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                                  of Indian Nations of Wisconsin

About the Author                  IN MAY the Wisconsin Historical Society Press         discussions of urban Indians and the Brothertown
                                  released an updated version of its best-selling book  Indian Nation. Additionally, the revised edition
Patty Loew is an enrolled member  on Wisconsin’s American Indian communities —          features two new forewords — written by Paul
of the Bad R iver Band of Lake    Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance   DeMain, editor of News From Indian Country,
Superior Ojibwe and a recipient   and Renewal by Patty Loew. From origin stories        and J.P. Leary, assistant professor of Humanistic
of the Outstanding Service Award  to contemporary struggles over treaty rights and      Studies-First Nation Studies at the University of
of the Great Lakes Intertribal    sovereignty issues, the book includes compact         Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Council.                          tribal histories of the Ojibwe, Potawatomi,
                                  Oneida, Menominee, Mohican, Ho-Chunk and                 Elders and tribal historians in each of the
                                  Brothertown tribes. Maps and more than 140            Native communities participated in the book’s
                                  photographs lavishly illustrate the book.             development. The author also focused her
                                                                                        research on oral tradition — stories, songs, the
                                     The revised edition includes contemporary          recorded words of Indian treaty negotiators and
                                  historical events and initiatives of the 21st         interviews — along with other untapped Native
                                  century, covering the economic, social and            sources, such as tribal newspapers, to present a
                                  environmental advancements of the Native              distinctly different view of history. For more
                                  communities. The book devotes new chapters to         information, visit •

                                  Visit a ‘Superior Place’ ‘Something for Everyone’

                                  The city of Bay field on Lake Superior is             Beginning in the 1890s, the Lauerman
                                  one of Wisconsin’s smallest cities — and one of       brothers offered “Something for Everyone” at a
                                  its most popular visitor destinations. The new        chain of Northeastern Wisconsin general stores,
                                  Wisconsin Historical Society Press book, This         which began in the lumber-boom town of
                                  Superior Place: Stories of Bayfield and the Apostle   Marinette. Thanks to the brothers’ devotion to
                                  Islands by Dennis McCann, details why the             offering diverse merchandise, superior customer
                                  Bayfield region’s spectacular vistas, rich history    service and employee loyalty, the store was a lively
                                  and unique culture have drawn tourists and            and vital part of communities from Sheboygan
                                  residents for generations.                            to Shawano and from Iowa to Michigan’s Upper
                                                                                        Peninsula for nearly 100 years.
                                     An abundance of both historical and
                                  contemporary images helps McCann paint a                 In the new Wisconsin Historical Society
                                  picture of what he calls “a community where           Press book, Something for Everyone: Memories
                                  the past was layered with good times and down         of Lauerman Brothers Department Store, author
                                  times, where natural beauty was the one resource      Michael Leannah, a one-time Lauerman
                                  that could not be exhausted by the hand of man,       employee, details the history of the brothers’
                                  and where history is ever present.”                   enterprise and takes readers on a nostalgic tour of
                                                                                        the Lauerman Brothers Department Store’s most
                                     This Superior Place wanders through significant    memorable and delightful features, from the
                                  eras in Bayfield and Apostle Island history,          plethora of merchandise offered and the record-
                                  covering lumbering, quarrying, commercial             listening booths to the famous “frosted malt” ice
                                  fishing and the advent of the orchards visitors       cream cones.
                                  see today. The book also includes chapters on the
                                  Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Madeline             As it brings to life the people who worked
                                  Island, and the nearby Red Cliff Ojibwe               and shopped at Lauermans, Something for
                                  community. Colorful stories from the past,            Everyone tells the larger story of the golden age
                                  written in McCann’s casual, humorous style, give      of department stores in the United States and
                                  a sense of the unique characters and events that      transports readers back to their own favorite
                                  have shaped this charming city on the lake.           shopping destinations.

                                     For more information, visit                For more information, visit
                                  /NewPressBooks. •                                     /NewPressBooks. •

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