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Calamity and Courage
Re-live the triumphs and tragedy of the 1913 Flood in Tiffin, Ohio, in this two-time award-winning book. Author Lisa Swickard takes the reader on a gripping, day-by-day journey through Tiffin’s ordeal during Ohio’s greatest natural disaster.
Highlighted with 284 rare photographs and oral interviews from those who lived through that terrifying experience, Calamity and Courage goes beyond the actual flood by following the city’s tumultuous, five-year rebuilding process.
From the tragic loss of life to the nail-biting rescues, Calamity and Courage is a must for any disaster enthusiast.
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DECOMMISSIONED: Final Days of the 1884 Seneca County Courthouse
On Jan. 9, 2012, the opulent Seneca County Courthouse became the only Ohio courthouse on the National Register of Historic Places to ever be razed.
In DECOMMISSIONED, authors Lisa Swickard and John Huss take the reader on a day-to-day pictorial journey from the pre-demolition protests to the final farewell of the clock tower. The book also offers a rare glimpse of the valuable architectual artifacts that were lost, as well as a unique look at the items retrieved from the cornerstone.
This 200-page hardback, coffee table-style book — punctuated with more than 200 full-color photos — is a must-read for preservation-oritented indivduals everywhere