LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear SDHS Members,
This has been one heck of a winter. It is now time for us to stop
hibernating at bit and come together for a party. The Annual Pub
Party is in full swing and is a great time for the entire community
to get reacquainted. The date is March 14 and it will be at Coral
Gables thanks to our friends Mike and Ruth Johnson and Theresa Lee.
They have promised to take good care of us again this year. We are
pleased that we did not have to raise the price from last year.
How's that for trying to stimulate the economy?
Tickets for the dinner and raffle are available for purchase. $25
gets you dinner and 1 chance to go to Las Vegas. Additional raffle
tickets can be purchased; 1 for $10 or 3 for $25. You can stop by
Respite in Douglas or Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck; they have
tickets available for purchase. If you are out of town you can call
us at 269 857 5751 and purchase your tickets over the phone.
We do not want you to miss out on the opportunity to listen to the
snowstorm stories, have some good food and drink and don't forget
the chance to further test your luck of the Irish in Las Vegas. We
are receiving some really good items for both the silent and live
auction and remember all the proceeds will go to the
Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society.
Some of our members have come forward to let me know that volunteers
are ready and willing to help. The only challenge is that I am not
able to call you, as I do not know who you are. So, if you could
call me or send me an email to let me know what you have volunteered
your services for in the past and wish to do so again this year,
know that we are most grateful and welcome the help. I can be
reached at 269 561 2305 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you in advance for all of your
The other item that I need to mention is the Old School House. The
Board is working very hard to find financial resources to finish the
lower level in time to have it open to the public sometime this
summer. We are at a standstill at the moment. Some of it is due to
the economic situation and that foundations are looking at causes
that are more human service oriented. We need to pull together once
again and get this project completed. I hope you will be able to
help in some way to finish this project.
The sun is shining as I write this letter, so there is hope that
warmer temperatures are in the near future. I have learned how to
steer the snow blower in 5 inches of heavy snow and hope I don't
have to use it again until next year.
All of you Snowbirds, I hope you are enjoying your time away and we
look forward to your return and seeing your nice tanned faces.
See you all at the Pub Party --- I am looking forward to it.
Best regards, Kathy Sturm
Wednesday, March 11, 7 PM at the Saugatuck High
School, The Life and Art of Cora Bliss Taylor
Wednesday, April 8, 7 PM,
location to be determined, Annual Heritage Awards
Wednesday, May 13, 7 PM, location to be announced, Annual Meeting
meeting to feature the Life and Work of Cora Bliss Taylor
We will continue our tradition of exploring the life of
notable area women as we celebrate the life and work of Cora
Bliss Taylor. Nancy Beebe, art researcher and appraiser (and
student of Mrs. Taylor) will discuss Cora's work and place in
the American art world.
Over her more than 50 years of teaching in Saugatuck, Mrs.
Taylor inspired thousands of young people, and we are asking
them to come and share their experiences at the Taylor Art
School. We also are asking her patrons to bring in their
paintings to show to the audience.
Any questions, call Jane Underwood at 269-857-2268.
Last year's exhibit comes down ---
Steve Teich, Vic Bella & Sam Farnsworth dismantle the
2008 Museum Exhibit
and "Summertime" is on its way ---
Saugatuck Yacht Club dock with Mom helping kids into
Jack Rasdall holding fish on stringer.
Who is this shop clerk and what is the name of the
The exhibit, that is. Check out these photos - only three of
hundreds we are considering for inclusion in the museum's
exhibition--2009. We know that the fisherman is Jack Rasdall and it
will be included in a special section of fishing photos, so get your
fishing photos to us (preferably with a bit of narrative with it).
The other is of the Saugatuck Yacht Club dock - but who is the mom
helping her kids onto the boat? - and one of a Saugatuck clerk at
his counter (after all, "summertime" was heavy-duty work time for
Photos? Slides? Home movies? Water Ski? Restaurant menu? Your museum
exhibition "study group" of about 10 people is busy gathering
objects, photographs, conceptualizing, designing, and writing for
Part One of a two-year (2009-2010) exhibit on the history of
summertime and leisure in the Saugatuck and Douglas area - opening
Memorial Day weekend.
We are receiving word of a good number of new photos and materials
to be gathered in - some pretty unique stuff including Cora Bliss
Taylor's lawn chair (from the 50s?), a water pitcher claimed to be
from Al Capone's boat when docked in Saugatuck, lots of beach and
vacation photos - even an artist drawing of an arrest made in
Saugatuck during the wild 1950s college-kids invasion, and a photo
of the Big Pavilion burning - but (most important) just some
interesting every-day summertime life documentation: people having
fun and living it up. Does anyone have photos from the 1960
Saugatuck Jazz Festival - the one that featured Dave Brubeck? We
would also like to hear the story of the hotel or motel or cottage
you stayed in during your first visit to Saugatuck. What sort of
work were you employed in that catered to summertime visitors? What
In any case, call (Vic Bella at 857-3600 or the SDHS Tech Center,
857-7901) or write Jim Schmiechen at
to tell us about your 'summertime' stuff - anything dating up to
about 1990 or so. Also, give a shout if you would like to join this
exhibition study/construction group.
PUB PARTY & RAFFLE TICKETS NOW
GET YOURS SOON!
