Hello all! Sorry that it’s been a while since I have posted on the North Country History site. The last year has been quite busy for me. I just finished 2 seasons as the director for the Lovells Historical Museums where I ran the Lone Pine Schoolhouse Museum,
and the Lovells Museum of Trout Fishing History. On top of that, from Oct, 2015 to just a few weeks ago, I was the archivist and genealogy specialist for the Crawford County Library System in Grayling. Both jobs were great, but unfortunately both were part time and I couldn’t make a living.
Central Location for Research
At the end of October I decided to make a change, thus I have relocated to my hometown of Chelsea, Michigan near Ann Arbor. This is an area strong in history, though a bit different from what I worked with in the Northern Lower Peninsula. However moving back to Chelsea will aid in my North Country History research. The best research library that I have been using for my lumber research is the Bentley Historical Library on the University of Michigan’s north campus. It has provided much needed research on Mabel Edwards Secord, the Ward Family and Deward, the Salling, Hanson and Company, and the Hartwick family, among others. Now it is just a short 30 minute drive, as opposed to 3 hours. I’m also close to the Detroit Public Library’s Burton Historical Collection and the Archives of Michigan in Lansing.
International Television Debut
One of the things that kept me busy this year was the filming of a segment for the television program Globe Trekker. I was contacted mid-summer by a producer with Pilot Productions that produces the television show that airs in the United States and in over 40 countries across the world. They were filming
a show of a Great Lakes trip from Detroit to Duluth on a Great Lakes freighter and was looking to film a lumber history segment somewhere between Port Huron and Mackinac Island. They found me through this website, so I spent a day with the producer just before Labor Day scouting a location, I suggested the Lumberman’s Monument in Oscoda, then again we filmed in early September for a full day with the show’s host and film crew. They also filmed at Mackinac Island and the Mackinac Bridge, the Soo Locks, and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point. North Country History will be credited in the episode, so I will continue to grow my product. When they let me know the airing date, I will post it.
In the meantime I am going to start posting articles that I wrote for The Guide, the now defunct publication about Northeast Michigan that I contributed a history column to for more than a year. Watch for them!
Thanks for staying with me.