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.
Fallasburg Covered Bridge connects to the past.
Fallassburgh Flats vintage baseball team
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.
The Fallasburgh Flats vintage base ball team will play the last game of the season on Sept. 17th.
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Watch for full story with a list of vendors coming soon. What would you like to see at the village bazaar?
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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
“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 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.
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.”
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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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.
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.
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.
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Pedal through the beautiful countryside at your own pace
By Emma Palova
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Lowell, MI- The 22nd annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour is set for Sunday, July 10th with registration in person at the one-room schoolhouse from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Pre- registration online is at http://www.fallasburg.org or at the Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour page for $25 per individual, $35 for family before July 6th. After the deadline and in person, there will be an additional $5 charge.
There are several tour options ranging from 12 miles to 100 miles.
The most traveled route is the 28-mile route to Ada and back from the Fallasburg Covered Bridge to the Ada Covered Bridge , according to Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) president Ken Tamke,“It is a reasonably flat and easy ride for families and casual riders,” said Tamke.
The second most popular route is the South 50, which travels along rivers and streams through beautiful farmland.
Although the main reason to bike any of the routes is fitness, the camaraderie and feeling of accomplishment and adventure of a bicycle tour with friends or family is even better.
“It is exhilarating and exciting to set out on a journey and successfully attain your goal, whether it be 12 miles, 28 miles, 50 miles or 100,” said Tamke.
The Covered Bridge Bike Tour has grown from just a handful of registrants to 253 registrants last year. But, 250 registrants means 300 plus riders as family registrations can cover multiple riders.
“We’ve had modest gains, with more people joining the fun each year,” said Tamke.
The riders can select the distance they wish to ride from 12 miles to 100. They can also combine routes to get some variety. The 12-mile route climbs up Covered Bridge Road, over MacPherson to Sayles, then along the Flat River into Lowell and back to the village via Lincoln Lake.
The 28-mile route travels into Lowell along Lincoln Lake, then west along Grand River to Ada Park. The half-way point and rest stop is at the Ada Covered Bridge. The route follows the same path back to Fallasburg.
The 50-mile route south follows the same route as the 28, but turns south at Buttrick and heads down to 100th, then back east to Alden Nash and back up to Lowell and Lincoln Lake.
The 50-mile north route follows briefly the same path as the 12, but continues on into Ionia with a rest stop at the Blanchard House, then on to Saranac and back to Lowell along Riverside and eventually to the Fallasburg Village.
Last year approximately 20 riders completed the 100. They do the South 50 in the morning and the North 50 in the afternoon.
All proceeds from the bike tour go for the continued preservation of Fallasburg Village. The historical society uses the funds to maintain properties and implement educational programs. Fallasburg Historical Society is an all-volunteer organization so monies collected don’t pay a salary, but pay to fix things and teach people about Fallasburg history.
All routes begin and end in Fallasburg Village. The Misner House is the command center and serves as an outdoor lunchroom.
Dorothy “Dottie” Blain cooks a country-style Italian spaghetti and meatball feast and its vegetarian version with garlic bread and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
“Our riders absolutely rave about our food,” said Tamke. Additionally, all routes offer home-baked goodies, fruit and water or Gatorade at rest stops along the way. Each route has a rest stop.
Late Priscilla Lussmeyer came up with the idea of having a bike ride as a fundraiser for the society 22 years ago. She enlisted the help of one of her many friends who was into biking as a means to raise money for the society. It has grown steadily from there.
Tamke is hoping for 275 registrants and over 300 riders, 75 degrees, sunny and no humidity or wind – a perfect West Michigan day.
“I hope no one gets hurt, everyone has a fantastic time and tell all their friends about it so they can participate in the 23rd annual Fallasburg Covered Bridge Bike Tour,” said Tamke.
Tour options (in miles): 12, 28, 40, 50, 62, 78 or 100.
Registration fee: $25 for individuals / $35 for families.
For more information, call Ken Tamke at 616-682-0785 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions to Fallasburg
From Lowell: North approximately 3 miles to Fallasburg Park Drive.
Right to entrance of park. Angle right on Covered Bridge Road.
Over covered bridge to schoolhouse. Park in field across the street.
There will be county road signs on Lincoln Lake Road and Fallasburg Park Drive, alerting you to Park/Bridge/Historic Village.
