2021 Calendar of Events
We have a fun line up planned for this year! Stay tuned for updates.
Join us for monthly virtual programs via Zoom for fun local history wherever you may be enjoying summer from in 2021.
In-person events may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and guidance, please call the museum at 231-256-7475 to check on the status of in-person events.
Michigan County Poor Farms
October 19th, 7pm
Presented by Adam Oster, Community Engagement Librarian for the Library of Michigan
Long before the advent of modern social welfare, county governments in Michigan maintained poorhouses or poor farms. Explore the early history of these facilities in their attempts to become both self-sustaining entities and refuges for a county’s poor, elderly and destitute. Discover the lives and stories of those that resided at these poor farms. Learn about their transition to serving individuals with chronic illnesses and what eventually led to many of them shutting down in the later part of the 20th Century.
All attendees are required to sign-up to receive the credentials for accessing the Zoom session. The Zoom session information will be emailed to participants the day before the presentation and the day of. Registration will end at 4PM on the day of the program, with a final reminder email with Zoom access sent at 4:30PM. If you have any issues with signing up for the presentation, please email Librarian@Michigan.gov.
Benzie Area Historical Museum: https://benziemuseum.org/
Leelanau Historical Society: https://www.leelanauhistory.org/
Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society: https://lchp.org/
Library of Michigan: https://www.Michigan.gov/LibraryofMichigan
Lake Michigan Archaeology off the Leelanau
November 9th, 7pm
Presented by Wayne Lusardi, State of Michigan Maritime Archaeologist
Wayne Lusardi is employed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as State Maritime Archaeologist and is stationed at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena. Mr. Lusardi is responsible for the research, documentation, preservation, and management of nearly 200 shipwrecks located in and around Thunder Bay, and another 1,300 around the State of Michigan.
Mr. Lusardi is involved in all aspects of fieldwork, survey, research, education and outreach. He has an extensive background in underwater and terrestrial archaeology, artifact conservation, and material culture studies. Join us for this virtual event featuring the underwater archaeology in the waters surrounding the Leelanau Peninsula, in northern lower Michigan.
Seeking the Lord: The Search for the JARVIS LORD Shipwreck
April 28th, 7pm
Presented by Ross Richardson
Miss the Presentation? Check it out on our YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pH03w_Iy-m8
Join shipwreck hunter and author Ross Richardson in exploring the depths of northern Lake Michigan while looking for lost ships and a missing aircraft. Dive down to Lake Michigan’s newest shipwreck discovery and meander through the histories and mysteries of the Manitou Passage, the most dangerous place in Lake Michigan. A confirmation and day-of notification will be sent to your email. About the Presenter: Author and shipwreck hunter Ross Richardson has spent the last two decades exploring the bottom of the Great Lakes and discovering and documenting long lost shipwrecks. His website, michiganmysteries.com, is dedicated to the stories of the missing ships, missing aircraft and missing persons of the Michigan Region.
Tracking The Sleeping Bear
May 20th, 7pm
Presented by Eliot A. Singer
Miss the Presentation? Check it out on our YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lppMj0t6_vg
Tracking the Sleeping Bear explores the complicated provenance of the so-called “Legend of Sleeping Bear.” Topics include: 1) The problem of fakelore; 2) Late 19th and 20th C. versions told by Little Traverse Odawa, 3) Better authenticated Anishinaabe landscape origin stories; 4) Historical accounts of Sleeping Bear; 5) Alternate legends about Sleeping Bear and the Manitous; 6) Tentative conclusions about likely bi-cultural origin. Since the lecture will not allow for sufficient time to read the many long stories and accounts, attendees might want to read the full length study, before or after.
Eliot Singer is a folklorist now living in Traverse City/Leelanau. For many years he taught in the MSU College of Education where, among other things, he pioneered new approaches to multicultural curriculum, focused on inquiry and authentic materials. He has written extensively on the problem of fakelore in books for children. His recent and ongoing research includes: The Copper Rock of Lake Superior, a piecing together of primary sources related to Lake Superior history up to c. 1850, and translations and studies of traditional narratives from William Jones’ Ojibwa Texts. These and much more (including old course handouts) are available on his (pandemic inspired, non-commercial) website.
