Veterans at Fallasburg Cemetery

Honor a veteran on this Veteran’s Day 2017
Fallasburg veterans biographies

Fallasburg, MI -The following information is from Faded Footsteps website by Alan Teelander of Lowell. Teelander is dedicated to compiling military information on veterans from all over the USA.

World War II

Conrad Allan Bradshaw, US Navy, World War 2, Lowell, MI 49331 N42°59.034, W085°19.109

Conrad Allan Bradshaw
Conrad Allan Bradshaw

Conrad Allan Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Ensign Branch of Service: United States Navy Arrival Date: 1 Apr 1944 Muster Roll Date: 30 Apr 1944 Duty Unit or Comments: Personnel In India Duty Location: Calcutta, India

Veterans at Fallasburg. WWii veteran Conrad Alan Bradshaw.
Veterans at Fallasburg. WWII veteran Conrad Alan Bradshaw.

C A Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Ensign Branch of Service: United States Navy Muster Roll Date: 17 Oct 1944 Duty Unit or Comments: Change Rank To Lieutenant Jr. Grade

C A Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Lieutenant Jr. Grade Branch of Service: United States Navy Muster Roll Date: 30 Nov 1944 Duty Location: Calcutta, India

C A Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Lieutenant Jr. Grade Branch of Service: United States Navy Arrival Date: 1 Apr 1944 Muster Roll Date: 31 Dec 1944 Duty Location: Jorh, India

C A Bradshaw in the U.S., Naval Intelligence Personnel Duty Locations and China Muster Rolls, 1942-1945 Record Image Index-only record Add alternate information Report issue Name: C A Bradshaw Rank or Rate: Lieutenant Jr. Grade Branch of Service: United States Navy Muster Roll Date: 31 Aug 1945 Duty Location: Jorh, India

Civil War veteran

George Rummel (Rommel), Company K, 16th Michigan Infantry, Fallasburg, Michigan 49331

George was born in Germany as was his wife Anna Spencer as evidenced by son George Rummel Jr’s death certificate (in the gallery).

Civil War veteran George Rummel
Civil War veteran George Rummel

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 about George Rummel Name: George Rummel Side: Union Regiment State/Origin: Michigan Regiment Name: 16 Michigan Infantry Regiment Name Expanded: 16th Regiment, Michigan Infantry Company: K Rank In: Private Rank In Expanded: Private Rank Out: Private Rank Out Expanded: Private Alternate Name: George/Rommel Film Number: M545 roll 36

Michigan Civil War History and Genealogy – The Ultimate Collection – 34 Books on DVD

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Ghostbusters at Fallasburg

A ghost walk and a history lesson at Fallasburg

By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Fallasburg, MI- It was a spooky Saturday night before Halloween at the Fallasburg historical village.

“Put your cell phones in the airplane mode,” advised Edwin Lelieveld, Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA) team member.

The Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA), the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) and their followers conducted a paranormal investigation inside the Fallasburg museum buildings.

“This has been two years in the making,” said Tina Siciliano Cadwallader, FHS event organizer.

Signing in @fallasburg
Tina Siciliano Cadwallader organized the paranormal investigation @fallasburg

Cadwallader put the first time event together as a fundraiser for the historical society.

The MPA started with an introduction inside the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse museum. We filed behind the old creaking and squeaky desks much like the students did some 150 years ago. The classroom filled up and there was standing room only.

Inside @fallasburg
Ghost hunters inside the Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.

The ghost detecting equipment such as gauss meters, temperature gauges and nitrogen goggles laid on a separate table by the old piano.

The MPA team set up laser purple dot grids and EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) equipment at each location of the paranormal investigation. That is the Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse, John Wesley Fallass House and David Misner House, all of which sit on the Covered Bridge Road. An MPA team member was at each location to interpret the recordings of the EVP sessions.

MPA @fallasburg
The Michigan Paranormal Alliance (MPA) conducts investigation @fallasburg

We divided into three groups, each led by an FHS docent.

My husband Ludek and I were in the group with FHS president Ken Tamke and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) employees. We walked down the Covered Bridge Road lighting our way with flashlights. We briefly paused at the Tower Farm, better known as the Tower House. We could not go inside because of its dilapidated interior. The FHS is currently seeking funds to repair the Tower House.

“Two sisters lived here,” said Tamke. “It was normal at the time.”

Tamke said there have been reports of haunting at the Tower House.

Local resident Addie Tower Abel, who went to the one-room schoolhouse, said there has been a lot of activity.

