Museum collaboration

FHS intern adds 250 artifacts to the Collective Access platform

By Emma Palova

LOWELL, MI – Sorting through hundreds of pictures intern Darcy Stubbs, a Calvin College student, found some real treasures among the Fallasburg Historical Society artifacts.

The discoveries included two bibles: John W. Fallass bible and a bible with metal clasps given as wedding gift to Charles Beckwith.

The Bible gifted to Charles Beckwith.

“I got to know Fallasburg through the Millers’ chronicles of pictures,” Stubbs said.

“That was a great introduction.”

Coming from Homer, Stubbs picked Fallasburg from a network of internships available for its small-town feel. Her main task was data entry.

The goal of the internship was two-fold: to organize and computerize Fallasburg artifacts and to get exposure to museum work.

“It was a great partnership for getting that accomplished,” said Lisa Plank, director of Lowell Area Historical Museum.

During her internship, Stubbs added 250 pictures to the Fallasburg collection of artifacts- the Collective Access platform.

The pictures are all donations from Elaine Miller Duggan.

And it’s all about appreciating the value of history in places like Fallasburg through the various artifacts.

Some of the work was tedious like sorting through 10 postcards to change the narrative to the Covered Bridge.

“I am grateful because the younger generation is proficient to do this,” Ken Tamke, FHS president, said. “Darcy has been the most well-rounded intern we’ve landed.”

Stubbs also did research for the post office interpretive sign in Lowell for the Lowell Area Historical Museum.

She enjoyed the small-town perspective and making the artifacts accessible to the public.

“Just because the towns are smaller, their history is not less important,” Stubbs said.

Plank said it was a great collaborative project for all the organizations.

Stubbs, a former Navy supervisor and technician, participated in an archeology expedition in Jordan at Umm al-Jimal in June 2019. At the West Church, she enjoyed finding out about the meaning of different layers of floor under the mosaic.

Featured photo: Darcy Stubbs and Ken Tamke.

Explore Fallasburg artifacts on the

Collective Access (CA) platform at https://collection.fallasburg.org/

Following is an entry from CA with information about the Bible given to Beckwith. You can search by objects or identifier no:

BIBLE

OBJECT


IDENTIFIER

2017.001.0087

DESCRIPTION

This leather-bound family bible is embellished with embossed sacred images on the front cover, back cover, and binding, which are painted with gold paint. Especially ornate is the intricately detailed ‘Holy Bible’ title also embossed on the front cover, back cover, and binding. The Bible also has two metal clasps. This Bible is a “The Household Edition” family bible that contains the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha, Concordance, Psalms in Metre, Marginal References and Readings, and Fine Foil-Page Engravings, and more. A family Bible given at the wedding of Edmund Alger and Fannie Beckwith. Written in the front cover is “John 3:16”. Note attached says it was given by Edith (Willard) Mueller (her mother lived in the Fallas house), belonged to Mrs. Henry (Mary)Booth (Edith’s grandmother). A separate note says it was found by Theron Richmond in the attic of his former family home, now the Rocking R Ranch. Given in memory of Theron and Ruth Richmond by their children Shirley Smith, Tom Richmond, Barb and Dick Curtis. William Gardner lived in Rocking Ranch house which was his family home. Brother Sidney Gardner was married to Catherine Beckwith. A sticky note poses the question: “How did the Bible get from the Alger house (corner of Burroughs and Lincoln Lake) to the attic of the Rocking R house (near Simyrund (sp?)?Read More

MATERIALS

Paper, Leather, Ink

ORIGIN DATE

January 1 1886

ORIGIN PLACE

Chicago, Ill.

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Fallasburg Historical Society events 2020

Visit the historical Fallasburg village this year for a unique experience during any season.

We start off the year with the Lowell Area Chamber Expo on March 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lowell High School. We will be located inside the cafeteria. Watch for our booth number.

