Front cover image for Kalamazoo, the place behind the products : an illustrated history

Kalamazoo, the place behind the products : an illustrated history

The interesting, ignored and often times forgotten aspects of the history of Kalamazoo, Michigan spring to life in this richly illustrated work. Larry B. Massie and Peter J. Schmitt provide a unique perspective in this volume dedicated to the history of Kalamazoo. Known for the Upjohn Company and its miraculous medical creations, celery, the first pedestrian mall in the United States and for its institutions of higer learning, Kalamazoo was home to many other industries and individuals. Kalamazoo produced everything from cars to carriages, cigars to stoves, paper to plastic and corsets to caskets. The use of historical timelines, advertising materials, artwork, photos, letters, journals, government documents and other ephemera allow the reader to travel back in time and experience life in Kalamazoo as it unfolded. The authors bring the earliest pioneer stories and spirit to life as well as the current development and future of Kalamazoo. As an alumnus of Western Michigan University with a degree in Public History and a Kalamazoo area native, I am pleased to recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the historical, social, cultural and political development of midwestern towns. After reading this volume, enjoying its eye pleasing layout and diverse illustrations you will come to believe the popular slogan "Yes! There Really is a Kalamazoo!"
Print Book, English, 1998
American Historical Press, Sun Valley, Calif., 1998
296 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 29 cm
9780965475488, 0965475484