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EVENTS

Sleeping Bear Dunes: Off the Beaten Path

When: Thu June 1 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents “Sleeping Bear Dunes: Off the Beaten Path - Where Visitors Rarely Go.” Speaker: Kerry Kelly, Chairman of the Board, Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes Take a virtual trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Kerry will take us to parts of the Park that most visitors never venture. We'll learn some geology, ecology and history as we visit Lake Michigan beaches, unmarked trails, ghost towns, historic farms and docks. We’ll fly to North and South Manitou Island to find giant cedars, shipwrecks, and quaint villages. Find out the best places for birding and wildflowers away from the masses. The time for this event is 7:00 p.m., and it takes place at At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street). The cost is Free, Donations Accepted. For more information, visit http://elkrapidshistory.org/june_1st_2017_program.aspx.

Depot 125: An 1892 Experience and Family Gala

When: Sun June 25 2017
Where: Charlevoix
The Charlevoix Historical Society presents “Depot 125: An 1892 Experience and Family Gala.” The event is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad and opening of the Charlevoix Depot, one of the biggest events we've ever hosted. Music, Depot guided tours with "historic passenger" skits, games, kids activities, boat rides, Castle Farms model train rides and a whole lot more! The time for this event is noon to 5pm, and it takes place at Charlevoix Depot. The cost is Free. For more information, visit: www.chxhistory.com.

Fifth Annual Blessings of the Fleet & Summer Launch Celebration

When: Wed June 28 2017
Where: Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society presents “Fifth Annual Blessings of the Fleet & Summer Launch Celebration.” The event kicks off with the Blessing of the Fleet, a delightful boat parade on the harbor. Whether by paddle, by oar, by sail or by motor, everyone is welcome to participate in this free event. After the blessing, the Summer’s Launch Celebration at the Boathouse of Harbor Springs featuring a strolling supper from Vernales, local beers and wines, cocktails, a silent auction, music, dancing and more. Tickets are $100 per person with all proceeds directly benefiting the mission of the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society. For more information, call 231-526-9771 or visit: www.harborspringshistory.org.

Lumbering Around Elk Rapids 1860-1900

When: Thu July 6 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents “Shanty Boys, Swampers, and River Hogs: Lumbering Around Elk Rapids 1860-1900.” Speaker: Dr. Jim McClurg, Dr. Jim McClurg graduated from the University of Michigan and taught there for ten years before moving to Wyoming where he was a University of Wyoming Geology professor until his retirement some 15 years ago. His home in Eastport is on Torch Lake on land that has been in the family since the mid-1880's. Jim is very interested in the history of the area as both sets of his Great Grandparents lived in the Eastport Area in the 1800's. One ran the Eastport hardware and the other homesteaded a farm a mile away. The time for this event is 7:00 p.m., and it takes place at At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street). The cost is Free, Donations Accepted. For more information visit: http://elkrapidshistory.org/july_6th_2017_program.aspx.

An Evening with Frank Mays

When: Tue July 11 2017
Where: Charlevoix
The Charlevoix Historical Society presents “An Evening with Frank Mays.” Join us for a lecture, Q & A, and a book signing with Frank Mays, one of the two survivors of the 1958 sinking of the Carl D. Bradley lake freighter off Beaver Island that made world news. The time for this event is 6:30pm, and it takes place at Charlevoix Public Library Community Room. For more information, visit: http://www.charlevoixlibrary.org/calendar.

3rd Annual Hemingway Birthday Celebration

When: Fri July 21 2017
Where: Petoskey
Guests of the event will celebrate the beloved writer, while enjoying a four course dinner as they dine alongside Hemingway historians including University of Pennsylvania Professor and best-selling author Paul Hendrickson, who published Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost (2012). Copies of his book will be available during cocktail hour, along with book signing. Prior to the dinner, a statue dedication will happen near City Park Grill. This statue in honor of Hemingway’s youthful summers spent in northern Michigan has been sculpted by Andy Sacksteder of Gladstone, MI. All are welcome to attend the event, which will be held around 4 pm. Following dinner, the premiere of “Young Hemingway & His Enduring Eden,” written and produced by George Colburn will be shown. After this premiere, the program will air on television in two segments in 2018, following a Europe World Premiere of the documentary in Paris in July of 2018. Along with the film preview, Robin Lee Berry of Boyne City, will perform her original song written for the documentary, “Gone Wild.” Tickets for the event are $65 per person and a portion will benefit The Young Hemingway Documentary & Education Project. To purchase tickets and make advanced reservations please call Stafford’s Perry Hotel at 231-347-4000.

Second Annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party

When: Thu August 24 2017
Where: Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society presents “Second Annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party.” The Historical Society invites you to relive the glory days of northern Michigan's most popular teen club at our second annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party. Held at Nub's Nob Ski Area, this throwback party of the summer will feature live music, a picnic dinner, memorabilia and more. To complement our reunion party, we are thrilled to welcome back historian Rick Wiles to present "Clubbing in the Northland," a look back at the history of Clubs Manitou and Ponytail. His talk will be on Thursday, August 3 at 5:30pm at the History Museum. It takes place at Nub's Nob Ski Area, 500 Nubs Nob Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. The cost is $5 for adults and free for current Historical Society members. For more information, call 231-526-9771 or email info@harborspringshistory.org.

Animals in the Civil War: Beyond Old Abe and Traveller

When: Thu September 7 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents “Animals in the Civil War: Beyond Old Abe and Traveller.” Speaker: Bea Freidlander, JD. Former long-serving member of the Plymouth [Michigan] Historical Museum Board Similar to the personal caring for domestic animals in today's society, animals figured prominently in the lives of people during the Civil War. The more famously known animals during the Civil War were Old Abe, the 8th Wisconsin's eagle mascot, and Traveller, General Robert E. Lee's horse. Friedlander's talk will include anecdotes about famous and lesser known individual animals, and the countless unnamed animals who served. The time for this event is 7:00 p.m., and it takes place at At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street). The cost is Free, Donations Accepted. For more information, visit http://elkrapidshistory.org/september_7th_2017_program.aspx.

Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour

When: Sat October 14 2017
Where: Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society presents “Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour.” This fall the Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of our popular public tour of the Little Traverse Lighthouse on Harbor Point! The tour will take place all day on Saturday, October 14, 2017. If you are interested in the tour please contact the Historical Society at (231) 526-9771. Tickets are $40 per person and are nonrefundable. When you call to make your reservation a Historical Society staff member will provide you with more details regarding tour times and guidelines.

EXHIBITS

9th Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition

When: Fri August 11 2017 - Mon August 14 2017
Where: Charlevoix
The Charlevoix Historical Society presents “9th Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition.” Please join us for Charlevoix Photography Club's 9th Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition. The event takes place at Charlevoix Depot. For more information, visit: www.chxhistory.com.
 

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