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.

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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.

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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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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Christmas wishes

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Thanks to everyone who attended the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) Christmas Party. It was the most well attended and festive gathering in our Christmas party throwing history; the bonfire was magnificent.

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! Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Ken Tamke
FHS president

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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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