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A Medical History of Westfield New York
Kent L. Brown, MD
Description:  As a collection of the history of medicine in Westfield in the 19th and 20th centuries, this book contains the names of the physicians and dentists who practiced in Westfield as well as their brief biographies. Also included are the common practices of the era. Hardcover; 412 pages.


$13.00 

All About Grapes
Randy DeVaul
Description:  In this collection gathered by the Brick House Bed and Breakfast in Westfield, there are 130 recipes from the Heart of Grapeland. Recipes for appetizers, salads and main dishes to the famous grape pie, as well as history of the grapes of Western New York, are included in this unique cookbook. Spiral paperback; 55 pages.


$9.00 

Architecture in Westfield
Marlene Lindquist &Therold Lindquist
Description:  A compilation of the many types of architecture in Westfield, this book, from the early 1970's, includes a photo and write-up on each home representing certain architectural designs. Spiral bound paperback; 99 pages


$15.00 

CCHS Telling Our Stories
Virginia C. Richardson
Description:  This book is a compilation of the history of the Chautauqua County Historical Society and the McClurg Mansion as well as stories from the archives of the people, places and things that influenced the history of the county. Paperback; 200 pages.


$25.00 

Chautauqua Desk and the Darst Family
Randy DeVaul
Description:  The creation the Chautauqua Desk, a portable desk for the "self-expression of every child", had its roots in the Chautauqua Institution when O.H. and A.C. Powers, businessmen of Jamestown, were inspired by Frank Beard, a famous cartoonist and illustrator, as he was giving one of his famous "Chalk Talks". Booklet; 13 pages.


$5.00 

Chautauqua Lake Central Schools 1800-2000
Randy DeVaul
Description:  The creation the Chautauqua Desk, a portable desk for the "self-expression of every child", had its roots in the Chautauqua Institution when O.H. and A.C. Powers, businessmen of Jamestown, were inspired by Frank Beard, a famous cartoonist and illustrator, as he was giving one of his famous "Chalk Talks". Booklet; 13 pages.


$5.00 

Chautauqua Lake Hotels
Helen G. Ebersole
Description:  A history of the nineteen large, wooden hotels that lined Chautauqua Lake in the late 1800's. Lots of photos. Paperback; 56 pages.


$10.00 

Chautauqua Lake Steamboats
Helen G. Ebersole
Description:  "In September of 1963 the CITY OF JAMESTOWN, (ex CITY OF CLEVELAND), made its last run, closing 135 years of steamboat history on Chautauqua Lake." This book contains pictures and facts of the great white fleet that served the Chautauqua Lake region. Paperback; 38 pages.


$10.00 

Color Blind Justice
Mark Elliott
Description:  "Through deep research, great sensitivity to the racial and social contexts of the late nineteenth century, and some eloquent writing, Elliot shows us a Tourgee who truly was a pioneer of the tradition of antiracism in its early years...It is impressive for its mature writing and creative research." Avery O. Craven Award citation. Paperback; 388 pages


$18.00 

Diners of New York
Michael Engle, Mario Monte
Description:  "New York "is home to many classic stainless steel models, as well as newer retro dinners. This handy book will take travelers through" the state with maps to pinpoint the diner locations as well as information on diner styles and manufacturers. Paperback; 287 pages.


$20.00 
Echoes from the Past Marie B. McCutcheon

$4.00 

Energy and Light in Nineteenth Century WNY
Douglas Wayne Houck
Description:  "When natural gas and oil were harnessed to provide light, they revolutionized the nation, and it all started in Western New York and Pennsylvania." Paperback; 158 pages.


