Lake County History Day draws more than 100

BALDWIN — Members of the Lake County Historical Society consider last week’s annual Lake County History Day a success.

The historical society celebrated the county’s history on July 10 with special exhibits, folk music and refreshments at the interim museum location at 830 N. Michigan Ave in Baldwin. An item rarely on display, due to it’s large size and fragile condition, was the American flag that Governor Baldwin presented to the Village of Baldwin in the 1870’s.

In addition to the society’s exhibits, individuals also set up displays. Author Bruce Curtis was in attendance with his new book which describes pioneering the land at the northern border of Lake County. Tom Curtin, president of the Martin Johnson Heritage Museum, displayed items from YMCA Camp Martin Johnson on Big Bass Lake from it’s inception in 1931 to 1980 when the camp was closed.

Jerry Poprawski, dressed as a shanty boy, displayed items from his personal collection of Logging items, and Paul Bigford shared his collection of early railroad memorabilia with visitors.

Albums of vintage photographs collected by Shanna Avery as well as Jane Miller also were available for viewing.

Artist Shanna Avery also showcased her unique paintings. She incorporates local historical figures into scenes of rural northern Michigan. Avery works from vintage photos from her personal collection as well as from the Chase Library History room’s collection. Lake County’s founding fathers would be surprised to find their faces accurately represented in her artwork.

More than 100 visitors were entertained with old-time folk music provided by the Avery and Woods family members and everyone was encouraged to enter the “What is it?” contest.

Twelve antique items were displayed and the public were pitted against each other to correctly identify each. New historical society member Bruce Curtis won the book Lake County History 1870-1960 for having the most correct answers. Helping to set the mood for Lake County History Day, President Bruce Micinski and Director Jill Engelman both dressed in vintage clothing, circa 1910.

The regular hours for the Lake County Historical Museum are generally from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, with the special exhibit room and research library open Friday afternoons beginning at 1 p.m. For more information, call (231) 898-2194.