The Midwest's place at the crossroads of the nation makes it a rich travel destination for anyone interested in the history and heritage of the United States. Cynthia Clampitt's guide to heartland historical sites invites readers to live the past, whether it's watching a battlefield reenactment or wandering the grounds of an ancient Native American city. From the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center to the Chinese American Museum, Clampitt uncovers the fascinating stories behind these quintessentially Midwestern places while offering valuable tips for getting the most out of your visit. She also ventures beyond the typical scope of guidebooks to include historic restaurants, small-town museums, and other overlooked gems perfect for turning that quick day trip into a leisurely itinerary.
An informative handbook and introduction to the Midwest's colorful past, Destination Heartland provides travelers with a knowledgeable companion on the highways and backroads of history.
States covered in the book: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
About the Author
Cynthia Clampitt is a food historian and travel writer. She is the author of Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland and Waltzing Australia.
"Clampitt's work reminds readers of the importance of local history in explaining the intricate history of the United States." --Missouri Historical Review
"For the author, traditions, the built environment, historic events, learning, eating, and travel by car are a way of life that she encourages her readers to emulate. . . . History lovers will gain a useful, interesting, and convincing book that will bring back memories of places visited while revealing enticing new possibilities nearby or just a few miles away." --Nebraska History Magazine
"For one looking for a fun and historic place to visit, Clampitt's book is chockful of ideas and offers an easy way to explore possibilities. What might be difficult is choosing where to go first." --Illinois Times
"This is a rich and varied collection with something for everyone, even though Clampitt says her book is far from a comprehensive listing. But if you take this book along as a travel companion to the Midwest, you will be kept busy!" --Women on the Road
"A buoyant guide. . . . In Destination Heartland it pays to go into the heart of the heart of the country." --NewCity
"Clampitt's brilliant new book offers a literal roadmap for those curious souls seeking a guided tour of Midwest, the nation's lost region, whose deep history we would all benefit from finding."--Jon Lauck, author of The Lost Region: Toward a Revival of Midwestern History
"Places I knew and places I now want to go! Cynthia Clampitt offers interesting information on these locations and what to eat along the way. This book should be kept in the car to refer to as you drive around. I truly love this book!"--Leah Joy Axelrod, former president, Illinois Historical Society