Historical society goes ‘global’
Striving to remain accessible to anyone with an interest in the area’s history, the society offers many ways for the public to enjoy its collections, including free exhibitions, tours and events.
Recently, the society joined the Internet community by developing a website, as well as joining the social media website Facebook.
The goal of the new website and Facebook page is to inform and get residents excited about history, according to society members. The website includes pages dedicated to information about the organization and its activities, as well as information about historical sites in Schoolcraft County and the many archived pictures and items. The website can be found at cityofmanistique.org/ schs/.
According to Paul Walker, society vice president, the Facebook page and website will allow the society to communicate with more residents.
“We can communicate to a wider audience and age groups usually interested in our local history, particularly the under 30 crowd,” he said. “By reaching out using social media, we can hope to inspire about the SCHS and what we have available. In order to keep information fresh, we update daily on Facebook which feeds automatically to our web site as well.”
Several events are planned for summer 2013.
May 16: Regional historical societies to meet at First Baptist Church in Manistique from 5-7 p.m. The general public is encouraged to attend.
June 29: Pioneer Days at Pioneer Park.
July 3: Pioneer Park opens. Museums consist of historical water tower, historic 1895 log cabin, Imogene Herbert Museum, housed in the Post House, and historic fire engines.
Aug. 24: Schoolcraft County Historical Arts and Crafts and Appraisal Fair at First Baptist Church.
Numerous arts and crafts vendors will be on site and historic items will be appraised by Auction Block auctioneer Doug La- Foille and associates.
The historical society is currently seeking new members. To become an active member, join in meetings and assist with programs, the fee is $10 a year. Residents may also become a supporting member for $10 a year.
A lifetime membership is $100. For senior citizens (age 65 or older), lifetime membership is $50.
Donations of historical items are welcome and can be sent to the Schoolcraft County Historical Society at P.O. Box 284, Manistique, MI 49854.
For further information, contact society president Vonciel LeDuc at 341-5045.
For pictures submissions for website or Facebook, contact Paul Walker at 450-3021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.