An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until September 6, 2017
Brown Bag Specials: Each Wednesday from Noon – 1 p.m.
Grab a bag lunch for your midday break with weekly presentations
by Humanities scholars and technicians (listed below) at the Bonifas.
July 19: Traditionally Built Wooden Gill Boats
Noreen Johnson, from West Shore Fishing Museum explains how commercial fishermen on the southern shores of the U.P. built their own tugs, how they were used, and how they are still used on the Great Lakes today.
July 26: Fishing Boats Made with Local Materials
Robert Grunst, from St. Catherine University, will explain how local materials influenced fishing boat designs in the Great Lakes.
August 2: The Great Lakes Boat Building School
Ryan Henninen, from the GLBBS tells how the school teaches and inspires students in the art and craft of traditional and contemporary wooden boat building and prepares their stu-dents for productive and rewarding careers.
August 9: Commercially Built Wooden Boats in the Upper Peninsula
Scott Peters, from the Michigan Historical Center and author of Making Waves: Michigan’s Boat-Building Industry, 1865-2000, offers a descriptive history of commercial wooden boat building in the Upper Peninsula.
August 16: Native Birch Bark Canoes
Larry Godfrey, local Native birch bark artist, shows us how he follows the traditional Native ways for gathering, preparing,
and giving thanks for materials gathered in the northern woods. Godfrey shares with us the entire process of making a traditional birch bark canoe.
August 23: Tales of Great Lakes Boating
Frederick Stonehouse, from the Marquette Maritime Museum and well-known author and renowned maritime historian, will entertain us with tales of Great Lakes boating.
August 30: Run-abouts of the Eastern U.P.
Dr. Russell Magnaghi, former history professor at NMU and
author of Upper Peninsula Prohibition: Rum-Running Boats of
the Eastern U.P. sites examples from his book and tells stories about their role in the history.
September 6: Great Lakes Fishing History
Robert Archibald, History professor at NMU, talks about the Great Lakes fishing history in the surrounding waters of the U.P.