depth look at the players, coaches and other personalities that helped make the University of Kansas basketball program the unparalleled tradition it is today.

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Kansas University Basketball Legends


The 1931 Hastings Bank Job & the Bloody Bandit Trail Monty McCord

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978.1.60949.796.5 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 83 images * $19.99

In February 1931, “Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hendricks� and three others tied up fourteen employees at the Hastings National Bank and walked away with over $27,000 from the vault. They then returned home to plan a robbery of the First National Bank for the following day. Even though police quickly surrounded the house, the robbers managed to capture all eleven officers on the scene and make a getaway. Retired police lieutenant and historian Monty McCord recounts the crime and the grisly aftermath in the first account of the heist ever to be published.


W.L. Dow: The Architect Who Shaped Sioux Falls Jennifer Dumke 978.1.62619.152.5 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 69 images * $19.99

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Wallace L. Dow’s enduring legacy is visible throughout Sioux Falls and across South Dakota. His distinctive structures, whether civic buildings or private residences, are beholden to no single architectural style. A New Hampshire native, Dow was brought to the Dakota Territory in the 1880s by Governor Nehemiah Ordway. Dow quickly established himself as the preeminent architect of the Dakota prairie, designing iconic structures like Sioux Falls Courthouse and the penitentiary, as well as many beautiful private residences. Using local Sioux quartzite, Dow’s buildings gave the emerging Dakota Territory an identity. Yet the architect himself remains something of a mystery. Join author and Dow documentarian Jennifer Dumke as she uncovers Dow’s story, recounting the life and work of a true Sioux Falls original who left his mark statewide.


Montana Beer: A Guide to Breweries in Big Sky Country Ryan Newhouse, Foreword by Senator Max Baucus

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978.1.62619.021.4 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp + 16 pp color * 70 images * $19.99

Montana’s brewing history stretches back more than 150 years to the state’s days as a territory. But the art of brewing in Montana has come a long way since the frontier era. Today, nearly forty craft breweries span the Treasure State, and the quality of their output rivals the best craft beer produced anywhere in the country. Maybe it’s because there’s also a little piece of Montana in every glass, as the state’s brewers pride themselves on using cold mountain water and locally sourced barley harvested from Montana’s ample fields. From grain to glass, Montana Beer: A Guide to Breweries in Big Sky Country tells the story of the brewers and breweries that make the Treasure State’s brew so special.

Montana Territory and the Civil War: A Frontier Forged on the Battlefield Ken Robison 978.1.62619.175.4 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 51 images * $19.99

By 1864, the Federal government had carved the Montana Territory out of the existing Idaho and Dakota Territories. Gold from Montana Territory fueled the Union war effort, yet loyalties were mixed among the miners. In this compelling collection of stories, historian Ken Robison illustrates how Southern sympathizers and Union loyalists, deserters and veterans, freed slaves and former slaveholders living side by side made a volatile and vibrant mix that molded Montana. Discover how fiery personalities like Union Colonel Sidney Edgerton and General Thomas Francis Meagher fought to keep order in the newly formed frontier, while brave Confederate and Union veterans and their hardy families created an enduring legacy that helped shape modern Montana.


Haunted Cheyenne Jill Pope 978.1.62619.158.7 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 64 images * $19.99

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In 1867, at the spot where the Union Pacific Railroad crossed Crow Creek, the city of Cheyenne was born. Since then, the Magic City of the Plains has had a long history of hauntings. Drop into the Shadows Pub and Grill, and you may find yourself sharing a drink with a spectral patron from another era. Spend a night at the Historic Plains Hotel, and you may run into one of the many ghostly guests who refuse to check out. Even the Wrangler store seems to be home to a phantom cowboy. From the ghosts of the historic Depot and Rail Yard to the spirits that still linger in some of the city’s private homes, this frontier town is filled with spooky happenings and chilling sightings. Join writer and guide Jill Pope on a tour of the stories behind this city’s most chilling spots.


