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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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From There to Here

Visit the Fallasburg pioneer village tomorrow May 5 during the Spring into the Past Museum Tour from noon until 5 pm.

Pictured below are @Fallasburg Historical Society president Ken Tamke in front of the one-room schoolhouse.

For friends Kay Thorne of Lowell and Mary V. Harig of Alto, Fallasburg was their first stop on the tour.

“It reminds me of my childhood, “said Harig. “I am coming back for Christmas.”

The visit to the 1867 schoolhouse reminded the two friends of simpler times.

“It May have been harder, but it was a freer time,” said Thorne.

http://emmapalova.com/2019/05/04/from-there-to-here/

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Spring into the Past

Visit us during the Spring into the Past museum tour this weekend on May 4 & 5th from 10 am to 5 pm. Organized by the Tri-River Museum Network, the tour will feature close to 30 museums from five counties.

The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) will be at the one-room schoolhouse ready to share the good news about our collective access project: Online Curated Exhibit of artifacts and collections from the Fallasburg pioneer village.

You will be blown by the ease of access to our treasures.

Following is the introduction to the Vergennes Township topic on the collective access landing page:

Three of our most treasured collections reflect not only the history Fallasburg Village, but of Vergennes Township. The Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defense registration cards were compiled in Vergennes Township in 1918, for public support of World War I. The Council of National Defense was formed to coordinate resources and industry in support of the war effort, including the coordination of transportation, industrial and farm production, financial support for the war, and public morale. The Vergennes Cooperative Club (VCC) was formed on October 29, 1914 by the women in Vergennes Township for the “promotion of cooperation among the farm women of the neighborhood and the social enlivenment and betterment of the farm homes and of this community.” The VCC met monthly until 2004. “Vergennes Township Living History” was the result of taped interviews and written recollections compiled in the 1980s and 1990s to record the history of the Vergennes Cooperative Club and Vergennes Township.

Here are some examples of the FHS treasures:

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Fallasburg @Lowell Expo

Visit the Fallasburg Historical Society booth 130 inside the Expo Cafeteria next to the Lowell Area Historical Museum booth 131 this Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.

We have a lot of news that we’re excited to share.

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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.

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Poster artwork by FHS vice-president Tina Siciliano Cadwallader.

 

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Covered Bridges & Builders

The 2019 Bridges & Builders calendar by the National Society of Covered Bridges includes the Fallasburg Covered Bridge for the month of May.

The calendar includes biographical info about the bridge builders.

You can get the calendar on http://coveredbridgesociety.org/calendar-2019.htm

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Due to the huge success of the calendar, the society is looking for more photos of covered and their builders for calendar 2020.

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Happy New Year 2019

The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) would like to thank all the volunteers and visitors for making 2018 a record year for all of our events; from the Covered Bridge Bike Tour, the Fallasburg Village Bazaar, the sold-out Fallasburg Village Haunting to the Christmas in Fallasburg party.

To all who have renewed memberships, made donations, or volunteered their time to FHS and our cause for preservation of Fallasburg Village in 2018, thank you. We simply can’t do it without your support!

Ken Tamke
FHS president

Wishing you a healthy and a prosperous 2019.

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