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Bay View, An American Idea

By Mary Jane Doerr

(Distributed by Wayne State University Press)

2011 State History Award
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APRIL 16, 2012

"BRAVO! This book is an admirably researched and written study of a fascinating piece of Americana, and it brings Bay View utterly alive"


President of the International Hemingway Society

Wayne State University Press 2014 Catalog

The Hemingway Project 
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See Feature "Picturing Bay View", Page 40, Traverse Magazine, August, 2012, Photographs by Robert Cleveland
Mary Jane Doerr interviewed on WCMU-TV documentary.  
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Chautauqua Network News  (Click Here for Article)
Ann Arbor News  (Click Here for Article)
Nathaniel Philbrick,
  Author of The Last Stand, tours "Custer" cottage with Mary Jane Doerr (Read Article)
MSU Grad has new book  (Click Here for Article)
Photographing Bay View Homes in Petoskey  (Click Here for Article)



Bay View, An American Idea is a history of Bay View, a Chautauqua community in Northern Michigan. It includes stories about Ernest Hemingway's connection to the community, the visit of the Custer family after The Battle of The Little Bighorn, and how Irma Rombauer came to write The Joy of Cooking. Of great interest is the newspaper accounts by the Great Unitarian Paul B. Blanshard and Philosopher Brand Blanshard of their early life in Petoskey and Bay View, as well as the author's account of the women's movement in Petoskey and Bay View.

Mary Jane Doerr