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.
"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