Author and professional genealogist Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens is a member of the Plymouth Historical Society and is the head archivist at the Plymouth Historical Museum. A retired U.S. Marine Corps officer, she is the editor of Genealogical Computing and the creator of two software programs for genealogists-Clooz and GeneWeaver.
Plymouth's First Century:: Innovators and Industryby Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens
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The year 2002 marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of Plymouth Township in Michigan Territory. The first settlers were true pioneers, carving a living out of the wilderness and working together to establish a community. Farms and farmers were the backbone of the community until after the Civil War when two railroads intersected in the Village of Plymouth. The railroads brought many opportunities to the area, and helped spread the products invented by an innovative population.
Plymouth, Michigan's First Century: Innovators and Industry contains more than 200 images from the Plymouth Historical Museum and from the collections of some of Plymouth's current residents. You'll see the township blossom from farms and mills to a cohesive community of inventors and patriots. Early images of the main business block of Plymouth Village are reminiscent of the Wild West; later images depict a vibrant community, as it remains today.
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