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Weston (CT) (Images of America)

Kathleen Saluk Failla

The lives of Weston's settlers from the late seventeenth century on are linked with those of Native Americans who trod the rugged wilderness before them. Today, the memory of the settlers and native people lives on in the special character of this independent town that was once part of Fairfield. Weston has long attracted a diverse group-celebrated actors, artists, authors, business executives, and media professionals-who have blended easily with farmers and craftsmen. All of them share an appreciation for the natural beauty of Weston's bogs, streams, and hilly woodlands. Through pictures, Weston tells the history of the town and the people who have loved it.

Weston (Images of America)

Lee Marsh

Established in 1713 as a Puritan town, Weston, Massachusetts, has been a center of farming, industry, estates, and now, suburban life. Weston traces the changes in the city from the colonial period into the 20th century, with emphasis on the developments of the Progressive era (1900–1920), a time in which the area’s most admirable features were established. At the turn of the century,Weston was a community enjoying peace and prosperity while addressing the changes brought about by the transportation and industrial revolutions. Roads and railroads connected Weston to the greater Boston area, and the Hews Pottery, Hobbs Tannery, and Hastings Organ Factory gave the town some experience with the effects of the industrial revolution. Industry virtually disappeared from the town by 1935, but during the “estate era,” which lasted from the 1880s to the 1950s, estates and land were sold to build housing for the new suburbanites. Photographs from the Weston Historical Society as well as private sources illustrate the changes in town life and landscapes; memoirs from residents and the “Weston Column” of the Waltham Free Press tell the story of a community that has maintained its independent and unique character for more than 200 years.

Canines of New York

Heather Weston

For people who love dogs and New York, this is a visual celebration of the vibrant dog community of New York City, CANINES OF NEW YORK collects more than 500 photographs taken by acclaimed Brooklyn-based photographer Heather Weston in every borough of this dog-loving city.Heather’s talent for capturing the individual personalities of these urban pooches is rivaled only by her ability to convey the essence of a dog’s life in the city, from canine commuters riding the Staten Island Ferry to regulars meeting at a Soho dog park to working dogs with jobs in the city. New York enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a dog-friendly town, and this eclectic and adorable pack of metropolitan mutts will please fans of both dogs and the city.  Each dog is presented in one or more photographic portraits, with name, breed, and occasional comments from the dog’s human companion. 

Mountain Man: John Colter, the Lewis & Clark Expedition, and the Call of the American West (American Grit)

David Weston Marshall

The extraordinary life of Lewis & Clark's right-hand manIn 1804, John Colter set out with Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on the first U.S. expedition to traverse the North American continent. During the twenty-eight month ordeal, Colter served as a hunter and scout, and honed his survival skills on the western frontier. But when the journey was over, Colter stayed behind, spending four more years trekking alone through dangerous and unfamiliar territory. Along the way, he charted some of the West's most treasured landmarks.Historian David W. Marshall crafts this captivating history from Colter's primary sources, and has retraced Colter's steps―seeing what he saw, hearing what he heard, and experiencing firsthand how he and his contemporaries survived in the wilderness (how they pitched a shelter, built a fire, followed a trail, and forded a stream)―adding a powerful layer of authority and detail.The American Grit series brings you true tales of endurance, survival, and ingenuity from the annals of American history. These books focus on the trials of remarkable individuals with an emphasis on rich primary source material and artwork.50 b&w photographs

Daily Warm-Ups: Geography Level I (Daily Warm-Ups Social Studies)

J. Weston Walch

Turning idle time into learning time, this ready-to-use resource provides 180 quick questions on U.S. and world geography. Useful as mental warm-ups at the start of a class, time fillers at class's end, or transitions in the middle, all questions are geared to national geography standards and range from simple recall to questions that demand critical thought and research. Grades 5-8. Answer key. JWW125.

