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Books of Local Interest
THE SAGINAW TRAIL: From Native American Trail to Woodward Avenue, by Leslie Pielack (2018).
The settlement of early Oakland County, its Native Americans, African American pioneers, early tragedies, business schemes, and connections to the early Mormon church are just some of the overlooked history included in this overview of the importance of this land route in the building of Michigan. See why this book by our own Museum Director about the people and history of Woodward Avenue has five star reviews! (The History Press: 190 pages, illustrated, softbound—all proceeds go to the Birmingham Museum). She’ll even sign it at no extra charge!
THE BOOK OF BIRMINGHAM, by Jervis McMechan (1976).
A classic work that details the founding and earliest history of Birmingham into the early 20th century and beyond. McMechan assembled numerous documents and photos for this important project that is still a go-to resource for general Birmingham history. Only a limited number of copies remain in this title! (Birmingham Historical Board: 228 pages, illustrated, hardbound--all proceeds go to the Birmingham Museum).
MICHIGAN AND THE CIVIL WAR: A Great and Bloody Sacrifice, by Jack Dempsey (2011).
Michigan Historical Commissioner, historian, and the former Michigan Assistant Attorney General examines and explores the special Civil War stories and sacrifices of the Great Lakes State. Michigan soldiers answered the call to support the Union in great numbers, from famous drummer boys to heroes of the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg. (The History Press, 188 pages, illustrated, softbound-all procceds go to the Birmingham Museum)
Gift Postcard Sets
Created from our museum’s permanent collection, our "Postcards from the Museum Front" are themed sets of postcards with a special vintage vibe. They capture people, places, and aspects of Birmingham's past with a unique flair, with and without sentiments, and can be displayed or mailed via surface mail.
HOLIDAY POSTCARDS-four different designs of beautiful and quaint greetings of the season on the front (blank). Five sets of four; 20 postcards total. $15
HISTORICAL ODDITIES-four designs that will get your friends and family’s attention (blank) Five sets of four; 20 postcards total. $15
PANDEMIC POSTCARDS-fifteen different historic photos with shutdown sentiments from spring 2020. One set of each design, 15 postcards total. $15