RAHS March meeting to feature Dr. Charles K. Hyde

maxresdefaultThe Rochester-Avon Historical Society’s March 2014 meeting will feature Dr. Charles K. Hyde, who will share and discuss information about the many products auto companies made for the war effort in the 1940s, but that were and still are quite unknown. The topic was the focus of his book,  Arsenal of Democracy.

Charles K. Hyde earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Massachusetts in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Economic History from the University of Wisconsin in 1971. In May 2010, he retired from the History Department at Wayne State University where he taught since 1974.

Dr. Hyde has published eight books, including The Dodge Brothers: The Men ,the Motor Cars, and the Legacy (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2005) and Riding the Roller Coaster: A History of the Chrysler Corporation (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003). The Library of Michigan named Riding the Roller Coaster: A History of the Chrysler Corporation one of the Michigan Notable Books published in 2003.

His most recent book, Arsenal of Democracy, was released this past fall and will be followed in April by a companion, coffee-table picture book by the same name. Both publications will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the meeting.

Please join us on Thursday, March 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room of the Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Town, Rochester, MI 48307.

The meeting is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

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The Rochester-Avon Historical Society (RAHS) was founded in 1969 to help preserve, collect and interpret the history of the greater Rochester area for present and future generations. For more information, including a list of upcoming events, visit online at www.rochesteravonhistoricalsociety.org/

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