“I know about the Tower House, I lived there. So, did my son, they saw a lot of activities,” Abel wrote on facebook.

Lie Kotecki of MPA conducted the EVP session inside the 1842 John W. Fallass house. The temperature gauge in the middle of the completely restored living room showed 66.6 F. According to the MPA, the temperature drops when ghosts are present causing cold spots. The ghosts also give out electromagnetic fields.

Inside John W. House @fallasburg
Lie Kotecki of Michigan Paranormal Society (MPA) conducts an EVP session inside the John W. Fallass House.

“Drop the temperature if you are inside the house with us,” challenged Lie.

The temperature dropped slightly to 66.2 F.

“Did you live in this house?” she asked. “We have no bad energy.”

The FHS president Ken Tamke explained the historical facts at each paranormal investigative location aka museum building.

“The furniture was built from the lumber out of a sawmill at Fallasburg,” he said. “Orwin Douglas built the Tower House and John Waters built the David Misner House.”

Native Indian collection @fallasburg
Native Indian collection @fallasburg

Back at the schoolhouse, Rosemary Leleiveld reported various ghost encounters.

“I felt a female spirit here,” she said. “Missy or Melissa…..”

But, Tamke said it could have been the ghost of Fallasburg resident Ferris Miller, who had died within the last five years.

“We have modern devices,” said Rosemary, “but we come with respect.”

The next EVP session followed at the Misner House. It is the most completed museum out of the Fallasburg portfolio, according to Tamke.

The MPA members usually turn off the lights for the sessions, although they have done EVP sessions in the middle of the day.

Inside Misner House @fallasburg
Michigan Paranormal Alliance members Peggy and Jason Kotecki listen to EVP recording at the Misner House.

“The atmosphere veil becomes thinner,” said Peggy Kotecki, MPA team member. “We use radio frequencies and cameras,” she said.

Jason Kotecki, IT engineer at VanAndel Institute, analyzed the EVP recording at the Misner House and reported about other findings. The MPA team conducted a session in Allegan.

“Have you been to the old Allegan county jail?” Jason asked.

“Not yet,” said Ludek Pala.

“Well, we heard a giggle there,” he said.

Peggy, a nurse at Spectrum, said that sometimes she questions her sanity.

“It’s mostly a boring thing to do,” she said. “We do a lot of recordings and a lot of listening. But, you go for the whole package and you relive it.”

During the EVP session, Peggy asked questions:

“What is your name? Did you live here? Did you have children? Did they go to the schoolhouse down the road?”

The MPA does not solicit business and the paranormal alliance does not charge for their investigations.

“The purpose of the investigation is two-fold,” Rosemary Leleiveld said. “We do ghost hunting and we have ghost hunting equipment at each location. You do a ghost walk and learn more of a history of a location. The architecture draws me in.”

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For more info on MPA go to: www.m-p-a.org

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Fallasburg bazaar vendors

Here is a detailed list of vendors of the 2nd annual Fallasburg Village Bazaar to be held on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the pioneer village across the covered bridge.

Thunder Storm Rose Metal Art – Robert Rose – recycled metal welded together to create yard/lawn art and sculpture (return vendor) See featured cover photo.

 

Rock Art – Doug and Marcia Alkema – shale and gypsum rock drilled to hold candles – oil burning rocks – jewelry (return vendor)

Sandy’s Fudge – Sandy Van Dyke – fudge and hot fudge sauce

Crafty Couple – Roberta Hulber – embroidered masks, capes, dolls, bibs, headbands, mittens, etcetera

Ana Maria Pimentel – sustainable handmade gnome and fairy houses, organic accessories, stone jewelry and glass

Rebecca Ueberroth/Theresa Broom – fused glass bowls, garden stakes, wall decor, christmas ornaments, etcetera

Lady K Chimes – Karen Roden – lake superior driftwood with glass chimes and picket fence chimes called “Fency Fish”

Shabby Chicnanigans – Michelle Emaus – upcycled furniture, handpainted signs, handmade soaps, seedballs,  lavender sachets, homemade dog treats and a child-run lemonade stand (return vendor)

Non-profit organizations:

White’s Bridge at http://www.whitesbridgehistoricalsociety.org

Lowell Crew Boats

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Fallasburg village bazaar

The 2nd annual Fallasburg village bazaar will be held on Sept. 17th & Sept.18th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the historical village located in the northeast corner of Kent County.

Cross the covered bridge into the 1850s pioneer village founded by John W. Fallass. You will immerse yourself in historical atmosphere of a time gone by. Get your Christmas shopping done early here at the village bazaar.

