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Newsletter Subtitle: CONSOLIDATED CRAZY CRATES JP50 - JP51
Month Day Year APRIL 20, 2010


Hello Everyone,
Well, I have certainly been busy attending genealogy conferences recently, and even met some of our regular newsletter customers.  I'm glad you stopped by.
Here's a list of upcoming conferences John will be attending and he hopes to see some of you there:
April 24:
Quad Cities Genealogical Society Conference
Viking Club, Moline, Illinois
May and June:
No conferences scheduled so far.
July 10:
German Interest Group, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Whitewater, Wisconsin
August 6 - 7:
Midwestern Roots, 2010, Indianapolis Marriott East,
Indianapolis, Indiana
September 25:
Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society Seminar Lawrence Center, Lawrence, Michigan
October 16:
Louisville Genealogical Society Conference, Bear Grass Creek Church, Louisville, Kentucky
October 23:
Illinois State Genealogical Society Conference, Historic Pere Marquette Hotel, Peoria, Illinois
October 30:
Elkhart County Genealogical Society Conference, Elkhart Historical Society Museum, Bristol, Indiana
November 5 and 6:
Western Michigan Genealogical Society Seminar, (More information coming soon)
This is our last listing of consolidated crates, and I will be back next week with a whole new list of exciting titles.  I hope you find some great titles you missed when the lists first came out.  John Palmer


Crazy Crate JP50 Book 1: POLITICIANS AND THE WAR, 1914 - 1916. 
By. The Rt. Hon. Lord Beaverbrook.  London:  Oldbourne Book Co. Ltd.  1960.  556 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex-library copy with bar code, label, check-out pocket, etc.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  This book is a reprint of two volumes published many years ago.  It is an account of politics and politicians in England in the First World War.  It is not a "political history", but it is an accurate record of the events attending the reorganization of the Liberal Administration of 1915 and the formation of the First War Government drawn from all three political parties.  The fall of Prime Minister Asquith and his Coalition Government in 1916, and the rise of Lloyd George to power and fame, are all recorded in detail.  52 chapters cover the two-year period with information on Churchill, Dissensions, The Second Attempt at Coalition, Kitchener, the Fall of the Government, The First Intrigue, Friction, Gallipoli, Asquith, The Dunkirk Circus, Derby, The Nigerian Debate, Trouble in the Cabinet, Lloyd George at the War Office, the Meetings of the Triumvirate, Conservative Opposition, the Court Martial, Crossing a Prime Minister, the Tories Come in and more.  Fourteen illustrations enhance the text. The ten-page index covers over 150 major subjects with many sub-categories.  Price:  $7.50

Crazy Crate JP50 Book 2:  A HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES.  VOLUME IV:  THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE OF THE CRUSADER STATES.  Edited by Harry W. Hazard.  Madison, WI:  1977.  First printing.  414 pages plus 10 pages of addenda for volumes 1 through IV  Hardcover.  Note:  ex-library copy with bar codes, check out pocket, checkout slip, stamps, etc. The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  There is also a memorial label in the back of the front cover.  The seven chapters in this book cover art, architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaics and more during the Crusader period.  Information covers: Life among the Europeans in Palestine and Syria in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Century, Pilgrimages and Pilgrim Shrines in Palestine and Syria After 1095, Ecclesiastical Arts in the Crusader States in Palestine and Syria,  Military Architecture in the Crusader States in Palestine and Syria, the Arts in Cyprus (Ecclesiastical Art, Military Architecture),the Arts in Frankish Greece and Rhodes, and Painting and Sculpture in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1099 - 1291.  Eighteen  figures, sixty five  plates and ten maps enhance this detailed study.  Price:  $15.00
