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Printed copies of Government publications are made available as a public service. The price for online purchase recoups their "print-on-demand" production costs only.

 

Trade Publications
 
The Manitou Passage Story
Gene L Warner     ISBN: 0979789605
Learn about the natural and human history of the Manitou Passage, from glacier to National Park! A light, indefinitive, sometimes romantic, account written in the conversation style of Alister Cook's "America".
 
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Beautiful Glen Arbor Township
Glen Arbor Township History Group
An illustrated history of Glen Arbor Township, Michigan. Includes historical and cultural information about Glen Arbor, Glen Haven ("Sleeping Bearville"), Glen Lake, etc. Compiled by the Glen Arbor Township History Group.
 
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The South Manitou Story
Gerald E Crowner
A memoir of a young Coast Guardsman's first tour of duty as a surfman on South Manitou Island. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-rending, Crowner's charming mix of narratives and poetry is pure entertainment.
 
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Isle of View
Charles M. Anderson
The illustrated memoir authored by Charles Anderson, a South Manitou Island farm boy. His book includes a variety of information about the island's topology, its flower and fauna, the people who lived there, and what life on the island was like in the early 20th century. (This is a searchable-text reproduction, intended for research purposes only.)
 
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Government Publications
 
A Nationalized Lakeshore: The Creation and Administration of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Theodore J Karamanski
It took 21-years to pass legislation creating the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The process was not a pleasant one. Long time property owners, resorters and developers strenuously objected, and did everything they could to scuttle the proposal. For their part, government representatives were often lacked finesse, acting arrogantly and employing heavy-handed tactics to achieve what they understood as their mandate. The vitriol and suspicion that developed during those troubled times persists even today. Both sides have a story to tell, and their stories are evenhandedly presented in this well-researched illustrated history.
 
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Coming Through With Rye
Brenda Wheeler Williams, Arnold R Alanen & William H Tishler
"An historic agricultural landscape study of South Manitou Island at Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, Michigan" ... this is the definitive reference for anyone interested in the Island's agricultural resources. The illustrated study is replete with pictures, maps, diagrams, census records. Professionally compiled for the National Park Service by experts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Department of Landscape Architecture.
 
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Farming At The Water's Edge
Martha E McEnaney, William H Tishler & Arnold R Alanen
"An assessment of agricultural and cultural landscape resources in the (proposed) Port Oneida Rural Historic District at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan." The illustrated study is replete with pictures, maps, diagrams, census records. Professionally compiled for the National Park Service by experts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Department of Landscape Architecture.
 
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A Garden Apart
Susan O. Haswell & Arnold R Alanen
An Agricultural and Settlement History of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Region, Michigan. Professionally compiled for the National Park Service by experts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Department of Landscape Architecture.
 
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Tending A Comfortable Wilderness
Eric MacDonald, & Arnold R Alanen
"A History of Agricultural Landscapes on North Manitou Island, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan." Professionally compiled for the National Park Service by experts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Department of Landscape Architecture; supported by Kimberly Mann, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore; Marla McEnaney, Midwest Regional Office, National Park Service; Sherda Williams, Midwest Regional Office, National Park Service.
 
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Booklets
 
Welcome to South Manitou Island
Gene L Warner
An illustrated, pocket-size visitor's guide for South Manitou Island. For day visitors, hikers and campers, includes history, hiking and camping suggestions, what to bring, emergency information, and trail map.
 
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An illustrated, visitor's guide map for South Manitou Island ... a poster-size (18" x 24") map showing roads, trails and point of interest; suitable for framing.
 
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Discover North Manitou Island
Gene L Warner
An illustrated, pocket-size guide for North Manitou Island. For hikers and campers, includes history, hiking and camping suggestions, what to bring, emergency information, and trail map.
 
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Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Booklets
Specialized Guides for the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
 
Farms & Cabins
Kerry Kelly
An illustrated guide to farmsteads and cabins in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. These buildings represent settlements that date from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. Two clusters of farms and cabins are described, one cluster in the northern region of the Lakeshore known as the Good Harbor area, and the other is in the southern region, south of Empire to the Platte River area. Visitors are encouraged to stop and explore, to walk around these farms and cabins and let their imagination take them back a half-century or more to experience what life might have been like for the people who lived here.
 