Hollywood of the Rockies: Colorado, the West & America’s Film Pioneers Michael J. Spencer

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978.1.60949.743.9 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 63 images * $19.99

In the early days of the twentieth century, movies weren’t made in California. As America’s film pioneers traveled westward, Colorado became a beacon to them, contributing to the early motion picture business with all the relish and gusto of a western saga. The gorgeous natural scenery was perfect for the country’s (and the world’s) growing infatuation with the West, turning Colorado itself into a bigger star of the early cinema than any particular actor. Using rare photos and contemporary accounts, writer and filmmaker Michael J. Spencer explores the little-known filmmaking industry that flourished in the Rocky Mountains between 1895 and 1915—west of New York but east of Hollywood.

The History of City Market: The Brothers Four and the Colorado Back Slope Empire Anthony F. Prinster and Kate Ruland-Thorne 978.1.62619.286.7 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 86 images * $19.99

City Market’s story begins with a penniless eighteen-year-old immigrant and closes with the business becoming part of the largest supermarket chain in the United States. In 1924, brothers Paul, Frank, Leo and Clarence Prinster bought a meat market in Grand Junction, Colorado, a business venture that would allow them to ride out the stock market crash and the Great Depression. It also allowed them to open the state’s first supermarket in 1939, the beginning of an empire that remained in the family for over a century and helped shape the heritage of western Colorado. Tony Prinster shares how the City Market founders and its dedicated employees transformed a family business into the retail brand that touched the lives of so many people.


Ghosts of Boulder Ann Alexander Leggett and Jordan Alexander Leggett, Foreword by Wendy Hall 978.1.60949.736.1 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 28 images * $19.99

Historic Tales from Park County: Parked in the Past Laura Van Dusen 978.1.62619.161.7 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 56 images * $19.99

The geographic center of Colorado, Park County has long served as a recreational area for Denver and Colorado Springs residents looking to get away. The scene has not always been so idyllic. Marshal Cook was shot while investigating a loud party in Como in 1894, and rumors spread by the Michigan Creek School Board sent Benjamin Ratcliff on a killing spree in 1895. But the county’s hardscrabble heritage includes triumphs as well as tragedies. In 1873, county seat Fairplay lost every business on Front Street to a horrific fire. But by 1878, they had rebuilt it all. It still stands today, a true testament to the strength of this old mining town. Journalist Laura Van Dusen shares these stories of Park County’s earliest settlers.

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Founded in 1859 and situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder’s small size harbors a big-city feel, and its rich past hides plenty of hair-raising lore. A home in the Newlands is said to be haunted by a previous owner who was displeased with remodeling done on his longtime abode, while a small Victorian on Pearl Street has been plagued by strange events for over a century. Guests at one hotel might be surprised by the number of mysteries wrapped around the building, and local spirits have a standing reservation at a popular restaurant that was once a mortuary. Authors Ann Alexander Leggett and Jordan Alexander Leggett offer up a tour of the tales that haunt this Colorado college town.


Hidden History of Utah Eileen Hallet Stone

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978.1.62619.347.5 * 6 x 9 * 208 pp * 45 images * $19.99

In the 1840s, land west of the Missouri River was a new frontier for courage, adventure, freedom and true grit. During this era and the decades that followed, Utah became the focal point for many brave settlers yearning for a new way of life. While Utah’s proud Mormon legacy is well documented, there are lesserknown stories that contribute to the state’s fascinating history. Join public historian, author and history columnist Eileen Hallet Stone for a look into the state’s forgotten past as she presents a revelatory collection of tales culled from her popular Salt Lake Tribune “Living History” column. From newly freed slaves, early suffragists, desert farmers and union men to railroad kings, cattle barons, influential statesmen and more, this is Hidden History of Utah.


Ghosts of Pocatello: Haunted History from the Gate City John Brian 978.1.60949.965.5 * 6 x 9 * 112 pp * 42 images * $19.99

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From the Native American tribes who first inhabited the land to the gold rush prospectors who flocked to the burgeoning town in the 1860s, Pocatello’s legacy is defined by fascinating historical figures and colorful characters. But many restless souls from the city’s past refuse to fade quietly into history. Join author John Brian as he records the voices and visions that haunt Pocatello today. Whether it’s the long-dead theater devotee who still attends shows at Frazier Hall, the specter of a woman who evaded a judge at the Bannock County Courthouse or the many spirits that haunt a farm built on sacred Shoshoni tribal land, this collection proves that the Gate City is flooded with ghosts.


