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book coverBounty & Bust: Commercial Fishing in Saugatuck-Douglas, 1860-1970

Authors: Sally Winthers and Randy DiRosa with an essay by Eric Gollannek.

From the late 1860s to the late 1960s, commercial fishing was a vital part of Saugatuck-Douglas, a community at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River in Michigan. This richly illustrated book tell the story of the families, the tugs, the gear and even the fish. Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Saugatuck’s Historic Demerest Shanty: A Tribute to Our Commercial Fishing History. Published April 2021.  8.5x11. 128 pages. Full color illustrations.

Cost including shipping: $28 Add To Cart

book coverBack to School: The Douglas Union School Story, 2nd Edition, 2017, Nancy J. Budd. Detailing the history of the Douglas Union School building - Michigan's oldest standing union school - and today's vibrant Old School House in downtown Douglas. Discusses not only the history of the building but of the teachers and students, and the trends in school design and development. Design by Sally Winthers. 8.5 x 11 inches, 26 illustrations, 64 pages.
Soft cover $15 Add To Cart

DVD cover Michigan Hometown Stories: now can be your own!

The story of Saugatuck and Douglas, as seen on WGVU-TV/PBS in June, is at last available on DVD as a keepsake for your film library and a great gift for family and friends. This special one-hour documentary celebrates our history, people, art, diversity, and strong community commitment to preserving our townscape and nature-blessed environment.

Told in the words of more than 30 townsfolk and visitors revealing their impressions and memories, this unique program distills 40+ hours of interviews videotaped all around the area from the Crow's Nest to the Old School House and in and around dozens of our businesses, lodgings, and galleries – even on the Star of Saugatuck and Dune Schooners.

And, owning this DVD gives you exclusive access to hours of bonus material shot, but not used in the one-hour broadcast!

Created by Historical Society members Jon Helmrich and Stephen Mottram, working with WGVU's head of production Phil Lane, the project was funded by donations from members of the community, augmented by a generous matching grant from the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.

Now it’s yours for a mere $26.50 including MI sales are limited, so order soon!

Proceeds will help support the Historical Society’s many volunteer-based programs and activities.
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book cover The Village Table: A Delicious History of Food in the Saugatuck-Douglas Area, 2011. Stacy Honson and Kit Lane with Introduction by Ken Carls. A celebration of the culinary history of Saugatuck-Douglas—with attention to the area's climate, growers, fishermen, hunters, professional chefs, and home cooks. Design by Sally Winthers. 9 x 9.5 inches, richly illustrated, 144 pages.
Soft cover $37 Add To Cart
Hard cover $80 Add To Cart

book cover The Big Pavilion: "The Brightest Spot on the Great Lakes," 2010, Kit Lane. A chronicle of the history of Saugatuck's most famous building, the Big Pavilion dance hall that stood at the bend in the Kalamazoo.—from construction in 1909 to destruction (by fire) in 1960 and through the many phases of Saugatuck's (and America's) changing social scene in between. Design by Ken Carls. 8.5 x 11 inches, generously illustrated, 48 pages.
Soft cover $22 Add To Cart
Hard cover $42 Add To Cart

book coverHistory by Camera: Saugatuck & Douglas Photographs 1870-1970, 2008. Jack Sheridan, photo editor. With rare "stop and stare" photos maps, and historical views, some of which are up to 138 years old. Design by Rick Vanderleek. 8.5 x 11 inches, 133 illustrations, 164 pages.
Soft cover $27 Add To Cart
Hard cover $57 Add To Cart

book coverRaising the Roof: A History of the Buildings and Architecture in the Saugatuck and Douglas Area, Revised Edition, 2006. James Schmiechen. The history of the Saugatuck and Douglas area, examining its buildings and architecture as a mirror of the life and times of its people. Winner of the Michigan Museums Association Design Excellence Award. Design by Ken Carls. 11 x 14 inches, 192 pages, over 900 illustrations.
Soft cover $32.00 Add To Cart

book coverSnapshots: A Photographic History of Saugatuck, Michigan, 2003. James Schmiechen and Bill Kemperman. From the lumber trade of the 1860s to the dance halls and art schools of the 1930s, essays and photos about one of Michigan's best known Lake Michigan resort areas, including the villages of Saugatuck, Douglas, and Pier Cove. Design by Ken Carls. 11 x 8.5 inches, over 300 photographs, 184 pages.
Soft cover $27 Add To Cart

book coverStorm, Fire, & Ice: Shipwrecks of the Saugatuck Area, 2001. Jack Sheridan and Kit Lane. Stories of ship disasters of the Saugatuck area from the 19th century to the present, including the wreck of the famous "Chicora." Winner of the Michigan Museums Association Design Excellence Award. Design by Ken Carls. 8 x 14 inches, 68 illustrations, 72 pages.
Soft cover $22 Add To Cart

Building the New and Rehabilitating the Old: A Builder's and Owner's Guide, 1999. A "how-to" manual that provides design and preservation-restoration information and advice for individuals, developers, and planners, with a focus towards preserving traditional character and quality of local village life. Design by Ken Carls. 8.5 x 11 inches, numerous illustrations, 36 pages.
Soft cover, $7 Add To Cart

book coverPainting the Town: A Century of Art in Saugatuck and Douglas, 1997. Kit Lane. Traces the evolution of Saugatuck as one of the art centers of Michigan and the Midwest, including attention to the Ox-Bow, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's summer campus. Includes a glossary of 100 area artists. Winner of the Michigan Museums Association Design Excellence Award. Design by Ken Carls. 8.5 x 11 inches, 40 black-and-white and color illustrations, 64 pages.
Soft cover $22 Add To Cart

Related Publications

book coverEarly Memories of Saugatuck, Michigan 1830 to 1930, reprinted 2008. First published 1930. May Francis Heath. Mrs. Heath's book has long been looked upon as one of the most valuable resources on local history. It had been out of print for several decades. 6 x 9 inches, illustrations by Carl Hoerman, with index.
Sold out.   Available for $19.95 from

book cover History of Western Allegan County, Michigan, 1988. Kit Lane, editor. Known locally as "The Big Black Book" and comprising over 900 Saugatuck and Douglas and western Allegan County area family histories, Ms. Lane, project director for Curtis Media, wrote much of the history portion and helped families compile their own family history data. A timeless and invaluable reference book, full of photos and local family lore. 9 x 12 inches, illustrated, 544 pages.
Hard cover $42 Add To Cart

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