Crazy Crate JP50 Book 3:  A HISTORY OF THE CRUSADES.  VOLUME V.  THE IMPACT OF THE CRUSADES ON THE NEAR EAST.  Edited by Norman P. Zacour and Harry W. Hazard.  Madison, WI:  University of Wisconsin Press.  1985.  First Printing.  599 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex library copy with bar codes, possession stamps, labels, check-out pocket, etc.  There is also a memorial label in the book.  This volume deals less with the cry of battle and the clash of arms than with the daily affairs of the Near East and its inhabitants - Moslems, Christians and Jews - whose lives were wrenched this way and that by more than two hundred years of violence.  It is about Crusaders too, not those who came and went, but those who came and stayed.  Among much else it examines the Arab culture of the twelfth century and the lasting impact that crusading belligerence had on Moslem lands and peoples; the social structure of the crusader's states whose problems were as stubborn as they themselves were ephemeral; the long, tenacious exploitation of the eastern Mediterranean, especially by the Venetians, surely the most fortunate heirs of the crusading inheritance; and finally the new direction given to the European drive eastward by the missionaries rather than the warriors.    Ten chapters cover Arab culture in the Twelfth Century, the Impact of the Crusades on Moslem Lands, Social Classes in the Crusader States:  the Minorities, Social classes in the Latin Kingdom:  the Franks, Political and Ecclesiastical Organization of the Crusader States, Agricultural Conditions in the Crusader States, The Population of the Crusader States, the Teutonic Knights in the Crusader States,  Venice and the Crusades, and Missions to the East in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.  Four illustrations and ten maps enhance this scholarly text. The forty-seven page index covers nearly 2,000 entries.  Price:  $20.00
Crazy Crate JP50 Book 4:  MEMORIES OF WORCESTER.    GREAT BRITAIN:  True North Books, Limited.  2000.  104 pages.  Hardcover.  Worcester has a rich history and tradition that goes back to the Roman era, the days when King John ordered the building of Edgar Tower and also encompasses the Civil War days of the 1600s, when our forbears fought at the Battle of Worcester and gave shelter to the troubled "Black Boy", King Charles II.  In this book we revisit the vanished places of entertainment such as the Scala and the Public Hall and more.  We take a trip down Memory Lane and take a look at the good times, from the charabane trips made by our parents and grandparents to the pleasure steamers of old, which turned South Quay into a hive of activity.  We go on a shopping spree around stores which were destined to fall victim to road widening schemes or vanish below modern shopping complexes.  We experience again the thrills and sawdust of Bertram Mills Circus, and wonder once more at the ingeniously decorated floats at the Worcester Carnival back in the 1960s.   There were, of course, the not so good times, when the people of Worcester squared their shoulders and simply got on with life.  There were those long ago days of air-raid shelters, make-do and mend, ration books, and bananaless green-grocery stores.  And there was the roaring inferno - both seen and heard all around the city - which reduced the premises of the ironmongers J. C. Baker to blackened timbers, ash and rubble.   Six chapters cover:  "Street Scenes", "On the Move", "Events and Occasions", "At Leisure", "Shopping Spree", and "Making a  Living".   Over 125 black-and-white photographs provide us with great memories.  Price:  $10.00
Crazy Crate JP50 Book 7:  THE CHRONICLES OF THE WARS OF THE ROSES. General Editor, Elizabeth Hallam.  C. L. B. International.  1997.  320 pages.  Hardcover.  This over-sized book tells the story of the last hundred years of the dynasty founded by Henry II in 1154, when he came over from Normandy and "took possession of his hereditary kingdom."  It begins in 1377 with the accession to the throne of Richard II, and ends in 1485 with the death on Bosworth Field of the enigmatic Richard III.  Between these two dates lie 108 years of dramatic and often bloody events which furnished Shakespeare with some of his most celebrated plots.  Contemporary observers, many of whose chronicles have never been made available to the public before, describe the reigns of Henry IV, the usurper who brought the red rose of Lancaster to the throne, and his son Henry V, the famous victor of Agincourt.  Henry VI, who was driven mad by the cares of state, was deposed, and murdered in prison by the orders of Edward IV - the first Yorkist ruler, who acquired the throne through some of the bloodiest battles of the Wars of the Roses.  The chroniclers record the brief, pathetic reign of the twelve-year-old Edward V, overshadowed by his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who became the last of the Plantagenet kings.    Although treachery and violence bulk large in the accounts of these years, splendor and pageantry are never entirely absent.  To the beauties of the late Gothic age are joined the first intimations of the Renaissance culture that was to flower so magnificently under the Tudors.  Chaucer wrote the CANTERBURY TALES, and Caxton established his press at Westminster.  