The American Chronicles history book series narrates American life through historical vignettes and historical society newsletters. Discover where the Declaration of Independence was hidden in Arlington County, then visit the forgotten battlefields of the Civil War in Fairfax. Stroll back in time to the Gilded Age of Cleveland’s Millionaires’ Row, visit the first movie studios in Culver City, and then stop by old San Francisco, where Fisherman’s Wharf is one cable car ride away. From the hidden film sets of Brooklyn to the Texas Panhandle, these books of history chronicles a community’s past and connects it to the present. [View All American Chronicles books]
After its founding in 1821, Columbus endured the hardships of early settlement and the tumult of the Civil War to enjoy years of prosperity while also weathering some hard times. Through it all, the city developed into the beloved homeplace residents are proud of today. Rufus Ward has been a diligent steward of the region's history, and his popular "Ask Rufus" column stands as proof. This new collection presents some of his best historical tales. Taken together, these stories cover the breadth of the city's history and capture the essence of the region's heritage. What Native American tribes once called east Mississippi home? What are the oldest surviving houses in Columbus? What Columbus family provided Eudora Welty with her favorite mint julep recipe? "Ask Rufus."