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Wednesday. October 8,
7 p.m. at the Saugatuck High School Media Room. "Old Ship Captain's Tall Tales of Saugatuck and Douglas". Henry Gleason will share some tall tales about some of our colorful citizens. Do you remember what the waterfront looked like 50 years ago? Henry does. Does the name Stu Ruley ring any bells?

Peg Boyce, long time friend of Henry and fellow native of Saugatuck, will act as moderator for the evening. This promises to be an interesting and informative meeting.

A little background on Henry Gleason

Henry was born in Saugatuck on Lucy Street, grew up on and in the Kalamazoo River, and attended Saugatuck Public Schools. His grandparents lived here and he grew up working with his grand father and father on the river. Their riverfront property has been in the family since 1919. Henry started working at the Fruit Grower's Bank (Chemical Bank) while he was still in school and then worked there for the rest of his life. After experiencing many types of bank roles, he was put in charge of Customer Relations. Henry retired from the bank after forty years of service. Many of our residents still remember his twinkling eyes and welcoming smile. Henry is currently piloting the Star of Saugatuck and still enjoys working with people and being on the River .

Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m., Program to be announced.
Sunday, December 7
, 6 p.m. Annual Holiday Party at Coral Gables. Watch for more information in the November Newsletter. we will not be sending separate invitations this year.


Dear SDHS Members,

The Society has been very busy with several special events that all celebrate progress and the mission. I find this time a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to all, but especially you our valued members what can be accomplished when a group of ardent people come together.

We held our first member meeting at the Old School House Discovery Center on September 10 and rang in the special members only meeting to provide you with the opportunity to look at the accomplishments before the community was given their chance during the Heritage Festival Home Tour on September 20. We also were able to announce that the Society was granted a $12,500 award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). These funds will be used to help bring technology resources to programs to be offered at the Old School House Discovery Center.

Speaking of the Heritage Festival Home Tour, we received a lot of feedback and most of it was very positive. The weather was certainly a blessing and many who participated thought we offered one of the best selection of homes to date. I wish to thank all the committee members, volunteers and contractors who worked so hard to ensure that the Old School House Discovery Center was ready for the "Thank you" receptions and the members meeting and to the Heritage Festival Homes Tour committee, volunteers and the wonderful homeowners for making the Festival a success.

One other reason to celebrate is that the SuperMap is now in place at the Museum. If you have not had a chance to see it, don't forget to stop over. The season is quickly drawing to a close and there are just a few more weekends to take in the exhibit 13 Moments in Time: The Artist as Storyteller and the new SuperMap.

The Board has been busy continuing to move forward. The Board Liaisons will be setting up meetings with the committees to learn your goals for 2009 and to determine budgets. This is an important aspect to our future so that we will be able to then coordinate and communicate what everyone is doing so it can be tied together and fill gaps to form a cohesive Society.

In this issue of the newsletter you will find more details on what you have been doing and what is being planned for the future.

I enjoy these many opportunities to get to know all of you and I look forward to working with you to continue to make the Discovery Center and the Museum significant gems in the community.

-- Kathy Sturm, President


Based on your strong feedback, we have started to add the Society's Board and Meeting Minutes to the Society's web site. Click HERE for details. If there is more information you would lie to see on the web site or in these Newsletters, just send an email to Fred Schmidt at or give him a call at 269-857-5751


Another Museum summer is almost behind us and another Heritage Festival has come and gone. Many, many volunteers have made it all possible. If you were a volunteer so far this year, did you take the time to send in your hours? Even an estimate would be fine. Just let me know how many hours you put in and in what area you volunteered. (If you were a museum host or hostess, those hours have already been recorded for you.) Please send your information to
Thank you - Mary Voss


Membership growth is critical to our organization. The best way to attract new members is by personal contact. Please tell you friends about the fantastic new "SuperMap" at the Museum, the near completion of the "Old School House" and the fun social events at the Saugatuck Douglas Historical Society.

Recruit a new member

The parties next year will even be more fun with all of your friends attending!
Thanks for your help! Ed Kelly, Board Membership Liaison


Ellen Greenhalgh Family

Have a box of old Saugatuck area photos? Let the SDHS copy them for the Archives. We will scan your photos, make digital copies, and return the originals as well as give you back a set of these on CD-ROM

You can then easily share copies of these treasures with other members of your family. Pictured are two examples, "The Ellen Greenhalgh Collection" and a collection of post cards from the family of Nell Van Leeuwen Randolph.

Photos or memorabilia selected should be of people, places, events and things relating to the Saugatuck-Douglas area. Use a "sticky note" (we can give you some of these if needed) to identify names of people, or give

Nell Randolph Postcard Collection

background on the photo or item. Your photos will be placed in a computer directory and labeled with your family name as a "Collection". They will be permanently available for local historians and researchers. If you have photos to share, contact Chris Yoder at 857-4327 or by email at and arrange for them to be picked up and copied.


The final money figures are not in, but the compliments have been free flowing. Everyone seems to have really loved the selection of homes for our 2008 Society Homes Tour.

All of our home owners enjoyed the experience. Our house captains worked diligently to line up home hosts, our Old School house tour and lunch were very successful and all of the transportation and parking went well.

The Society owes great thanks to those individuals who were willing to take on the task of putting it all together: Dottie Lyon, Charlotte VanNeck, Bill Hess, Ken Carls, Sunny Hill, Jim Schmiechen, Gary VanNeck, Howard Vanderbeck, Mike Minster, Shirley Aikins, and Ellen Sprouls. THANK YOU!!

Thank you, too, for your support if you joined us on tour. Judi Vanderbeck


Carl Hoerman by Sylvia Randolph

Carl Hoerman Log Cabin

Carl Hoerman by Sylvia Randolph


To become a member or renew your membership select from the following categories:

Individual $25
Household $45
Senior (65+) $18
Senior Household $30
Student $5
Sustaining $75
Corporate $150
Life, Individual $300
Life, Household $500

Send check payable to the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society to: PO Box 617, Douglas, Michigan 49406 You can also click HERE for a Society Membership Application.

Send items for the newsletter to: Fred Schmidt, PO Box 250, Douglas MI 49406 or email


The Saugatuck-Historical Museum is located in the historic Pump House at the foot of Mt. Baldhead on the west bank of the Kalamazoo River.

"13 Moments in Time:
The Artist as Storyteller"

Open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in September and October.

The Society's Technology Center is open Monday from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays 10 a.m. to noon and Wednesday 9 a.m. to noon.

Society Phone: 269 857-5751
Museum Phone: 269 857-7900
Tech Center Phone 269 857-7901

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