Nor are the common people left out of the chronicles:  rebels such as Wat Tyler, John Ball, and Jack Cade ensure that the peasants and workmen of late Plantagenet England are not forgotten.  More than 100 short essays, lavishly illustrated in color and black and white, provide background information on the people and politics, manners, mores and customs of a formative epoch in English and European history.  The book is divided into six main sections - Richard II, Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III, with each part having numerous chapters.  Thirteen maps: a genealogical chart of the Kings of England, France and Scotland;  as well as hundreds of black-and-white and color photographs enhance the text.  The five-page index covers nearly 2000 entries.    Price:  $15.00
Crazy Crate JP50 Book 14:  ENGLISH FAMILY RESEARCH.  By. J. Konrad.  Indianapolis:  Summit Publications/Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe.  Revised Edition.  1996.  65 pages.  Softcover.  Konrad begins his book by providing a listing of English monarchs before the Norman Conquest, then a listing of Monarchs from the Conquest to the present.  Charts show the listing of English counties before and after the 1974 reorganization, locations from which most immigrants came and the dates of the earliest religious records in England.   Price:  $10.00   Multiple copies are available.
Crazy Crate JP51  Book 1:  THE FIRST HEROES.  THE EXTRAORDINARY STORY OF THE DOOLITTLE RAID - AMERICA'S FIRST WORLD WAR II VICTORY.  By Craig Nelson.  New York:  Viking.  2002.  430 pages.  Hardcover.  Immediately after Japan's December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance:  a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo itself.  In those early days of World War II, the very notion of an attempt by America - which was ill prepared for any s ort of warfare - to make a direct assault on Asia's military superpower was almost inconceivable.  But FDR was not to be dissuaded, and at his bidding a squadron of scarcely-trained army fliers, led by the famous daredevil, Jimmy Doolittle, set forth on what everyone regarded as a suicide mission.  On April 18, 1942, eighty young men, most of them scarcely out of their teens, took off from a navy carrier in the mid-Pacific.  In their sixteen planes they successfully attacked Tokyo, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, and Kobe, although the mission was critically compromised when Japanese spies detected the American fleet.  Most of Doolittle's squadron ran out of gas and was forced to crash-land in enemy-occupied China, where the boys were secretly ferried by peasants to the safety of the Nationalist capital, Chungking.  Eight of the fliers were captured by Japanese patrols, confined to years of solitary imprisonment, tortured, forced to sign false confessions, and judged as war criminals.  Three were executed by firing squad:  one was starved to death.  The survivors rescued at war's end, were reduced to living skeletons, although one found God and after the war returned to Japan on a campaign of forgiveness.  Still other Raiders were interned as hostile aliens by the Soviet Union and had to be smuggled into Persia to freedom.  This raid, meanwhile, led directly to what every historian now believes was the turning point in the war against Japan.  This book is the story of this extraordinary mission, one of the most daring episodes of World War II.  Although the Doolittle Raid became the basis for the classic 1944 film ''Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo", this moment in history is surprisingly unfamiliar today.  To give these heroes their due, the author interviewed twenty of the surviving participants and researched more than forty-thousand pages of books, periodicals, and archival documents.  The fact that 90 percent of these men came home alive was little short of a miracle, as was the way their efforts revived the morale of the nation and helped convince the world that the Allies might eventually triumph.   Fifty-six photographs enhance the text.  The fourteen-page index covers nearly 1,400 entries.  Price:  $15.00
