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Saving Arcadia
by Heather Schumaker

This is the story of a small band of determined townspeople and how far they went to save beloved land and endangered species from the grip of a powerful corporation.  Written in a captivating narrative style, the book serves as a case study for land preservation and a record of the challenges of integrating economic livelihoods into conservation.  Saving Arcadia demonstrates the triumph of community and what it means to preserve land for all to enjoy  
$22.95 + tax and shipping

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The Royal Frontenac Hotel, Frankfort, Michigan
by Andrew Bolander

A brief, pictorial history of the iconic Frankfort summer hotel which opened January 1, 1902 and burned January 12, 1912.  
$9.40 + tax and shipping


Aux Becs Scies:  Frankfort Harbor 1860-1910
by Andrew Bolander

The story of the early Frankfort Harbor is about lumber and the improvements made to facilitate the sale of harvested timber from the Betsie River Watershed.  The stillness of today's Betsie Bay contrasts with its noisy history - the din of sawmills, the yells of generations of working  men and the whistles of car ferries.  The harbor was a catalyst for the development of Benzie County was a whole.
$9.40 + tax and shipping


White Pine - Michigan's Gold
by Bill & Adriann Woodward

According to many sources, the total value of the White Pine of Michigan exceeded that of the gold mined in California.  As the discovery of gold brought thousands of miners to California, the White Pine lured thousands of lumbermen to Northern Michigan in the mid 1800's.  
In both cases, new towns would spring up around the men who worked the claims or mills, and the businesses that followed and to support them.  As the gold or timber played out, some of these towns would die while others would find new reasons to continue and flourish.
$17.98 + tax and shipping

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The Comedy of Crystal Lake
by Stacy Leroy Daniels

Archibald Jones founded the Benzie County River Improvement Company in 1873 intending to improve water-lots on Crystal Lake, remove obstructions and construct slack-water canals between Crystal Lake and Lake Michigan, and build a steamboat to facilitate shipping of settlers and goods to and from the interior of Benzie County to the nearby port of Frankfort.  The dramatic lowering of a very large inland lake by 20 feet and the creation of a 21-mile perimeter of sandy beach insured the future of Crystal Lake as a prime recreational area.  
$49.95 + tax and shipping


Shared Moments
A large "coffee table" book with photographs of Benzie area history, including lumbering, railroads, carferries, tourism, agriculture, and friendly people, from its inception through the 1950s.  The photos are enhanced with wonderful quotes gathered from the works of local authors and respected writers and historians.
$35.95 + tax and shipping

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Waiting for the Morning Train
by Bruce Catton

In this memoir, Civil War scholar, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Bruce Catton, with affection and humor, tells about growing up in Benzonia, Michigan, in the early 1900s.  This is a must read for anyone wanting to learn about life in small-town Michigan at the turn of the twentieth century. 
$21.50 + tax and shipping

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Daylight in the Swamp:  An oral history of logging in Northwest Michigan
by William and Edith Overlease

The authors began to interview the men and women involved with the logging industry in 1965, and recorded the stories of direct participants from the 1890s to 1916, though some accounts go back to the 1880s.  The transcriptions retain the dialect and vocabulary of the old lumberjacks and workers.  This work is an unparalleled primary source for anyone interested in the lumbering history of Northwest Michigan.
$20.00 + tax and shipping


Benzie County Trail Guide:  20 trails for hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing
by Jim Stamm

A quick reference of trails in Benzie County used primarily for hiking, but they can also be used for mountain biking, and most can be used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.  Estimated trail lengths, hiking times, road distances and difficulty are provided, along with a map which shows their locations in Benzie County.
$9.95 + tax and shipping

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The Search for the Westmoreland
by Ross Richardson

On December 7, 1854, the Propeller Westmoreland foundered in deep water near Sleeping Bear Dune, killing seventeen of her crew and passengers.  Seventeen crew and passengers lived, however, and landed in lifeboats on the shore of Platte Bay.  Soon after the passenger steamer's sinking, rumors began circulating of $10,000 in gold coins in her safe and 280 barrels of whiskey in her hold.  For the next 150 years the Westmoreland was one of the most sought after shipwrecks in all the Great Lakes, eluding salvagers, wreckhunters and divers alike.  The Westmoreland was discovered July 7, 2010 by diver/historian Ross Richardson of Lake Ann, Michigan. 
$19.95 + tax and shipping

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Lost Benzie County
by Dr. Louis Yock for the Benzie Area Historical Society

