A hands-on discussion showcasing intriguing artifacts in Saugatuck-Douglas History Center’s attic will highlight the Center’s free public program Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Old School House, 150 Center St., Douglas, at 7 p.m.
Audience participation is welcome to enrich the discussion.
New SDHC executive director Eric Gollannek, who previously served as collections specialist, will show and talk about the Center’s seldom-seen archive curiosities.
He also will describe more broadly what the SDHC strives to preserve and care for, plus methods for helping such objects tell their own stories.
Examples of the archived treasures to be examined include:
- Paper currency from the Bank of Singapore dated 1837 and what it reveals about life in the old Northwest Territory of that time;
- A decorative metal tray recovered from the Lake Huron Pewabic shipwreck of 1865 and the questions it raises about how this Civil War era relic found its way to Saugatuck; and
- A skillfully-carved wooden canoe paddle signed by William Shashaquay.
Gollannek came to the Center with a Ph.D. in American art history and materials culture studies from University of Delaware, where he also worked at the Winterthur Museum and Library.
Originally from Detroit and southeast Michigan, he returned after graduate school and taught at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, as well as Grand Valley State University in the Honors College and Liberal Studies program.
The Center’s free monthly program series presents entertaining and informative insights into local history and community life. For more information about the SDHC, its Pump House Museum in Saugatuck, Old School House and coming activities, visit MySDHistory.org.