Fallasburg events poster

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Christmas in Fallasburg

It was a night to remember with an awesome buffet, Christmas music by Hawks & Owls, great company and new this year-a raffle.

The one-room schoolhouse was decked out for Christmas and with new maps donated by Pinky McPherson from the one-room schoolhouse on Parnell Rd.

The night ended with a huge bonfire at the Fallas Field.

 

 

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Happy holidays

Old-fashioned Christmas in Fallasburg

Fallasburg, MI – Come to the best Christmas party in the area complete with music, a Christmas buffet, libations and a bonfire. Bring a friend to enjoy the old-fashioned atmosphere.

Just cross the Covered Bridge into the 1850s Fallasburg pioneer village. You will step back in time enchanted by the magic of the holiday season. The one-room schoolhouse will be decked out for Christmas for you to enjoy.

The public is invited to the “Christmas in Fallasburg” party on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the one-room schoolhouse. The party will be topped off by a roaring bonfire at the Fallass Field across from the schoolhouse. You can’t miss it. You will be able to hear it crackling into the crisp night, as it melts the snow around it.

Holiday music provided by Hawks & Owls, libations, refreshments and the famous Fallasburg Christmas Buffet. A $20 donation is requested from adults.

“The schoolhouse in Fallasburg has always been a place that joins everyone together. She was built, so we would come; to learn to share and to celebrate,” said Ken Tamke, president of the Fallasburg Historical Society.

“Our schoolhouse, dressed for the holidays, once again stands ready to welcome you. Please join us for our community celebration.”

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President’s message & party invite

Old-fashioned Christmas in Fallasburg

Everyone is invited to “Christmas in Fallasburg” on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the one-room schoolhouse. The party is topped off by a roaring bonfire at the Fallass Field.

Holiday music by Hawks & Owls, libations, refreshments and the famous Fallasburg Christmas Buffet. A $20 donation is requested from adults.

The schoolhouse in Fallasburg has always been a place that joins everyone together. She was built, so we would come; to learn to share and to celebrate.

Our schoolhouse, dressed for the holidays, once again stands ready to welcome you. Please join us for our community celebration.

President’s message

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Ken Tamke

2019-wow, has the year flown by.  Hard not to look ahead to 2020 and all it has in store, but before I do…

Our volunteers and benevolent contractors have done an amazing job replacing the Schoolhouse Porch and maintaining buildings and grounds yet the work of the preservationist is never done.  Thanks to all of you for keeping Fallasburg Village neat and tidy.  We couldn’t do it without you!

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Fallasburg Historical Society-Schoolhouse Pic, 1964 Dr. Ruth Herrick

The picture of the school was taken by Dr. Ruth Herrick in 1964 a short time after the school closed.  Dr. Herrick was one of the founders of the West Central Michigan Historical Society in 1965 which is now FHS.  The picture of the school and some others were donated recently to FHS by Marie Vierson, VP. of the Ada Historical Society.

2020 will bring with it a new “to-do” list.  The Schoolhouse needs painting.  The David Misner House, the old village parsonage which serves as a museum and FHS office probably needs a new roof, and the Tower Farmhouse, while mostly weathertight, needs major interior and foundation work.

In spite of these daunting tasks there is much to celebrate in 2020.

FHS’ digital cataloging of historical pictures, documents, and artifacts, a continuing work in progress, went live on the Internet.  Visit our collection at https://collection.fallasburg.org/   There is lots more to come in 2020.

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2020 will mark the 25TH Anniversary of the original Fallasburg Schoolhouse Restoration undertaken by the Vergennes Township Historic Commission with HUD Community Development Block Grant funds.  In 1995, the Schoolhouse was in the home stretch towards completion.