“In my opinion, the village is a more relaxed atmosphere.  One of my favorite parts of last year’s event, was the camaraderie among the vendors – most of us had not met prior to the event!  I am happy to share that a number of vendors this year, were vendors last year,” said bazaar organizer Michelle Emaus.

Fallasburg village bazaar partners are Whites Bridge historical society and Fallasburgh Flats vintage base ball team.
Nancy Price Stroosnyder of the Whites Bridge historical society at the first annual Fallasburg village bazaar.

The Fallasburgh Flats vintage base ball team will play the last game of the season on Sept. 17th.

Share the Fallasburg Historical Society message with your friends. Follow us on social media, sign up for the Fallasburg Today E-newsletter to stay in the loop.

Watch for full story with a list of vendors coming soon. What would you like to see at the village bazaar?

Visit our partners Whites Bridge historical society at http://www.whitesbridgehistoricalsociety.org

Fallasburgh Flats vintage base ball team at

http://www.fallasburghflats.com

For open slots at the bazaar contact Michelle at michelle_emaus@yahoo.com

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Fallasburg one-room school.

In search of the Fallasburg past online

Searching for the Fallasburg past online

By Emma Palova

Note: This is the second part of a story about a former Calvin College history intern Katelyn Bosch. Bosch completed her internship at the Lowell Area Historical Museum and the Fallasburg Historical Society this summer.

Bosch has laid a foundation for future organizing and computerizing of the FHS artifacts dating back to 1839 when John W. Fallass came to the site.

Fallasburg, MI -The internship has strengthened the bond between the two like-minded organizations, FHS and LAHM, while collectively taking part in preserving, and disseminating the knowledge of the local history, according to FHS president Ken Tamke.

Katelyn Bosch at Fallasburg.
Calvin College intern Katelyn Bosch assisted Fallasburg with computerization of artifacts.

It is the hope that the project of cataloguing and digitalizing the FHS artifacts will continue through another internship.

“It’s been wonderful to experience the whole process of accessing the artifacts and to be the person touching them,” said Bosch. “I’ve enjoyed meeting all the people like Ken and Lisa, who are passionate about this. They were mentors to me.”

Bosch, who will study public history at the West Virginia University in a two-year program views history as an intellectually dynamic field.

“I like to see how people interacted,” she said. “The public history field is very interdisciplinary. It’s about culture, economics and political systems.”

That fits in well with Bosch’s love to travel. She took an off-campus program in Great Britain about British film and media.

“The Internet is the key to get publicity and to find out about history,” she said.

Bosch said she would volunteer again at the local small town museums.

The Misner House
History intern Katelyn Bosch helped organize FHS artifacts.

The Fallasburg village, although frozen in time, is moving ahead with its artifacts and pioneer stories coming alive due to modern technology. As such, the village stands at the intersection of two major study disciplines: strategic communications and history.

“It’s interesting how people will be looking to find historical documents in the right place,” Bosch said.

“The Past Online” project is currently under development, according to LAHM director Lisa Plank. “We will be making an announcement when it’s ready.”

However, in the meantime, a lot of historical facts, documents and pictures can be found on social media like Pinterest. You can go to Pinterest and put in the keywords Fallasburg or Fallasburg Historical Village, and you will find a collection of information pertaining to the village. You can also contribute your news and artifacts pertaining to Fallasburg.

Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse.
Calvin College intern Katelyn Bosch in front of Fallasburg schoolhouse.

Bosch said that the FHS needs to be as interactive as possible with the public.

“It’s a neat set up here already, you have the main town street preserved and the museum buildings,” she said. “The covered bridge is a huge asset to the village.”

 

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Fallasburg Covered Bridge

Calvin College history intern helps FHS computerize artifacts

Fallasburg village & covered bridge intrigue Calvin College history intern

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- It was the famous Fallasburg Covered Bridge wooden span over the Flat River, that enticed former Calvin College student Katelyn Bosch to the Fallasburg historical village.

Bosch started the internship offered jointly by the Fallasburg Historical Society and the Lowell Area Historical Museum (LAHM) in February.

The Misner House
History intern Katelyn Bosch helped organize FHS artifacts.

She got hands-on experience under the mentorship of LAHM director Lisa Plank and FHS president Ken Tamke.

“The FHS was looking to get their collections organized and preserved,” she said.

Bosch sorted through photos printed on tin photographs aka lithographs.

Bosch especially enjoyed pictures from the area Women’s Clubs, as well as poems from John W. Fallas.