Castro Valley (CA) (Images of America)

Lucille Lorge

An officer in the Mexican army bequeathed his name to the crescent-shaped basin once known as Castro’s Valley. Driven to ruin by squatters, drought, and gambling debts, he sold a portion of his cattle ranch to Methodist minister Zachariah Hughes, who built a church and school in what is now Crow Canyon. The one-room, redwood school Hughes christened Eden Vale educated about 50 children until a group from the burgeoning town to the south, “Hayward’s,” stole it by wagon in the dead of night. Undaunted, Castro Valley, delineated from its now friendly neighbors by hills, Lake Chabot, and an independent spirit, built and fully supported its own Redwood School. It has now developed into one of the most populous unincorporated areas in the United States.

Tiffin (Images of America)

Keith Elchert

Tiffin may be most well known because of the devastation caused by the flood of 1913; the flood took the lives of 19 people in a disaster that literally reshaped the city. But, it is defined by so much more than tragedy. Tiffin--named after Ohio's first governor, Edward Tiffin--was first settled in 1817. The seat of Seneca County has been home to businesses of wide renown: Tiffin Glass, National Machinery, and Ballreich's Potato Chips, among others. Tiffin's institutions of higher learning, Heidelberg and Tiffin Universities, and its strong public and parochial school systems reflect a deep commitment to education among the city's residents. Historic figures like Charles Dickens and Thomas Edison, as well as local luminaries such as Josiah Hedges and Gen. William Harvey Gibson, have played a part in forging Tiffin's history.

The Ringtone and the Drum: Travels in the World's Poorest Countries

Mark Weston

Tucked away in a remote, volatile part of West Africa, Sierra Leone, Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso, three of the world's poorest countries, are in the throes of great upheaval. Globalization has shown their people that a more comfortable life is possible, but as they strive to attain it, climate change, the population boom, the tyrants of the old guard and the firm grip of tradition block their way. The clash between old and new is explosive: civil wars erupt without warning, with drugged up rebels fighting over blood diamonds, gold or a humble bowl of rice; Al Qaeda has infiltrated Burkina Faso and threatens to extend its jihad across the region; Colombian drug gangs have overrun Guinea-Bissau; and Christian and Muslim fanatics battle for African souls, preparing their converts for Armageddon. In The Ringtone and the Drum, Mark Weston dives into this maelstrom. In an often-unsettling adventure, he travels around the three countries and immerses himself in local life. Combining the remarkable stories of those he meets with his deep knowledge of Africa's development, the book sheds new light on a neglected but increasingly important corner of the globe.

Weston County (Images of America)

Shelly Ritthaler

Tucked in the northeast corner of Wyoming against the Black Hills is Weston County. The county has served as a gateway, byway, and way of life and living. In the beginning, it was home to dinosaurs and volcanoes. Nomadic Indians then wandered through, leaving signs of their passing, and the great Sioux Indian Nations held this land dear. Finally, the area was seen as a place to settle, since the mineral-rich land and rolling grasslands provided an economic backdrop for people to stay and build a home for their families. Today, Weston County people are as diverse as this magnificent land of rugged timber that flows into sagebrush and short-grass prairies.

Walk of Ages: Edward Payson Weston's Extraordinary 1909 Trek Across America

Jim Reisler

On his seventieth birthday in 1909, a slim man with a shock of white hair, a walrus mustache, and a spring in his step faced west from Park Row in Manhattan and started walking. By the time Edward Payson Weston was finished, he was in San Francisco, having trekked 3,895 miles in 104 days.

Weston’s first epic walk across America transcended sport. He was “everyman” in a stirring battle against the elements and exhaustion, tramping along at the pace of someone decades younger. Having long been America’s greatest pedestrian, he was attempting the most ambitious and physically taxing walk of his career. He walked most of the way alone when the car that he hired to follow him kept breaking down, and he often had to rest without adequate food or shelter. That Weston made it is one of the truly great but forgotten sports feats of all time. Thanks in large part to his daily dispatches of his travails—from blizzards to intense heat, rutted roads, bad shoes, and illness—Weston’s trek became a wonder of the ages and attracted international headlines to the sport called “pedestrianism.”

Aided by long-buried archival information, colorful biographical details, and Weston’s diary entries, Walk of Ages is more than a book about a man going for a walk. It is an epic tale of beating the odds and a penetrating look at a vanished time in America.

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