A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy Marc Hinton, Edited by Pamela Heiligenthal

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978.1.60949.616.6 * 6 x 9 * 208 pp + 16 pp color * 76 images * $19.99

With a dash of humor and a sprinkling of recipes, culinarian Marc Hinton chronicles the bounty of the Pacific Northwest from the mastodon meals of the earliest inhabitants to the gastronomic revolution of today. In this lively narrative, learn how Oregon’s and Washington’s chefs have used the region’s natural abundance to create a sumptuous cuisine that is stylish yet simple and how winemakers and brewers have crafted their own rich beverage traditions. From potlatches to Prohibition, seafood to sustainability and Lewis and Clark to James Beard, Hinton traces the events and influences that have shaped the Pacific Northwest’s edible past and created a delectable fare that has foodies and enophiles from around the world clamoring for a taste.


Winemakers of the Willamette Valley: Pioneering Vintners from Oregon’s Wine Country Vivian Perry and John Vincent, Foreword by Harry Peterson-Nedry 978.1.60949.676.0 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp, full color * 66 images * $19.99

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In a relatively short span, Willamette Valley wineries have made good on the tempting recipe of rich soils, mild climate and an extended growing season to produce world-class wines while leading the industry in sustainable practices. Like the wines they produce, Willamette Valley vintners are bursting with character. Visit the valley’s cellars and tasting rooms with authors Vivian Perry and John Vincent as they share insightful portraits of eighteen local winemakers who have helped shape the most recent chapters of Oregon’s wine story. Like countless others throughout Oregon, these winemakers blend passion with knowledge, intuition with experience and business acumen with a relentless pursuit of quality. Overflowing with illustrations and color photographs, this book is a must for the resident, the traveler or the connoisseur.


Oregon Sports Stories: History, Highlights & Reflections Bob Robinson

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978.1.62619.157.0 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 52 images * $19.99

With humor and insight, Oregon native and longtime sportswriter Bob Robinson relates highlights from six decades of coverage throughout the state. Blazermania overruns the Rose City as the Trail Blazers take down the favored Philadelphia 76ers in 1977. Oregon State’s Orange Express, coached by Ralph Miller, captivates the state in 1981 before a shocking stumble in the NCAA playoffs. University of Oregon’s Bill Dellinger kickstarts the school’s distance-running tradition with a stunning win in 1954. In the 1970s, Mouse Davis performs coaching magic at Portland State with his Run and Shoot football offense. In these twenty essays, Robinson offers a unique, behindthe-scenes account of some of Oregon’s greatest sports moments and gamechanging personalities.

Portland Beer: Crafting the Road to Beervana Pete Dunlop, Foreword by Angelo de Ieso 978.1.60949.881.8 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp + 16 pp color * 52 images * $19.99

Beer writer and historian Pete Dunlop traces the story of Rose City brewing from frontier saloons, through the uncomfortable yoke of temperance and Prohibition, to the hard-fought Brewpub Bill and the smashing success of the Oregon Brewers Festival. Meet the industry leaders in pursuit of great beer—Henry Weinhard, McMenamins, Bridgeport, Portland Brewing, Widmer and more—and top it off with a selection of trivia and local lore. Bringing together interviews and archival materials, Dunlop crafts a lively and engaging history of Portland’s road to Beervana.


Haunted Independence, Oregon Marilyn Morton 978.1.60949.872.6 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 50 images * $19.99

Tragedy at Southern Oregon Tunnel 13: DeAutremonts Hold Up the Southern Pacific Scott Mangold 978.1.62619.346.8 * 6 x 9 * 208 pp * 100 images * $21.99

The DeAutremont brothers were looking for a big score. They brought dynamite, guns and a getaway car. On October 11, 1923, at the summit of the Siskiyou Mountains in southern Oregon, the three young men held up a passenger train, with disastrous consequences. Their rash actions resulted in the tragic deaths of three Southern Pacific trainmen and one U.S. Mail clerk, unleashing a public outcry that still rings through Oregon’s history. Historian Scott Mangold draws on interviews, in-depth research and previously unpublished maps and photographs to document the events at Tunnel 13 and chronicle the resulting four-year manhunt and eventual conviction of the DeAutremonts.