Of the same vintage as our 1860’s Schoolhouse, the Fallassburgh Flats Base Ball Club play the game the way it used to be played back then, right at home in Fallas Field.  They are always looking for new players to join their family (sorry, no Spring Training in Florida).  Follow the Flats on Facebook or www.fallassburghflats@gmail.com

As the season of giving is upon us, please join those who feel it’s important to preserve, educate, and share this valuable resource for which we are stewards-Historic Fallasburg Village.  Become a member.  Become a volunteer.  Please visit our websites www.fallasburg.org www.fallasburgtoday.org

Below are new additions to our portfolio of artifacts: maps donated by Pinky McPherson are now hanging at the schoolhouse and a photograph of the Miller family plane.

Fallasburg maps

Fallasburg maps 2

 

FHS-CA. Miller, Plane, Fallas Field

Happy Holidays & Seasons Greetings!

 

Ken Tamke, President

 

 

Shop Fallasburg village bazaar

Find your treasure this weekend among the 30 vendors at the Fallasburg village bazaar this weekend on Sept. 14 & Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions from Lincoln Lake Rd coming from Lowell

Take a right onto Fallasburg Park Rd, once you come to the Kent County Fallasburg Park sign hang a right onto the Covered Bridge Rd. Cross the Covered Bridge into the village to shop more artists.

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Directions  from McPherson Bridge fork

Take a right on McPherson, cross the concrete McPherson Bridge and turn right onto Covered Bridge Rd. into the Fallasburg village.

Emma’s Book Signing at the one-room schoolhouse from noon to 5 p.m. on both days.

You will be charmed by the historic ambience of the village and the historic buildings: the schoolhouse, the Tower Farm, the Misner House and the Fallass House.

 

Vendors

Two Hot Tamales- Food truck, Authentic Mexican Food

Whimsical Wick- antique vessels filed with wax turned into a candle

31 Consultant, Bags-Totes

Fair Houses- Ecological Access

Ophelia’s Candles, homemade soy candles

Nancy, Leather goods

Creations Limitations Plus, Fractal burned wood products

Expressive Reflections, handcrafted, handstamped jewelry creatively designed

Bob Wojczynski paintings/drawings

Lady K Chimes, unique glass windchimes

The Milk Bucket, Goat milk Soap & other products

Suburban Soaptherapy, handmade artisan soaps

Scentsy, warmers wax and diffusers

Fret Knot Jewelry, guitar string jewelry

Bloom Specialties, LLC, pressure and soft washing

Alice, TreDye Michigan Tees

2 Lane Road, signs carved in wood, wood & clay jewelry

Redpop Originals, handmade meaded wrap bracelets

Sue, Wire-wrapped Great Lakes fossil jewelry

Jewelry Junkie- sterling spinner rings

Paparazzi Jewelry, leadfree, nickelfree jewelry $1-$5 each

Rainbow Ice, shaved ice

Sandy’s Fudge

Pups & Peeps, dog scarves, blankets, tote bags

Half Baked, baked goods-pastries

Outdoor Adventures Campgrounds, Yeti raffle

Frozen Creek Farms, salsa, jams, soups & herbal dips

Rock Art, handcrafted oild candles

Shabby Chicnanigans, unique painted signs, upcycled furniture, lemonade stand

White’s Bridge Group

Also check your inboxes for the Fallasburg Today E-newsletter.

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September president’s message

Schoolhouse new wooden deck completed during summer

A picture is worth a thousand words and YOU made this happen.  Look what we did on your summer vacation!

 

President’s message

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Ken Tamke

 

Your memberships, donations, volunteerism, bequests, and attendance at events like the 25TH Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour, July 7TH, which was a smashing success, the upcoming Fallasburg Bazaar on Fallasburg Fall Festival of the Arts Weekend, September 14 & 15, and our Christmas Party, December 14th, make this possible.  Thank you for doing your part in preserving Fallasburg Village!

Our historic Schoolhouse concrete patio, like many things do when they get old, began to sag and settle.  Water was collecting and draining towards the building instead of away from it threatening foundation timbers and support infrastructure.

