Historic photos of Minnesota’s Canoe Country featured at UMD Brown Bag

Author Martha Greene Phillips will present on her book Border Country: The Northwoods Canoe Journals of Howard Greene, 1906-1916 at a brown-bag lunch Tuesday, November 14, from 12-1 pm in the UMD Library Rotunda.

Publisher University of Minnesota Press calls the book “a unique archival account of the early twentieth-century northwoods, with friends and family, canoes, a ready wit, and a Graflex camera.” Border Country is a collection of the remarkable, handmade journals from businessman Howard Greene’s early 1900s canoe trips to the north woods of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Canada. Reproduced with numerous photographs and maps, these journals are a window into a world at once familiar and strange, the wilderness caught on the verge of becoming the North Woods we know today.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.


  1. Linda L Halvorson on November 8, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Where can I buy this out of town?

    • Tony Dierckins on November 8, 2017 at 11:30 am

      I don’t know. I suggest search google for the title and it will bring up a list of online retailers such as Amazon, B&N.com, target, etc. Or you could call the publisher, University of Minnesota Press, and they will tell you where it is available.

  2. Kent G. Worley on November 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    This is a real find with it’s early date–well written–great photos–a must have for the those who have ‘North’ in their system.

  3. Jim Blackman on November 9, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Amazon has it.

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