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 2:  GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS AND SOURCES.  Edited by Milton Rubincam.  Washington, D. C.  American Society of Genealogists.  2 volumes.  (volume 1:  1980.  Revised Edition.  579 pages.  Volume 2: 1983.  372 pages.   Hardcover.  These volumes were designed to help an individual conduct an intelligent search for a person or persons of the past .  For each of the areas considered, one needs to know enough of its history to understand the nature of the records created and the reasons for their creation.  These detailed books (not these copies) were used as textbooks by the National Institute on Genealogical Research, (conducted by the National Archives), and the Samford University Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (Birmingham, Alabama).  These volumes concentrate on research for states from the Atlantic Seaboard to the Mississippi River.  Each chapter is written by an authority on the subject or region.  Volume 1 contains five parts, each with several individual chapters:  Part 1)  General Considerations (Adventures in Genealogy, Interpreting Genealogical Records,  Genealogy and Chronology, The Rules of Evidence, and Preparing Genealogical Manuscripts for Publications.) Part 2) Materials for Research (Original Sources, Public Records, Institutional Records, and Secondary Materials).  Part 3:  Regional Genealogy (New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, The Westward Expansion, and Canada), Part 4:   Pre-American Ancestry (English, Nobility, England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, The Netherlands, France, Switzerland, and Scandinavia)  and Part 5)  Special Fields of Investigation:  (Heraldry, Genealogy and the Law, and a Study of Surnames.)  Volume 2 contains two parts with several chapters in each part..  Part 1) Regional Genealogy:  Migration into the Northwest Territory, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida.  Part 2) Special Studies:  (Ontario, Huguenot Migrations, Jewish Migrations, and Notes on Black Genealogical Research.)  Price:  $25.00  Multiple sets are available
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 3:  UTAH.  Photography by Floyd Holdman.  Text by Nelson Wadsworth.   Toronto:  Skyline press.  1984.  88 pages.  Hardcover.  An incredible variety of physiographic features are concentrated in the 85,000 square miles that comprise the State of Utah.  To the west, the Great Basin Province sprawls for endless miles of sage-covered deserts and intermittent, rocky peaks.  To the east, the vast chasms of the Canyonlands face the Colorado Plateau Province with their towering standing rocks and great, natural skyscrapers and eroded stone.  The mighty Colorado River and its tributaries twist their way through this maze of sedimentary sand.  To the north, and through the central axis of the states, the rugged Wasatch and Uinta Mountains loom above pristine, evergreen forests, plush green meadows and alpine canyons, in the long wide fingers of the Rocky Mountain Province.  No book about Utah can be written without telling how Brigham Young and his Mormon Pioneers looked down for the first time on their new mountain and desert home.  National parks, forests and monuments have set aside the scenic wonders and valuable resources, the historical landmarks and the natural terrain, and have kept them from private ownership.  The ghosts of colorful bandits still ride the Outlaw Trail.   88 full color photographs cover Native Americans, Zion, Bryce, and Cedar Breaks, Capital Reef and Canyonlands, sunset shores, evergreen forests, and more.  Each photograph contains a small caption.    Price:  $7.50
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 4:  BLESSED BY LIGHT.  VISIONS OF THE COLORADO PLATEAU.  Edited by Stephen Trimble.  Layton, UT:  1986.  Gibbs M. Smith, Inc. Peregrine Smith Books.  75 pages.  Hardbound.  The Colorado Plateau encompasses 130,000 square miles in southern Utah, western Colorado, northern Arizona, and northwest New Mexico.  Elevation ranges from below 2,000 to well over 12,000 feet, mostly high desert between 4,500 and 7,000 feet.  The Plateau selects its people.  If chosen, you will know.  This landscape speaks to your emotions and spirit. This coffee-table book communicates a vision of the Colorado Plateau seen through the eyes of photographers in their thirties and forties.  They came to the land for personal fulfillment - not as artists or commercial photographers.  They are park rangers, biologists, teachers, archaeologists, writers, wilderness outfitters.  Everything they know about themselves and the land is detailed in these photographs.  The common thread is light - the magical, iridescent light that happens when clear air, naked rock, and sun collide.  The book pairs thematic portfolios of photographs with the words of up to a century ago from the region's most eloquent writers.  The Colorado Plateau is threatened.  This book calls defenders to this land.   Eighty-five full color photographs explore the themes of Rock, Water, Canyons, Plateaus, Mountains, and Time.   This book was originally sold for $34.95.  Price:  $10.00
