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  1. Clark, Bob. Westfield, Massachusetts: Stories Carved in Stone (2008) (169 pp.)

  2. Levinson, David. African American Heritage in the Upper Housatonic Valley (2006) (230 pp.)

  3. O’Connell, Shaun. Boston: Voices and Visions (2010) (335 pp.)

  4. Warrin, Donald. So End this Day: The Portuguese in American Whaling 1765-1927 (2010) (296 pp.)

  5. Miller, Marla ed. Cultivating a Past: Essays on the History of Hadley ,Massachusetts (2009) (358 pp.)

  6. Harrison, Blake and Richard W. Judd ed. A Landscape History of New England (2011) (401 pp.)

  7. Duffy, Donald. Around Pottequadic (2011) (250)


  8. Crocker, Hannah Mather. Reminiscences & Traditions of Boston (2011) (393 pp.)

  9. Bremer, Francis J. First Founders: American Puritans and Puritanism in an Atlantic Word. (2012) (271 pp.)

  10. Melnick James Arseny. America’s Oldest Corporation and First CEO: Harvard and Henry Dunster (1609-1659)  (2008) (200pp.)

  11. Tony Williams, The Pox and the Covenant: Mather, Franklin, and the Epidemic that Changed America’s Destiny (2010) (180 pp.)

  12. Barry, John M. Roger Williams and the Creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty. (2012) (395 pp.)

  13. Thompson, Roger. From Deference to Defiance. (2012) (536 pp.)

  14. Hoberman, Michael. New Israel/ New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America (2011) (247 pp.)

  15. Benes, Peter. Meeting Houses of Early New England (2012) (400 pp.)

    1800 - 1900

  16. Bosco, Ronald and Joel Myerson (eds). Emerson: Bicentennial Essays (2009) (452 pp.)

  17. Mulderink, Earl F. New Bedford’s Civil War (2012) (298 pp.)

  18. Culkin, Kate. Harriet Hosmer: A Cultural Biography (2010) (219pp.)

  19. Capper Charles. Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life/The Public Years (2007) (520pp.)

  20. Currie, Ruth Douglas.  Emma Spaulding Bryant: Civil War Bride, Carpetbagger’s Wife, Ardent Feminist (2004) (503 pp.)

  21. De Wolfe, Elizabeth A. Domestic Broils: Shakers, Antebellum Marriage, and the Narratives of Mary and Joseph Dyer (2010) (160 pp.)

  22. Dolan, Neal. Emerson’s Liberalism (2009) (341 pp.)

  23. Groth Bobbie. The Incredible Story Of Ephraim Nute: Scandal, Bloodshed And Unitarianism On The American Frontier (2011) (387 pp.)

  24. Hale, Philip. Social and Cultural Life in Northampton in the 1860s (2010) (Pamphlet 56 pp.)

  25. Herbert L., Robert and D’Arienzo Daria. Orra White Hitchcock: An Amherst Woman of Art and Science (2011) (111 pp.)

  26. McKenzie Matthew. Clearing the Coastline: The Nineteenth-Century Ecological & Cultural Transformation of Cape Cod (2010) (179 pp.)

  27. Reid, Richard M. (editor). Practicing Medicine in a Black Regimen (2010) (282 pp.)

  28. Tolles, Bryant. Architecture and Academe: University Buildings in New England Before 1860 (175 pp. coffee table style book)

  29. Wilmers, Gertrude and Sloan, Julie. Frederic Crowninshield: A Renaissance Man in the Gilded Age (2010) (333 pp.)

  30. Faucett, Bill F.  George Whitefield Chadwick:  The Life and Music of the Pride of New England (2012) (346 pp.)

  31. Trent, James W.  The Maliest Man:  Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Ninteenth-Century American Reform (2012) (271 pp.)

    1900 - Present

  32. Weiner, Tom.  Called to Serve: Stories of Men and Women Confronted by the Vietnam War Draft (2011)  (325 pp.)

  33. Barnett, Anne Alison. Extravaganza King: Roger Barnet and Boston Music Theater (1853-1933)  (2004)  (190 pp.)

  34. Haynie, Aeron and Timothy Miller (editors). A Memoir of the New Left: The Political Autobiography of Charles A. Hayne (2009) (154 pp.)

  35. Weber, Jody. The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston (2009)

  36. Robinson, Donald. Town Meeting: Practicing Democracy in Rural New England (Ashfield, MA) (220 pp.)

  37. Peterson, T.F. Nightwork: A History of Hacks and Pranks at MIT (2011) (205 pp.)

  38. Seitz, John C. No Closure: Catholic Practice and Boston’s Parish Shutdowns (2011) (248 pp.)

  39. Clarke, Thurston. Ask Not: The Inauguration of John F. Kennedy and the Speech That Changed America. (2011) (221 pp.)

  40. Rabe, Stephen R. John F. Kennedy, World Leader (2010) (189 pp.)

  41. McAdams, John. JFK Assassination Logic (2011) (260 pp.)