Thirteen-year-old Kathleen Camille (Kasey) Mackenzie faces challenges in Alaska that will require all the strength and courage she can muster. She is forced to struggle with everything from a dress-stealing bear to a killer storm. The unthinkable happens: the death of her beloved father in a mining accident. Her mother had died two years earlier. Now she's alone in Alaska, but only until her grandmother comes to rescue her--whether she wants rescuing or not. Though mature beyond her years, Kasey is far from perfect. She can't quite control a wide stubborn streak and alienates two of the people she loves…Read More
A pictorial history of Grand Rapids, Michigan’s reign as Furniture City. The city’s displays at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition left no doubt that “Grand Rapids” and “fine furniture” were synonymous. Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower all worked at Grand Rapids-made desks. Clark Gable chose G. R. furnishings for his house, and also the Gone with the Wind set, prompting Macy’s Department Store to introduce “Miss Pitty-Pat’s Boudoir Suite.” The glory days lasted until the mid-1900s, when North Carolina lured the manufacturers South.
A pictorial history of the early Dutch settlers had who left their native country motivated by a potato famine and crop failures, as well as religious freedom, they left an indelible mark on the character of these two Southwest Michigan counties. Brought by fertile farmland and abundant jobs in the cities, they soon started businesses and became leaders and philanthropists. Art, literature, music, and education thrived. Dutch forefathers passed their values on their progeny and the area still feels the influence. Read More
A pictorial history of Grand Rapids’ first and largest suburb that became a city in 1959, the same year Alaska and Hawaii became states. Manufacturing heavyweights like General Motors, Reynolds Metals, Lear Siegler, Steelcase, and Kelvinator all had factories in Wyoming. People flocked to the area wanting to live where they worked, creating a need for schools, churches, libraries, shopping and dining.
A pictorial history of the 265-mile Grand, Michigan’s longest waterway and was once of the Midwest’s most important. It starts as a trickle just south of Jackson and gains momentum as it winds its way through Jackson, Lansing, and Grand Rapids before flowing into Lake Michigan at Grand Haven. First used by fur trappers and traders, then the lumber industry, followed by the factories that depended on the river for power and transportation, including the once-renowned Grand Rapids furniture industry.
Every city has its luminaries who make names for themselves beyond the boundaries of their hometown. The Grand Rapids area claims President Gerald Ford, astronauts Roger Chaffee and Jack Lousma, author Chris Van Allsburg, and sports legends including Wally Pipp, Stan Ketchel, and Terry Barr. But it’s mostly about the unsung heroes whose deeds should not be forgotten. Read how South High School raised enough money to buy a B-17 bomber in World War II. The Spirit of South High was christened in Grand Rapids on April2, 1943. And let’s not forget a German shepherd named Spooky who was taught…Read More
An often funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining account of the gone-but-not-forgotten eateries that once graced the Grand Rapids area. One of the author’s favorite stories involves the Pantlind Hotel restaurants, along with others in the downtown area, that combined to create a mountain of garbage. Garbage was fed to denizens of city piggeries, but the hotel owner, also a farmer, thought his own hogs should pig out on the best garbage in town. The mayor sued him and won custody of hotel garbage. President Gerald Ford was a high school student working part time at Bill’s Place when his…Read More
A lively account of the heroic men who did what many thought impossible and built a railroad to connect America’s East and West coasts. They faced extremes of weather, hostile Natives, dynamiting through mountains— and in the Sierra Nevada range where that was impossible, they laid track on the mountains’ edge. Before the railroad, travel from New York to California took six months or more, and some didn’t survive the journey. After the railroad, one could make the trip from sea to shining sea in just six days. (3rd and 4th grade reading level.)
The indigenous people of Alaska have a rich and colorful history. Come to the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics (WEIO) to learn more about it. The games all rooted in Native history, are made up of such diverse events as blanket tossing, high kicking, knuckle hopping, fish cutting, seal skinning, and beautiful babies in Native regalia. WEIO is one way those histories are kept alive. Through his work at the Alaska Native Heritage Center and in the Native Studies Program at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Casey Ferguson is making a career of making sure the old ways are celebrated. Read More