Mason County Historical Society

52 years ago today: Tornado ripped through Riverton, Eden townships

April 12, 2024

Today’s winds are reported to be gusting about 39 mph. But, 52 years ago today, about 10:30 p.m., on Wednesday, April 12, 1972, the winds were much stronger as a tornado ripped through Riverton and Eden townships. The Mason County Press was a weekly newspaper that published on Wednesdays, so it was an entire week before the next edition came…

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Historical Society to present Ghost Tour ’24: Trains, Towns, and Lumber Camps

April 3, 2024

On Saturday, June 1, the Mason County Historical Society will present a special bus tour exploring an abandoned railroad along with ghost towns and abandoned lumber camps of northeastern Mason County. In 1899, a group of lumber barons from Manistee and Ludington formed the Manistee & Grand Rapids Railroad. The standard gauge railroad ran from the City of Manistee, through…

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Maritime historian from CMU to discuss evolution of the scow

January 19, 2024

Maritime historian from CMU to discuss evolution of the scow LUDINGTON — On Thursday, Jan. 25, the Mason County Historical Society will present “Bows Like Scows: The Great Lakes and the Evolution of the Square Hull Design.” Presented by maritime historian Jay Martin, the program will delve into the evolution of the scow – a rectangular-hulled, flat-bottomed watercraft that has…

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Historical Society Scanner Nights will digitally preserve photos, documents

December 21, 2023

Historical Society Scanner Nights will digitally preserve photos, documents LUDINGTON — Over the winter, the Mason County Historical Society will host two Scanner Night events. During a Scanner Night, participants will have the opportunity to bring some of their family’s historical photographs and documents to be digitally preserved. The items should have a connection to Mason County. In the case…

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MCC to donate historical archives to Historical Society

December 20, 2023

MCC to donate historical archives to Historical Society SCOTTVILLE — The Mason County Central Board of Education took a step toward preserving the district’s history Monday, Dec. 18, during its regular board meeting. Rob Alway, a member of the Mason County Historical Society Board of Directors, and collections chair of the Society, presented a proposal requesting the school district donate…

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