The Pub Party, one of the premier social
events for 2009, will be held at Coral Gables on Saturday,
March 14 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm
6:30 - cash
bar and viewing of silent auction items and 7:30 - dinner and
live auction follows dinner.
This year the vacation raffle winner will be able to try the luck of
the Irish in fabulous Las Vegas! Airfare, three nights of hotel
accommodations on The Strip and airport transfers for two are
included in the trip. (The trip must be completed by December 15,
2009 and other rules and restrictions will apply.) One raffle ticket
is included with each Pub Party ticket. Additional raffle tickets
are $10 or 3 for $25.
Items for the auctions include vacation getaways, original artwork,
offerings from local retailers and restaurants, and even services
like a home security system or home decorating consultation. As in
the past, there will be many, many bargains for the discerning
Tickets to the Pub Party are $25 per person. The last date to
purchase Pub Party tickets is March 6. Raffle tickets can be
purchased up to March 14.
You can purchase Pub Party and raffle tickets now by calling (269)
857-5751. (Credit Cards accepted for phone orders.) Tickets are also
available at Uncommon Grounds in Saugatuck or the Respite Coffee
Shop in Douglas.
How You Can Support the Pub Party
The Pub Party is the NUMBER ONE fundraising event for the
Society. You can help in its success in many ways.
Attend: When you attend the Pub Party
you can help the Society by buying 50-50 raffle tickets and
participating in the auctions.
Buy Raffle Tickets: Even if you can't
attend the party, you can buy raffle tickets for the trip to Las
Vegas. Raffle tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. You can order
raffle tickets by phone and pay with a credit card by calling (269)
Donate: A significant amount of the
funds raised for the Society at the Pub Party are the result of the
silent and live auctions. Items are still being accepted for the
auctions. If you have a special item - art, antique, condo stay,
garden party, gift certificate, etc. -- you can donate items for the
auction, please respond to this e-mail or call (269) 857-5751. Not
only are you helping the Society, but your donation is tax
Underwrite: You can help defray a portion of the party’s
expenses by making a donation of cash or merchandise to help
underwrite the event. All underwriters will be recognized in an
Volunteer: A large number of volunteers
are needed to make the Pub Party a success.
If you would like to information about volunteering or are
interested in helping underwrite the party, respond to this e-mail
or call (269) 857-5751.
WE'RE OFF TO VEGAS!
WHAT YOU MISSED
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Society Meeting
President Kathy Sturm welcomed all at 7:00 with the following
Pub Party - Judy Mauger enlisted help for Saturday, March 14,
2009. Tickets are $25.00 for the 6:00 p.m. dinner at Coral Gables.
Bring your friends for fun, food, auction items and a trip to Las
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected
Saugatuck-Douglas as one of the top dozen United States distinctive
destinations! K. Sturm read a thank you letter to the Society from
Douglas Mayor Matt Balmer.
Nancy Woods' recent visit to Washington D.C. found National
Endowment for the Humanities Program Officer Andrea Anderson greatly
impressed by our SDHS Tech Center, its research and records!
Jane Underwood thanked Martha Boetcher, Jack Sheridan and Chris
Yoder for sharing their expertise verbally and on screen in our
program entitled GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH 101.
Our digital revolution allows access to records of the territorial
and federal census, taxes, cemeteries, church, court, family
history, land, military etc. All three urged us to be brave and use
the SDHS website, heritage quest, ancestry.com, Michigan e Library
and other possibilities. Sources are legion!
WHO PLANTED THIS TREE?
How many trees are there in town for which it can be said "so-and-so
planted this tree". Perhaps in private yards, people may know who
planted a tree 10, 20 or 30 years ago. But what about a tree which
has been growing at curbside at 311 Water Street in Saugatuck for
over 100 years?
Thanks to Stanley Mather of St. Joe, Michigan, we know that about
1907, his father Dan Willard Mather. dug up a sapling on the side of
Mount Baldy, came down the hill and rowed back across the river to
plant it in front of what had been his grandfather's feed store (now
the Boardwalk Café at 311 Water St.).
Dan W's grandfather Dan (1817-1905) arrived in Saugatuck on April
12, 1884 on the steamer Taylor, and that same day made his
first sale from the feed store of 100 pounds of oil meal to Joseph
P. Shea. Dan was an active member of the Congregational Church and
served for many years as Saugatuck Village Clerk.
The Mathers are direct descendants of the Rev. Richard Mather
(1596-1669) of Massachusetts who came to this country in 1638. Thru
the marriage of Dan Mather (1817-1905) and Anna Cushman (1819-1901),
a Mayflower descendant, Stanley is now a member of the
General Society of Mayflower descendants.
Mather Feed Store
Before the Tree
Although the Mather family moved from Saugatuck many years ago, they
still make an annual visit to decorate the four generations of
graves in the family plot at Riverside Cemetery and to "check on
submitted by Chris Yoder
Don't forget to send in your
volunteer hours by REPLYING to this email or sending them to Mary Voss
As of Valentine's Day, 226 of the Society's
individual and household members have renewed their membership for
2009. We thank those who have renewed. 2009 is going to be a banner
year for you Society. Come join the fun.
Ed Kelly for the Membership Committee