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Fallen Leaf — A Lake and its People 1850–1950 By Janet Beales Kaidantzis
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From the Washoe to the pioneering families of Nathan Gilmore, Lucky Baldwin, and William Price, to the artists, academics, and craftsmen of the early community, Fallen Leaf Lake drew people to its... More > natural beauty who left a legacy in stories, legends, and land. Find out who built its trails and named the lakes in Desolation Wilderness, what the feud between Gilmore and Baldwin was about, and why Fallen Leaf Lake was the starting point for preservation efforts throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin and the origin of the National Parks Interpretive Program. Meet the first fire lookouts, caretakers, resort owners, and cabin builders at Fallen Leaf Lake and vicinity along with Lorenzo Latimer, Anita Baldwin, John Steinbeck, the Washoe basket weaver Susie Jackson, and the boat builder Natale Rontani.< Less
AVMS Yearbook, 2014 - 2015 By AVMS Students
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AVMS Yearbook, 2014 - 2015. This yearbook was produced and published by Aspen Valley Middle School students.
He Gave the Order: The Life and Times of Admiral Osami Nagano By F.J. Bradley
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Merriam Press Naval History NH2. First Edition (2014). This is a biography of Japanese Navy Admiral Osami Nagano, who ordered the attack on the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. This work covers his... More > entire career, diplomatic, political and military, concentrating on the years leading up to the war between Japan and the United States. He attained great achievements in his military and political careers, but his involvement in Japan’s entrance into World War II on 8 December 1941 led to his ultimate downfall. He died in 1947, in Sugamo Prison in Tokyo during the International Military Tribunal for the Far East under U.S. occupation, following Japan’s defeat. 205 B&W photos, 7 maps, 7 tables, 2 charts. This edition has all B&W photos and illustrations; a more expensive color edition is also available. Otherwise the content is identical for both.< Less
Men of Magna Carta: Right, Might and Depravity By Daniel Forbes
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Three main characters made the Magna Carta possible--the evil King John, the brilliant Archbishop Stephen Langton and the supreme warrior William Marshal. Besides these, others were involved in the... More > story: Eleanor of Aquetaine, Richard the Lionhearted and others. This work includes information about the political, religious and economic life of England in the 13th century, recounts deeds of bravery and gives just a hint of still-buried treasure. This is a quick and interesting read commemorating the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carts. Maps, illustrations and translations of the key documents are included.< Less
Victorious! -- Queen's Champion, Prince Henry Sinclair By Gunnar Thompson
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During the Late Middle Ages – in the 14th century – Queen Margaret Atterdag of Denmark welded together the bickering kingdoms of Scandinavia. Her alliance of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark... More > was called “the Kalmar Union.” As the Little Ice Age bore down upon the Nordic Settlement on Greenland, she called upon her Champion, Prince Henry Sinclair and Templar Knights, to rescue 4,000 stranded farmers. These Greenland refugees were brought south to new homes with Native Tribes along the Eastern Seaboard of North America. In later years, these imported Nordic farmers would constitute most of the “White Indians” that explorers and pioneers found in Nova Scotia, Massachusetts, and New York in the 17th century. Another problem arose in 1398 – when Vitalien Pirates from the North Sea settled into lairs along the Newfoundland Coast. In battles that were chronicled in Nicolo Zeno’s “Narrative” of c.1400, Henry Sinclair conquered all the pirates; and he was made “king” of Frisland Island.< Less
Azimuth South Book 2: Ravenshoe By Jenifer Jones
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After a rugged day trip to Ravenshoe, the Johnsons find themselves in the bosom of a community as different to Malanda as chalk is to cheese. Originally known as Cedar Creek by the timber getters who... More > first settled in the area, the township was south west of Malanda, further inland and higher up in the range, all the more remote for the untamed wilderness which abutted the town to the south and west. This was tiger country where the threats were not always visible, the signs often unfathomable. Although untamed, the wilderness enclosing them is not altogether uninhabited, but who, or what goes there? And what are they to make of a community split by design into two camps, white townsfolk and black fringe dwellers? And why does no-one speak of such things? Distracted from time to time by these conundrums, Bill and Dulcie never lose sight of their vision for the future and stick steadfastly to the course of action which will realise their goals.< Less
Saber and Scroll Journal, Volume III, Issue IV By Saber and Scroll Historical Society American Public University System
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The fall 2014 issue of Saber and Scroll features articles reflecting the broad range of historical interests across the scholarly community, from supply problems in Hannibal's Italian campaign to the... More > influences of Theodore Roosevelt.< Less
Kamikaze Destroyer By Jeff Veesenmeyer
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Merriam Press Naval History NH3. First Edition (2014). History of the USS Hugh W. Hadley (DD774) which shot down more Japanese kamikaze aircraft than any other U.S. Navy ship, during the battle for... More > Okinawa in 1945. This new book by a relative of a crew member killed that day off Okinawa, tells the story of the ship, and that fateful day, through the words of many of the survivors, which the author interviewed. This is not just a story about a ship, but about the men that made that ship a legend in the annals of U.S. Navy history. 9 appendices, bibliography, 112 B&W photos, 6 illustrations, 6 maps, color painting.< Less
Stories of Nehalem By Garry Gitzen
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Early historical stories of the Nehalem Valley, Oregon covering Indians, Neahkahnie Mountain, Spanish Galleon, Shipwrecks, Treasure and beeswax ship. Originally published 1915.
