This website provides a single site for people interested in my books, photos and a few other items including a book by my wife. The products are available on different sites that the links will take you to. There is no shopping basket to combine orders from the different sites.
The main focus here is on books and other items related to Middle Bass Island, Ohio and the other Lake Erie islands. At the bottom of the page there is also a link to photos of western North Carolina that can be ordered.
Michael also has a presentation on the history of the Lake Erie Islands that you can view here. He is a member of the steering committee of the Great Lakes Islands Alliance and a permanent link to his presentation is there.
Available June 9, 2021 from the author on Middle Bass Island, and soon after that in a few retail shops including the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society at Put-in-Bay and others to be announced. 164 historic stereoviews of the Lake Erie Islands and the nearby mainland, together with 14 enlargements of some of the best stereoview images plus a folding 3D image viewer. The biggest single collection of 19th century island photos yet published. 98 pages, $40.00
This reprint of the 1977 Middle Bass Island Town Hall Centennial souvenir has 37 pages of photos and is an important piece of any island history collection. Buy this book . 37 pages, $12.95
An updated 2004 revision of the 1982 original, this is the complete history of the Lonz Winery on Middle Bass Island, Ohio, full of photos. Buy this book 164 pages, $19.95.
The most comprehensive history of the Lake Erie Islands available, this book started as a project to produce a corrected and annotated version of Lydia Ryall’s 1913 book, but grew in scope considerable to contain a great deal of additional information. Buy this book. 266 photos, 440 pages, $32.50
A collection of early stories about the Lake Erie Islands in Ohio. The first story is from an 18th century diary and suggests that Put-in-Bay harbor might have been located on Middle Bass Island in the 18th century, while the harbor on South Bass Island was still known as Hope’s Cove? The proof is not definite, but the diary raises important questions about history. The are also many other stories from the historical record. Why were the Lake Erie Islands called the “Isles of Terror”? What occasion led to singing accompanied by flute music in a cavern in Put-in-Bay in 1819? How was Johnson’s Island selected for the prison there during the Civil War? What was life like for the Confederate soldiers imprisoned on Johnson’s Island? And more. Buy this book. 160 pages, $18.95
Details of life in Put-in-Bay and Lakeside in 1886-87, seen through love letters between Libbie Magle of Put-in-Bay and Alex Bruce, who worked jobs at Lakeside, Detroit and other places before settling into married life at Put-in-Bay. Buy this book. 100 page, $13.95
Scenic photos of Middle Bass Island, Ohio plus a few other photos of the Lake Erie Islands. The above photo is of the only meeting on Lake Erie between the SSV Niagara, a replica of the 19th century warship, and a WW2 PT boat. These can be ordered as prints, as photo books that you customize, and on other products. View photos.