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Fallasburg, MI- Step back in time when things were simple long before cell phones and devices. Treat yourself to a historical tour through 27 area small town museums in Michigan. The theme is “Quilts-A Stitch in Time.”
“We have put together a quilt trail with 43 quilt squares,” said director Sally Hoover Johnson. We are excited to have people travel the trail and stop in and visit our museums.”
The Tri-River Historical Museum Network Presents: “Spring Into the Past”
“Spring Into the Past! “Visit some of West Michigan’s finest small museums during this annual event sponsored by the Tri-River Historical Museum Network. This year’s tour is Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1 from 11 :00 a.m. to 5:00 P.M. each day when most museums are open the same days and hours for your touring convenience.
Twenty-seven area historical societies and/or small museums in Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties are part of this network of support to one another. Located in quaint depots, churches, town halls, store buildings or houses, each of the museums displays the history of its unique community and people.
The annual “Spring Into the Past” tour is a promotional event to raise awareness and generate interest in these small treasures. All will greet you warmly and welcome you into their world of past treasures and local history. Admission is FREE!
This year’s tour theme is “Quilts –A Stitch in Time” and many museums will have special displays on the theme. Ask for a brochure about our newly created Tri-River Quilt Trail!
List of participating museums
Tri-River Members participating in Spring Into the Past include: Alton Historic Church Museum –in an old church, north of Lowell (Sunday only 12-6 with hymnsing at 6) Ada’s Averill Historical Museum –house and barn Barry County Historical Society –visit Middleville Depot Belding Museum & “The Bel” -in Belrockton Silk Mill Dormitory Boston/Saranac Historical Society –a depot museum in Saranac Bowne Township Historical-museum, carriage house, school-near Alto Byron Center Historical Society and Museum-in former town hall Cascade
Historical Museum –in old township hall Cedar Springs Museum –in Morley Park, local artifacts and research Charlton Park Historical Village –museum, historic village, rec area near Hastings Clarksville/Campbell Historical Society –no museum, but displays in local pizza shop Fallasburg Historical Village –near covered bridge, north of Lowell Fighting Falcon Military Museum -with restored glider, in Greenville Flat River Historical Museum –with old-time mainstreet -in Greenville Freeport Historical Society –located in the old Masonic Temple Grattan Township Historical Society -in 1853 structure west ofBelding Ionia‘s Blanchard House and Museum –in a stately Victorian Mansion (Saturday only) Ionia Free Fair Antique Village -exhibits only in July during Ionia Free Fair.
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Visit FHS booth no.129 at the 20th Lowell Expo this Saturday
By Emma Palova
Lowell, MI- The FHS booth no. 129 will be located in the Cafe at the Lowell High School.
For FHS, this is a unique opportunity to showcase happenings at the Fallasburg historic village located three miles northeast of Lowell, Michigan.
The events and activities that are coming up include the Spring into the Past museum tour on April 30 and May 1, the Covered Bridge bike tour on July 13, the Fallasburg village bazaar on Sept. 17 & Sept.18 during the Fallasburg Fall Fest and Christmas in Fallasburg on Dec. 10th.
The bike tour and the Christmas party are the biggest fundraisers for the FHS, according to president Ken Tamke. Mark your calendars today.
Overall there are four main exhibit sections plus the middle hall and the hallway. The flow of traffic starts at the main hall to gym A, to gym B and to the cafeteria. There are also two hallway sections.
The venue gets congested so be sure to pick up a map at the entrance.
This is the 20th year for the expo which each year presents local businesses, organizations and churches. There will be 40 new businesses at the expo. Annually, the expo features programming and a full menu.
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Lowell, MI-I was pleasantly surprised last night when I received an update from Germany about the making of the bridge model.
Bene Hofmann sent me photos of the replica well on its way now. It is three feet long and six inches wide and in height. The floor is out of oak and the truss sides out of pine.
“It’s been a lot of fun working on the model,” Hofmann said. “It will take a while.”
Hofmann used the 1994 rehabilitation plans of the covered bridge from the Kent County Road Commission to scale the project.
His professor told Hofmann about the covered bridges during his visit. Out of all the covered bridges in the USA, Hofmann picked the one located three miles northeast of Lowell in Kent County.
The Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) is very pleased that the signature landmark will put its imprint abroad as well.
The bridge is the pride of the FHS and the entire area. Annually it serves as a venue for many events such as the Covered Bridge Bike Tour in July, the Fall Festival for the Arts in September and the Fallasburg Village Bazaar.
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