History of Most Interesting Events By Donald S. Sylvester
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Taking his daughter's homework assignment to an extreme, Donald Sylvester has created a brief but uniquely interesting chronological timeline of world history. Starting with the Big Bang and ending... More > with 2010's worldwide recession and anticipated recovery, odd and quirky aspects hidden behind history's most famous people, wars, famines, plagues and inventions capture the attention of nearly any reader normally bored to death by the subject.< Less
Building Tillamook County’s Scenic Highways By Garry Gitzen
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Over 150 old photos and newspaper descriptions from 1918-1942 of building the Oregon coast highway over Neahkahnie Mountain and other scenic highways through Tillamook County, Oregon.
Francis Drake in Nehalem Bay Revised Editon By Garry Gitzen
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RECOMMENDED READING FOR TEACHERS Documents Franics Drake's Oregon landing site for five weeks in the summer of 1579 through flora & fauna, topography, Indian culture and a 16th century survey... More > performed to claim Novae Albionis for England. Revised 1st Editon 2011< Less
Clark County Road Book, 1793-1876 By Harry G. Enoch, Larry G. Meadows
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Creating and maintaining roads has long been the duty of Kentucky county courts. Actions by the court establishing new roads and modifying existing roads are referred to as “road... More > orders.” Careful study of a county’s roads offers insight into the social and economic development of the county. The collection of road orders recorded in Clark County Order Books describes the expansion of the road network throughout the county—where roads were located, when they were opened and when they were changed. In addition, road orders are a rich source of individual names and early place names—villages, watercourses, churches, schools, mills, etc. The “Road Book,” located in the county clerk’s office at the courthouse in Winchester, is an index to all the road orders in Clark County Order Books. It gives a description of the road, the date of the first order, and the order book and page numbers where the road orders can be found.< Less
The Life of a Famous House By Jenny Thompson
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A brief, illustrated look at the National Historic Landmark, Charles Gates Dawes House in Evanston, Il. The booklet tells the story of the famous home of U.S. Vice President, Charles Gates Dawes and... More > family. Originally built by the Reverend Robert Sheppard, a notable Evanston resident, pastor, and professor at Northwestern University, the house is now the headquarters of the Evanston History Center, a non-profit organization.< Less
Dive the Thousand Islands By Dennis McCarthy, Skip Couch, Kathi McCarthy
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"Dive the Thousand Islands" is both a new book and an update of two previous books in one. This new book combines the out-of-print Skip's Divers Guides (Cape Vincent to Clayton and the... More > Narrows to Alex Bay) books with lots of new information on wrecks and dive sites into one new book that covers all the Thousand Islands. “Dive the Thousand Islands" has information for divers on location, depths, access, visibility, bottom type and description as wellas information on the site history. Photos as well as side scan images are included for most sites. Wrecks and sites on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border.< Less
The Civil War Soldier - His Personal Items By Robert Jones
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The personal objects left behind by the Civil War soldier are small windows which allow us to get a brief glimpse into the most momentous part of his life. When I came across an item to use in this... More > book - what we might consider today as trivial - I tried to figure out why it was so important to him. In today’s “world of disposable goods”, who would take the time to meticulously inscribe their name or initials in such an inanimate object as a razor or soap dish? We may think it was done to prove ownership, maybe it could identify him if killed or wounded, or maybe it was just out of boredom. Some of these scenarios might be true, but I think it was much more than that. He knew the war would be scrupulously studied by future generations. Many of these veterans carefully packed away their menial possessions as a personal time capsule, hoping that someone in the future would find them and if only for a brief moment, remember their small part in American History.< Less
Seize Occupy and Defend By Robert Bailey, Katherine Bailey
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An illegal immigrant-resident alien becomes a national military hero in WWII, awarded the Medal of Honor, and uses his new-found fame to become a civil rights hero. He inspires his entire generation... More > of Mexican Americans to straighten their backs, lift their heads and see new possibilities they were emboldened to pursue. Achievements were attained that have been dismissed by the Black/White Paradigm; hence, comparative analysis between Mexican American and African American civil rights history has been explored and conclusions presented. His military and civil rights legacy is relevant to today's hottest issue, immigration reform.< Less
