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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24th Covered Bridge Bike Tour

Cyclists head out on a perfect day

By Emma Palova

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Fallasburg, MI- On a perfect Sunday, more than 100 bicyclists headed out into the country side for their chosen tour route ranging from 12 to 100 miles.

“It’s been our best turnout yet,” said registrar Tracy Worthington

It was a mix of regulars and newcomers. They all had one thing in common; the love for the area and the charm of the Fallasburg pioneer village.

Also new to the bike tour was Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) board member Mark Kuzee

“I love this place,” he said.

Follow us through the day to the grand spaghetti dinner finale at the Misner House. The dinner will be served until 3 p.m.

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Also for more info go to our blog Fallasburg Today @fallasburgtoday.com and our website http://www.fallasburg.com.

Also check out our brand new video “Guardians of Fallasburg History ” on YouTube at https://youtu.be/DKw3aEQrzS4

The next FHS event will be the Fallasburg Village Bazaar on Sept. 15 & 16.

We are looking for vendors. Don’t miss on this opportunity to shine. Contact Michelle Emaus.

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Happy New Year 2016

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.

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.

For more information go to http://www.fallasburg.org

 

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The FHS vision

The next 50 years of historic preservation

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.

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FHS president Ken Tamke

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.

One room schoolhouse
One room schoolhouse

Fallasburg is now on Facebook. Join the conversation on twitter @fallasburg #fallasburg and on WordPress at Fallasburg Today on http://fallasburgtoday.org. Visit our website at http://www.fallasburg.org and subscribe to our e-newsletter Fallasburg Today.

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.

Sincerely,

Ken Tamke

FHS president

Patronize our sponsors Main Street Inn and Vergennes Broadband.

Main Street Inn in nearby Lowell.
Main Street Inn in nearby Lowell.

 

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Vergennes fiber

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An epic moment 10-1-2015

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 first Fallasburg Today newsletter is out
The first Fallasburg Today newsletter is out

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.

FHS president Ken Tamke
FHS president Ken Tamke

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.

Tower Farm at Fallasburg
Tower Farm at Fallasburg

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.

Visit with our partners:

Tri-River Museum Network at http://www.ioniahistory.org

Whites Bridge Historical Society at http://whitesbridgehistoricalsociety.org

Lowell Area Historical Museum at www.lowellmuseum.org

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