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Wicked Washtenaw County: Author James Mann book ventures into the dark and sordid history of unexplained murders and vicious crimes in Washtenaw County. Venture into the dead of night with medical students from the University of Michigan as they snatch bodies from fresh graves for use in the medical school. Revisit the puzzling details of unsolved murders that occured over the years throughout the county.

$19.99

Tales from the Ypsilanti Archives: Author Laura Bien offers up a diverse sampling of offbeat and lighthearted stories that will transplant readers to the bygone days of Ypsilanti - from the fight Ypsilanti waged against standardized time to the gloom aparent in an Ypsilantian's Depression-era grocery receipt. Enjoy these and other quirky tales from what life used to be like in Ypsilanti.

$19.95

Footnotes in History by James Mann (192 pages): Footnotes in History first appeared as a weekly column in the Ypsilanti Courier on April 1, 1999. Every week for several years after that , local historian James Mann chronicled the small stories of Ypsilanti history. These are the "footnotes" of Ypsilanti history, the tales of people and events that are now all but forgotten.

$19.95

Ypsilanti in the 20th Century (128 pages): Ypsilanti in the 20th Century includes over 200 pictures of history of Ypsilanti from early 1900 through 1975. The book is a companion to Ypsilanti - A History in Pictures and chronicles the growth of Ypsilanti in the twentieth century. Authored by local historian James Thomas Mann.

$19.95

The Story of Ypsilanti (327 pages): The Story of Ypsilanti was written by Harvey C. Colburn for the centennial celebration of the city in 1923. This reissue was published by the Ypsilanti's Bi-Centennial Commission to commemorate America's two hundredth birthday in 1976. The objective of the book was to tell the story of the several periods of the city's history in as vivid a manner as possible.

$9.95

Down by the Depot in Ypsilanti (174 pages): Down by the Depot in Ypsilanti was written, edited and designed by Tom Dodd and James Mann. It was initially published by the Depot Town Association in 1999. This package of stories tries to merge the "real history" (Mann) with the "local folklore" (Dodd) of that tiny commercial district in Ypsilanti, Michigan known as Depot Town.

$14.95

Helen Walker McAndrew - Ypsilanti's Lady Frontier Doctor (18 pages): Helen Walker McAndrew was originally written by William McAndrew, Jr. in 1923 in conjunction with the tenth anniversary of The Ypsilanti Business and Professional Women's Club. The current version was edited with additions by Albert P. Marshall in 1996.

$4.95

The "Real McCoy" of Ypsilanti (32 pages): The "Real McCoy" of Ypsilanti was written by Albert P. Marshall and originally published in 1989. Elijah McCoy, the son of a former slave, was an inventor who lived in Ypsilanti and registered more than forty patents in his lifetime. Albert Marshall, now deceased, was a Professor at Eastern Michigan University and a recognized scholar of African American history.

$4.95

Down the Myrtle Path - The History and Memories of Town Hall School (32 pages): This book was written by Hannah Geddes Wright who attended this one-room school. The book includes pictures and shared memories by many former students and teachers. The one-room school was built in 1895. The book has 114 pages and was published in 1996.

$7.95

Illustrated Atlas (120 pages): This atlas covers the years 1874 to 1895. It includes maps of cities, villages, townships and Washetenaw County. Also included are lithographic views of cities and townships, portraits and biographies of individuals who influenced the development of the county, and historical matter related to business directories and notices. The atlas was published in 1991.

$39.95

The Mayors of Ypsilanti (32 pages): Provides a picture and brief description of the Mayors of Ypsilanti from 1858 to 1989. Includes birth and death dates for each mayor along with a synopis of the life of each individual. The book was written by Foster Fletcher who was assisted by Elizabeth "Betty" Fenker who served in the City Clerk's office for 40 years.

$9.95

Tales of the Water Tower Mouse (51 pages): Sandie Jones fell in love with the old water tower in Ypsilanti when she attended Eastern Michigan University in the late 1950's. When her husband, Bruce Jones, became director of the water and sewer service in the community, the family moved to Ypsilanti and resided there from 1971 to 1995. While working at EMU from 1973 to 1994, Sandie often thought about the small mouse that may live in the tower.

$9.95

How the Bee Got Inside My Bib Overalls (144 pages): Harry Macomber is a farm boy with vivid memories of a slower paced, very caring stewardship of the land when family farms were truly that. Harry grew up on a farm at 6844 Park Road, just west of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and later his family operated a farm on Sharon Hollow Road near Manchester.

$19.95

Chapel Guild Recipe Book (56 pages): Originally published in 1883, this book includes recipes for breads, soups, fish, preserves and pickels, pressed meats, oysters, vegetables, omelets, salads, breakfast and tea relishes, meats, pastry, custards, jellies, sauces, puddings, ice cream and water ices, cookies, cakes, confections and miscellaneous other foods.

$5.95

Souvenir of Ypsilanti Michigan (16 pages): Nineteenth century merchants, like Frank Smith of the Emporium (an early variety store), attracted customers by preparing and selling special items like this book. This 1890 publication was reprinted by the Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation in 1985 to call attention to the wealth of architecture in Ypsilanti.

$2.95

The Legendary 4 Horsemen of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (18 pages): Methodism made its appearance in the American colonies about 1760. Although Negroes participated in the Revolutionary War, many whites, including members of the Methodist Church, were not ready to accept them as equals in God's Church. In 1816, the African Methodist Episcopal Church was formally organized. Written by A. P. Marshall.

$3.95

Detroit's Wartime Industry - Arsenal of Democracy: Just as Detroit has symnbolized the U.S. automobile industry, during World War II it also symbolized the conversion of American industry from civilian goods to war materials. This pictoral history was written by Michael W. R. Davis, former Executive Director of the Detroit Historical Society.

$19.95

Railroad Depots of Michigan - 1910 - 1920 (2008): Michigan has a rich railroad history, which began in November 1836 when the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad initiated service between Toledo, Ohio and Adrian, Michigan. This book portrays some of Michigan's finest railroad stations during their heyday in the second decade of the 20th century. Written by David J. Mrozek.

$19.95

Saline: Saline in the twenty-first century is a growing community as in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. New families are continually moving into the area, bringing their cultures and histories with them. Author Susan Kosky is a member of the Saline Historical Society.

$19.95

Cruisin' the Original Woodward Avenue: Woodward Avenue stretches 27 miles through 11 communities: Detroit, Highland Park, Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Royal Oak, Huntington Woods, Berkly, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, and Pontiac. It has been home to General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Studebaker, Packard, and many other automobile manufacturers in the early 20th century. Written by Sharon Luckerman and Anthony Ambrogio.

$19.95

Another Ann Arbor: Covering a period of time from the 19th century to the present, Another Ann Arbor offers us a close up glimpse into the class and institutional structures of African American life in America.Here we see the struggle against slavery as reflected in various Underground Railroad sites. We see a community mounting a challenge for civil rights, and responding to the call of black empowerment. Written by Lola Jones and Carol Gibson.

$19.95