Join us for our very first book club of 2023, featuring books that give us new insight into our Great Lakes.
Grab some lunch and join us online for a guided discussion about this month’s book. Our January selection is Floating Palaces of the Great Lakes: A History of Passenger Steamships on the Inland Seas by Joel Stone. Registered guests are not required to buy the book, but can purchase the book or our entire 2023 Book Club 3-book bundle through our Museum Store.
★ ADDED EVENT BONUS: A special thank you to Author Joel Stone who will be present for the guided discussion to answer questions and provide additional insight into his book. ★
About the Book: Through much of the nineteenth century, steam-powered ships provided one of the most reliable and comfortable transportation options in the United States, becoming a critical partner in railroad expansion and the heart of a thriving recreation industry. The aesthetic, structural, and commercial peak of the steamboat era occurred on the Great Lakes, where palatial ships created memories and livelihoods for millions while carrying passengers between the region’s major industrial ports of Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Toronto. By the mid-twentieth century, the industry was in steep decline, and today North America’s rich and entertaining steamboat heritage has been largely forgotten. In Floating Palaces of the Great Lakes, Joel Stone revisits this important era of maritime history, packed with elegance and adventure, politics and wealth, triumph and tragedy. This story of Great Lakes travelers and the beautiful floating palaces they engendered will engage historians and history buffs alike, as well as genealogists, regionalists, and researchers.
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