Cereal City Celebrates Contemporary History

Local history buff Kurt Thornton has lived in Battle Creek his entire life. Through the lens of more than 160 images from his family's collection, the author captured his hometown's progress from the 1950s to present day in Battle Creek.

Mount Pleasant (I-Newswire) April 7, 2014 - Local history buff Kurt Thornton has lived in Battle Creek his entire life. Through the lens of more than 160 images from his family's collection, the author captured his hometown's progress from the 1950s to present day in Battle Creek, the latest addition to Arcadia Publishing's new Images of Modern America series.

"I'm hoping that this book will capture a slice of what it was like to live in Battle Creek in the late twentieth and early twenty first century," Thornton said. "This was a transitional time that saw the demolition of the old and construction of the new. Our community is constantly transforming itself into what I hope is a better and brighter future."

In the 1960s, Battle Creek was an industrial hub and earned its title as the "Cereal City" since it was home to the area's largest employers, the breakfast food companies of Ralston Foods, the Kellogg Company, and the Post division of General Foods. As these long-established businesses began to downsize, automate, and relocate, the community met the new economic and social challenges by developing other aspects of the community. These changes, documented through the Thornton family's collection, continue to guide the Midwestern community into the present.

"As Battle Creek moves forward, new and innovative ideas are proposed, discussed, and sometimes initiated," Thornton said in his book introduction. "Some are successful, and some are not; the important thing is that the community continues to move forward."

Highlights of Battle Creek include:
• Many images used were from the author's personal photo collection

• Memories of various moments in the city's recent past

• Images from the collection of local historian Francis Thornton

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

About Arcadia Publishing

Arcadia Publishing is the leading local history publisher in the United States, with a catalog of mo   More..re than 8,500 titles in print and hundreds of new titles released every year.

Established in 1993, Arcadia has blended a visionary management approach with the innovative application of state-of-the-art technology to create high-quality historical publications in small local niches.

Arcadia Publishing has expanded its focus on preservation efforts and is now the country's first major book publisher to achieve the use of 100 percent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified paper across its entire book publishing program.Less..

Contact Information

Arcadia Publishing
Jacel Egan
420 Wando Park Blvd.
Phone : 8438532070 x210


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