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Great Lakes Books Series

Editor: Thomas Klug, Wayne State University
The Great Lakes Books Series specializes in books of regional interest and importance to Michigan and the entire Great Lakes region. Inaugurated in 1986 to honor Michigan's 1987 sesquicentennial, the series currently includes titles on Michigan and regional history, the Upper Peninsula, military history, the Great Lakes and maritime history, Detroit history and culture, automotive history, art and architecture, literature, sports, ecology and the environment, and books for young readers.

Advisory Editors: Fredric C. Bohm, DeWitt, Michigan; Sandra Sageser Clark, Michigan History Center; Thomas R. Dilley, Grand Rapids, Michigan; Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Clements Library; Keith Dye, University of Michigan-Dearborn; De Witt Dykes, Oakland University; Joe Grimm, Michigan State University; Laurie Harris, Shelby Township, Michigan; Charles K. Hyde, Pittsfield, Massachusetts; Susan Higman Larsen, Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan; Philip P. Mason, Phoenix, Arizona and Eagle Harbor, Michigan; Dennis Moore, Dearborn, Michigan; Erik C. Nordberg, Walter P. Reuther Library; Deborah Smith Pollard, University of Michigan–Dearborn; Michael O. Smith, Bentley Historical Library; Arthur M. Woodford, Harsens Island, Michigan

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Mail by the Pail

By Colin Bergel
Illustrated by Mark Koenig

A delightful story that illustrates the mail delivery system for Great Lakes freighters.

Printed Paper Cased
Published: October 2000
ISBN: 9780814328903

Arab Detroit

From Margin to Mainstream

Edited by Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock

In this volume, Nabeel Abraham and Andrew Shryock bring together the work of twenty-five contributors to create a richly detailed portrait of Arab Detroit.

Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814328125
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814328118
Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814339787

Looking Beyond Race

The Life of Otis Milton Smith

Otis Milton Smith and Mary M. Stolberg
With a foreword by Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

In Looking Beyond Race, Otis Milton Smith recounts his life as an African American who overcame poverty and prejudice to become a successful politician, and eventual president of General Motors.

Published: August 2000
ISBN: 9780814329399

The Sandstone Architecture of the Lake Superior Region

Kathryn Bishop Eckert

Geography, geology, architecture, and biography are joined to create this detailed study of a region and the majestic sandstone with which it was developed.

Published: July 2000
ISBN: 9780814328071

New Poems from the Third Coast

Contemporary Michigan Poetry

Edited by Michael Delp, Conrad Hilberry, and Josie Kearns
Foreword by Donald Hall

An anthology that offers a sampling of the best poetry written by Michigan writers.

Published: June 2000
ISBN: 9780814327975

Enterprising Images

The Goodridge Brothers, African American Photographers, 1847-1922

John Vincent Jezierski

The story of the most prolific African American photographers in North America.

Published: June 2000
ISBN: 9780814324516

Brewed in Detroit

Breweries and Beers Since 1830

Peter H. Blum

Brewed in Detroit describes the history of the brewing industry in the Detroit metropolitan area from its beginning in the 1830s to the present revival by microbrewers and brewpubs.

Published: October 1999
ISBN: 9780814326619

Tin Stackers

The History of the Pittsburgh Steamship Company

Al Miller

Tin Stackers tells its story of the role of the U.S. Steel Corporation’s largest commercial fleet.

Published: July 1999
ISBN: 9780814328323

A Sailor's Logbook

A Season Aboard Great Lakes Freighters

Mark L. Thompson

A firsthand account of life aboard the ships of the Great Lakes.

Published: June 1999
ISBN: 9780814328446
Published: June 1999
ISBN: 9780814340905


The Seasons of a Great Lake

Napier Shelton

Huron is pleasurable reading for any student of natural history or the Great Lakes region, or for anyone who has ever spent time at a summer cottage or wished to do so.

Published: June 1999
ISBN: 9780814336489

Wonderful Power

The Story of Ancient Copper Working in the Lake Superior Basin

Susan R. Martin

This work examines the archaeological record of copper mining in the Lake Superior area.

Published: May 1999
ISBN: 9780814328439
Published: May 1999
ISBN: 9780814328064

A Place for Summer

A Narrative History of Tiger Stadium

Richard Bak

This historical companion of Tiger Stadium contains almost two hundred rare photographs that capture the spirit of 140 years of baseball in Detroit.

Published: June 1998
ISBN: 9780814325124

The Long Winter Ends

Newton G. Thomas

The Long Winter Ends tells the story of a year in the life of a young emigrant miner who leaves Cornwall in the southwest of England to work in the copper mines of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Published: January 1998
ISBN: 9780814335864

Beyond the Model T

The Other Ventures of Henry Ford

Ford R. Bryan

With over 200 photographs chosen from thousands in the collection of Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, Beyond the Model T gives attention to Henry Ford's numerous ventures outside of the auto industry.

Published: April 1997
ISBN: 9780814326824
Published: April 1997
ISBN: 9780814337738

In the Wilderness with the Red Indians

German Missionary to the Michigan Indians, 1847-1853

E. R. Baierlein
Translated by Anita Z. Boldt
Edited with an Introduction by Harold W. Moll
Foreword by Pastor Richard Latterner

This is an historical account of a Lutheran missionary's life with American Indians in central lower Michigan in the 19th century.

Published: November 1996
ISBN: 9780814325810

Elmwood Endures

History of a Detroit Cemetery

Michael S. Franck

A celebration of an important Detroit landmark, Elmwood Endures reveals Detroit's rich and interesting history.

Published: September 1996
ISBN: 9780814325919

Master of Precision

Henry M. Leland

Mrs. Wilfred C. Leland with Minnie Dubbs Millbrook
With an Introduction by Allan Nevins and Frank E. Hill

Master of Precision is the fascinating firsthand account of Henry Martyn Leland's life and work during the early days of the automobile industry.

Published: September 1996
ISBN: 9780814326657

Rum Running and the Roaring Twenties

Prohibition on the Michigan-Ontario Waterway

Philip P. Mason

In Rumrunning and the Roaring Twenties, Philip P. Mason provides a fascinating look at the excesses and failures of Prohibition in the United States, and specifically in Michigan.

Published: December 1995
ISBN: 9780814325834

The Northern Lights

Lighthouse of the Upper Great Lakes

Charles K. Hyde
Color Photographs by Ann and John Mahan

Published: May 1995
ISBN: 9780814325544

Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars

The Negro Leagues in Detroit, 1919-1933

Richard Bak

In Turkey Stearnes and the Detroit Stars, Richard Bak documents the extraordinary history of Detroit's first and foremost black professional baseball team.

Published: January 1995
ISBN: 9780814325827