History is a fickle thing

The real stories hide behind the things that never happened, such as the Spring into the Past Museum tour 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a letter from Sally Johnson, president of the TriRiverHistoricalMuseum Network, (TRHMN) organizer of Spring into the Past tour.

History is a fickle thing.  It doesn’t always follow the path that you think it will.  So goes it in this year of 2020. 

This is a historic event – this year of 2020 – and we are all trying our best to adjust to the trials and tribulations that we are faced with.  Some of us have been able to manage and other find it a difficult time.  It is not easy but it is a small price to pay to keep us all safe and healthy.  I hope we are all doing our best to protect each other and to help our small businesses in a safe way.  We are a strong people and we will come through this as we all work together.  Thank you to all those doctors, nurses, first responders, and everyone else who is putting their lives out there to make sure we are able to get the foods, health needs, and other things that we need and have probably taken for granted over the years.  I find a new appreciation for all these fellow Americans.  God bless them all.

We all thought we would be looking forward to our usual events and daily life as was the norm.  But  a road block was thrown up and everything  was brought to a halt.

This was the weekend we would be holding our annual “Spring Into the Past” event and we would all be looking forward to welcoming visitors to our museums.  Our displays for celebrating the right of women to vote would have been in place. Other celebrations connected to this historic event were planned.  Now with our museums still closed and the social  distancing that is required these things are not happening and others are playing the waiting game.  We will not let this deter us from moving forward (not for this year) but to looking ahead with a positive attitude and 2021. 

I keep hoping that we might be able to meet later this year but as it is we will have to be patient and see what the future weeks bring.  In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy.  Follow the rules that have been put before us and help us combat this vicious virus that is attacking us.

I sincerely hope you are all doing well.  We are keeping our thoughts positive and minds and bodies busy.  We find lots of things to do to pass the time indoors and out. 

We miss seeing all our friends from TRHMN.

Sally and Dick Johnson

Featured photo: a hat display at the Bowne Township Museum during one of the Spring into the Past Museum tours.

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Spring into the Past canceled

Sally Johnson, president of the Tri-Rivers Museum Network, officially cancelled “Spring into the Past” (SITP) museum tour set for May 2 &3.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all the musems of the network have been closed, as spring has rolled in.

“We all like SITP but with all that is going on right now we have to follow the directions of our governor and the health authorities,” said Johnson.   “All museums are closed at this time and we are not sure when we will be allowed to reopen.   It is not worth the health of our membership to take a chance on opening.”

“I am sorry to say that we will not be having our annual SITP event and we will not be meeting any time soon,” Johnson said. “It doesn’t look like things are going to change for the better anytime soon. When we do meet we will then assess the situation and make a decision at that time.”

The popular spring event that features around 30 area museums may be postponed for fall.

“I am sure you also feel obligated to follow the guide lines that have been put before us,” Johnson said.

Each year, the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) participates in the SITP tour opening up their flagship one-room schoolhouse museum.

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Spring into the Past museum tour

Visit Fallasburg pioneer village during your museum tour

Fallasburg, MI – As you plot your museum tour this weekend, stop by in the Fallasburg pioneer village just three miles north of Lowell.

Just cross the Covered Bridge into the 1837 village founded by John W. Fallas. You will have stepped back in time.

You will marvel at the historic treasures like the one-room schoolhouse, the Misner House, the John W. Fallas House and the Tower Farm & barn, all preserved under the auspices of the  Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS).

“Spring Into the Past” is a tour of the museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network in Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties.

The Tower Barn

“We’re continuing last year’s theme of “Fashions through the Ages” with many new displays as our member museums or historical societies roll out their red carpet to show off the unique history of their communities during this annual event,” said  Tri-River Museums Network spokesperson Judy Gager.

Get a descriptive booklet at any of the museums or plan your tour beforehand by downloading a copy of a map at http://www.commoncorners.com

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Beach wear, bustles and bridal gowns – a variety of timeless “Fashions Through the Ages” will be visible in the museums of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network during the annual museum tour.

The quaint museums are as versatile as the fashions, located in former vintage homes, meeting halls, stores and depots in small communities throughout the Tri-River Network.

Participating museums in the Spring into the Past Tri-River Museums Network.

“They all are eager to share the history of their community both past and present,” said Gager.

Museum hours are usually also varied, but during this annual event all museums are open the same days and hours so visitors can tour several the same day:  Saturday from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.

“Fallasburg always Partakes in this annual tour,” said FHS spokesperson Emma Palova.

Get an informational booklet at any museum. Museums are free, but donations are certainly appreciated!


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Spring into past tour

Take a historical tour on April 30 and May 1

By Emma Palova

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.”

Fallasburg Covered Bridge
Fallasburg Covered Bridge

Quilts American star at the Freeport museum.
Quilts American star at the Freeport museum.



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.

Quilts, a card trick at the Ionia Fairgrounds.
Quilts, a card trick at the Ionia Fairgrounds.

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!

Quilts, oak leaves and acorns.
Quilts, oak leaves and acorns.

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

Railroad cross-Belding
Railroad cross-Belding

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 Ionias 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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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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