Tuesday, July 28, 2009

You Saw It Here First!: Historical Day

Historical Day has provided the people of Alcona with an opportunity to become aware of their county’s rich history for years. It is just one of the many events the Historical Society offers Alcona, including Depot and Log Cabin Day.
Held at the Sturgeon Point Lighthouse, August 8th from 11 am to 4pm, this year’s event will include intriguing activities that one cannot experience anytime else. The activities start with Jim Johnson speaking of the history of commercial fishing in Northeast Michigan at 12am. Next, speaker Gideon Robarge will talk about the history of CCC camps in Alcona at 1pm.

The newest and most exciting event this year happens next with a walking tour to the Marine City shipwreck where a freighter/passenger ship sunk in 1880. This is the first tour of Marine City ever given, where artifacts still wash ashore. A little boy recently found an 1880 purse, and a diver found a purse. Janet Higgins will walk people out to the site at 1:30 pm where they can still see the rudder of the ship from the beach. They are encouraged to bring their bathing suits.

For those who do not wish to see the shipwreck, there will be a kite flying demonstration on the beach at the same time. At 2:30pm, the staff from Bailey’s School will play old fashion school yard games with the children attending.

The activities will be finished at 3pm with the presentation of memorials and dedications. This year they will be presenting a flag pole in dedication to Don Sawyer, the past president of the Historical Society. Richard Parks, a past member and volunteer of the Historical Society will have a bench dedicated in his name, and Yvonne Wilson, a past president and member as well, will have a tree dedicated in her name.

Aside from the planned activities, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun. There will be historical and art displays and the chance to climb the lighthouse tower. Brats, burgers, strawberry shortcake and beverages will be sold and all the proceeds will go to the Paint Can Fund to help repaint the historical lighthouse. This is also a Passport of the Arts Event.
I know it seems that I haven't been writing any articles, but I have. I just haven't been putting them on my blog. So here's my latest and... ehhh... sort of iffy about it, but it's an article, and there's not much I can do about it.

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