John Howard of Howard's Creek: Biography of a Kentucky Pioneer By Harry G. Enoch
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During his visit to the western country from Virginia in 1775, John Howard staked out land claims on two tributaries of the Kentucky River—one a few miles upstream from Fort Boonesborough, the... More > other just downstream from the fort. These tributaries came to be known as Upper Howard’s Creek and Lower Howard’s Creek. John Howard, the pioneer who gave his name to these Clark County creeks, later settled near Lexington in Fayette County and died there at the age of 103. His home place, the plantation known as “Howard’s Grove,” was located on the now-legendary Gainesway Farm. 74 pp., illus., indexed< Less
The Regan Vapor Engine By Jack Alexander
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Daniel S. Regan’s Vapor Engine transformed the Otto 4-Cycle Gas Engine of the 1880s, a large, stationary, expensive engine, into a smaller, portable and affordable power source. Using gasoline,... More > instead of illuminating or natural gas for fuel, and using an electric spark instead of using an open flame for ignition, Regan’s improved internal combustion engine was the beginning of a revolution; producing motorboats, automobiles, motorcycles, lawnmowers and much more…< Less
Maryland Paper Money: An Illustrated History, 1864-1935 By Fred Maples
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This non-fiction documents the history of Maryland's national currency era from 1864 to 1935, and illustrates the beautiful currency in detail. The currency was issued by 138 Maryland banks from... More > Friendsville in the west to Berlin in the east. While national currency notes were issued by individual banks, they were federal paper money and circulated across all states and territories. Research for this book required hundreds of interviews and thousands of hours, and involved cataloging surviving national currency notes, documenting bank histories, and the lives of the 810 known bank officers who signed the currency. The research pulled extensively from the U.S. National Archives, Smithsonian Institution, Maryland Historical Society, local historical societies, Comptroller of Currency Annual Reports, U.S. census records, newspaper clippings, and family interviews. Almost 300 photos of surviving notes are shown, including many notes from the Marc Watts Collection of National Currency.< Less
The Transition Years By Whitworth Stokes
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The history of West End High School in Nashville, Tennessee from 1937 to 1968.
Snow, Metal, and Fire By Cem Geray
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Kyle Fisher, a young private, is shipped off to the Ardennes Forest to fight for the U.S during World War II. Unknown to him, the Germans will soon launch one of the biggest offensive of the war. The... More > battle will later be known as the Battle of the Bulge.< Less
Confluences By Jeffrey Manuel
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Essays written by undergraduate history majors at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in Professor Jeff Manuel's Historical Research (HIST 401) class during spring semester 2015.
The History of the John and Mary Harvey Family, 1800–1871 By Cheryl Shaffer
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"The History of the John and Mary Harvey Family, 1800–1871" documents the origins of the Harvey family and explains how the family spread across the United States. Based on... More > thirty-seven years of research, it is a well-sourced volume that details the inter-workings of the family through letters, newspapers, court records and photographs. This rare book is an invaluable reference for professional and amateur genealogists who trace the Harvey family as well as the Loggins, Scott, Hedrick, Croley, Hitchcock, Rains, Tyree, Gooch, Lorton, Radcliff, Speece, Campbell and Sheets families. Complete with illustrations, indexes and appendices that lay out the bibliography and methodology, it provides new information and stories never before recorded.< Less
The Flat Earth Conspiracy By Eric Dubay
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Wolves in sheep’s clothing have pulled the wool over our eyes. For almost 500 years, the masses have been thoroughly deceived by a cosmic fairy-tale of astronomical proportions. We have been... More > taught a falsehood so gigantic and diabolical that it has blinded us from our own experience and common sense, from seeing the world and the universe as they truly are. Through pseudo-science books and programs, mass media and public education, universities and government propaganda, the world has been systematically brain-washed, slowly indoctrinated over centuries into the unquestioning belief of the greatest lie of all time. A multi-generational conspiracy has succeeded, in the minds of the masses, to pick up the fixed Earth, shape it into a ball, spin it in circles, and throw it around the Sun! The greatest cover-up of all time, NASA and Freemasonry’s biggest secret, is that we are living on a plane, not a planet, that Earth is the flat, stationary center of the universe.< Less