$20.00 

Erie Canal Legacy
Richard O. Reisem
Description:  "...the nation's legacy is not only the canal, but the great cities, charming villages, and their distinguished architecture that now enhance that 363-mile long landscape. This legacy is the focus of this book with impressive [color] photographs and anecdotal text to bring it all alive again." Hardcover; 208 pages


$25.00 

Father Abraham - Lincoln & His Sons
Harold Holzer
Description:  "Opening up the Lincoln family album, the noted Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer highlights the family's heartaches and happiness and follows the Lincolns after Robert's death to the end of the ancestral line. He brings four generations of a famous American family back to life." Hardcover; 229 pages


$18.00 

First Presbyterian Church of Westfield
Dr. Ruth Stacy
Description:  Published in 1999, this book covers the history of the church from 1968 to 1998. It includes some Westfield community information as well as all aspects of the workings of the church. Paperback; 125 pages


$10.00 

Founding Women
Janet Myers Northrup
Description:  "Founding Women beautifully intertwines the history of the Chautauqua Women's Club with its groundbreaking advocacy of women as speakers on subjects in American life, with the history of Chautauqua and its shaping of the great moral and social issues in history." Jeffery Simpson, Chautauqua..An American Utopia. Paperback; 130 pages


$20.00 

If Nothing Happens...
Jennifer Riesmeyer Elvgren
Description:  "A treasure of period history, the letters reveal in intimate and unaffected detail the conflict between emerging love and aspiration and a deceptive, not so gentle society." Paperback; 166 pages


$13.00 

Images of America - Brocton and Portland
Edward T. Kurtz, Sr.
Description:  "Brocton and Portland portrays the early life, farming industry, trolley and trains, and important events that have shaped the history of this...community." The book is filled with photographs from the private collections of the author and his family and of his colleague, Kirk Bennett. Paperback; 127 pages


$20.00 

Images of America - Chautauqua Institution
Kathleen Crocker, Jane Currie
Description:  "Chautauqua Institution, 1874-1974 is a compendium of Chautauqua's growth from its inception at Fair Point to its centennial celebrations. Each chapter's brief introduction acquaints the reader with historic highlights followed by pages of fascinating facts and intriguing images…" Paperback; 128 pages.


$20.00 

Images of America - Chautauqua Lake Region
Kathleen Crocker, Jane Currie
Description:  "This 'pocket museum' focuses on the myriad attractions that once dotted the lake's forty-two-mile shoreline: hotels, parks, camps, picnic groves, rowing clubs, boat liveries, fish hatcheries, icehouses, railroad and trolley depots, and steamboat landings." Paperback; 128 pages.


$20.00 

Images of America - Dunkirk
Diane Adrasik
Description:  "On the shores of Lake Erie, the city of Dunkirk rose into a commercial fishing center, lake port, and successful industrial city." The book is filled with photos and captions capturing the history of Dunkirk. Paperback; 127 pages


$20.00 

Images of America - Findley Lake
Randy Boerst
Description:  "Randy Boerst, a sixth-generation Findley Laker, has gathered more that two hundred images, many never before published, and combined them with local lore and interviews with longtime Findley Lake families and former residents. His passion for the history of the area provides a thought-provoking and historically accurate visual retrospective of the charm and heritage of the lakeside 'Brigadoon'." Paperback; 128 pages.


$20.00 

Images of America - Jamestown
Kathleen Crocker, Jane Currie
Description:  "City founder James Prendergast and other industrious pioneers were drawn to the outlet of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State because of its abundant waterpower and virgin forests." More than 200 images and thorough research and oral histories tell us the story of Jamestown. Paperback; 128 pages.


$20.00 

Images of America - Lake Erie Wine Country
Jewel Leigh Ellis
Description:  "Lake Erie Wine Country is a new name given to a wine and grape region that has been evolving for more than 160 years…Lake Erie Wine Country exists in a region that boasts [at least] 25 wineries and 30,000 acres of grape vineyards…stretching from Harborcreek, PA to Silver Creek, NY." The book photo documents this wine country. Paperback; 127 pages.


$22.00 

Images of American - Pomfret
Todd Langworthy
Description:  "The images used in Pomfret are from the collection of the Darwin R. Barker Museum in Fredonia, as well as from the archives of other local collectors who helped create this pictorial tribute to a truly historic community." Paperback; 127 pages


$20.00 

Images of America -Erie Canal
Erie Canal Museum, Martin Morganstein, Joan H. Cregg
Description:  "The building of the Erie Canal was the engineering marvel that unleashed the growth of the young nation that was the United States…The success of the canal spawned the growth of cities, towns, businesses and industries along its route in upstate New York. Erie Canal takes you on a ride through the heyday of the old Erie Canal." Paperback; 128 pages.


