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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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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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

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Fallasburg bazaar at full capacity

Fallasburg village bazaar with list of participating vendors

By Emma Palova

The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) village bazaar is at full capacity for vendors for this year. Here is an updated list of participating vendors.

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The bazaar is set this year for Sept. 14 & Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the historic Fallasburg village with ample free parking.

From Lincoln Lake Rd. just hang a right onto Covered Bridge Rd. and cross the Covered Bridge into the Fallasburg pioneer village and you will be charmed by the historical ambiance of the museum buildings and a variety of vendors ranging from fairy houses, jewelry to rock art and fudge.

Local author Emma Palova will be signing her brand new book “Secrets” from the Shifting Sands Short Stories collections at the one-room schoolhouse on both days, Sept. 14 and Sept.15 from noon to 5 p.m.

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

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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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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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Christmas in Fallasburg 2018

An old-fashioned Christmas party in Fallasburg rings in the season

By Emma Palova

It was a night to remember: good food, great friends and live music by band Hawks & Owls. After months of preparations for the annual signature event and fundraiser of the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS), the party was a smash hit.


People streamed in from all over West Michigan, a sign of changing times; most of them found out about the party from Facebook and Twitter. The great coverage from the Lowell Ledger helped immensely.
For those who came late, there was no food left or libations. The Christmas buffet consisted of turkey and all the trimmings, two types of meatballs, pasta and stuffing, plus different salads and deviled eggs.
A lot of credit for the food goes to Patty Brechbiel, as well as other ladies of the FHS. The epic dessert buffet was partially created by Joann Childs.
The elaborate dessert selection featured nutty bars and devil’s cake, among others. But mostly it was the camaraderie of the event that brought it home.
The one-room schoolhouse was beautifully decorated with electric candles, and the drive across the lit Covered Bridge at the speed of walking enhanced the historic atmosphere of the pioneer 1840s village founded by John W. Fallas.
The party was capped off by a huge bonfire at the Fallasburg Base Ball Field.
“We never know how many people will come out,” said FHS president Ken Tamke. “This was a huge turnout.”
“Villager Craig Wood spent the whole year building the bonfire,” said Tamke.
The party started in 2006 and it is Tamke’s brainchild. Previously the FHS hosted a “wild game” dinner at the Fallas House. The Fallas House is small and not too many people could attend.
“We never made any money on it,” Tamke said. “The caterer did.”
Tamke lobbied to use the one-room schoolhouse instead, get a band, serve beer and wine, and to have a potluck.
“There was a brush pile in the field that first year, so we lit it,” Tamke said. “Craig Wood took over the fire. We’ve been going with the same formula ever since.”
The FHS volunteers put a lot of work into getting the old one-room schoolhouse ready for the annual event. This includes decorations, large round tables with red tablecloths and a buffet style dinner, while making sure everything works including the heater and electricity.
It is also the favorite FHS event considering the atmosphere in the historic pioneer village of Fallasburg all decorated for Christmas.
Everybody enjoyed the music by live band Hawks & Owls that has been playing at the party since its beginning. They played non-stop.
The huge bonfire warmed up the night in a large radius around it. People gathered in a circle around the bonfire for great conversation and to enjoy the warmth of the fire.
The bell in the belfry at the schoolhouse announced the end of the party.
Happy holidays.
More holiday festivities coming to Lowell:
Visit Santa on the Riverwalk with photos by Bruce Doll:
Saturdays Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesdays Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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MPA @fallasburg

Fallasburg Village Haunting

Ghosts at Fallasburg sell out

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI -Tagging on to the huge success of  both events, the  Covered Bridge Bike Tour and the Fallasburg Village Bazaar, the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) is moving ahead with another fall event.

The 2nd  Village Haunting will take place on Oct. 27 at the  pioneer village of Fallasburg. The event is a  public paranormal investigation with the  Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA).

Sign in is  from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Participants will accompany  MPA to investigate three historical buildings:  the  one-room schoolhouse, the Dave Misner House and John W. Fallass House.

 

 

“The main purpose of  the event is to raise money for the buildings maintenance  and to see if we have ghosts,” said FHS vice-president Tina Siciliano Cadwallader.

Four groups of 10 people will be  rotated from one location to the other. They will be trained on how to use “haunting” equipment and/or trained how to use simple items like cell phones and a flashlight for their own research of their “haunted places.”

The team will also answer questions and they will have a medium too. The psychic medium is Rosemary Lelieveld with team members:

David Matson
Rosemary Lelieveld
Edwin Lelieveld
Lisa Sekeet
Lil Kotecki
Jason Kotecki
Peggy Kotecki
Sue Nielsen
“The whole idea is helping souls reside in place in this life and next,” said Lelieveld, “We educate people and empower.”
The team has been together for 20 years, and each team member has had a paranormal experience. They will be using various equipment inside the historical buildings such as: EMF meters that measure electromagnetic fields, movement, pressure and other anomalies created by an entity such as a ghost.
“Electromagnetic field can be a conduit for paranormal activity,” said Lelieveld.  “We will be looking for abnormal anomalies first on a scientific level.”
Secondly comes, where science meets spirit.
“If the devices show activity where we can feel and communicate with a ghost,” she said. “I was born with that natural ability.
There is a distinct difference between a ghost and a spirit.
“A ghost is a soul that hasn’t crossed over,” Lelieveld said. “Spirit is a human soul that has crossed to the other side. The whole idea is to communicate with the ghosts that are present.”
People will get to observe how the professional team works together.
“Many people have fear of the unknown,” she said. “There is no reason to be afraid.”
The Michigan Paranormal Alliance team donates all their work and time to give back to communities. They have investigated public places such as Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Trinway Mansion, Mansfield Reformatory, businesses and private homes.
Lelieveld also offers private readings. Her first paranormal experience was when she was 16 years old at a friend’s house.
“I had a conversation with her grandma,” she said.
The friend was surprised to hear that: “My grandma has been dead for five years.”
As a group, they had many paranormal experiences.
“We all had different experiences, some heavier,” she said. “It’s hard to single them out.”

“We have comparison data  from two years ago to look over and see what the differences are, if any,” said  Siciliano Cadwallader.

All proceeds benefit the preservation efforts of  FHS.

The event is sold out.

 

 

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