Benzie Area Historical Society Newsletter January 2018
Benzonia Academy Lectures
Love in the Yukon Jim Ribby
Thursday, May 10 7:00 at the Mills Auditorium
Jim Ribby will explore the relationships between men and women on the northern frontier in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s using poetry from the period. The humorous incidents as well as the tragedies will be presented. All will emphasize the importance of these relationships during the often harsh times of the turn of the last century. The listener will see the beauty of the rugged settings in which these events took place as well. The program contains many old favorites that will awaken memories of stories members of the audience were told when they were young.
Jim Ribby, a retired State Parole Officer, has been performing poetry since 1994 in various venues, including schools, resorts and book stores. He is best known for his historical works. His presentations consist of poems, by various authors, tied together to tell a story, or to show various aspects of a particular theme.
Thursday, June 14 7:00 Andrew Bolander
Voices from the Past Andy Bolander
Thursday June 14 7:00 at the Mills Auditorium
Sponsored by the Benzie Area Historical Society, the Benzonia Public Library, and the Mills Community House
The book, Daylight in the Swamp, was done from oral history tapes made by William and Edith Overlease. Those tapes have been digitized by The University of Michigan. Bolander will discuss the tapes, playing segments that illuminate the history of logging in Benzie County.
Edith Overlease will by the Guest of Honor. Refreshments provided by Friends of Benzonia Public Library.
Andy Bolander is a volunteer and researcher with the Benzie Area Historical Museum. He is a rail and car ferry enthusiast and a nerd for all things Ann Arbor Railroad.