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Monday, June 13, 2011

Rochester and Rochester Hills

Celebrate the History of Rochester
Local authors release new book featuring stunning collection of vintage photographs

Rochester and Rochester Hills
By Meredith Long, Madelyn Rzadkowolski
Images of America series
Price: $21.99
128 pages/ softcover

Book signing:
Book signing from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 18 at Costco on Telegraph in Bloomfield Township

Meredith Long is curator and Madelyn Rzadkowolski is curatorial assistant at the historic Meadow Brook Hall in Rochester Hills. Combining forgotten anecdotes and dynamic photographs from local collectors, families and companies, they illustrate a past often undervalued in this modern age.

New from Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series is Rochester and Rochester Hills. In over 200 vintage photographs, local authors Meredith Long and Madelyn Rzadkowolski share the history of the area.
Rochester and Rochester Hills grew in a territory of three rivers, abundantly fertile pastures and rolling oak forests on land once considered uninhabitable. Though only 30 miles from Detroit, official government reports of swampy and barren land deterred settlers.
In 1817 the Graham family disregarded these reports instead following the advice of Native Americans to reach a territory governed by a triumvirate of creeks which were forceful enough to power several mills yet gentle enough to support thriving farms. Only 20 years later every plot in Rochester had been sold. Later the village was made a stop on the network of Michigan railroads, cementing its fate as a vigorous and popular community.
With a past boasting such illustrious citizens as auto baron John Dodge and internationally prominent obstetrician Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen with corporations like Parke-Davis and philanthropic organizations such as Leader Dogs for the Blind, Rochester remains a source of innovative leadership as well as a model for successful suburbia.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or
Arcadia Publishing is a leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Visit


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