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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 

American Folk Art
Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center, SUNY Fredonia
Description:  Examples of American Folk Art in Chautauqua County on display at the Michael C. Rockerfeller Arts Center Gallery, State University College at Fredonia, New York, from September to October, 1976.This catalogue contains pictures of fifty-one of the 145 items in the show. Paperback; 62 pages


$10.00 

Energy and Light in Nineteenth Century Western New York
Douglas Wayne Houck
Description:  " When the Marquis de Lafayette came to Fredonia in 1825, he found the village illuminated by natural gas--the first such community in the world. While most Americans relied on candles for illumination, early settlers near Fredonia noticed bubbles that could be lighted rising from the bed of the Canadaway Creek and developed technology to collect enough to light the village. Join local author Douglas Houck as he tells the story of the first commercial developments of natural gas and petroleum products in the nineteenth century. " Paperback; 160 pgs.


$20.00 

Erie Canal Legacy - Architectural Treasures of the Empire State
Richard O. Reisem
Description:  " The 185-year-old Erie Canal (completed in 1825) comes to spectacular new life in this lavishly illustrated book. 101 cities, towns, villages, and hamlets are given individual attention with stunning color photographs. It is a memorable visual and historic tour along 363 miles of the old Erie Canal. Hardcover, 208 pgs.


$25.00 

Frederick Law Olmsted's Point Chautauqua - The Story of an Historic Lakeside Community
Edgar G. Conkling
Description:  " The Story of an Historic Lakeside Community: profiles the Chautauqua community located in Western New York State, featuring landscape designs by Frederick Law Olmsted. Paperback, 137 pgs.


$15.00 

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 in 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 in 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 

Lake Erie Lore and Legends
Douglas Wayne Houck
Description:  " Lake Erie and an elaborate system of canals provided the transportation network that created the Nineteenth Century Industrial Heartland of the United States. New York State 's Erie Canal, running from Buffalo to Albany, connected Lake Erie with the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean. . These canals were the highways of the 1830 s and 40 s. By facilitating commerce, they contributed to the industrial development of the region. Paperback, 160 pgs.


$15.00 

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 

Legendary Locals of the Chautauqua Lake Region
Kathleen Crocker and Jane Currie
Description:  " From founding families in the early 1800s to contemporary conservationists in 2011, this volume celebrates a multitude of individuals who have impacted the Chautauqua Lake region. Before the armchair traveler journeys around the lake, a sampling of historians and photographers are honored for preserving its past. Subsequent chapters showcase the lakeside communities of Mayville, Dewittville, Point Chautauqua, Maple Springs, Bemus Point, Greenhurst, Fluvanna, Jamestown, Celoron, Lakewood, Ashville, Stow, and the Chautauqua Institution. Paperback, 128 pgs.


$22.00 

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 

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 

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 (sorry Vol II Sold Out)
Compiled by Frederick Ward Kates
Description:  This is a two volume set but volume II is sold out. Contains biographical information and burial sites of the Chautauqua County men who fought in the War for American Independence. Volume II (sold out) contains additional soldiers identified between 1981 and 1987. Hardcover; Vol. I, 404 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 

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 

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 

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 

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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