We needed to move forward with the project for fear if we waited, irreparable damage could be done.  Several bids were secured, but in the end after careful examination, we realized, with volunteer help and expertise, a couple of craftsman contractors to set stone and build the new wooden deck with entry stairs, we could get this done and be open in time for the Fallasburg Bazaar on Fall Festival of the Arts weekend, September 14 & 15.

Maintaining a historic village does demand the skills of a General Contractor.  Alan Rumbaugh, FHS Treasurer, has performed magnificently on our behalf.  With his contacts, and building renovation know-how, he’s guided the work with a steady hand.  David Cadwallader and his crew, including wife Tina, FHS Vice President, spearheaded the removal phase of the old concrete patio, deftly piloting the Bobcat and loading the dumpster.  Jack Miedema, our stone mason, reconfigured and reset the stone wall to accommodate the carpentry.  Ken Rasmus engineered a beautiful new pressure treated wooden deck and entry stairs while also adding some drainage and foundation water protection features underneath.  Villager, Ron Dawson, undertook the re-welding and retro-fitting of the existing iron railing onto the new patio expertly.  Jack of all trades, Frank Brechbiel has done a little bit of everything along the way on this much like he does in the village year-round.  Adding an exclamation point to the whole project; we were able to keep our concrete ADA compliant Wheelchair Ramp undisturbed, and integrate the former central concrete entry steps at the end of the patio.  Come take a look.  You’ll be proud of the work you’ve done.

The Fallasburg Historical Society Bazaar I keep mentioning is Saturday & Sunday, September 14 & 15, 10:00AM – 5:00PM.  Our bazaar features an old- fashioned collection of artisans and their crafts under tent just across the Flat River and Fallasburg Covered Bridge from the Fallasburg Fall Festival of the Arts.  We have over 20 vendors signed up this year.  This grassroots event just keeps growing and growing.

Local author Emma Palova will have a book signing of her new book “Secrets” at the one-room schoolhouse on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday Sept. 15 from 1 p.m. to five p.m.

Stop by for an autograph in the historical ambience of the schoolhouse.

Christmas is coming… “Christmas in Fallasburg”, A Community Celebration! Saturday, December 14, 6:00PM-8:00PM, music and merriment at the Fallasburg Schoolhouse, a phenomenal fire in Fallas Field follows!  You’re invited!

For more information on the Fallasburg Historical Society, membership, donations, etc., the Fallasburg  Bazaar, and “Christmas in Fallasburg,” go to:  www.fallasburg.org

Enjoy the Fall,

Ken Tamke, President

Fallasburg Historical Society

 

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25th anniversary of Fallasburg CBBT

The Covered Bridge Bike Tour, a success in Fallasburg pioneer village & Coldwater Rest Stop

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg- A total of 120 riders participated in the 25th annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour on Sunday, July 7 under the clear blue skies as the humid air chilled down  at the one-room schoolhouse registration.

Thanks to everyone!  The 25TH Bike Tour was truly a great day.  We couldn’t have done it without you,” said Ken Tamke, president of the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS).

  • 86 Total Registrations (48 Advance, 38 Walkups)
  • 120 Total Riders (67 Riders Registered in Advance, 53 Riders Walked Up)

Among the favorite routes through the Kent County countryside was the 28-mile route from Fallasburg to Lowell past the Grand River, and along the Grand River Drive to Ada Covered Bridge.

Most of the participants found out about the bike tour from the Michigan League of Bicyclists.

Members of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Paul Guthrie picked the 100-mile route, while Gordy Vader rode the 62-mile route. They loved the homemade food at the Misner House Museum.

“The food is great,” Guthrie said. “We would appreciate re-assurance arrows and GPS map. It’s a great ride.

For Nancy Short who rode the 78-mile route, it was the first time on the CBBT.

“I ditched my friends behind,” she laughed. “I’ve never done a ride that has a homemade spaghetti dinner with tablecloths on the picnic tables.”