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Meet the spirits of Independence, Oregon, who whisper to passersby and tickle the spines of the curious: A young woman who threw herself from a window upon learning of her lover’s death. Patients who underwent crude surgeries a century past and whose quiet moans linger on. A mysterious skeleton uncovered by a local business owner in the shadowy recesses of an attic. A doll that inexplicably relocates to different parts of the local museum at night. Mischievous or downright chilling, the ghosts of Independence offer a doorway to the city’s colorful past. Tour historic downtown Independence with Marilyn Morton, founder and chair of the annual Ghost Walk, as she reveals the haunted heritage of the one-time hop capital of the world.


Hidden History of Portland, Oregon JD Chandler 978.1.62619.198.3 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 54 images * $19.99

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In this engaging narrative, JD Chandler shares the lesser-known stories of individuals who stood against the tide and fought for liberty and representation: C.E.S. Wood, who documented the conflict between Native Americans and the United States Army; Beatrice Morrow Cannady, founding member of the Portland NAACP and first African American woman to practice law in Oregon; women’s rights advocate Dr. Marie Equi, who performed abortions and was an open lesbian; and student athlete Jack Yoshihara, who, in the wake of Pearl Harbor, was barred from participating in the 1942 Rose Bowl. From scandal and oppression to injustice and the brink of revolution, join Chandler as he gives voice to the Rose City’s quiet radicals and outspoken activists.

A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy Marc Hinton, Edited by Pamela Heiligenthal 978.1.60949.616.6 * 6 x 9 * 208 pp + 16 pp color * 76 images * $19.99

With a dash of humor and a sprinkling of recipes, culinarian Marc Hinton chronicles the bounty of the Pacific Northwest from the mastodon meals of the earliest inhabitants to the gastronomic revolution of today. In this lively narrative, learn how Oregon’s and Washington’s chefs have used the region’s natural abundance to create a sumptuous cuisine that is stylish yet simple and how winemakers and brewers have crafted their own rich beverage traditions. From potlatches to Prohibition, seafood to sustainability and Lewis and Clark to James Beard, Hinton traces the events and influences that have shaped the Pacific Northwest’s edible past and created a delectable fare that has foodies and enophiles from around the world clamoring for a taste.


Surfing Newport Beach: The Glory Days of Corona del Mar Claudine and Paul Burnett 978.1.60949.840.5 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 76 images * $19.99

Miracle Mile in Los Angeles: History and Architecture Ruth Wallach 978.1.60949.593.0 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 75 images * $19.99

The world-famous Miracle Mile in Los Angeles was shaped into a great commercial and cultural district by the city’s tremendous urban expansion in the early twentieth century. Its origins along Wilshire Boulevard are directly related to the twin LA booms in auto travel and real estate ventures. Once the home of such famous stores as the May Company, Silverwood’s, Coulter’s and Desmond’s, as well as Streamline Moderne and Art Deco architecture, Miracle Mile has boasted the La Brea Tar Pits and Farmer’s Market, Gilmore Field and CBS Television City, as well as Pan Pacific Park and Museum Row. Join author Ruth Wallach for this tour through the most emblematic neighborhood of twentieth-century Los Angeles development.

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Corona del Mar was once California’s premier surfing spot, holding the sport’s first Pacific Coast competition in 1928. Attempts to tame Corona and to make the Newport Beach harbor mouth safe for watercraft drastically altered board riding, destroying the great “wave-making machine” of Corona and creating the surf giant of today known as the “Wedge.” Pioneering surfers such as George Freeth, Tom Blake, the Vultee brothers and Pete Peterson helped make a name for the city in surf culture. Authors Claudine Burnett and her surfer husband, Paul, have delved deeply into the past, sharing stories that will give readers never-before-revealed facts not only about surfing but Newport Beach and Corona del Mar history as well.


Santa Ana Mountains History, Habitat & Hikes: On the Slopes of Old Saddleback and Beyond Patrick Mitchell

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978.1.60949.617.3 * 6 x 9 * 176 pp * 62 images * $21.99

The majestic Santa Ana Mountains cover one thousand square miles and much of the Cleveland National Forest in Orange, Riverside and San Diego Counties. Unlike other designated wild lands close to huge population centers, the rugged Santa Anas remain largely primordial. Dominated by Old Saddleback and its twin peaks of Modjeska and Santiago, this beautiful range remains the last intact coastal ecosystem in Southern California. Home to Native Americans, Spanish missionaries, vaqueros, sheep barons, bandits and suburban developers, the Santa Anas were traversed by mountain man Jedediah Smith, explorer John C. Fremont, lawman Wyatt Earp and other historic figures. Patrick Mitchell presents this first comprehensive volume on the natural and cultural histories of the great Santa Anas.

