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Book Notes

Book Notes



History of Upper Arlington: A Suburb of Columbus, Ohio. By the History

Committee of the Upper Arlington Bicentennial Committee. (Columbus: Upper

Arlington Historical Society, 1977. 337p.; illustrations, notes, maps, appendices,

index.) The book was written by community residents and focuses on the history of

the fire and police departments, library, municipal, government, schools, religion,

and sports. Personal interviews, official records, newspapers, local publications,

maps, and plates were utilized in compiling the work. This well-written history

covers the years 1913 to 1976 and will appeal primarily to those interested in

Columbus history.


Frank R. Levstik



Ohio's Praise in Pictures. By William B. James. (Warren, Ohio: Showcase

Books, 1979. 95 p.; photographs, maps, index.) This illustrated book traces Ohio's

growth from colonial days to modern times. Famous Ohioans in political,

academic, military, and business professions, as well as noted landmarks

throughout the state, are introduced and discussed in well-written capsule histories

supported by excellent photographs. Of primary interest is the book's final section,

which lists prominent vacation sites and tourist attractions along with the

geographic locations. Ohio's Praise in Pictures will prove entertaining and

informative to those interested in a brief, illustrated overview of the state's history.


Robert G. Kindmark



Whitewater, Ohio. Village of Shakers, 1924-1916. Edited by Marjorie Byrnside

Burress. (Cincinnati, Ohio: 1979. 97p.; maps, photographs, index.) In this

pioneering effort, the author has attempted to draw together into one volume the

legends, folklore, and history of the Whitewater Shaker Society of Hamilton

County, Ohio.  Contemporary accounts, maps, articles, and photographs, along

with a reproduction of selected census reports, will make the book appeal to

genealogical researchers and those interested in the history of the Shaker movement.

The spiritual title of the Whitewater community was "Lonely Plain of Tribulation."

Now uninhabited and in danger of complete destruction at the hands of industrial

progress, the Lonely Plain of Tribulation receives a compelling entreaty for its

preservation and serious study by this local historian. Gleaned from a substantial

number of primary sources, this book merits broad-based attention.


Robert G. Kindmark



The Great Lakes Guidebook Lake Huron and Eastern Lake Michigan. By

George Canton. (Ann Arbor, Michigan; University of Michigan Press, 1979. 192p.;

maps, photographs, bibliography, index.) A vacation-planner and on-the-road