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Historical Resources
  • Natchez, Mississippi: Essay #26 In this monograph, the author devotes attention to four key services as they developed in antebellum Natchez: fire protection, gas lighting, sanitation, and streets.
  • Mayor Frank P. Zeidler: Essay #25 This well-researched book establishes the historical context of conditions in Milwaukee at the end of World War II and examines Mayor Zeidler’s efforts to improve mass transit while stemming the decline of mass transit usage and provides his introspection on Milwaukee transportation policies.
  • Cities Take Flight: Essay #23 From grassy fields to virtual small cities, the responsibilities in municapl airport planning and construction have shifted. This important research from a premier aviation historian provides a solid understanding of how airports have evolved over the last century.
  • Historical Essay Series: Essay #18 - #31 A historical essay is published annually and serves as the Historical Society's academic periodical. Now, the Historical Society offers Essays #18-31 as a set.
  • Oral History Interview Set The Oral History Interviews give you firsthand glimpses of several major milestones in public works history. The interviewees come from all facets of public works and have made significant contributions to the profession.
  • Water Fountains in the Cityscape: Essay #30 Fresh water—it’s a key element of life and holds great cultural significance, but it’s largely unseen. This full-color book brings water to the forefront by exploring selected cases of the variety of water fountains throughout the world that put water on display. An international array of 11 authors put a historical perspective on fountains by discussing some beautiful and unique fountains in terms their function, architecture, aesthetics, and social environment.
  • Bayou City Rails: Essay #31 The history of the streetcar in Houston (1868-1940) illustrates the importance of long-term urban planning and coordination of multiple forms of transportation for successful development of mass transit. This essay examines the consequence of many decisions made over decades, which resulted in the demise of the streetcar and the rise of the automobile.