Michigan

Vernor’s 150th Anniversary

by Kasie Pleiness June 6, 2016

Vernor’s Ginger Ale celebrates its 150th anniversary this week. Created in 1866 by James Vernor, Vernor’s was first introduced in a drugstore in Detroit. The Michigan made ginger ale spread from city to city through the sale of bottling franchises, but was not distributed nationally until the 1960s. Vernor’s is the oldest continuously produced soda pop in the United States, preceding Coke, Pepsi, Hires, and Faygo. On June 11, the Vernor’s Ginger Ale Collector’s Club will be hosting a 150th Anniversary Party at the Detroit Historical Museum. The event will feature a presentation on the history of the soda pop, […]

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“Making Waves” is a 2016 Michigan Notable Book!

by Sam Killian January 4, 2016

The Press would like to congratulate Scott Peters, whose book “Making Waves” was one of 20 titles chosen as a 2016 Michigan Notable Book! Michigan Notable Books highlights exceptional “Michigan books” published in 2015 that bring attention to Michigan authors and topics. Each year the MNB list features 20 books, published the previous calendar year, which are about or set in Michigan or the Great Lakes region, or are written by a Michigan author. Selections include nonfiction and fiction books that appeal to a variety of audiences and cover various topics and issues close to the hearts of Michigan residents. MNB […]

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Throwback Thursday: 102 Years of Michigan Trees

by Kasie Pleiness November 12, 2015

Michigan Trees: A Guide to the Trees of the Great Lakes Region is the must-have reference book for anyone who wants to learn about the trees of this unique North American region. The first edition of Michigan Trees was published in 1913 and preceded the University of Michigan Press by 17 years. After the Press was founded, a second edition was released under our imprint in 1931. New editions have been released every 20 or so years since then, appearing in 1954, 1972, 1981, and most recently, in 2004. While previous editions of the book had focused on identification, the […]

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Michigan’s Extreme Weather

by Kasie Pleiness August 6, 2015

Left without power by a large storm that rolled through Michigan late Sunday night, I found myself in a dark and increasingly humid house. Having spent Sunday afternoon kayaking the Huron, it struck me how suddenly the weather had turned. When Monday morning rolled around, I was still power-less, yet neither the sky nor the temperature showed any indication of the previous night’s storm. If you grew up in the state of Michigan, you’re no stranger to the joke “Don’t like the weather in Michigan? Wait ten minutes.” You’ve heard horror stories about lake effect snow in West Michigan and […]

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Endangered bird – and subject of recently published book – is beating the odds, according to new survey

by Brianne Johnson November 1, 2012

Since the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a population all-time high for the Kirtland’s warbler — the rarest warbler species in North America — one thing has been made clear, according to a DNR endangered species coordinator quoted in the DNR’s press release: “We are witnessing a conservation success story.” And that inspiring and amazing story is documented in The Kirtland’s Warbler: The Story of a Bird’s Fight Against Extinction and the People Who Saved It by William Rapai, which was recently published by the Press. According to the DNR’s annual survey, the number of singing male Kirtland’s warblers spiked […]

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