History Books

The Powhatan Indians of Virginia: Their Traditional Culture

By Helen C. Rountree

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The author, a professor of anthropology at Old Dominion University, brings together archaeological studies and first-hand accounts from settlers to give a recounting of this people's culture and how it changed with the coming of the Europeans.

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Powhatan's Mantle: Indians in the Colonial Southeast

By Gregory A. Waselkov, Peter H. Wood, and Tom Hatley

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Considered a classic study of southeastern Indians, Powhatan’s Mantle demonstrates how ethnohistory, demography, archaeology, anthropology, and cartography can be brought together in fresh and meaningful ways to illuminate life in the early South. In a series of provocative original essays, a dozen leading scholars show how diverse Native Americans interacted with newcomers from Europe and Africa during the three hundred years of dramatic change beginning in the early sixteenth century.
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Virginia in Maps: Four Centuries of Settlement, Growth, and Development

By Richard W. Stephenson and Marianne M. McKee

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Virginia's long and rich history is documented by thousands of maps that trace the discovery, settlement, expansion, and growth of the commonwealth, yet no comprehensive atlas of the entire state has ever been published. Virginia in Maps fills that void, providing access to more than 200 color images of the most important maps of the colony and of the state in a single, large-format volume. The atlas's five essays by leading cartographic scholars will make it an essential reference and educational tool.
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Battling for Manassas: The Fifty-Year Preservation Struggle at Manassas National Battlefield Park

By Joan M. Zenzen

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This is the story of how one American Civil War site has garnered national attention and taught Americans lessons about the future of historic preservation. It covers the earliest moves to create the Manassas Battlefield Park up to the struggle to prevent the Disney site nearby.
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Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservation Work of the Garden Club of Virginia, 1975-2007

By Margaret Page Bemiss

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"For more than seventy-five years, The Garden Club of Virginia has undertaken garden research and preservation work at numerous historic sites across the Old Dominion, restoring and creating beautiful landscapes for the education and enjoyment of all, from backyard gardeners to design professionals. Historic Virginia Gardens documents in breathtaking fashion this important contribution to the Commonwealth's botanical and architectural heritage. Picking up where an earlier volume, dedicated to the period from 1930 to 1975, left off, this new book brings the Club's work from the period 1975 to 2007 to life through a graceful and informative text by Margaret Page Bemiss, a host of historical and contemporary drawings, extensive native and heritage plant lists, and 125 splendid new color photographs from the award-winning garden photographer Roger Foley."
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Caring for Your Historic House

By Heritage Preservation and the National Park Service

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"Leading preservationists provide expert advice, illustrated with photographs and explanatory line drawings, on every aspect of the subject, including: -- structural systems, roofs, and windows-- masonry, woodwork, plaster, paint, and wallpapers-- mechanical and electrical systems-- kitchens and bathrooms-- landscaping-- fire protection, insurance appraisals, and tax and estate planning-- developing and carrying out a maintenance plan-- identifying appropriate materials and procedures for repair-- determining if professional help is needed, and choosing the best help available."
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Fabrics for Historic Buildings: A Guide to Selecting Reproduction Fabrics

By Jane C. Nylander

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Explains how to choose, buy and install the correct fabrics for historic interiors, including furniture and draperies. Has a unique catalog of more than 600 fabric types and patterns and a chapter on 20th-century fabrics.

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Of Houses & Time: Personal Histories of America's National Trust Properties

By William Seale

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A look at three centuries of life in America through 17 very different houses--all properties of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Includes true tales of the people who built and occupied the homes, creating a highly original and informative book. With a pictorial time-line of the 17 Trust properties. 200 illustrations, including 125 in full color.

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Saving America's Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation

By Samuel N. Stokes with A. Elizabeth Watson

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What with shopping malls and subdivisions going up all around, the need for this community action guide from the National Trust for Historic Preservation has not abated in the twenty years since its publication.

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Masonry: How to Care for Old and Historic Brick and Stone

By Mark London

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A practical guide to caring for older brick and stone work. Part of Preservation Press' Respectful Rehabilitation series.

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