Throughout the years and continuing on through today there have been many books written about Ottawa County’s people and places. Here on the Society’s Library Shelf we are providing information on books known to us along with a short description and where you may obtain a copy. We believe the more you know about Ottawa County, the more you’ll want to participate in that history by becoming a member of the Ottawa County Historical Society. Click here for membership information and an application.  We have not included in this Library Shelf publications listed on our "Shop" page (History of Ottawa County--The First 175 Years, the Page & Stage Oral Histories, etc.)  To view the Society's items for sale, please visit our "Shop" page here.

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By Category

(click on an individual topic for full book information)

People

 

Places

Elmore and Genoa

Oak Harbor

Lake Erie's Shores and Islands

Port Clinton

Put-in-Bay

 

Things

 


By Title, alphabetically

 

Elmore and Genoa, Images of America Series
By Jen Fording on behalf of the Harris-Elmore Public Library
Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC
2011

The villages of Elmore and Genoa have held a friendly rivalry since the 1860s. Though each has made its own name in Ottawa County, Ohio, both share a rich heritage that instills small-town curiosities with a strong sense of community pride. Elmore is known as being the home of Schedel Arboretum and Gardens, the headless motorcyclist ghost, the Elmore car, and professional softball pitcher Carl "Sox" Wainwright. Not to be outdone, Genoa, one of the major producers of white lime in the country, showcases world-renown artist Jan Pugh and National Register of Historic Places sites such as the Genoa Town Hall and the Old School Privy. Both area histories have boasted pioneers that tamed the Black Swamp, prosperous businesses, major transportation centers, and stories of overcoming personal tragedies. Elmore and Genoa takes readers back to a time that was simpler to see two villages grow into places where the past can come alive through the actions and memories of its people. The book is available for purchase on arcadiapublishing.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, elmorehistoricalsociety.com and the Harris-Elmore Public Library.

 


Oak Harbor, Images of America Series
By Frank Gluth, John Liske, and Richard Martin
Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC
2013

The Images of America book on Oak Harbor was written by three Oak Harbor history buffs---Frank Gluth, John Liske, and Richard Martin. It was published in 2013 and is available (or can be ordered) at any Barnes and Noble bookstore, online at Amazon.com; or through the publisher at Arcadia.com. It can also sometimes be found at local Ottawa County retail outlets and gift shops. If all else fails, contact one of the authors at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will see that you get a copy.

 

 

 

 

 


Lake Erie's Shores and Islands, Images of America Series
By John Hildebrandt and Marie Hildebrandt
Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC
2015

From Arcadia Publishing: For 150 years, people have come to rest, relax, and recharge in the area from Vermilion to Port Clinton, south to Milan, Bellevue, and Fremont, and north to Sandusky, Cedar Point, the Marblehead Peninsula, and the Lake Erie Islands. Lake Erie is the constant in this fascinating story, the natural resource that gives the region its character and charm. Quaint wineries, world-class roller coasters, amusement parks, water toboggans, indoor and outdoor water parks, lake steamers and jet boats, cottage communities, sportfishing, swimming, sailing, boating, camping, historical sites, caverns, museums, beaches, Civil War history, resort hotels, religious retreats, and natural wonders―Lake Erie’s shores and islands have a rich tourism and recreation history. The book is available for purchase on arcadiapublishing.com.

 

 

 

 


 

Port Clinton, The Peninsula, and the Bass Islands, Images of America Series
By Sally Sue Witten
Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC
2000

From Arcadia Publishing: Nestled between Toledo and Cleveland near the Sandusky Bay is a quiet lake region, a haven for vacationers and permanent residents alike. Claiming 107 miles of Lake Erie’s coastline, Eastern Ottawa County, Ohio, is home to several coastal communities, including the small city of Port Clinton, the placid land masses of the Bass Islands, and the Marblehead Peninsula, home to a popular lighthouse. The author's window into this area, however, never overlooks the labor required to create and sustain its resort attractions. We meet the train conductors, teachers, mail carriers, ice harvesters, and community leaders who helped put Ottawa County on the map. We are offered many glimpses of boats on local waterways, some delivering fish, others ferrying passengers to the island, and still others in advance of their service during war time. And we are delivered a rare view of the many buildings that sadly failed to survive the area’s catastrophic fires. This book is a living testimony to the rich and varied history of Ohio’s Lake Erie communities. Resort oasis to some, manufacturing center to others, Ottawa County’s texture and detail are brought vividly to life in this absorbing Images of America volume. The book is available for purchase at arcadiapublishing.com.

 


 

Put-in-Bay, The Construction of Perry's Monument, Images of America Series
By Jeff Kissell
Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, SC
2001

From Arcadia Publishing: "We have met the enemy and they are ours. . . ." So wrote Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry to General William Henry Harrison following his decisive victory over a British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie. Perry's victory served as a catalyst both for this battle and for ending hostilities in the Old Northwest Theater of the War of 1812. Captured here in over 200 vintage images from the Monument archives, is a pictorial and technical record of how a monument befitting this naval victory and the resulting peace became a reality. During the remainder of his life, the country heralded Perry as a national hero whose bravery and fortitude enabled the U.S. to win, or gain an honorable peace from, its war with England. A deserving result of this victory was creation of a monument to honor Perry and his men. The story of the construction of the monument is as thrilling as the bravery that inspired it-seen here are the original photographs taken by prominent Put-in-Bay photographer G. Otto Herbster, capturing the builders, architects, mishaps, and triumphs that occurred during the construction of one of Ohio's most revered treasures. The book is available for purchase at arcadiapubishing.com.