A Brief History of Eastvale Loren P. Meissner and Kim Jarrell Johnson 978.1.60949.950.1 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 60 images * $21.99

The vibrant and beloved community of Eastvale was once an agrarian paradise. Developed initially as ranchlands, this area tucked along the Santa Ana River was transformed by industrious farmers who produced alfalfa and other crops, raised poultry and eventually thrived as dairymen. Eastvale’s latest agents of change, however, weren’t cattlemen or farmers but real estate agents. Indeed, land developers saw the same potential in Eastvale as the initial ranchers did. Beginning in the 1990s, developers created charming homes and planned neighborhoods for former city dwellers eager to live in Riverside County. Authors Loren P. Meissner and Kim Jarrell Johnson recount the dynamic changes, important people and exciting events that created Eastvale.


Beach Mexican: Assimilation & Identity in Redondo Beach Alex Moreno Areyan 978.1.60949.661.6 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 43 images * $19.99

Baseball in Long Beach Bob Keisser 978.1.60949.996.9 * 6 x 9 * 224 pp * 74 images * $19.99

More than two hundred Major League Baseball players have hailed from Long Beach and its suburbs. This hotbed of horsehide heroics includes Hall of Famers Bob Lemon, Duke Snider and Tony Gwynn, as well as longtime stars Ron Fairly, Bob Bailey, Bobby Grich, Chase Utley and Jered Weaver. Negro League and Pacific Coast League clubs enjoyed Long Beach connections. Many players whose cleats tore up legendary Rec Park and Blair Field are enshrined in the city’s baseball/softball hall of fame. The winning tradition continues as Long Beach State’s “Dirtbags” sent more players to the bigs in 2010 and 2011 than any other college. Join baseball historian Bob Keisser as he recounts Long Beach’s greatest baseball stars, teams and stories.

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Alex Moreno Areyan’s odyssey of growing up Latino in white upper-middleclass Redondo Beach in the 1950s presents a story of assimilation different from that experienced by Mexican Americans in larger barrios. His annual “white lie” to classmates was that his father got a job up north and the family was moving. They moved, all right—in a 1941 Plymouth with the harvest. In Marysville, Meridian and Mendota, they lived in tents and cars, under trucks and in corrugated tin hovels while picking cotton, tomatoes, peaches, walnuts and plums. The kid once threatened with permanent expulsion from Redondo Union High for speaking Spanish on campus eventually received a plaque from the City of Redondo Beach for writing the Mexican American history of the city. Beach Mexican proves the journey wasn’t easy.


Murder & Mayhem in the Crescenta Valley Gary Keyes and Mike Lawler

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978.1.60949.997.6 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 37 images * $19.99

The pleasant neighborhoods of the Crescenta Valley offer no hint of the violent and heinous crimes that have occurred between the San Gabriel and Verdugo Mountains. But macabre episodes such as the Onion Field murder and the search for the Hillside Strangler left lasting scars here. Infamous criminals such as mafia boss Joe “Iron Man” Ardizzone, red-light bandit Caryl Chessman and accused yacht bomber Beulah Overell have left a black eye on La Crescenta’s history—not to mention the “Rattlesnake Murder,” “Female Bluebeard” and “Santa Claus Killer.” Join Gary Keyes and Mike Lawler as they expose the crimes and criminals that have inflicted murder and mayhem in Glendale, La Crescenta, Montrose and La Cañada Flintridge.

Sacramento Renaissance: Art, Music & Activism in California’s Capital City William Burg 978.1.60949.939.6 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 80 images * $19.99

Touted as progress, postwar redevelopment spawned a new age in Sacramento. As city planners designated areas of urban blight and directed bulldozers to make way for commercial districts and pedestrian malls, the churches, jazz clubs and family homes of the West End and Japantown were upended and residents scattered. Displaced families and businesses reestablished themselves and redefined their communities around new cultural centers. Historian William Burg weaves oral histories with previously unpublished photographs to chronicle the resurgence of Sacramento’s art, music and activism in the wake of redevelopment. Celebrate the beatniks and Black Panthers of Oak Park, Southside Park’s “League of Nations,” George Raya of Lavender Heights and the Royal Chicano Air Force in Alkali Flat.


