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Next Meeting

Who:               White Lake Area Historical Society Members and Guests

What:             Students from Montague and Whitehall Historical presentations

When:            Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 7:00 (you may want to come early to view exhibits

Where:           Lebanon Lutheran Church, 1101 S. Mears Avenue, Whitehall

Newspaper Release

Historical Society kicks off 2019 season celebrating Winning Students

The public is invited by the White Lake Area Historical Society to our first meeting of 2019, celebrating creative student researchers who selected as best in the State of Michigan.  They will be presenting the projects that have gained them an invitation to compete in June’s National History Day competition.

The students ranging from 6th to 12th grade are mostly in the Whitehall school system.  There will be three exhibits to look at before the 7:00 pm meeting as well as presentations of two performances, a documentary, and a website.  The three exhibits include:

  • Audrey Conners and Shayla Johnson(both in 6th grade ):  “Reborn from the Ashes: Muskegon and Chicago’s Triumphant Connection”
  • Emily Olsson(sophomore at Montague High):  “Nuremberg Code: An International Protocol Emerges from the Unspeakable Truths of Holocaust Experiments”
  • Allison Tate(8th grade)  “A Bitter Pill to Swallow: Dr. Kelsey’s Triumph Hides an American Tragedy”, which not only won in her division but also earned not one but TWO special awards,  Best Use of Oral History and Best Use of Primary Sources

After students have answered questions about their exhibits, the presentations will begin.  Two are in electronic format and will be projected for the audience to follow:  a documentary film by Ella Johnson (freshman):  “Diving into Murky Waters: Greg Louganis & AIDS, a Clear, Triumphant Voice for Acceptance”; and a website by Amelia Chen (7th grade):  “Navigating the North: Lost Franklin Expedition, the Tragic Key that Unlocked Arctic Triumph”.

The live presentations will be acted out by students in multiple costumes. Alison Chen ( 6th grade, her second year as a performer) will cover more than a century in “The Exclusion Act of 1882: Chinese-Americans Triumph in Spite of Legislated Tragedy”; and a four-student performance of women’s lives will span from WWI through the late 1970s, “Saying Bonjour to Equality: The Hello Girls Answer the Call to Achieve Victory at Home and Abroad During World War One” by  Avery Christensen, Braley Johnson, Alydia Jura, and Shelbie Noel.  Avery is a junior in her 7th year of completing and making her 4th trip to nationals;  Braley  is also a junior participating for the first time since 5th grade and making her first trip to nationals;   Shelbie and Alydia are 3-year vets making their second trip to DC.

In addition to imaginative presentation of their chosen topics on the theme of “Triumph and Tragedy in History”, these students have to write extensive annotated bibliographies and answer questions in person from judges in order to each show their mastery of the content.  Attendees at our May meeting may have a chance to ask questions of their own as well as enjoy in person the amazing creations of these students, who are truly star intellectual explorers at their schools.

The travel and overnight accommodations for their final national competition are costly, so contributions will be accepted at this Thursday meeting May 16.  In addition, on Monday May 13, Pizza Hut in Whitehall is hosting a fundraiser for them in which 10% of all proceeds from 11 am to 11 pm will go to help this large group of students get to the east coast and back in June.  From 5-7:00 that night the students themselves will be waiting tables, with all tips going toward their travel.

The White Lake Area Historical Society meets the third Thursday of each month from May through October.  Future meetings include guided tours of the LST ship in Muskegon as well as a mid-summer Scavenger Hunt between July and August meetings.  Those who join as members receive a newsletter with the full schedule.

For the gathering on Thursday May 16 at Lebanon Lutheran Church (1101 S. Mears Avenue), attendees are encouraged to bring canned or boxed food donations for the church Food Pantry on Wednesday mornings to thank our hosts.  Financial donations are also welcome either to help the food pantry or to support the students’ travel to Maryland (and DC) to compete in the finals in June.

Meeting Schedule

NOTE: This is preliminary and subject to change.

May 16

What: History Days with students’ presentations

Where: Lebanon Lutheran Church

June 20

What: LST Tour

Where: 560 Mart St, Muskegon, MI 49440

Cost; $5.00 per person

July 18

What: Camp Claybanks

Where: Twin Cities, 615 E Colby St, Whitehall, MI 49461

July 20

What: Classic Car & Boat Show

Where: Goodrich Park, Whitehall

When: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

August 16

What: Historical Annual meeting and sharing time

When: Potluck at 6:00 pm

Meeting at 7:00 pm with Ice Cream Social

September 19

What: Dan Yakes and his new book

Where: Montague Methodist church

October 17

What: tour of newly renovated Playhouse of White Lake