$22.00 

Images of America - Westfield
Kathleen Crocker & Jane Currie
Description:  "Westfield offers some 200 images from historical repositories and private collections, providing insight into daily life and special moments over a 175-year period beginning with Native American and French explorations." Paperback; 128 pages


$20.00 

Legendary Locals of the Chautauqua Lake Region
Erie Canal Museum, Martin Morganstein, Joan H. Cregg
Description:  "From founding families in the early 1800's to contemporary conservationists in 2011, this volume celebrates a multitude of individuals who have impacted the Chautauqua Lake region." Paperback;127 pages.


$22.00 

Abraham Lincoln the Writer
Harold Holzer
Description:  "Harold Holzer brings the power of primary sources to young readers in an illustrated volume that contains samplings of Lincoln's sage advice and an extensive chronology of his life." Civil War Book Review. Hardcover; 107 pages


$17.00 
Lincoln's Little Girl Fred Trump

$12.00 

Lincoln's Flying Spies
Gail Jarrow
Description:  "This volume presents Civil War history [the use of surveillance balloons] and highlights this extraordinary man. Photographs, drawings, reproductions, and sidebars appear on almost every page." School Library Journal. Hardcover; 107 pages


$19.00 

Lost Places of Chautauqua County
Patricia Pihl
Description:  ""Lost Places is an amazing group of stories about forgotten or never knows places throughout Chautauqua County." John Paul Wolfe, Curator CCHS. Paperback; 32 pages.


$15.00 

Mr. Lincoln's Whiskers
Karen B. Winnick
Description:  "Why did Abraham Lincoln wear a beard? "The answer may lie in a letter he received from an eleven-year-old girl named Grace Bedell. [This picture book] is the true story of the girl who helped make Abraham Lincoln's face one of the most famous in history." Paperback; 30 pages


$17.00 

Patriot Soldiers 1775-1783 The Veterans of the War for American Independence of Chautauqua County, NY Vol I & Vol II
Compiled by Frederick Ward Kates
Description:  This is a two volume set of the biographical information and burial sites of the Chautauqua County men who fought in the War for American Independence. Volume II contains additional soldiers identified between 1981 and 1987. Hardcover; Vol. I, 404 pages. Vol. II, 281 pages


$20.00 

Pierre's Hole! The Fur Trade History of Teton Valley, Idaho
Jim Hardee
Description:  "In the early 1800's, a thriving trade in furs destined for the international hat market brought trappers and increasing numbers of Indians into Idaho's Teton Basin…One of the most active centers of the Rocky Mountain fur trade, the Teton Basin provided the stage for many dynamic personalities and dramatic events of the era." Donald Mackenzie is one of the trappers mentioned. Hardcover; 389 pages.


$25.00 

Fredeck Law Olmsted's: Point Chautauqua
Edgar C. Conkling
Description:  "Point Chautauqua Book. Paperback; 137 pages.


$15.00 
Portage Trail Herbert F. Hern

$2.00 

Portrait of an American Artist-Carl Nordell
June Miller Spann
Description:  A well documented booklet of the artist including his life story and many images of his artwork. Paperback; 43 pages


$10.00 

Postcard History Series-Along Chautauqua Lake
Edgar C. Conkling
Description:  "…enjoy these postcards as you travel along Chautauqua Lake…The journey begins in the present city of Jamestown, going up the west side of the lake and following the trolley lines and steamboat stops. From the village of Mayville at the head of the lake, we will continue down the east side of the lake, returning to Jamestown…" Paperback;127 pages.


$22.00 

Prerogatives of Privilege
Edgar C. Conkling
Description:  "This is the story about New York, New England, Canada, and the early American Federation during the years of uncertainty (1795-1812). It is a tale of privilege: those who had it, and destiny: those who wanted it." Paperback; 258 pages.


$17.00 

Remembering Panama, Glimpses of the Past
Pamela A. Brown and Heather J. Schneider
Description:  "First settled in 1824, the small community became a bustling stop for stagecoaches and freight wagons that carried people and goods from New England into the western territories." This book is filled with accounts and photos of Panama's history. Paperback; 144 pages


$22.00 

Robert H. Jackson
Gail Jarrow
Description:  A book dedicated to the life of Robert H. Jackson it includes; a journey from his boyhood; to the inner circle of Roosevelt's New Deal; to the Supreme Court bench; and to chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trial. It is well documented with quotations and photos. Hardcover; 128 pages


$19.00 

Ship Ahoy-Tales of Lake Chautauqua's Great White Fleet
David A. Fuscus
Description:  "Ship Ahoy represents a rare find in the realm of historical information. It was well written by a man who lived through the greatest days of steamboating on Chautauqua Lake. The author talks about the funny, sometimes sad, events of everyday life." Booklet; 44 pages.