“I helped with organizing of the artifacts so the historical society can effectively manage the collection,” she said.

Bosch mainly worked on artifacts from the Misner House, approximately 170 artifacts. However, there are three times as many left, according to Bosch.

The digitalized collection includes pictures of documents and people connected to the Misner House. An online project under the auspices of the LAHM will make the collections of the area historical museums accessible to the public at large in the near future.

Fallasburg one-room school.
Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.

“The goals of the internship were to begin the process of computerizing and organizing the Fallasburg collection while introducing Katelyn to museum collection management methods,” said Plank.

Bosch concentrated on two-dimensional artifacts including photographs, letter and documents.

“Katelyn’s work forms the foundation of the ongoing process of organizing the society’s collection,” Plank said. “In the future, it will be available to the public.”

Tamke said that the digital capturing and cataloguing of the FHS pictures, documents and artifacts is extremely important.

“It will give access, when “The Past Online” goes live, to scholars, history buffs, genealogists and schoolchildren alike,” said Tamke. “It may help us identify pictures without names and fill in some blanks of our history.”

The FHS is proud to be on the ground floor of “The Past Online” website which has been specifically developed for the Lowell museum by Jeff Ostrander.

“Our intern Katelyn Bosch from Calvin College has been wonderful to work with,” said Tamke. “She has helped me to understand and become proficient with the data entry tasks she has undertaken with our accession pieces.”

The FHS wishes Bosch the best in her post-graduate studies in University of West Virginia’s Public Administration program.

“It also cannot be understated, the importance of this collaboration with Lisa Plank and the Lowell Museum,” said Tamke. “Lisa has shared her knowledge with Katelyn Bosch, making her internship of great value in the world of small museum management.”

Mark your calendars for the 2nd annual Fallasburg Village Bazaar to be held on Sept. 17 & Sept.18 at the Fallasburg village.

 

To be continued……Finding history online

 

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Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour 2016

Bike tour 2016 pedals to success

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- Bicycle riders from all over Michigan flocked to the historic village of Fallasburg nestled on the banks of the Flat River three miles northeast of Lowell on Sunday last week.

It was a perfect day. Not too hot, not too cold. A mild breeze curled the water in the Flat River. The trees bowed their crowns over the Fallasburg museum buildings and the banks of the river. The sun, already high up at 8:30 am, cast its golden rays in between the leaves of oaks and maples.

Fallasburg bike tour 2016 registration with Tina Siciliano Cadwallader & Devon Siciliano.
Fallasburg bike tour 2016 registration with Tina Siciliano Cadwallader & Devon Siciliano.

Several bikers ahead of me pedaled through the Fallasburg Covered Bridge much like the early settlers rode on their horses and in coaches.

 

The atmosphere hasn’t changed. You hear the wheels hitting the wooden deck of the bridge and rolling slowly, no more than five miles an hour, over the planks.

You emerge on the other side of the river in full morning light. And a new day is born.

Fallasburg Covered Bridge connects to the past.
Fallasburg Covered Bridge connects to the past.

The bikers registered for the 22nd annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour (CBBT) at the one-room schoolhouse museum. The bike tour is the signature fundraising event for the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS).

Registrar Tina Siciliano Cadwallader with niece Devon Siciliano were ready sitting behind the school teacher’s desk with an antique lamp.

They had already launched 62 riders with more streaming in by the minute.Outside the schoolhouse, FHS treasurer Alan Rumbaugh handed out route maps.

According to Rumbaugh, the most popular ride was the 50-mile route.

“Yes, I am the map guy,” he said. “You might as well go 50 rather than just 28. It’s a pretty day to do this.”

For Lisa Pohlad of Grand Rapids this was the third year on the Fallasburg CBBT. Pohlad, who was riding solo, decided for the 50-mile route to Coldwater and back to Fallasburg. However, even some tandem bikers picked the 50 route.

Bikers register at the schoolhouse.
Bikers register at the schoolhouse.

“I am doing the 50 route again,” she said. “It’s a great ride.”

Pohlad didn’t think anything needed to be improved with the event.

“It’s good as it is,” she said.

Most registering bikers asked about root beer which was the paired beverage to the Italian lunch. According to volunteers, the root beer is the jewel of the ride.

“Come early or we run out,” said FHS president Ken Tamke.

Tamke said he was worried about how many riders will participate.

“It’s like having a party and nobody shows up,” he joked.

