“Michigan’s Lumbering Days and Camp Life”
Two hundred years ago, the early pioneers of the Michigan territory wrote about the majestic forests, the tall white pines, and the great oaks. Our lecture series on the history of lumbering in Michigan covers the first settlements and earliest forms of lumber harvesting. We use an historic outline to progress from hand hewn logs to finished lumber…from water powered mills to the 1883 steam engines which powered most of the sawmills throughout lower Michigan. By the mid 1850’s, most of the people in Michigan lived south of line from Grand Rapids to Port Huron. At this time, 600 lumber camps employed a wonderful mix of humanity. Our video portion of the lecture shows historic movie footage and photos of this period in Michigan’s history. We also bring along, for display, the historic tools that these lumberjacks used in their quest for harvesting the big trees.
Reese Unity District Library will be hosting this lecture
Wednesday, May 16th at 6:00pm
Come learn about this Michigan history with us. We hope to see you here!