November 11, 2019

Michigan legends to be shared at historical society Thursday

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Au GRES — Storyteller Jenifer Strauss of Traverse City will be discussing a variety of Michigan legends, including some local ones, at the Arenac County Historical Society Museum Thursday, Aug. 8.

Strauss said she will be sharing an original poem about Michigan as well as personal and traditional stories.

“There will be stories about Paul Bunyan, the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes and even a lumber-era ghost tale from the Lake Huron shore,” she said.

Strauss said she has been traveling and telling different stories for more than 25 years, something she was inspired to do from her years teaching elementary schoolers.

“I taught second- and sixth-graders for 10 years,” she said. “My last group of sixth-graders taught me the power of storytelling to engage my students in the writing process.”

Strauss said she was part of a Michigan Humanities Council initiative years ago where she performed with other storytellers at Michigan state Parks, historical sites and national and state forest campgrounds to bring Michigan history alive for people traveling and vacationing in Northern Michigan.

“I was already sporting a lifelong love affair with the Mitten State and had built up quite a Michigan story repertoire, but the years on the Culture Tour only enriched that repertoire even more,” she said.

Historical Society Chairwoman Sandy Proulx said this is the first time this particular program will be held at the museum and she’s looking forward to it.

“It’s something very different and there’s just a lot of very interesting things about Arenac County and the state of Michigan,” Proulx said. “There are a lot of legends and funny stories — things of that nature.”

The historical society offers summer programs every year, with five this year, and the Iosco-Arenac District Library helps fund them, she said.

The Michigan Legends and Lore program is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., at the museum located at 304 E. Michigan Ave. in Au Gres.

For more information, call 989-329-2862.

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