History is the look at the past that shows us why we live our lives the way we do today. Sports, music, schools, our jobs, the places we visit and the ways we travel to those destinations all are affected by events in years gone by. Two publishers — Gray & Co. and Arcadia Publishing — offer a wealth of volumes that detail the way things were in Stark County. Here are a few favorite titles.

“Canton:A Journey Through Time,” by Kim Kenney (softcover, Arcadia Publishing, 2003, 160 pages, $24.99). Kimberly Kenney, the curator of Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum, serves up a comprehensive narrative, providing images taken from the archives of the Stark County Historical Society. She paints, as the publisher promises, “a living portrait of this classic Ohio town.”

“Akron-Canton Baseball Heritage,” by Thomas Maroon, Margaret Maroon and Craig Holbert (softcover, Arcadia Publishing, 2007, 130 pages, $19.99). Thurman Munson, Dean Chance, George Sisler, Rich Rollins, Gene Michaels and Cy Young are but a few of the famous baseball names whose careers began on Akron-Canton area fields.

“Ohio Road Trips, Second Edition,” by Neil Zurcher, (softcover, Gray & Co., 2009, 258 pages, $14.95). The longtime host of TV’s ‘One Tank Trips’ is a travel writer at heart. But, having seen and learned about all the places about which he writes, he offers much history and many interesting facts about the destinations he recommends for 52 different road trips. Visit historic area villages, haunted buildings, mysterious mounds, simply by turning pages. It’s like traveling in your armchair.

“The Buzzard: Inside the Glory Days of WMMS and Cleveland Rock Radio,” by John Gorman with Tom
Feran (softcover, Gray & Co., 2007, 290 pages, $14.95). “Go behind the scenes at the nation’s hottest station during FM’s heyday from 1973 to 1986,” urges the publisher. “Sex and drugs, music and merchandising — it was a wild time when the airwaves were wide open for innovation.”

“Canton Area Railroads,” by Craig Sanders (softcover, Arcadia Publishing, 2009, 128 pages; $21.99). Craig Sanders drew upon his well-documented expertise in railroads to compile this photographic history of trains once operating in Stark County. The author is president of the Akron Railroad Club and has published four other railroad books. He also drew upon the photo collections of other club members to provide many of the more than 200 images illustrating his text.

Books chosen by the staff of Borders Books, Music, Movies & Cafe at The Strip in Jackson Township.

About The Author

Gary Brown

Gary Brown has written articles and columns for About periodically since the publication’s inception, including pieces on books, recreational sports and historical subjects. A columnist and staff writer for The Repository, Brown enjoys such outdoor pursuits as golfing, sailing, skiing, biking and hiking. An avid student of the arts, he also uses those activities to inspire watercolor paintings.

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