$5.00 

Six Against Death
Kent L. Brown, MD
Description:  "This book is about real people, all of whom knew each other as youngsters and all of whom were good friends." The book tells of six gentlemen from Westfield, their lives and their stories of WWII. Hardcover; 215 pages.


$10.00 

Sketches in the History of the Underground Railroad
Eber Pettit
Description:  "The Underground Railroad was just being distinguished by that descriptive name when James and Eber Pettit established their stations along the Lake Erie shoreline in Western New York. Written for a newspaper audience in an era when newspapers were recreation, the Sketches are highly entertaining." Paperback; 155 pages.


$13.00 
Supplement for War of 1812 Frederick Ward Kates

$9.00 

Stockton-Seen Through the Rear View Mirror
Cathryn Berndt
Description:  This well documented book covers the history of Stockton beginning in 1800. It contains a brief description of the surveying of the county and the town of Stockton. The author has included photos and information beginning with the frontier and pioneer period and continuing through the 20th century, including information on Organizations, Business and Industry, Volunteer Groups, Private Clubs and Prominent Citizens. Paperback; 215 pages


$10.00 

The Legacy-of the Farm, the Family, and Old Chautauqua
Douglas W. Houck
Description:  "Our world started changing in 1820. The change started quietly, and the change started at the edge of the wilderness in the great forests of western New York...Most people lived out their entire lives in and around the community where they were born." The Legacy contains stories filled with facts about the pioneers and events that formed the county. Paperback; 195 pages


$15.00 

The Lost Neighborhood Collection
Joan V. Cusimano Lindquist
Description:  "During the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was an ambitious urban renewal project underway in the Brooklyn Square area of Jamestown, NY, that would forever change the lives of over one hundred families." This is the story of those families. Paperback; 76 pages.


$20.00 

The Medal
Richard Galloway
Description:  "Life during and after the American Civil War was a torrent of hardship and misery. Drawing upon extensive research, Richard Galloway's novel The Medal, is an endearing and fictional account of one soldier's personal triumph through combat, POW life, slavery, personal conflicts, romance, and, most importantly, loved ones-lost and found." Paperback; 266 pages


$18.00 

The President is Shot!
Harold Holzer
Description:  "A page-turner of a text, a fascinating array of photos and archival illustrations, and an event that changed the course of history: all these elements combine in this strong, highly readable book." Booklist, starred review Hardcover; 181 pages


$18.00 

The Visionary-A Tale of Old Chautauqua, the Great Lakes & Beyond
Douglas W. Houck
Description:  "Thousands of men and a few women moved into the far western lands at the edge of the Great Lakes in the early eighteenth century. This is a tale of the time: an era marked by political intrigue, commercial exploitation, emerging technology, flourishing eroticism, and pursuit of power." Paperback; 427 pages


$24.00 

Traversing America's Grape Country
Helen G Ebersole, Fenton Historical Society
Description:  "A Personal Guide to the Eastern Lake Erie Grape Belt is an introduction and orientation to the largest grape growing region east of the states of California and Washington." Filled with history, photos, drawings, and maps of the Lake Erie grape belt. Paperback;109 pages.


$34.95 

Trolleys of Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake-A New Look
Helen G Ebersole, Fenton Historical Society
Description:  This book is a photo history of the trains and trolleys that brought people from Westfield to Mayville and then around both sides of the lake to Jamestown. Paperback;40 pages.


$20.00 

Voyages
Neil Waldman
Description:  "Thousands of men and a few women moved into the far western lands at the edge of the Great Lakes in the early eighteenth century. This is a tale of the time: an era marked by political intrigue, commercial exploitation, emerging technology, flourishing eroticism, and pursuit of power." Paperback; 427 pages


$17.00 
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