Napa Valley Chronicles Lauren Coodley 978.1.60949.926.6 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 78 images * $19.99

In 1905, Napa’s mayor, J.A. Fuller, announced, “Napa for half a century has been slumbering in a Rip Van Winkle sleep but she has awakened at last.” In this collection, local author Lauren Coodley reimagines the unvarnished country life of historic Napa Valley through the stories of notables like postmaster Ernest Kincaid, Napa Register reporter Phyllis King, firefighter historian Rita Bordwell and Brewster’s owners Rachel and Larry Friedman. Trace the region’s lasting legacy, from the time when a horse and buggy purchased Browns Valley to the days when art galleries replaced blue-collar businesses and the California grape took center stage from Sunsweet prunes.

Kevin Wildie 978.1.62619.186.0 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 89 images * $19.99

By 1910, Japanese pioneers had created a vibrant community in the heart of Sacramento, offering sumo tournaments, authentic Japanese meals and eastern medicine to a generation of Delta field laborers. Then, in 1942 following Pearl Harbor, orders for Japanese American incarceration forced residents to abandon their homes and their livelihoods. Even in the face of anti-Japanese sentiment, the neighborhood businesses and cultural centers endured, and it wasn’t until the 1950s, when the Capitol Mall Redevelopment Project reshaped the city center, that J Town was truly lost. Drawing on oral histories and previously unpublished photographs, author Kevin Wildie traces stories of immigration, incarceration and community solidarity, crafting an unparalleled account of Japantown’s legacy.

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Sacramento’s Historic Japantown: Legacy of a Lost Neighborhood


Prohibition in the Napa Valley: Castles Under Siege Lin Weber

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978.1.62619.089.4 * 6 x 9 * 144 pp * 49 images * $19.99

Against the backdrop of national events, author Lin Weber introduces a cast of Napa Valley’s leading citizens, embroiled in a fight for their livelihood with temperance champions and federal agents. Theodore Bell filed a Hail Mary suit to stop California’s ratification of the Eighteenth Amendment. Vintner Georges de Latour made money hand over fist on altar wine. The Nichelini winery hid a cache of contraband under the floorboards, and the Blaufuss Brewery avoided prosecution when the law turned a blind eye. Join Weber as she relates a wry tale of cherished vines, widespread corruption and alcoholinspired mayhem during a time when “morality” tightened the noose around Napa’s prized alcohol industry.

Historic Aircraft Wrecks of San Bernardino County G. Pat Macha, Foreword by Eric Blehm 978.1.62619.012.2 * 6 x 9 * 128 pp * 70 images * $19.99

Weather, darkness and twists of fate have contributed to more than three hundred airplane crashes in San Bernardino County. Many of these accidents occurred in the vast Mojave Desert, others on the cloud-shrouded, snow-capped mountains. Searches often were labored yet fruitless, even for the privileged: Frank Sinatra’s mother perished here in a downed plane. The quest for an aircraft containing $5,000 in cash has become the stuff of legend. Tales of survival in uninhabited, rugged landscapes have been especially harrowing. Join aircraft-crash search specialist G. Pat Macha for dozens of sorrowful, triumphant, touching and surprising true stories of those who lived through the ordeals of plane crashes—and others who didn’t.


Orange County Chronicles Phil Brigandi 978.1.62619.133.4 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 70 images * $19.99

Balboa Park and the 1915 Exposition Richard W. Amero, Edited by Michael Kelly 978.1.62619.345.1 * 6 x 9 * 320 pp * 158 images * $24.99

The Panama-California Exposition of 1915 established San Diego as a focal point of cultural activity in California. The Spanish Colonial buildings and other rare architecture retained from the expo in vast Balboa Park still house the great museums of San Diego. This 1,200-acre park in the central portion of the city contains the world-famous San Diego Zoo, fifteen museums, the Old Globe Theater and some of the most elaborate gardens in America. The late Richard W. Amero, an unofficial dean of San Diego historians, wrote Balboa Park’s elaborate history, and his chapters on the creation of the park for the expo have been edited into this essential volume on city history by Michael Kelly, president of the Committee of 100.