Mastering the Inland Seas
June 23rd, 7pm
Presented by Theodore J. Karamanski
How Lighthouses, Navigational Aids, and Harbors Transformed the Great Lakes and America. Deep in the heart of North America lies a vast inland sea. Even today it remains more of a wilderness than the Alaskan bush or arid Death Valley. Yet, that same sea has been integral to the economies of two great nations and the 85 million live on its margins. This illustrated lecture will discuss the controversies, individuals and the infrastructure that shaped the Great Lakes. Lighthouses, harbors, and charts built by the federal government transformed a region and impacted the world.
Theodore J. Karamanski, PhDis Professor of History and Director of the Public History Program at Loyola University Chicago. He has served as a heritage consultant to the National Park Service on numerous occasions in Alaska and across the Midwest region as well as National Geographic, The History Channel, and the Travel Channel. He was an advisor for the creation of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor and for the recently proposed St. Croix River National Heritage Area. His public history work has focused on Great Lakes region cultural resource management, environmental history and American Indian rights. He has written histories of Isle Royale National Park, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. He is author of seven books including Fur Trade and Exploration (1983), Deep Woods Frontier: A History of Logging in Northern Michigan (1990), Ethics and Public History (1991), Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier (2000), Maritime Chicago (2001), with Eileen M. McMahon, North Woods River: The St. Croix Valley in Upper Midwest History (2009), and Blackbird’s Song: Andrew J. Blackbird and Odawa Survival (2012). He is a founder of the Chicago Maritime Museum. He is Past-President of the National Council on Public History. This lecture is based on his book Mastering the Inland Seas (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020).
The Story Behind the Clinton F. Woolsey Memorial Airport in Northport
July 13th, 7pm
Presented by M. Christine Byron & Thomas R. Wilson
You may have driven by the Woolsey Airport and noticed the charming stone building and grass landing strips and wondered who was this Woolsey person and why is this airport named after him? Amateur historians Christine Byron & Tom Wilson will touch on the history of the Woolsey family in Northport, delve into the story of Clinton Woolsey’s epic adventure and his untimely death, and chronicle the founding of the Clinton F. Woolsey Memorial Airport. Byron and Wilson were part of a team that applied for a Michigan Historical Marker for the airport and will explain how the process works.
Arctic Grayling: Historic Distribution and Reintroduction in Michigan
September 8th, 7pm
Presented by Nicole M. Watson, Ph.D. Student, Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Fisheries Ecology and Management with dual degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
Pre- Registration: CLOSED
*This event will be recorded and shared via email with registered participants after the presentation.
Nicole’s presentation will focus on the history of Grayling in Michigan, current Grayling research, and potential management implications of the preliminary findings.
Nicole’s Ph.D. research examines early-life history of Arctic Grayling, and their interactions with young Brook and Brown trout. The overarching goal of her research is to clarify uncertainties to successful Grayling reintroduction to Michigan streams. It is a multifaceted study including the following: predation of Grayling fry by resident, age-1 Brook and Brown trout; competition between age-0 Grayling, Brook, and Brown trout; Grayling imprinting to home waters at early life stages; water choice; alarm cues; aspects of physiological development; predator avoidance and predator cue recognition by juvenile Grayling. Her research takes her to Alaska each spring to transport Grayling eggs back to the lab at Michigan State University. She spends each summer and fall running trials back in the lab, with the exception of 2020 (and finding time to fly fish and bird hunt in Northern Michigan).
She earned my M.S. at Central Michigan University where she focused on the utilization of otolith microchemistry to determine streams of origin of juvenile Steelhead in tributaries of Lake Michigan.
When not at MSU or home downstate, Nicole can typically be found at her Northern MI home base, The Hideout. She enjoys fishing for Brook trout in creeks and small rivers in MI and for Arctic Grayling in the interior of Alaska. She is passionate about native wild salmonids and have been known to hike mountains seeking them out if needed.