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"All About the Great Lakes" explores the history of the nation's largest body of fresh water

Posted at 10:51 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 10:51:08-05

Being so close to Lake Michigan, many West Michiganders have fond memories of going out onto the lake on a watercraft, walking the pier, or swimming in its cool waters.

Author Maureen Dunphy recently released a book called "All About the Great Lakes," taking a deep dive into the history of the area, making it a great gift for those who hold the Great Lakes close to their hearts.

"All About the Great Lakes" explores what lurks hidden within the watery depths of North America's largest body of fresh water. Dunphy lays out the history of the Great Lakes in its many facets including the geological, ecological, and human history. By weaving these all together, the author allows the reader to better understand the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes.

Highlights from the book include:

  • The legendary rationale for the migration of the Anishinaabe from the Atlantic coast to the Great Lakes region.
  • The longevity of New France (i.e., French control of the Great Lakes).
  • The (historic) pirate presence on the Great Lakes.
  • The degree to which human engineering created the Great Lakes route from Duluth, Minnesota to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • The environmental challenges the Great Lakes must overcome for a healthy future.

"All About The Great Lakes" can be purchased wherever books are sold. Learn more at