Muskegon History and Beyond with the Lakeshore Museum Center

Muskegon History and Beyond with the Lakeshore Museum Center

By Lakeshore Museum Center
A short podcast exploring the people, places, and events that shaped Muskegon, Michigan and beyond.

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A History of Big Red Football
In today's podcast we interview local historian Ron Pesch about the oldest football team in Muskegon County and one of the most successful programs in the nation, the Muskegon Big Reds. 
24:20
September 4, 2019
Cecil 'Sinnie' Sinclair: A man of the air
Of all the pilots that have lived in or visited Muskegon few have the credentials to match those of Cecil Sinclair. Born in 1888, Cecil or 'Sinnie' as he was commonly known was alive for the birth of flight and became an earlier pioneer in it. He was one of the first 1,000 pilots licensed, and he rubbed shoulders with the most famous fliers of all time including Charles Lindbergh. Learn the amazing story of this early pilot and how his journey brought him to Muskegon, a place he ended up calling home. 
07:45
August 7, 2019
Ruth Thompson: A Women of Firsts
Ruth Thompson born in Whitehall, Michigan would become a trail blazer for women across West Michigan and the United States. She began her career in law and became the first female member of the Muskegon Bar Association. She would then go on to politics to become the first female state representative for Muskegon County. Ruth would eventually run for congress, winning, and become the first female to serve on the House Judiciary Committee. 
08:05
July 3, 2019
The Hackley and Hume Historic Site
Listen in as Erin Schmitz programming manager of the Hackley and Hume Historic Site answers some questions about the creation and history of two of Muskegon's most famous houses.
26:31
June 5, 2019
35 Years of Muskegon Civic Theatre
For 35 years the Muskegon Civic Theatre has been putting on shows for residents and visitors a like. Join us as we interview Jason Bertoia managing director of MCT to learn more about its history and what's involved in putting on a show. To learn more about MCT visit https://www.muskegoncivictheatre.org/ To learn more about the exhibit and opening visit https://lakeshoremuseum.org/events/the-show-must-go-on-exhibit-opening-night/
25:50
May 1, 2019
Get Schooled on Fishing with the Fish Monger's Wife
On today's podcast we interview Eric Petersen and Amber May-Petersen the husband and wife duo behind the Fish Monger's Wife. Listen in as they discuss the history and future of commercial fishing in Muskegon.
27:10
April 3, 2019
The Name Game: Streets of Muskegon County II
Last year we examine the streets of the county and those whom they were named after. We also asked you for any other street names you were curious about. Well you delivered,so here is part two of the street names of Muskegon County.
13:54
March 6, 2019
Muskegon Swindlers, Queen Victoria, Scotland Yard, and the story that ties them together
Take an adventure across the Atlantic as we follow the story of the Bidwell brothers and their scam to defraud the Bank of England millions of dollars in gold.
17:05
February 8, 2019
A Station for All: Union Depot
For over 100 years the red Union Depot building has stood out from its surroundings on Western Avenue. When it first opened its importance to bringing in tourist, visitors, and new residents was immense. Over the years its importance declined but thankfully the building remained to be transformed into the center of tourism again in Muskegon as the Muskegon County Convention & Visitor's Bureau and now the home of Visit Muskegon.
08:24
January 2, 2019
John Torrent-lumberman, inventor, politician, and real estate mogul.
This month we dive into the fascinating history of one of Muskegon's wealthiest residents' of all time. Learn how John Torrent earned this title and also how he earned the title of villain and scoundrel.
17:30
December 5, 2018
Muskegon and World War I
100 years ago the Great War came to an end. The cost of the war was terrible for all involved including Americans and Muskegon County residents. On today's episode we learn about the experiences of Muskegon County men and women during the war.
20:29
November 7, 2018
Old Indian Cemetary
Join us for an interview with Judy Hayner director of the City of Muskegon Art Initiative, as she discusses the history of the Muskegon Indian Cemetery and a statue being installed in tribute of it.
10:39
October 3, 2018
10 Hours! Or No Sawdust.
With Labor Day just behind us we examine a crucial lumbering strike, in which Muskegon lumbering men struck for better wages and a 10 hour workday.
12:13
September 5, 2018
The Century Club
The pointed roof and large stone arch entrance way of the Century Club have been a feature of Western Avenue for over a century. Today we examine the long history of the building and the club who called it home.
