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Books about Canton

The Canton Historical Society has partnered with authors and researchers to publish various texts on the history of this region. Publications are available at the Museum for reference and for sale. Please call 734-397-0088 or e-mail for details and availability.

Canton Township Images of America
By Jerry VanDusen
Arcadia Publishing, 2006
$19.99 + $3.00 S&H

Canton Township, which took its name from the city in China to distinguish itself from other early American communities, has a rich agricultural heritage, evident in its onetime moniker "Corn Capital of Michigan." The pioneers who traveled to Canton in the first half of the 19th century were a hearty breed of farmers and settlers who cleared land, built roads, and forged a life for their families in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories. No single town center emerged, but two villages -- Sheldon Corners and Cherry Hill -- sprang up to provide centers of community activity in their churches, post offices, and general stores. Eventually the appearance of the automobile and the expressway dramatically altered the landscape of Canton Township, leading to the commercial development and housing boom of today.

Canton's Country Schools
Compiled by Joan C. Palmer
$30.00 + $5.00 S&H

Traces the history of Canton's one room schools from the early 1800s to consolidation in the 1950s. This book has not only the history of each school but also records the memories of those who taught and attended them. Many documents and photos are included.

Ghost Stories and Other Tales from Canton, Revised 2004
By Virginia Bailey-Parker, Illustrations by Sharon Lee Dillenbeck & Roy Rinke
$14.95 + $3.00 S&H

This is a fun-filled collection of local traditions including firsthand accounts and those handed down though several generations that include strange occurrences in historic houses and notoriety of the Denton Road ghosts.

Canton Cemetery Series Pamphlets
By Dave Curtis; published by the Canton Historical Society
  • Cherry Hill Cemetery: Its Civil War Soldiers and Families
  • Kinyon Cemetery Civil War Soldiers and Pioneers
  • Sheldon Cemetery: Canton Pioneers and Civil War Soldiers