JIM GOODWIN: Impressed with walking tour booklet

TO THE EDITOR:

I recently picked up a copy of the Historic Walking Tour booklet and was extremely impressed with it. The Manistee County Visitors Bureau, Manistee County Historical Museum and local stakeholders came together to produce a special booklet funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development grant.

I think the money was put to excellent use. They divided the county into different sectors and thus within a couple of hours anyone can tour one of historic sectors. They also tied in current technology with the booklet by identifying the sites that have video tours and the sites that tour the interior of the structures. It is set up that people can scan the QR code with their smart phones for easy access to the videos or you can access the entire booklet online. Using Toni Trucks, our hometown star, as the narrator for the video tours was also a nice touch.

In the introduction, they explained there are people and events not covered in the booklet, but this doesn’t mean their importance to our county and city is diminished. Examples included, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the Stronach family’s first saw mill, the agricultural history and the Great Fire of Chicago in 1871.

This is a booklet I plan to have on my coffee table and it will be something shared with any guests we have visiting us. I encourage all Manistee people to check out the booklet and see if you are also impressed with the history of our county.

Jim Goodwin

Manistee

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