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Geology
Kerry Kelly
The geological features of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provide spectacular scenery unique to northern Michigan. The residue of the melting glaciers of 10,000 years ago left Lake Michigan bordered by moraine bluffs, hills and swales, and serene inland lakes. As time passed, the prevailing westerly winds blew the sand out of the moraine bluffs and piled it into perched dunes to create the Sleeping Bear Dunes that we enjoy today. Learn how nature sculpted and groomed this beautiful place.
 
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Glen Haven Village
Kerry Kelly
A century and a half ago, ships provided the main mode of transportation for people and freight between major gateway cities like Chicago and Buffalo. Along the route, little port villages like Glen Haven provided essential services for maritime traffic ... a long dock out to deep water where large vessels could land, wood for fuel, a blacksmith to repair broken equipment, a general store, and a boarding house where folks waiting for the next ship could find lodging. These Great Lakes villages were essential to the shipping system of that day, and Glen Haven was one of the busiest. While most of the others have vanished, Glen Haven remains as one of the best existing examples of this type of settlement. Come and take a walking tour of this real maritime ghost town.
 
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The Manitou Islands
Kerry Kelly
The Manitou Islands are the hidden gems of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Because of the time commitment required to visit the islands, most visitors to the Park only see the islands from a distance Ė the mysterious emerald lines on the horizon. This book will introduce you to the islands and hopefully entice you to plan a trip to one or both islands to experience the beauty and seclusion inherent in island life.
 
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Lighthouses
Kerry Kelly
There is only one lighthouse remaining within the boundaries of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore today. The lighthouse on South Manitou Island is open for guided tours every day during the season. Take the short walk from the island's village to the light station and climb up the tower's spiral staircase. Imagine living here like yesteryear's light keepers, making that climb every day carrying five-gallon cans of kerosene! Then be rewarded with a splendid view of the islands and the mainland. This booklet explores the history of the island's light station, the North Manitou Island light station before it was decommissioned and ultimately claimed by the gale winds and high seas of Lake Michigan, and the several other nearby lights that facilitated navigation in the treacherous Manitou Passage.
 
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Ghost Towns
Kerry Kelly
A "ghost town" is a once thriving town that has been completely abandoned. Many of the logging or mining communities of the 1800s are ghost towns today. In the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, little evidence remains of the many little towns that were once centers of economic activity in the area but couldnít adapt to meet changing economic conditions. In some cases you may find abandoned buildings or ruins of infrastructure, as nature encroaches to erase the story of their past cultural and economic activity. Otherwise, these places are no more. Yet, they live on in the photographs and recorded memories of those who once called these little towns home.
 
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U.S. Life-Saving Service
Kerry Kelly
The men of the USLSS were dedicated to saving the lives of crew and passengers of ships in distress. They routinely put their lives in harmís way and lived by their motto: “You have to go out, but you donít have to come back.” This booklet provides a brief description of the history, procedures, and equipment of the USLSS and their role in the history of the Sleeping Bear Dunes area.
 
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Port Oneida
Kerry Kelly
The farms of the Port Oneida area are typical of the turn of the century farms throughout the Midwest. It is rare, however, to find such a large collection of older farms that are free from modern development. The district is historically significant because it conveys the land use practices, architecture and evolution of agricultural technology common to subsistence farms of the upper Great Lakes region, and has therefore been designated a Rural Historic District. Port Oneida was farmed for over 100 years; the houses and fields passed down from generation to generation. Use this booklet as your guide for an interesting driving tour, and discover Port Oneida.
 
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Pierce Stocking Drive
Kerry Kelly
The Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive is a must-do activity when visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. This 7.4 mile self-guided auto tour provides visitors with an insight to the history of the area, a sampling of the vegetative communities found within the park and spectacular overlooks of the Glen Lakes, the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lake Michigan. Its world-class vistas will introduce you to a Michigan that you may never have known existed ... the Michigan that prompted the state's motto Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you)! Use this booklet as your guide while you drive along. Pause at each one of the 12 numbered stops and learn about the area, and to get out of the car and walk to the overlooks to experience the beauty of the park.
 
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