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 25THBike 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
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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I would like to wish all a great 2016 on behalf of the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS). Become a member in 2016. Make a difference, help us preserve history of the pioneer 1830s village into the future.
Share our vision and campaign Fallasburg Today with your friends. Spread the good news.
Horseback riders at the Fallasburg Covered Bridge.
The Fallasburg historical village.
My good news is that recently Bene Hofmann, a German student of architecture contacted me via the FHS facebook page. He will be building a model of the Fallasburg Covered Bridge for his school project.
Hofmann picked the Covered Bridge out of many covered bridges in the USA based on the structure and color of wood. It’s needless to say that we are ecstatic about this.
Our message of historic preservation for future generations has travelled beyond the borders of the USA. It will take on physical shape in Linz, Germany.
We’re hoping that the German model will inspire others in their projects. And ultimately that it will bring visitors to this hidden gem.
Connect with us on twitter @fallasburg #fallasburg2016 and on facebook.
We’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the West Central Michigan Historical Society, now the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS). These organizations have been preserving the pioneer tradition of the 1830s village of Fallasburg since 1965.
It began with a vision of a restored village and its Covered Bridge, and now only the Tower Farm preservation project remains for the vision to be complete. It ends with our families being able to enjoy it in 2015, this picture postcard from the past.
“It’s our heritage, we just have to pay it forward,” said FHS president Ken Tamke.
Beginning the second 50 years, it’s never been easier for members, guests, friends and visitors to connect with us on the technology path.
“Comments and participation are always welcomed and encouraged,” Tamke said.
Coming in 2016, after collaboration with the Lowell Area Historical Museum and a Calvin College department intern concludes, the FHS artifacts and documents will be digitally cataloged with collections available for examination by everyone from scholars to school kids.
New this year was the Fallasburg Bazaar that we will continue to develop. Our signature events are: Christmas in Fallasburg , the Covered Bridge Bike Tour and Schoolhouse Open Sundays. All these events could use more volunteers.
The Tower Farm Preservation Project will need help from skilled building trades as we move through 2016.
Please help launch 50 more years of historic preservation and education efforts by renewing your membership in the Fallasburg Historical Society today. And don’t forget to include your e-mail address.
Patronize our sponsors Main Street Inn and Vergennes Broadband.
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From obscurity to social media & eblitz, FHS launches E-newsletter Fallasburg Today on 10-1-2015
By Emma Palova
Lowell, MI- The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) has emerged from a forgotten 1830s pioneer village of the past as a leader of historic preservation into the future. The vibrant society has 50 years of experience in the field, an active board, volunteers, members, sponsors and supporters.
The FHS president Ken Tamke took the lead in getting the society on the fast track with social media marketing and blogging after a stagnant struggle to increase public awareness.
The FHS website at fallasburg.org with a Facebook page plug-in and a donate paypal button is stocked with good information, but lacks the dynamics and connectivity of blogging and social media blitz.
“Our goal is to double the membership and increase the participation in our events,” said Tamke, “to build up on our current events and new events.”
As of today, Oct. 1 the FHS has a brand new E-newsletter with all the sharing buttons. Partners and sponsors images are linked to their websites.
“We’re very excited about the progress we have made since the inception of the society in 1965,” he writes in his president’s message.
The new Fallasburg bazaar held in September generated a definite interest in the village. Twenty people came from a distance looking for the historical buildings, according to pioneer bazaar vendors.
“We met our goals of increasing public awareness of the village of Fallasburg,” said FHS marketer Emma Palova of Emma Blogs, LLC. “We will continue to move forward with our projects.”
And it is a long list of projects with funding yet to emerge. The FHS will pursue grant funding from local and regional sources, donors and sponsorship.
The ongoing repair of the Tower Farm with a price tag of $100,000 has been on the FHS radar screen for a long time. The roof has been repaired, but the rest of the exterior and interior need work.
The archived materials need to be transferred into digital form. An intern from the Lowell Area Historical Museum will be working on that, according to Tamke.
An E-brochure “Fallasburg Today” and an E-book “50 Years of Fallasburg Historic Preservation” (c) and a mobile app are in the works.
The Fallasburg Today blog will introduce a new “Fall back in time” (c) reading series from the news and the FHS archives to get through the long winter months. This will dovetail with the E-book project.
“My goal is to transport the readers of this series back in time when John Fallas founded the village in 1800s,” said Palova, “But I want to keep it lively and entertaining with a dramatic twist.”
The series was inspired by the Bannister community of Czech origin keeping the Czech agricultural heritage alive in the middle of nowhere.
The FHS is also a part of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network that links together small town museums in Barry, Ionia, Kent & Montcalm counties. The network of 27 museums is located along the Flat, Grand and Thornapple Rivers.
Chair Sally Johnson said she will present the proposed “Fall Back in Time” 2016 tour at the joint meeting in Grattan Township on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.
The tour would be modeled after the successful “Spring into the Past” museum tour in May.