Coldwater Rest Stop

Coldwater rest stop

Fallasburg Village Bazaar

The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) next event will take place on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Find your next treasure at the Fallasburg Village Bazaar.

 

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Collective Access to Fallasburg artifacts

The Fallasburg Historical Society is pleased to announce and showcase a sparkling new website where you can explore online our collection of images and artifacts.

FHS President’s message

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FHS president Ken Tamke

Our collaboration with Calvin College’s History Department began the project three years ago. Under the mentorship of Lowell Area Historical Museum’s Executive Director, Lisa Plank, Calvin student interns have been digitally cataloging our archived material; pictures, documents, and assorted pieces of memorabilia that tell the story of people and places in Historic Fallasburg Village and Vergennes Township.

Please visit: https://collection.fallasburg.org and see for yourself.

This “spring cleaning” process has led to the rediscovery of many forgotten treasures tucked away in files.  We’re still a work in progress, but will continue over the coming months to add to, and refine the site.

Now begins the arduous task of properly storing and preserving our collection.  What a nice convenience for students, scholars, and history buffs to be able to view it online, quite another thing to hold in your hand the actual essays and poetry John Wesley Fallas and his wife, Phebe Brown Fallas penned 170 years ago.  Now both are possible!

The Fallasburg Historical Society will hold its Annual General Meeting, Monday June 17TH.

The meeting will be held at the Lowell Chamber of Commerce and will start at 7:00PM.

The purpose of our Annual General Meeting is a forum for our members, friends, and volunteers to lend their voice to our organization.  We’re always looking for new ideas and fresh faces.  Please consider getting involved. FHS needs you!

The 25TH Annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour.

Sunday, July 7TH, 2019.

 Our ride at your own pace, select your distance (12 – 100-miles) bike tour, takes you through some of West Michigan’s most beautiful countryside along marked and mapped routes with SAG (support and guidance) if you need it. Enjoy wonderful refreshments along the way, and a great homemade country Italian meal with all the trimmings at the end of your trip. Starting from our one room schoolhouse, you exit historic Fallasburg Village over the Fallasburg Covered Bridge, one of two you’ll encounter on your 28- or 50-mile cycling adventure.  You may also select to tour around the Flat River Watershed, a 12- mile journey that circles the Village. For the hale and hearty 100-milers, we’ll send you South in the morning and North in the afternoon with Fallasburg as a mid-way point allowing you to eat in the middle of your ride or at the end. All roads begin and end in Historic Fallasburg Village!

Visit www.fallasburg.org  to pre-register and save some $$$. Walk up registration opens at 7:00AM on the day of the ride. Fallasburg Village, 13944 Covered Bridge Road, Lowell.

Schoolhouse Open Sundays

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Don’t forget, our “Schoolhouse Open Sundays” season begins in June – September. We’ll be open as many Sunday afternoons as we can from 2 – 4PM.  Village walking tours and open houses are available year-round by appointment.

Come to Historic Fallasburg Village and take a step back in time!

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FHS Events in 2019

Fallasburg bridges the past with the new

By Emma Palova

Mark your calendars for the upcoming events of the Fallasburg Historical Society. (FHS)

FHS will be at the Lowell Expo on March 23 at the Lowell High School from 9 am to 3 pm inside the cafeteria right next to the Lowell Area Historical Museum booth.

Hop on the Spring into the Past tour on May 4th & 5th. Visit the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse along with 30 other museums.

You don’t want to miss our 25th annual Covered Bridge Bike Tour on July 7th. Follow us for event updates.

Become a part of the movement to preserve history as we integrate technology into our work.

Soon, you will be able to access our collections such as the WWI Women’s Cards via a brand new platform.

Sign up for Fallasburg Today E-newsletter to stay in the loop.

Poster artwork by FHS vice-president Tina Siciliano Cadwallader.

 

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