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Monday, December 10, 2012
“A Matter of Taste” at Tapawingo
9502 Lake Street, Ellsworth MI
5:30 Cocktail Hour – Cash Bar
6:30 Dinner – $30 per person
Appetizers – Cheese, crudités, smoked whitefish pate, vegetables and hummus
(Served during cocktail hour)
Salad – Lake Michigan Salad (Recipe from Henry Ford family)
Entrée – Choice of:
> Northwest Michigan Chicken Breast
(With Morel and Shitake mushrooms in white wine sauce)
Wild Rice Pilaf and Jasmine Rice Pilaf
> Parmesan Encrusted Whitefish
Roasted New Potatoes with Lemon Dill Butter
Honey Maple Glazed Pork Loin with Apple Cider Sauce
Roasted New Potatoes with Lemon Butter
> Vegetable – Thinly Sliced Zucchini, Squash and Asparagus
(Lightly steamed and topped with Parmesan)
> Side Dish – Handmade Pasta
(Tossed with light garlic sauce and Julienne Vegetables)
> Dessert – Apple Crisp with Ice Cream
> Beverages – Assortment of Coffees and Teas
The History of Tapawingo … of course!
RESERVATIONS accepted until November 30th. For more information call Jane (582-6202) or Georganna
(582-5326). Send check payable to CCHPS to 946 N. Advance Rd., Boyne City, MI 49712.
Please include Entrée selection, Name, and Contact information for each reservation.
Speaker: Dr. George A. Colburn
Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Boyne District Library Community Room
Join us for a sneak preview of Dr. Colburn’s new documentary film on the Eisenhower election and presidency. His program will be a two-hour special on television; however for CCHPS, this special preview will be limited to the first hour – on why Ike ran, and how he won. Dr. Colburn invites you to enliven the presentation with some good “Ike” tales. You may even be invited to be included in this film, which is scheduled to be aired on public TV in the fall. Too young to remember? No matter your age, everyone is invited to attend this preview, to learn about one of our nation’s most notable presidents, and share views on this history-based documentary program. George A. Colburn, Ph.D., is President and Director of Operations for Starbright Media Corporation. His best known national television credit is as SMC’s writer and producer of a major documentary series on Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military and political careers, 1941 – 1961. Produced in association with Gancie Television, and entitled “The Eisenhower Legacy,” the five-hour series was hosted by Gen. Colin L. Powell. Dr. Colburn’s credits as an independent producer include more than two dozen national, media-based educational programs, linked to major documentary series. For more information please call 231-582-5326. This program is free and open to the public.
This year Charlevoix County History Preservation Society Annual Holiday Dinner was held in the historic Jordan Inn.
The Evening’s Program:
“The History of Hunting in Northern Michigan”
As told with Vintage Photographs
The program is on a CD with over 75 vintage photos of Northern Michigan Hunting and Fishing scenes dating back to the late 1800’s.
The CD is available from CCHPS for $5. It is a PowerPoint slideshow, with PowerPoint Viewer on the CD, made to automatically load and run when the CD is inserted into a computer CD Drive.
The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society sponsored on Monday, October 24th, at 7:00 PM in the Boyne District Library Community Room a historic and evolutionary sketch of one the Great Lakes’ island’s nature-based means of survival. Featuring clips from first-person video interviews conducted for the Beaver Island Historical Society, this presentation offered moving personal accounts of both the pride and rigors of fishing and logging for a living. We heard some inspiring stories and gained personal insights into some of Beaver Island’s historic nature-based means of sustenance.
Presenter Seamus Norgaard, a history and environment professor and interviewer for the Beaver Island Historical Society, offered an environmental perspective of how Beaver Island is transitioning from a past dependence on resource extraction, toward a future based on the technologies of information, research, history, and environmental appreciation..
A large audience crowded the Charlevoix Depot Museum’s assembly room to hear Geoffrey Reynolds present a program on Charlevoix’s Foster Boat Company on September 26, 2011. Mr. Reynold’s is the Director of the Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College and formerly attended Charlevoix Public Schools.
In the 1930s Harry Foster, an Alden Michigan native, founded the Foster Boat Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Company relocated to Charlevoix in 1940, occupying the former Ferry Seed Company building on Ferry Avenue. Production began on small wooden recreation boats. By the spring of 1941 the Company had 15 employees but was struggling financially.
After the entry of the United States into the war in December 1941 the Company quickly changed to war production. In 1942 it was awarded a contract to build aircraft rearming boats – craft used to ferry men and munitions to seaplanes. Soon work expanded to construction of sailing dinghies for the Navy and dinghies for the Coast Guard. The Company’s sail and canvas division made portable arctic shelters. After the Battle of the Bulge the Company hired extra workers and manufactured hundreds of storm boats intended for river crossings in Germany. At its peak 175 employees labored in the Company’s 3 plants (2 in Charlevoix and 1 in Petoskey).
After the war the Company returned to the recreational boat market, supplementing its line of row boats and other small craft with a 26 foot cruiser designed by Charlevoix native, Jim Bellinger. The transition back to wooden recreational boats proved difficult and the Company expanded its offerings to include toboggans, snow scooters (a ski with seat attached), kapok life vests, oars, and a variety of canvas products. Though many of its products were well received, ultimately its efforts were unsuccessful.
In 1953 the Company relocated to Conway, Arkansas where it continued to make oars and paddles for the world market until the 1990s. The Ferry Avenue building, now housing the Foster Boat Works condominiums was sold to Robert Schleman’s South Bend Tools & Die company and used to manufacture fiberglass recreational equipment for a number of years.
Mr. Reynold’s review of this fascinating history was illustrated by numerous projected photographs tracking the development of the Company, its products, and personnel.
This was a wonderful and well attended event! Below are a few photos of the event.
- Geoffrey with Tony Duerr and a Foster Boat Works Bump Jumper
Who is Geoffrey Reynolds?
Geoffrey D. Reynolds has been the Director of the Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College since July 2001. Previous to that he served as the collections archivist since January 1997.
He graduated from Wayne State University with a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and an Archival Administration Certificate in 1995.
He has worked at various times for Infoflo as a records management specialist, Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, General Motors Media Archives and Little Caesar’s Enterprises on its Detroit Tiger baseball club archival materials.
He currently serves as the treasurer of the Dutch-American Historical Commission, membership chairperson for the Association for the Advancement of Dutch American Studies, webmaster of the Michigan Oral History Association, Executive Director of the Holland Area Historical Society, newsletter and yearbook editor of the Water Wonderland Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society, and member of the History Advisory Council for Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.
His research and writing interests include the pleasure boat building industry of Holland and vintage race boat history.