Monthly Program:
At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street)


July 5th, 2018 (Thursday) - 7:00 p.m.

"Ghost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes"

                                                       Kerry Kelly 
Ghost towns captivate our imaginations. Who were the people who lived there and what were their lives like? What is now Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore was the site of ten little logging villages in the late 1800's - early 1900's.
Discover the fate of these villages and the people who lived there as the basis of their local economy changed from hunting and fishing (Native Americans) to wooding stations (providing fuel to passing steamships) to lumber and then to agriculture and finally tourism.
Some of these towns are still thriving and others have disappeared completely. Kerry Kelly's virtual tour of these ghost towns will take you to places in the Park where most visitors never find.
Kerry Kelly graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1974 and worked for Dow Chemical in Midland until retiring in 2004. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Sleeping Bear Du nes since 2005. Kerry is now the Chairman of the board and Public Relations Director. He has been involved in many volunteer projects at Sleeping Bear Dunes. He coordinates the Adopt-A-Beach and Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail Ambassador programs and works one day a week at the Blacksmith Shop in Glen Haven. He teaches three Life Academy courses at NMC: Sleeping Bear Dunes - The Big Story, Into the Wilderness, and Ghost Towns of Sleeping Bear Dunes. Kerry was presented the Environmental Volunteer of the Year Award from Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council in 2016. 
Admission by Donation
Seating limited to first 100 people to arrive.

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