#AceHistory2ResearchNews – September 29 – Choosing a Museum based on assonance that highlights the former Manistee County community’s past as a lumber town, today better known for its tourism, its most famous native daughter and local shipwrecks.
The museum is housed in an 1884 Victorian house, which was trucked over from north of Arcadia in two pieces.
WHO WAS THE LOCALLY BORN CELEBRITY? Harriet Quimby was the first woman to get a pilot’s license in the U.S. and the first woman to fly across the English Channel. A journalist by trade, she was known for her purple aviatrix outfit, a copy of which is on display at the museum, along with some of her articles and photos of her aeronautical feats.
WHAT OTHER KINDS OF THINGS WILL I SEE THERE? The oldest items in the collection are American Indian artifacts and corn. Also for public viewing are old catalogs from the local furniture company and what it produced, a piece of planking from the shipwreck Minnehaha, 1880s maps of the Arcadia & Betsie River Railroad line with pictures of train stops, logheads stamped by local logging companies (for example, Starke was a star and the letter K), and antique farming equipment such as thrashers and churners.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW? The museum also has a brochure of a 1.5-mile walking tour to take visitors to historic sites around town, though some are no longer standing. Among those that are standing are the Charles P. Matteson House and what was once the Schafer and Son Market.