Tamke along with Frank Brechbiel do the SAG (Support and Gear) aka broom wagon ride assisting bikers who need help en route. They sweep the routes for riders who are unable to continue or those who have technical difficulties.

Back at the Misner House museum it started getting busy around noon with hungry bikers flocking to the porch. FHS volunteer Dottie Blain was manning the buffet station. Blain made her excellent meatballs that are also served at the annual Christmas party on the second Saturday in December.

FHS volunteer Dottie Blain serve signature meatballs at Misner House.
FHS volunteer Dottie Blain serve signature meatballs at Misner House.

FHS volunteer Patty Brechbiel was in charge of catering the meal for some 120 riders. This included 10 gallons of pasta sauce doctored up for taste with herbs and spices.

“That’s unacceptable to leave it just from the jars,” she said.

Brechbiel was stationed with her grill by the famous Sprecker’s root beer keg from Wisconsin.

“One year we didn’t have it and it was a big disappointment for riders,” she said.

Typically, the crew serves food until 4 p.m.

FHS volunteer Patty Brechbiel at the catering station.
FHS volunteer Patty Brechbiel at the catering station.

Enjoying his meatball & spaghetti meal after a 62-mile ride, Jim Steenwyk of Dorr was no newcomer to the tour. Steenwyk, 74, is a member of the Rapid Wheelman biking group. He’s been riding bicycles since he turned three.

“What about your knees,” I asked. “I had to stop riding because of my knees.”

Steenwyk shook his head and sighed.

“Most people are not trained properly to ride a bike,” he said. “You put torque on your knees. It’s all in shifting.”

Avid wheelman Jim Steenwyk explains how to avoid torque on the knees when biking.
Avid wheelman Jim Steenwyk explains how to avoid torque on the knees when biking.

Steenwyk has 27 gears on his Camden road bicycle.

And what’s the future for the tour?

According to Tamke, some routes may get revamped while staying local. The organizers are considering a new route to Whites Bridge with a kayaking option.

“We attract a niche of riders every year,” Tamke said. “Come and join us for the 23rd annual bike tour.”

The 23rd Fallasburg Covered Bridge bike tour will be held on Sunday, July 9th with registration from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the one-room schoolhouse museum.

 

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Murray Lake students to visit Fallasburg

FHS reaches out to students, groups and public at large

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- You don’t have to be a member to explore the treasures of the Fallasburg historical village or visit the schoolhouse museum open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. You can make an appointment for a tour with your group, friends and students and visit anytime.

In an effort to reach out to the young generation, the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) will give a lesson in history and a tour through the one room schoolhouse to the first graders from Murray Lake Elementary on May 18.

Murray Lake first graders will visit Fallasburg Schoolhouse on Wednesday.
Murray Lake first graders will visit Fallasburg Schoolhouse on Wednesday.

The tour will expose the young ones to a bygone, more simple era without modern gadgets and technology.

The one-room schoolhouse was constructed in 1867.  Founder of the Fallasburg village John Wesley Fallas settled the village in 1840 and donated the land for the construction of a village schoolhouse.

Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.
Fallasburg schoolhouse museum.

The school building remained in use as a day school, church, Sunday school, and revival center until 1979. It was converted into a museum to house the Lowell area artifacts in 1981. The Fallasburg School has a historical significance as one of the oldest schoolhouse buildings in the Lowell area.
School House Museum – open Sundays 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. -with free admission.

Stay tuned for stories from Fallasburg with fourth generation resident Addie Tower Abel. Abel went to the one-room schoolhouse all the way through 8th grade. Abel along with Dottie Blain are avid FHS volunteers. Abel’s mother started the FHS in 1965.

“You have to come to a certain age to appreciate it,” Abel said.

For a tour appointment e-mail  Ken Tamke at kentamke@comcast.net or Emma at emmapalova@yahoo.com.

Follow us on social media, facebook and twitter @fallasburg, #fallasburg, #fallasburgbiketour, #fallasburgmuseum, #fallasburgbazaar and more.

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Fallasburg Bridge Model

Fallasburg model bridges across cultures, traditions

By Emma Palova

Here is the story of German student of architecture Bene Hofmann. Hofmann will be constructing a model of the Fallasburg Covered Bridge as his school project in Linz.

The Fallasburg Historical Society is extremely excited about the project that will spread the word about historical preservation beyond the borders of North America.

Hofmann will be using the blueprints from the 1994 bridge rehabilitation project provided by Wayne Harrall of the Kent County Road Commission. 

Kent County Road Commission blueprints.
Blueprints for the 1994 rehabilitation of the Fallasburg Covered Bridge.

