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Traverse City

Volume 3: Andrea Hellfritz (2008): Traverse City – Queen City of the North

Heartland 3 / WVT 2008

ISBN 978-3-86821-009-5

€ 22 • $ 29

Traverse City - Queen City of the North

 

This thesis portrays Traverse City, a city of the American Midwest and an important economic and cultural center of northwestern Michigan. Founded as a logging camp in the late 1840s, it took the city nearly 50 years to become first a permanent settlement, then a village and finally, in 1895, a city.

 

The situation of Traverse City today, including information about the form of government, important industries, and demographic data is described in the first part of the thesis. Another part is dedicated to the history of the city and individuals that influenced the establishment and development of the town. Historical sites in and around Traverse City are also depicted, including the City Opera House - a classic example of Victorian-style theaters and one of the few opera houses still standing that were built in Michigan in the 1880s. Another part is devoted to Northwestern Michigan College, its areas of study, its University Center and other institutes and academies that are part of the college. Finally, a short overview of some environmental issues the Great Lakes are facing is given.

 

181 pages, 111 figures

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  

0. INTRODUCTION 6

1. THE RELEVANCE OF CULTURAL STUDIES IN TRANSLATION 7

2. RESEARCH METHODS 8

3. THE GRAND TRAVERSE REGION AT A GLANCE 10

3.1 THE GREAT LAKES 11

3.1.1 THE FORMATION OF THE GREAT LAKES 13

3.1.2 LAKE MICHIGAN 13

3.2 THE OLD MISSION PENINSULA 13

3.2.1 THE DOUGHERTY HOUSE 15

3.2.2 THE HESSLER LOG HOUSE 16

3.2.3 THE OLD MISSION PENINSULA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 17

3.2.4 THE OLD MISSION POINT LIGHTHOUSE 17

3.3 THE LEELANAU PENINSULA 19

3.3.1 THE GRAND TRAVERSE LIGHTHOUSE 19

4. STATISTICS 21

4.1 DEMOGRAPHIC DATA 21

4.1.1 TRAVERSE CITY 21

4.1.2 GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY 22

4.2 WEATHER CONDITIONS 23

4.3 SCHOOLS IN TRAVERSE CITY 23

4.4 PLACES OF WORSHIP IN TRAVERSE CITY 24

5. THE TRAVERSE CITY GOVERNMENT 25

6. TRAVERSE CITY'S ECONOMY 26

6.1 TOURISM 26

6.1.1 VISITOR STATISTICS 26

6.1.2. SUMMER ATTRACTIONS 27

6.1.3 WINTER RECREATION 30

6.2 WINE GROWING 30

6.2.1 WINE GRAPE PRODUCTION COUNTIES IN MICHIGAN 31

6.2.2 HOW CAN YOU GROW GRAPES UP NORTH? 31

6.2.3 THE HISTORY OF WINE GROWING IN MICHIGAN 32

6.2.4 WINERIES ON THE OLD MISSION PENINSULA 34

6.2.5 WINERIES ON THE LEELANAU PENINSULA 38

6.3 THE CHERRY INDUSTRY 39

6.3.1 THE HISTORY OF CHERRY GROWING IN THE GRAND TRAVERSE AREA 40

6.3.2 THE NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL 42

7. ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT 46

7.1 INTERLOCHEN CENTER OF THE ARTS 47

7.2 THE TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL 49

8. SHOPPING IN TRAVERSE CITY 53

9. TRANSPORTATION 54

10. HISTORY 55

10.1 THE NAME 55

10.2 THE NATIVE AMERICANS 55

10.3 PETER DOUGHERTY AND THE MISSION ON THE OLD MISSION PENINSULA 56

10.4 LEWIS MILLER 59

10.5 CAPTAIN HARRY AND HORACE BOARDMAN AND THE FIRST LUMBER OPERATION ON THE GRAND TRAVERSE BAY 61

10.6 HANNAH, LAY & CO. CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CITY 63

10.7 FOUNDING CITIZENS 82

10.8 PERRY HANNAH 84

10.9 ALBERT TRACY LAY 90

10.10 DR. JAMES D. MUNSON AND THE NORTHERN MICHIGAN ASYLUM 92

10.11 20TH CENTURY GROWTH 96

11. HISTORICAL SITES IN TRAVERSE CITY 104

12. OPERA HOUSES 107

12.1 THE CITY OPERA HOUSE 107

12.1.1 CHARLES WILHELM, ANTHONY BARTAK, FRANK VOTRUBA, AND JOHN WILHELM, JR. 113

12.1.2 FUND RAISING 117

12.2. JULIUS STEINBERG'S GRAND OPERA HOUSE 118

13. NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE – OFFERING "LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES TO OUR COMMUNITY" 120

13.1 THE HISTORY OF NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN COLLEGE 122

13.2 AREAS OF STUDY 138

13.3 NMC'S UNIVERSITY CENTER 140

13.4 GREAT LAKES MARITIME ACADEMY 142

13.5 THE GREAT LAKES CULINARY INSTITUTE 144

13.6 EXTENDED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES 145

13.7 DENNOS MUSEUM CENTER 146

13.8 J. H. ROGERS OBSERVATORY 148

13.9 ON CAMPUS ORGANIZATIONS AND STUDENT ACTIVITIES 149

14. ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS IN THE GREAT LAKES BASIN 151

15. CONCLUSION 155

APPENDICES 156

APPENDIX I 156

APPENDIX II 158

APPENDIX III 160

APPENDIX IV 164

16. BIBLIOGRAPHY 167

16.1 BOOKS 167

16.2 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES 169

16.3 BROCHURES 169

16.4 INTERNET SOURCES 170

16.5 LIST OF FIGURES 176

 

 

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