Stories of Summer


Stories of Summer

We are excited to announce that the Kutsche Office of Local History received a National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage grant. We can't wait to start documenting the histories of summers in Saugatuck-Douglas with the Saugatuck-Douglas History Center as part of the project, "Stories of Summer."  This project is supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities Common Heritage grant. 

Please consider joining us on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 5:30-7:30pm at the Old School House in Douglas to learn how you can volunteer and be a part of this project. 


West Michigan’s landscape reflects the histories of a bustling tourism industry along the shoreline of Lake Michigan during the summer. Many of these areas were profoundly transformed, garnering reputations for their acceptance of minorities. The twin lakeshore communities of Saugatuck-Douglas, became an important touchstone in thinking about the region’s LGBT history as the towns became a “home for all,” including a college youth invasion, motorcycle gangs, beach-goers, concert-goers, as well as the LGBT community. Although stories are told about motels and inns that welcomed gay customers or lax policing of state liquor laws that banned serving homosexuals, few records or oral histories discuss these topics. This project documents the area’s rise to become a destination for the LGBT community and other contemporary stories through oral histories and digitization of objects, photographs, and ephemera while the people who experienced these times are still able to share them. 

History Harvest Collection Dates
Saturday, June 2              9am-4pm
Saturday, July 21             9am-4pm

Bring your stories, old letters, photographs, diaries, maps, images, and ephemera to share on our History Harvest Days. Our goal is to digitize materials and record your stories that document the history of the 1950’s-1970’s.

Oral History Collection Dates
Monday, June 4           9am-12pm
Tuesday, June 5          9am-12pm
Wednesday, June 6     9am-12pm

Come spend an hour or more and share with us your stories of Saugatuck-Douglas.


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