Crazy Crate JP 51 Book 5:  KNIGHTS OF THE AIR. By Ezra Bowen and the Editors of Time-Life Books  Alexandria, VA:  Time-Life Books.  1980.  First Printing.    192 pages.  Hardcover.  World War I - the Great War - the War to End All Wars - introduced new weapons of war - trench warfare, mustard gas, tanks, and flying machines.  Thousands died heroically in the trenches and in pitched battles - but it was the pilot - sometimes flamboyant, sometimes quiet - who captured the imagination of the public and became knights of the air.    Over 800 aviators from nine countries were contacted and asked to contribute to this historic volume, which contains first-hand accounts of battles and fliers.  Over 200 historic photographs, full color drawings of airplanes, uniforms,  insignias and more enhance in five chapters covering the entire war: :  1)  The Rush to a "Noble Cause",  2)  In Pursuit of the Blue Max,  3)  The Allies Ascendant,  4)  The Year of the Red Baron, and 5)  A Timely Spur to Victory.  Photographs include pilots, aerial battles, plane crashes, weapons, life between missions,
An appendix contains a list of the leading aces by nation. The four- page index covers nearly 600 entries.  Price:  $7.50
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 6:  THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE.    By Brendan Lehane and the Editors of Time-Life Books.  Alexandria, VA:  Time-Life Books.  1981.  First Printing.  176 pages.  Hardcover.  Note: stamped on inside front flyleaf "Review Copy"  The back flyleaf is  discolored along the top.   It had been a dream for nearly four centuries - ever since the New World was discovered and determined to be an impediment to reaching the Far East - China, Japan, and India.  There HAD to be a way through this new land!  This passage - a Northwest Passage - a navigable waterway just had to exist!   But survivors of long expeditions - if there were any - came back disillusioned and told of forbidding regions of extreme cold, icebergs, and desolation.  Arctic adventure became a popular literary theme and artists tried to capture its rare beauty.  Over 120 photographs, illustrations and full color paintings,   enhance this thrilling adventure of men who sacrificed their lives to find this fabled passage. The three-page index contains over 300 entries.  Price:  $7.50
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 8:  SHIP OF GOLD IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA.  by Gary Kinder.  Toronto.  Random House of Canada.  1998.  First Canadian Edition.  507 pages.  Hardcover.  In September 1857, the S. S. Central America, a side-wheel steamer carrying nearly six hundred passengers returning from the California Gold Rush, foundered in a hurricane and sank two hundred miles off the Carolina coast.  Over four hundred lives and twenty-one tons of California gold were lost.  It was the worst peacetime disaster at sea in American history, a tragedy that remained lost in legend for over a century.  In the 1980s, a young engineer from Ohio set out to do what no one, not even the United States Navy, had been able to do:  establish a working presence on the deep-ocean floor and open it to science, archaeology, history, medicine and recovery.  The SS Central America became the target of his project.  After years of intensive efforts, Tommy Thompson and the Columbus-American Discovery Group found the Central America in eight thousand feet of water, and in October 1989 they sailed into Norfolk with her recovered treasure:  gold coins, bars, nuggets, and dust, plus steamer trunks filled with period clothes, newspapers, books, journals, and even an intact cigar sealed under water for 130 years.  Now Gary Kinder tells for the first time this extraordinary tale of history, human drama, heroic rescue, scientific ingenuity, and individual courage.  This book begins with a copiously researched historical record of the disaster, rendered in chilling detail with testimony from survivors and eyewitnesses.  In a gripping narrative, the author re-creates the five days at sea in a rising hurricane and recounts the heroism of men like Captain William Herndon, the heartbreak of loss and separation for newlyweds like Addie and Ansel Easton the daring rescue of women and children by a passing brig, and the eventual sinking of the Central America.   The book then becomes a fascinating account of the efforts of Tommy Thompson, the young visionary engineer who explodes boundaries of various disciplines - oceanography, computer science, information theory, and advanced robotics - to accomplish what everyone said was impossible:  establish a working presence in the deep ocean.  This book is a testament to the human will to triumph over adversity.  It is also a great American adventure story of the opening of Earth's last frontier.    Price:  $15.00
