Local History

Local history is the study of history in a geographically local context and it often concentrates on the local community. It incorporates cultural and social aspects of history. Historic plaques are one form of documentation of significant occurrences in the past and oral histories are another. Local history is often documented by local historical societies or groups that form to preserve a local historic building or other historic site. Many works of local history are compiled by amateur historians working independently or archivists employed by various organizations. An important aspect of l ...more

They Died Crawling: And Other Tales of Cleveland Woe; True Stories of the Foulest Crimes and Worst Disasters in Cleveland History
California: A History
Philadelphia: City of Music
Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery (Images of America: Ohio)
In Eddie's Name: One Family's Triumph Over Tragedy
Lower Northeast Philadelphia (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
Frankford (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga
Birch Coulie: The Epic Battle of the Dakota War
The Living Great Lakes: Searching for the Heart of the Inland Seas
Along the Schuylkill River (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
Cleveland's Department Stores (Images of America: Ohio)
Dogtown: Death and Enchantment in a New England Ghost Town
The Maniac in the Bushes: More Tales of Cleveland Woe
Lost Cleveland: Seven Wonders of the Sixth City
The Devil in the White City by Erik LarsonFor the Thrill of It by Simon BaatzSin in the Second City by Karen AbbottThe Girls of Murder City by Douglas PerryEight Men Out by Eliot Asinof
Chicago Crime (nonfiction)
118 books — 32 voters
Refinery Town by Steve EarlyIn the Shadow of Lies by M.A.  AdlerKing of the Bottom by William  C. GordonCalifornia's Contra Costa County an Illustrated History by George Emanuels
Richmond, California
4 books — 1 voter

Mayflower by Nathaniel PhilbrickA Voyage Long and Strange by Tony HorwitzJohn Adams by David McCulloughAmerican Colonies by Alan TaylorAlbion's Seed by David Hackett Fischer
Colonial North America (nonfiction)
97 books — 40 voters
Harem Scarem in El Cerrito by Neva Calvert CarpenterCalifornia's Contra Costa County an Illustrated History by George EmanuelsEl Cerrito by El Cerrito Historical SocietyEl Cerrito by Edward StanifordRemembering Our Local Japanese Heritage by El Cerrito Historical Society
El Cerrito, California
5 books — 1 voter

Reasonable Doubt by Peter MansoThe Boston Strangler by Gerold FrankMurder in Boston by Ken EngladeTommy Gun Winter by Nathan GorensteinIn His Garden by Leo Damore
Massachusetts Murders
57 books — 7 voters

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Wallace Stegner
In general the assumption of all of us, child or adult, was that this was a new country and that a new country had no history. History was something that applied to other places.
Wallace Stegner, Wolf Willow

Tim Gilmore
Nothing truly beautiful without its element of strangeness, nothing whole without its own incongruity, these (Jacksonville-area pioneer house) ruins sand up from the earth in sacred conjunction. These ruins conjoin the earth and the manmade, moving from one to the other and back again. The Browards built their house out of shell and limestone, and limestone forms naturally from the shells and skeletons of miniscule sea creatures over great periods of time. The Browards shaped the earth upright t ...more
Tim Gilmore This Kind of City Ghost stories and psychological landscapes

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Monthly book club at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve in Corpus Christi, TX.
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