Book Highlights the Histories of Rochester and Rochester Hills

A FAIR PAIR


Published:

Outsiders have a history of saying questionable things about metro Detroit. Remember when Rush Limbaugh claimed the basketball brawl at The Palace made us “New Fallujah, USA”? Or when Glenn Beck compared us to Hiroshima after the bomb? And what about the time Ohio Gov. Edward Tiffin claimed Rochester was worthless because it was “a poor, barren, sandy land”?

If that last dig doesn’t sound familiar, it’s because no one has thought it for nearly 200 years. But if you go back far enough in Rochester’s history — before Oakland University, before Meadow Brook, before tree-lined roads and quaint downtown shops — you’ll discover that statement to be the public’s understanding of the land sitting 30 miles north of Detroit.

 

Meadow Brook photograph reprinted with permission from Rochester and Rochester Hills, By Meridith Long and Madelyn Rzadkowolski. Available from the publisher online at www.arcadiapublishing.com or by calling 888-313-2665.

Rochester and Rochester Hills (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99), the newest installment in the company’s Images of America series, goes back to that era of unsettled land, sending readers to 1817, when settler James Graham founded Rochester and challenged that notion about the topography. Meadow Brook Hall curators Meredith Long and Madelyn Rzadkowolski rounded up more than 200 vintage photographs and let the images do most of the talking, choosing to sparsely add supplemental stories, names, and dates to accompany the visuals. 

Rochester and Rochester Hills are communities with daunting breadth. It’s impressive that Long and Rzadkowolski were able to cover Oakland University, high-school football, the birth of the UAW, the Dodge family, and the founding of Leader Dogs in just 126 pages (almost all of which are photo heavy). The book is short enough to help you pass an afternoon, but rich enough to demand it not merely collect dust on your coffee table.

Edit Module
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

The Way It Was

1956, Hudson's Northland in Southfield

An Hour with ... Ricki Friedman

Founder, Break the Weight

Meet the Makers: Tait Design Co.

How an after-work hobby ascended to a booming business

Pick Your Performance

In its 202-year history, the German story of The Nutcracker has been translated and reimagined so many times, there now exists a production for all. Here, a few renditions coming to metro Detroit.

Legal Practice

A historic playhouse in Detroit teaches local lawyers how to get into character
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Makings of the Shinola Hotel
    When the Detroit brand’s first foray into hospitality opens its doors, it’ll offer customers...
  2. My Two Christmases
    An Armenian-Iranian, Detroit-based writer reflects on transposing the holiday across continents
  3. The Sincere Storyteller
    Broadway fans will soon learn, playwright Dominique Morisseau’s work is unapologetically Detroit
  4. An Hour with ... Carmen Harlan
    Broadcast journalist and founder of the Carmen Harlan Collection
  5. New Year’s Eve, Brooklyn Style
    Tips for celebrating 2019 from the pros at Brooklyn Outdoor
  6. Hour Detroit and Detroit Home’s Downtown Living Tour 2018
    Hour Detroit and Detroit Home’s third annual Downtown Living Tour took place September 7th-9th....
  7. God-Given Talent
    A local choir sings its way to live television
  8. Cocktail Recipe: Toddy Incarnata
  9. Main Review: SheWolf
    Born in Detroit but inspired by Rome, SheWolf takes diners on a culinary journey
  10. Comeback Catering
    Dish, in Detroit, pushes through hard times with consistently delicious food