In our first semester subject structure workswe had the opportunity to choose a wood or loam building which significantly presents an interesting type of truss work and then build a model of it. I really wanted to choose a bridge, because I admire the way these structures deal with physics.

Fallas Bene Hofmann
Bene Hofmann

My professor was once in Michigan and told me about the beautiful covered wooden bridges in this area. He told me about his experience when he rode in a coach through one of these covered bridges.

Fallas bridge b&w

“The sound impression you get riding over the boards in these long covered bridges is incomparablehe said. “And of course, they present a really effective and an intelligent truss.”

So, next thing I was doing was searching on Google for covered bridges and the one I liked the most was the Fallasburg Covered Bridge, the way its built and its scenic setting. It  perfectly conveys the atmosphere of a traditional historical bridge. Thats why I chose this bridge for my project.

Before my studies I was traveling to Australia, Asia and South America (sadly not North America.)

I think the most beautiful thing about  these  places is their tradition, reflected not only in buildings, but also in food and behavior of different nationalities.

The Fallsburg Covered Bridge is a really nice and authentic example of what I imagine as a typical rural building. Therefore I think it should get a lot of attention.

The Fallasburg Covered Bridge, built in 1871, was listed with the Michigan State Register on February 12, 1959. It was awarded a Michigan Historical Marker on September 10, 1971 and was listed with the National Register on March 16, 1972.
Directions: From Ada, follow M-21 to Lowell. Turn north on Hudson Street, which becomes Lincoln Lake Avenue. Turn east on Fallsburg County Park Road. Follow the signs.

For more information on the bridge to to http://www.fallasburg.org

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Year in review 2015

FHS launches Fallasburg Today social media marketing campaign

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- I am very happy to report the results for 2015. I got on board with the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) in August 2015. But, before that I wrote a story about “50 years of historic preservation of Fallasburg” on EW Emma’s Writings.

I had known about the anniversary since 2014 when I got an invite from FHS president Ken Tamke to the signature event. The annual Christmas in Fallasburg party is a special treat and a fundraiser.

New signs in Fallasburg
New signs in Fallasburg

My task was to market the first annual village bazaar in September. So, I did on twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Pinterest, Google + and Instagram.

The village bazaar will continue to develop into the future since it does have potential of growth, according to FHS president Ken Tamke.

In September, 20 people came to look at the pioneer buildings in the village.

I started the first E Newsletter Fallasburg Today on Oct. 1 that launched the campaign. The public group Fallasburg Today on Facebook is up and running and doing very well. It has 161 members and more asking to become members on daily basis. The FHS now has pioneer sponsors, Main Street Inn based in Lowell and Vergennes Broadband.

A Fallasburg Today mobile app is ready to go to the stores.

The Tower Farm circa 1850 in Fallasburg.
The Tower Farm circa 1850 in Fallasburg.

I would like to officially thank the many people who have helped with the content. Whenever I consult blogging and writing, I always say the biggest challenge is not the technology but the content.

“You will eventually run out of things to write about.”

Well, maybe I have changed my mind on that one because I have just completed a 30 Day Content Challenge by Learn to Blog. The challenge has increased followers on everything. I felt the need to write even after the challenge was over.

In order to be successful on social media, you must have a constant stream of data and regular postings. It’s a lot like volunteerism. You can never have enough volunteers.

Natures Serenity by Linda Krops Phillips & Jerry Kropf.
Natures Serenity by Linda Krops Phillips & Jerry Kropf.

Even Santa needed his helpers, the elves.

Social media marketing does work in its own bizarre circles when the info comes back to you in a different form.

I had heard back from people who lived in the village of Fallasburg and those who went to the one-room schoolhouse. I got some awesome shared photos like the one with the horses crossing the Covered Bridge.

The stories do keep coming in.

The annual Christmas party on Dec. 12 was a success. People enjoyed camaraderie and good food.

Christmas in Fallasburg
Christmas in Fallasburg

I am looking forward to 2016 with hopes and expectations, both personal and professional. Here’s a list.

Professional:

1-Continue the Fallasburg Today social media and e-campaign.

2-Consolidate my business Emma Blogs, LLC and expand it.

3-Continue to write memoir “Greenwich Meridian.”

4-Market all my writings including fiction, stories & screenplay.

5-Participate in webinars and challenges.

 

Personal:

1-Enrichment and growth.

2- Meditation and yoga.

3- Learn new things.

4-Regroup and refocus.

5-Spread the good news.

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