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

Vanishing Philadelphia: Ruins of the Quaker City
Lower Northeast Philadelphia (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
Along the Schuylkill River (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
Philadelphia: The World War I Years (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery (Images of America: Ohio)
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News Hound: From Half-...
Dick Sheeran
Oxford Circle: The Jewish Community of Northeast Philadelphia (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
The Perfect Square: A History of Rittenhouse Square
Frankford (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
The Cop Who Would Be King: Mayor Frank Rizzo
Old Philadelphia in Early Photographs 1839-1914
Philadelphia's City Hall (Images of America: Pennsylvania)
Still Philadelphia
They Died Crawling: And Other Tales of Cleveland Woe; True Stories of the Foulest Crimes and Worst Disasters in Cleveland History
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Local History UK
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Reasonable Doubt by Peter MansoMortal Remains by Henry ScammellIn His Garden by Leo DamoreThe Boston Strangler by Gerold FrankMaximum Harm by Michele R. McPhee
Massachusetts Murders
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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
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For years, walking round London, I had been aware of the actual land, lying concealed but not entirely changed or destroyed, beneath the surface of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century city. It has been said that 'God made the country and man made the town', but that is not true: the town is simply disguised countryside. Main roads, some older than history itself, still bend to avoid long-dried marshes, or veer off at an angle where the wall of a manor house once stood. Hills and valleys still ...more
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