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 10:  THE SPIRIT OF REVOLUTION IN 1789.  A STUDY OF POLITICAL OPINION AS REVEALED IN POLITICAL SONGS AND OTHER POPULAR LITERATURE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION.  By Cornwell B. Rogers.  New York:  Greenwood Press.  1969.  Reprint of 1949 edition by Princeton University Press.  363 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  ex- library copy, with bar codes, labels, etc. The check-out pocket has been torn out of the inside of the back cover.  The binding is good and the pages are clean.  The outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789 is taken by historians to symbolize the end of the ancient regime in France and the beginning in modern Europe of rule by the people.  Popular government was not at first put into practice by the Revolutionists, but its basic ideas were launched with so much official endorsement and general approval in 1789 that one is justified in attributing to that the birth of the Revolutionary spirit.  In 1789, Frenchmen projected a new order of society, in which economic, political, and religious enthusiasm blended in a common set of purposes.  The end of the old regime was proclaimed in that year, but at first reform was relatively moderate.  The men of 1789 still took for granted the continuance of monarchy;  hoped to preserve peace abroad; foresaw no terror at home;  abhorred such dictatorial methods as Robespierre later used;  and extolled popular government  only in abstract terms, believing that actual control belonged in the hands of the bourgeois class.   Twelve chapters, cover:  France on the Eve, The Dawn of a Golden Day, The Triumph of the Third Estate, The Dual Leadership of Louis and Necker, The Capture of the Bastille, the Influence of "Sensibilite", New Order or Disorder?, Capture of the King, Finances and the Faith, The New Nationalism,  The Aristocrats and the Patriots, and Conclusion.  Five bibliographies are covered: A New Catalog of the Political Songs of 1789, Publications in Which the Political Songs of 1789 Appeared; Songs and Song Materials of the French Revolution Other than Those of 1789; Guides; Documentary Collections; and Primary Sources Other Than Those Containing Songs; and   Secondary Works. Three appendices cover A Critique of the Catalog of Constant Pierre, in Respect to 1789, Note on the Histoire Chantee de la Premiere Republique, by Louis Damade, Paris, 1892; Note on the songs of T. Rousseau.  The eleven-page index covers over 800 entries.  Price:  $7.50
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 11:   TWO BOOKS ON THE GREAT LAKES:    1) LAKE MICHIGAN SHORE.  POEMS BY JOAN MCINTOSH.  Indianapolis:  Writers' Center Press.  1997. 96 pages.  Softcover.  The author was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from Beloit College.  She has lived in several locations within the United States.  These 66 poems explore a number of themes.  They quietly explode into the reader's veins the way Emily Dickinson poems do; sly, slanted, loaded with the unexpected, but in a style all her own, and deceptively subtle.  Though the poems are based in her memories, the daily year-by-year ones, they relate to all of us.  The author has an amazing ability to find magic in the mundane.  Hers is the keen eye that can take a seemingly ordinary event - reading an atlas, remembering a summer house, hearing an old woman sing in a nursing home - and lead the reader into sudden epiphanies of a world that is "song and slither and sting."  Some are indignant at society's failures, some stare straight into mortality's eye, but again and again, McIntosh's humor bubbles up to delight us and catch us by surprise.   2) TALES OF THE GREAT LAKES.  STORIES FROM ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, AND WISCONSIN.  Secaucus, NJ:  Castle, a division of Book Sales, Inc. 1986.   474 pages.  Hardcover.  Note:  This is an ex-library copy, with labels and stamps.  The binding is tight and the pages are clean.  This book reprints 34 articles from magazines and other sources published between 1875 and 1909.  Articles cover Chicago, the Workers of the Great Lakes, The Wisconsin Lakes, the City of Minneapolis, Jack Boyd, Master Riverman, the last Wolverine, Across the Mesaba, Yachting on the Great Lakes, Chicago's Great River Harbor, Fishing and Hunting in the Northwest, the Story of a Copper Mine, The Chicago Athletic Club, On the Little Bull Rapids, Following Deer Trails in Northwestern Woods, the Skeleton on Round Island, Treed by Wolves, the First Families of Chicago and more.  Price for the set:    $12.00