10:45
August 1, 2018
Sails on the Lake: Lumber Schooners in Muskegon
In the 1800s the Lumber Schooner dominated trade and transportation in Muskegon. On today's episode we discuss how these ships were made, used, and sailed.
13:04
July 3, 2018
Helen Hume's Adventures
Helen Hume was the daughter of Muskegon Lumber Baron Thomas Hume. In 1908 Helen and her friend Francis Ford, along with a chaperone, took an around the world journey. While traveling, Helen wrote many letters to her family which paint a journey of amazement, hilarity, and tribulations. These are some of those stories.
08:18
June 6, 2018
A History of Spring Cleaning
The origins of spring cleaning go back several hundred years in Michigan. Join the staff of Michigan's Heritage Park to learn the why and how, and about its most prominent tool, the broom.
07:43
May 2, 2018
Elston Howard: Muskegon Clipper, New York Yankee, World Series Champion
Baseball in Muskegon has a long history, and many great players have called the area home. One of the most famous players to every play in the area has to be Elston Howard. Today we hear his story.
07:28
April 4, 2018
The Name Game: Street Names of Muskegon County
Giles, McCracken, Ruddiman, and Peck are among the many named streets of Muskegon County. But who are the people behind these names and what are their stories? Jackie Huss seeks to answer many of those questions on today's episode.
13:12
March 8, 2018
The most interesting man in Muskegon County?
Today's episode looks at who could be the most interesting and controversial person to ever live in Muskegon County. During his life he corresponded with world leaders, did research for the U.S. government, and self-published several books. So, listen in and share your thoughts, memories, and stories of our mysterious figure.
13:52
February 7, 2018
Hackley School
For over 100 years the Hackely School, now Hackley Administration Building has been part of downtown Muskegon. Listen in this month as we cover the history of the school from the plan of Charles Hackley to its present situation.
08:43
January 3, 2018
Michigan Theater
Today's episode will follow the history of the Michigan Theater. From its construction and glory days, to its near demolition, and finally its transformation into the Frauenthal Theater we know and love today!
06:08
December 6, 2017
Seaway Drive and John Beukema
In this episode we answer the question that many of you have probably wondered. Why do we have a road called Seaway Drive?
06:40
November 1, 2017
Buster Keaton and Muskegon
In today's episode we have a discussion with documentary film makers Jim Schaub and Ron Pesch on their project Buster Keaton: Home. Follow along as we talk about Buster's time spent in Muskegon, the film, and the upcoming Buster Keaton convention in Muskegon. To find out more or to donate to the project visit http://www.busterkeatonhome.com/. To learn more about the convention go to http://www.busterkeaton.com/ and be sure to stop by the Lakeshore Museum Center to see our Buster Keaton display.
25:26
October 4, 2017
A Sip of History
This episode features Gwen and Wendy from Michigan's Heritage Park. Listen in as they discuss alcohol throughout history in Michigan and learn about rum’s role in the fur trade, Michigan's earliest home brewers, and other topics. Grab your favorite drink, sit back, and enjoy.
16:59
September 8, 2017
Douglas Malloch: The Lumberman's Poet
A Muskegon born poet, Douglas Malloch gained wide fame with his upbeat poems on nature and life. His poems on the lumbering industry gave him the nickname the Lumberman's poet.
07:38
August 1, 2017
Hackley's Confederate Gold?
In this episode Aaron Mace the Assistant Program Manager of the Historic Sites discusses his research on the theory that the lost Confederate Treasury was brought to Muskegon and acquired by Charles Hackley among others.
35:54
June 7, 2017
Hackley Park
This special Memorial Day episode will examine the history of Hackley Park, Charles Hackley's largest and most enduring Memorial Day gift.
06:01
May 29, 2017
The Man with the Branded Hand
This episode will cover the life, imprisonment, trial, and legacy of abolitionist Johnathan Walker. Special thanks to Harold McDermed for his guest narration.
12:56
April 5, 2017
The Amazon Knitting Company
This episode will follow the history of the Amazon Knitting Company from its roots in Indiana, to its arrival in Muskegon, and up until its use today as apartments.
07:14
March 1, 2017
Martin Ryerson: Life of a Lumber Baron
This episode will follow the life and career of Martin Ryerson a Muskegon made Lumber Baron.
08:06
February 9, 2017
Muskegon History and Beyond
The Lakeshore Museum Center is starting a podcast! Please subscribe to us on i-tunes or follow the link on our website and Facebook to hear what we are talking about.
00:58
February 6, 2017
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