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“The beauty that surrounds us in
this part of the country is so subtle
that it can go unnoticed – unless we
stop long enough to look around and
take it all in. There are no grand
gestures, just little things that,
combined, create a certain splendor
[…] There is a sense of stability here,
and the assurance that life and its
routines will endure the storms that
pass through.” – Larry Kanfer
The Midwest has a variety of parks
and nature areas that feature many
beautiful destinations and year-round
outdoor activities, from gardening to
bee-keeping to mushroom-hunting. As
winter recedes, try to get outside and
see what the Midwest has to offer.
Places of Grace: The
of the American
by Gary Irving.
Urbana: University of
Illinois Press, 1999.
Q.508.77 Ir1p [ACES]
Wild Mushrooms of the Central Midwest.
By Ansel Hartley Stubbs. Lawrence:
University Press of Kansas, 1971.
589.222 St9w [ACES]
Trees, Shrubs, & Roses For
Midwest Gardens. By Ezra Haggard.
Bloomington: Indiana University
635.9770977 H122t [ACES]
Beekeeping in the
Midwest. By Elbert R.
University of Illinois
638 J33b1976 [ACES]
Wild Plants in Flower –
Wetlands & Quiet
Waters of the Midwest.
Photographs by Torkel
Korling, Text by Robert
O. Petty & Anne M.
581.76809772 K841w [ACES]
On Second Glance: Midwest
Photographs. By Larry Kanfer. Urbana:
University of Illinois Press, 1992.
Q.779 K131O [ACES]
For more books and
resources about the beauty
of the Midwest, visit the