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 12:  THE GARDENS OF SALEM.  THE LANDSCAPE HISTORY OF A MORAVIAN TOWN IN NORTH CAROLINA.  by Darrell Spencer. Photographs of the Gardens by Virginia R. Weiler.  Winston-Salem, NC:  Old Salem, Inc. 1997.  92 pages.  Softcover.  Old Salem is the best-documented historic landscape in the United States.  Quietly nestled near Winston-Salem's urban center, the historical town of Salem strikes a stark contrast to the high-rise cityscape that forms its unlikely backdrop.  Red clay tiled roots supported by sturdy half-timbered walls and handmade brick bear silent testimony to the unique community of people who laid the foundation for the modern city that grew up less than a mile from the heart of the original town.  While Salem's Moravian founders were busy erecting the distinctive Germanic buildings and fashioning the handmade objects for which they were widely noted, they were also constructing a landscape according to their own cultural and individual requirements of utility and beauty.  The Moravians' relationship to the land, as reflected through their town planning, land use, and gardens, reveals a great deal to the modern observer about the values and sensibilities of this quiet people.  What makes a historic landscape?  Why is landscape important to historic restoration?  What tools does a landscape historian use?  Nowhere can these questions be better answered than at Old Salem, a restored Moravian town in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Its restoration of utilitarian and ornamental gardens has been guided by the richest - and earliest -documentation of colonial gardens in the United States.  Using eighteenth and early nineteenth century garden plans, plant lists, and gardening practices as described in diaries, correspondence, and other records, this book tells the story of how the early Moravian settlers combined science and practicality with a sense of beauty to shape the landscape around them.  It will be appreciated by landscape historians and gardening enthusiasts alike.  Price:  $7.50
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 13:  JAMES MADISON AND THE SEARCH FOR NATIONHOOD.  By Robert A. Rutland. Conover Hunt Jones and Kym S. Rice - Guest Curators.  Washington, D. C.:  The Library of Congress.  1981.     174 pages.  Hardcover.  Note: ex-library copy, with bar codes, check-out pockets, labels, etc.  This coffee-table size book is published in conjunction with the inaugural exhibit held in the James Madison Memorial Building.  Jefferson once called James Madison "the greatest man in the world."   Whether true or not, Madison has become one of the most underestimated national figures and one of the most underrated presidents.  This book presents a revealing portrait of our fourth president and of his persistent efforts during the formative years of the American republic to establish individual liberty and a national union.  The author traces Madison's political career from the family plantation in Orange County, Virginia, to the White House.  He tells of the quiet influence Madison exerted over his colleagues at the Virginia Convention and later at the Constitutional Convention and of the learning that lay behind Madison's persuasive powers.  He tells, too, of Madison's difficulties as Secretary of State for the emerging nation and as President during the War of 1812.
The book is divided into three sections:  "The Virginia Heritage" describes Madison's early years and the beginning of his political career among an extraordinary group of Virginians;  "From Confederation to Union" shows Madison working for that goal or federal union which earned him the designation,"Father of the Constitution"; and "The Emergence of Nationhood", the War of 1812, from which America emerged as a strong and unified nation.  Each section is accompanied by a remarkable arrangement of graphic material that vivifies the story - paintings, engravings, cartoons, newspaper notices, letters, and maps selected by Conover Hunt Jones and Kym S. Rice from the collections of the Library of Congress and from other institutions.   James Madison understood, perhaps better than any of the great men of his time, the dangers of political faction and sectional rivalry.  To the end of his days, he worked and argued for a strong union of states which guaranteed the rights and liberties of individual citizens and encouraged the advancement of knowledge and learning.  There are one hundred fifty black-and-white illustrations and thirty in color.  Price:  $7.50
Crazy Crate JP51 Book 14:  THE STALNAKER FAMILY CHRONICLES.  Issues one through six.  (October 1978 through January 1980.)  Huttonville, WV.  Six loose issues.   Note:  the last four pages of issue no. 1 are missing.  These eight page newsletters provide information on family reunions, historical sketches of the Stalnaker family members, birthdays of current members, etc.  No long articles.   Each issue usually contains about six black-and-white photographs.  Price:  $5.00

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