Blue Water, Red Metal & Green Gold

Posted on Monday, August 25, 2014

When you think of the Mitten State, a number of things might come to mind. The sprawling white pines, the beautiful coastal towns, and massive Great Lakes are just a few things that make up Michigan’s rich heritage. Historian Larry Massie (BA ’72, Anthropology; MA ’74, History; Specialist in Arts ’77, History) showcases these attractions and many more in the 12th installment of the Voyages Into Michigan’s Past series, Blue Water, Red Metal & Green Gold.

Massie’s 21st book, Blue Water, Red Metal & Green Gold is a 27 account story of Michigan’s history; shipwrecks, the copper rush, and lumberjacks being just a few of the points touched upon. Massie compiled the story material through extensive research, most of which coming from his own 45,000-volume library.

"I get ideas all the time. I have a file with about 200 stories that I have yet to write," Massie said in an interview with the Kalamazoo Gazette. "But, sometimes you just don't have enough. I file it away and hope that I'll come across that missing link that makes it a good story."

Blue Water, Red Metal & Green Gold also showcases the solving of a murder mystery in Kalamazoo, Bob Dole visiting Battle Creek, and the travels of Andy and Don Seelye during World War II.

Massie began his work as a historian while working as an archivist for Western Michigan University. With almost a decade of experience under his belt, Massie left to pursue his dream of becoming an independent historian. Massie now writes for various magazines, museums, and historical organizations with his wife, Priscilla.

"I'm just very grateful for the people who have enjoyed my work and who have pushed me to write more," Massie said in the same interview with the Gazette.

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Posted by Stan Sulewski