Local authors chronicle the history of Wyoming in vintage images | Arts & Culture
WYOMING, MI - Local authors Norma Lewis and Jay de Vries present Wyoming, the newest addition to the popular Images of America Series by Arcadia Publishing. With over 200 vintage images, Wyoming chronicles the history of a city whose residents were extremely prideful in their community.
Wyoming became a city in 1959, the same year Alaska and Hawaii became states, but it's history began more than a century earlier. The first permanent settlers began to arrive in 1832, and in 1848 the regions split, with the northern portion becoming Wyoming and the southern Byron Center.
The farmers came first with the businesses that supported them, and industry followed. The various gypsum mines were among the earliest arrivals. General Motors built a stamping plant on Thirty-sixth Street that helped pull the township out f the Great Depression in 1936.
Highlights of Wyoming include:
- More than 200 vintage images from public archives of the Wyoming Historical Society as well as private collections
- Showcases everyday life in Wyoming from the beaches at Lamar Park to the sports events at Bigelow Field and the Godwin High School Field House
- Chronicles the birth and rise of industry starting with the General Motors plant in 1936
Wyoming will be available for $21.99 at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers starting Monday, December 13th. Visit www.arcadiapublishing.com for additional information.