Eric D. Olmanson

Eric D. Olmanson is an institutional historian for the University History Project, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Winner of the AAG’s John Brinckerhoff Jackson Prize

Winner of the Great Lakes American Studies Association/Ohio University Press Book Award

The Future City on the Inland Sea · A History of Imaginative Geographies of Lake Superior
By Eric D. Olmanson

Throughout the nineteenth century, the southern shores of Lake Superior held great promise for developers imagining the next great metropolis. These new territories were seen as expanses to be filled, first with romantic visions, then with scientific images, and later with vistas designed to entice settlement and economic development.

“If you are looking for a fine piece of scholarship that elegantly melds historical geography and environmental history...this is your book.... Beautifully written and well researched.... Anyone who specializes in the history of the Great Lakes or midwestern history should read this book.”

Michigan Historical Review