Looking Back at Elyria: A Midwest City at Midcentury

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Revisit your Elyria youth with your very own time-travel guide. Author Marci Rich combines journalism, historical research, and memoir to look back at midcentury Elyria. Brimming with postwar optimism and prosperity, mid-twentieth-century Elyria seemed like Camelot and was, indeed, a brief passage on a beloved president’s campaign trail. You could visit the bears at Cascade Park and play on the slides. See a movie at the Capitol Theatre and enjoy a cherry Coke at the Paradise. Run an errand for Mom at Hales Market and then walk up to the old Reefy mansion to check out a book at the library. Shop at Merthe’s and Harry’s Men’s Wear, then admire the groovy clothes at New Horizons East. Based on her award-winning articles for the Chronicle-Telegram, author Marci Rich brings you back to Elyria.
ISBN: 9781467141888
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Ohio
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 104
Pages: 224
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Marci Rich has published poetry, essays, and journalism. She has earned honors from the Academy of American Poets, BlogHer, the Huffington Post, and the Press Club of Cleveland. She twice won Best Freelance Writer in Ohio awards, in 2018 and 2019, in the Press Club’s All Ohio Excellence in Journalism competition for her local history feature series “Look Back, Elyria,” which she writes for the Chronicle-Telegram and which forms the basis of this, her first book. She started writing it in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River, Ohio, where she lived with her husband and their Cavalier King Charles spaniel. By the time she had finished, they decided to return to Lorain County. For more information, please visit www.marcirich.com.
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