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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Discovering a North American Treasure: 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)

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)

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)

Fodor's Chicago's 25 Best

Fodor's Chicago's 25 Best


by Fodor's

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A shirt-pocket guide to Chicago, this slim book includes an excellent map of the center of the city and essential information on its highlights. (GLK06, $11.99)

Moon Handbook Michigan

Moon Handbook Michigan


by Tina Lassen

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 440 PAGES

This practical guidebook features traveling information on the Great Lakes and the Upper Peninsula regions of Michigan. (USM04, $19.99)

A Traveller's History of Canada

A Traveller's History of Canada


by Robert Bothwell

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 220 PAGES

A readable and admirably concise march through Canadian history from prehistory to today, including a timeline. (CND82, $14.99)

City of the Century, The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America

City of the Century, The Epic of Chicago and the Making of America


by Donald L. Miller

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 704 PAGES

As blustery and swaggering as the Chicago of myth, this monumental biography of the city takes in the sweep of its history from the days of Joliette, Marquette and other explorers, to the celebrated 1893 Chicago Fair. (GLK05, $21.00)

Inventing Niagara

Inventing Niagara


by Ginger Strand

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

A witty, well-researched tale of the transformation of a natural wonder into an engineering feat, spectacle and monument. (CND302, $16.00)

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)

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)

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 Chippewas of Lake Superior

The Chippewas of Lake Superior


by Edmund Jefferson Danziger

  • HISTORY
  • 1990
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

This history of the Chippewa Indians brings the reader up to the 1980s, telling the story of the oft-neglected tribe, their woodland life and struggles to maintain their identity. (GLK22, $21.95)

The Middle Ground, Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815

The Middle Ground, Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815


by Richard White

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

White takes in the history of Daniel Boone, George Washington, Pontiac and Tecumseh in this scholarly history of relations between native peoples and Europeans in "pays d'en haut," the region around the Great Lakes. (GLK18, $37.99)

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald


by Frederick Stonehouse

  • HISTORY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 268 PAGES

Stonehouse presents the circumstances and evidence for the loss of the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald, which disappeared during a heavy snow storm on Lake Superior in the early evening of November 10, 1975. With no evidence and no witnesses, the captain and crew of 28 are still listed as missing. (GLK71, $17.95)

Wrecks and Rescues of the Great Lakes


by James P. Barry

  • HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 117 PAGES

This book reveals the severity of the weather around the Greak Lakes through dramatic photographs of shipwrecks, and graphic descriptions of the events surrounding them. (GLK51, $18.95)

Lake Country, A Series of Journeys

Lake Country, A Series of Journeys


by Kathleen Stocking

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 245 PAGES

In this second collection of 21 essays, Stocking writes with great affection and enthusiasm for her native Michigan. Themes of spirituality, nature and humanity permeate her reflections on Michigan's wildlife, small towns, local residents and the college town of Ann Arbor. (USM05, $19.95)

Paddle To the Sea


by William Mason

  • LITERATURE
  • 1966
  • DVD

Adapted from the childhood classic, Mason's 1966 film follows a toy canoe on a journey from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic. (GLK64, $14.95)

The Blind Assassin

The Blind Assassin


by Margaret Atwood

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 544 PAGES

Winner of the Booker Prize in 2000, this hauntingly beautiful novel interweaves two disparate strands: one, a murder mystery set in Toronto at the close of WWII; the other, the text of the murdered woman's science fiction novel, which may hold a clue to her death. (CND139, $16.00)

A Natural History of North American Trees

A Natural History of North American Trees


by Donald Culross Peattie | Verlyn Klinkenborg

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES

Culross Peattie's graceful essays on America and its forests, originally published in the 1950s, with black-and-white etchings, feature the finest writing ever on the mighty oak, stately birch, magnificent beech and other native trees. (NAM40, $18.95)

Great Lakes for Sale, From Whitecaps to Bottlecaps

Great Lakes for Sale, From Whitecaps to Bottlecaps


by Dave Dempsey

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 110 PAGES

Dempsey calls for action to stop the diversion of water from the great lakes watershed. (GLK50, $16.95)

Great Lakes Water Wars

Great Lakes Water Wars


by Peter Annin

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

Annin weaves an intriguing tale of behind the scenes compromise and conflict among the states and provinces making a grab for a portion of the water in the Great Lakes. (GLK49, $30.00)

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)

A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America

A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North-Central North America


by Roger Tory Peterson | Rosemary McKenna

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 420 PAGES

A best-selling guide to wildflowers in a handsome paper edition, featuring drawings, color illustrations and short descriptions. Covers 1,293 species. (FG38, $20.00)

Favorite Wildflowers of the Great Lakes and the Northeastern U.S.

Favorite Wildflowers of the Great Lakes and the Northeastern U.S.


by Richard E. Schinkel

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 217 PAGES

A compact guide to wildflowers of the region. (GLK03, $16.95)

Great Lakes Birds

Great Lakes Birds


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This fold-out reference illustrates almost 150 species in the Great Lakes region. Laminated and pocket-sized, it's a handy item to take along in the field. (GLK24, $6.95)

Great Lakes Trees and Wildflowers

Great Lakes Trees and Wildflowers


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This laminated fold-out reference illustrates almost 150 plants in the Great Lakes region. (GLK25, $6.95)

Great Lakes Wildlife

Great Lakes Wildlife


by Raymond Leung | James Kavanaugh

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2001
  • PLASTIC CARD

This laminated fold-out card illustrates almost 150 animals in the Great Lakes region. (GLK26, $6.95)

Know Your Ships

Know Your Ships


by Roger LeLievre

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 167 PAGES

An aficionado's field guide to the ships on the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. The freighter fleets of all the shipping companies are listed along with the vital statistics for each ship. (GLK12, $18.95)

Mammals of the Great Lakes Region

Mammals of the Great Lakes Region


by James F. Parnell | Allen Kurta | Scott A. Schwemmin

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 376 PAGES

A detailed, photographic reference manual to the mammals of the Great Lakes region. (GLK16, $18.95)

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America

National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


by Jon Dunn

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 576 PAGES

This guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Practical to use in the field, it has maps, illustrations and descriptions of the birds on facing pages. (FG09, $27.95)

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