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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

From the St. Lawrence Seaway to Chicago: A Voyage to the Great Lakes

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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The Great Lakes

The Great Lakes

by Wayne Grady

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Wayne Grady showcases the nature and ecology of the Great Lakes, hub of industry and agriculture and home to 40 million people, in this illustrated portrait of the region, including its geological formation, conservation challenges, forests and resources. With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations by Emily Damstra. (GLK43, $29.95)

The Long Ships Passing, The Story of the Great Lakes

The Long Ships Passing, The Story of the Great Lakes

by Walter Havighurst

  • HISTORY
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 368 PAGES

A vivid popular history of the Great Lakes, rich in anecdote, incident and drama. Havighurst recounts the early days of ships and shipping on the Great Lakes from the time of the early French voyageurs through the industrialization of the region at the turn of the century. (GLK27, $17.95)

North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes

North American Indian Tribes of the Great Lakes

by Michael G. Johnson

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 48 PAGES

Heavily illustrated, this handy primer presents the Native American tribes of the upper Midwest, their cultures, religions, leaders and roles in the colonial wars and the fur trade. (GLK69, $17.95)

Northeast to Great Lakes Map

Northeast to Great Lakes Map

by Borch Maps

  • 2008
  • MAP

This handy laminated regional map includes more detailed inset maps of New York, Boston and Washington D.C. (USE492, $9.95)

 
Eastern Great Lakes Lighthouses

Eastern Great Lakes Lighthouses


by Ray Jones | Bruce Roberts

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 87 PAGES

With color photographs, lore, history and practical details on visiting the lighthouses of Ontario, Erie and Huron. (GLK76, $19.95)

Bond of Union, Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire

Bond of Union, Building the Erie Canal and the American Empire


by Gerard Koeppel

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Koeppel traces the politics, drama and impact of the building of the Erie Canal in this lively new history of the 1825 waterway that connected the Great Lakes to New York City. (NYS80, $18.95)

Detroit, A Biography

Detroit, A Biography


by Scott Martelle

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER

Former Detroit News reporter Martell traces the history of the once-great city from remote fur trading outpost to agricultural and industrial center through to its current beleaguered state. (USM190, $24.95)

Niagara, A History of the Falls

Niagara, A History of the Falls


by Pierre Berton

  • HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES

Meticulously researched and entertaining, this history of Niagara Falls captures the sideshow atmosphere of the place with its honky-tonk attractions and daredevil feats. An engrossing social history. (GLK02, $24.95)

Pandora's Locks, The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway

Pandora's Locks, The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway


by Jeff Alexander

  • HISTORY
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 431 PAGES

This detailed history of the St. Lawrence Seaway, which opened in 1959, focuses on the engineering feat's often devastating environmental effects. (CND390, $19.95)

Shipwrecks and Lost Treasure Great Lakes, Legends and Lore, Pirates and More!

Shipwrecks and Lost Treasure Great Lakes, Legends and Lore, Pirates and More!


by Michael J. Varhola

  • HISTORY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 206 PAGES

Frederick Stonehouse provides the historical forward to these 21 riveting tales of ships that met their end in the treacherous waters of the Great Lakes, including the sinking of Civil War steamer Island Queen in 1864 and the tanker Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975. (GLK72, $14.95)

The Living Great Lakes

The Living Great Lakes


by Jerry Dennis

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

Jerry Dennis, known for his writing on fly-fishing and canoeing, interweaves observation, anecdote and history in this tale of the lakes and his month-long voyage aboard the schooner Malabar. (GLK33, $15.99)

Selected Stories

Selected Stories


by Alice Munro

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 688 PAGES

This collection of 28 short stories represents some of Munro's finest work. A powerful range of emotional, evocative tales set throughout the cities and rural towns of her native country. (CND200, $16.95)

The Devil in the White City, Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America

The Devil in the White City, Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America


by Erik Larson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2004
  • PAPER
  • 447 PAGES

This fascinating account of Chicago's 1893 World's Fair interweaves the true stories of Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor, who terrorized its visitors. (USM123, $16.00)

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island


by Terry Phipps

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 28 PAGES

Phipps captures the splendor of the architecture and gardens of Mackinac in this collection of photographs. (GLK36, $14.95)

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