Using archival photographs, oral histories and maps from the Benzie Area Historical Museum, Lost Benzie County explores the story of the county’s past - its towns, resorts, people and businesses.
$21.99 + tax and shipping

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Crystal Lake
by Dr. Louis Yock for the Benzie Area Historical Society  

About 9 miles long and 2 miles wide, Crystal Lake has been a recreational center in northwest Michigan for over 100 years.   When Crystal Lake was accidentally lowered in 1873, cottages, camps, and resorts sprang up along with the beaches.  Using archival photographs from the Benzie Area Historical Museum, Crystal Lake tells the distinctive story of the lake's past, its towns, resorts, people, and businesses.   
$21.99 + tax and shipping

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Ninety Years Crossing Lake Michigan
by Grant Brown, Jr.  
In 1892, the Ann Arbor Car Ferries shook the transportation world by doing what was then deemed impossible-carrying loaded railroad cars by ship across 62 miles of open water between Frankfort, Michigan and Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  With passion, acuity and remarkable detail, Grant Brown describes the nearly one hundred years of crossings-from their beginnings with James Ashley’s bold new idea of car ferrying down to the last fight for survival before the Michigan Interstate Railway Company finally closed in 1982.  
$24.95 + tax and shipping


Old Railroad and Depot Tour 2019 Commemorative Book


In the spring of 1887, the Buckley and Douglas Lumber Company of Manistee began building a railroad to transport logs from the forest to its sawmill in Manistee. They named the railroad the Manistee and Northeastern.

This book describes the 2019 tour route that follows the M & NE railroad grade to Benzonia, Honor, Lake Ann, Interlochen, Karlin, Nessen City, Platte River Junction, Copemish, Thompsonville and Kaleva. The history of the Kaleva Railroad Depot is also included.

$14.00 + tax and shipping


The Tragedy of Crystal Lake by William Case

William L. Case came to Benzonia, Michigan around 1860. As one of the area’s pioneers, his historical writings are drawn largely from memory and as such are authentic. Among the most widely read accounts written by Mr. Case is the story of the lowering of Crystal Lake in 1873. The story first appeared in serial form in The Benzie Record in 1922 - these articles were later compiled into this book.

$5.25 + tax and shipping


The Crystal Gazer by Leonard Case

Leonard Case’s column “The Crystal Gazer” was published in the Benzie County Record for more than 20 years. During this time, he planned to publish the collection of columns in book form.

However, Mr. Case’s death in June, 1978 left the proposed book unfinished. The Benzie Area Historical Society published this book when Leonard Case’s manuscripts were donated to the Society by his family.

$5.00 + tax and shipping

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Church of the Wilderness by Dorothy Hensel

The story of the First Congregational Church of Benzonia built in 1887 by Congregationalists from Ohio. Earlier they had founded the Benzonia Community and Benzonia College. Erected in 1884/87 the First Congregational Church served the congregation until 1968. In 1969, the building became the Benzie Area Historical Museum.

$4.75 + tax and shipping


The Story of Aral - Benzie County, Michigan by Theodore and Bonita Reuschel

Aral, a small lumber town, was located at the end of Esch Road where Otter Creek empties into Lake Michigan. The history of Aral includes busy sawmills, a murder and the Israelite House of David colony famous for their championship baseball team. Several sawmills were built and burned down. The last residents abandoned Aral in 1922. Currently, a ghost town in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore there is almost nothing left of the original town.

$2.50 + tax and shipping


Growing Up Stories by Don Barnard

A collection of stories about growing up in Benzie & Manistee Counties during the Depression.

$1.75 + tax and shipping


Averytown by Al Chapman

Averytown, a logging town located on the Platte River was founded around 1898. Using maps, oral histories, and photographs this book tells the story of Averytown . . . now a Benzie County ghost town.

$2.50 + tax and shipping


When Baseball Was King in Frankfort, Michigan

Newspaper articles and photographs describe the history of semi-professional baseball in the Frankfort-Elberta area from 1880s until the late fifties.

$1.75 + tax and shipping


Hunter’s Quest by Mara Mae

The story of a young boy, Hunter, who with his family moves to Kalamazoo, Michigan. Together with his grandfather and his new friend, Hunter explores the history and heritage of southwest Michigan.

$10 + tax and shipping

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Early Indian and Settler Locations in the Grand Traverse and Benzie Regions by Helen Tanner

This map shows sixteen sites of 18th and 19th century Indian villages and seven pioneer settlements established during 1850-1859. Printed on heavy stock, 18” x 18”.

$20 + tax and shipping


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