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Featuring Michigan Authors:

                                        Ms. Janet Seaman

Once Upon A River
Once Upon A River:  A Children's History of Niles
is especially for younger readers and was edited by a special committee of the Niles History Center and the Niles District Library.

Indian Trails and Silver Rails:  the Complete Historical Mural from the Niles-Buchanan YMCA




Niles 1929 Centennial Booklet

The Niles Centennial Book was published in August, 1929 and offers an overview of the City's history from its inception in 1829 to its 100th birthday in 1929.  The Niles History Center offers the final batch of original Centennial Books in the Museum.  Click on the book's photo to see pages from the book. 





                                        Dr. Michael Nassaney 

The North American fur trade left an enduring material legacy of the complex interactions between natives and Europeans. From the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, the demand for pelts and skins transformed America, helping to fuel the Age of Discovery and, later, Manifest Destiny.
By synthesizing its social, economic, and ideological effects, Michael Nassaney reveals how this extractive economy impacted the settlement and exploitation of North America. Examinations of the objects made, used, and discarded in the course of the fur trade provide insight into the relationships between participants and their life ways. Furthermore, Nassaney shows how the ways in which exchange was conducted, resisted, and transformed to suit various needs left an indelible imprint upon the American psyche, particularly in the way the fur trade has been remembered and commemorated.

Including research from historical archaeologists and a case study of the Fort St. Joseph trading post in Michigan, this innovative work highlights the fur trade’s role in the settlement of the continent, its impact on social relations, and how its study can lead to a better understanding of the American experience.