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Orange County is one of the best-known, yet least understood, counties in California. The popular image of beautiful people in beach cities is certainly accurate. But the Orange County that is often overlooked includes workaday lives in Anaheim, the barrios of Santa Ana, townhouse living in Brea and the diverse communities of Little Saigon, Little Texas, Los Rios, La Habra and Silverado Canyon. Modern Orange County offers very little sense of history, and it sometimes seems as if the urbanization of the 1960s is all that defines the place. Orange County historian Phil Brigandi fills in the gaps with this collection of essays that explores the very creation of the county, as well as pressing issues of race, citrus, attractions and annexation.


On These Promising Shores of the Pacific: A History of Saint Mary’s College Ronald Eugene Isetti

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978.1.62619.276.8 * 6 x 9 * 208 pp * 67 images * $19.99

The original Saint Mary’s College campus in San Francisco enrolled both boys and young men and was born in 1863 from the educational vision of Archbishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany. In 1889, the campus moved to Oakland and was affectionately dubbed the “Old Brickpile.” Through fires, earthquakes, two world wars and bankruptcy, the college persevered and matured, eventually moving to its present location in Moraga Valley. From United States Navy cadets and “Slip” Madigan’s Galloping Gaels to the Latin Question and iconic phone booth stuffing, historian and retired Saint Mary’s College professor Ronald Eugene Isetti offers a detailed look at the college’s legacy.

Fremont Older & the 1916 San Francisco Bombing: A Tireless Crusade for Justice John C. Ralston 978.1.62619.267.6 * 6 x 9 * 192 pp * 50 images * $19.99

On Saturday, July 22, 1916, as “Preparedness Day” parade units assembled south of San Francisco’s Market Street, a terrorist bomb exploded, killing ten people and wounding forty. San Francisco was outraged. Instead of searching for the perpetrators, however, the district attorney used the bombing as an excuse to arrest, try and convict two obscure labor figures without evidence. Author John C. Ralston chronicles the dramatic events following the initial tragedy as newspaper editor Fremont Older discovers the case is based on blatant perjury and exposes the secondary crime to the public. What became known as the “American Dreyfus Case” led to an international outcry, finally resulting in one defendant’s pardon and the other’s parole—but only after both men had been imprisoned for twenty-three years.


Kern County Sports Chronicles: Colorful Athletes of the Central Valley Bryce Martin 978.1.62619.144.0 * 6 x 9 * 160 pp * 43 images * $19.99

Growing Up in Long Beach: Boomer Memories from Autoettes to Los Altos Drive-In Tim Grobaty 978.1.62619.358.1 * 144 pp * 48 images * $19.99

In this collection, Tim Grobaty remembers growing up in the fast-growing new neighborhoods of East Long Beach, the beloved places downtown that were part of the city’s mid-twentieth-century fabric and a few obscure spots in the margins. Long Beach’s memory lane includes the dearly departed restaurants the Golden Lantern in Los Altos and Rusty’s in the Wrigley District, the Circle and Los Altos Drive-Ins, great concerts of the 1970s in the arena and auditorium and the shoppers’ paradises of Uncle Al’s Toy Korral in the Plaza and Buffum’s downtown. Join Press-Telegram columnist Grobaty as he records Long Beach residents’ recollections and taps his own boomer-years memories.

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Moon Mullins was an integral member of George Halas’s old Chicago Bears. Verl Lillywhite played on the midcentury San Francisco 49ers, integrating the pro football roommates’ tradition by bunking with Joe “The Jet” Perry. Rodeo star Chuck Roberson doubled for John Wayne when the stunt work got dicey. Jay Carty played on the Los Angeles Lakers with Jerry West. George Culver tossed a no-hitter for the Cincinnati Reds. What these former athletes and others profiled in this collection have in common is Kern County, California, and the good fortune to have had Bryce Martin covering their careers. With decades of experience writing for top publications, former minor-league ballplayer Martin offers a collection of profiles that form a veritable Kern County sports hall of fame.


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