Didjenos and bank robbers – Mondays in Eastport are full of surprises

Posted on May 14, 2009


The Wilkinson Homestead Historical Society isn’t your average local history bunch.  For one thing, it sponsors a summer lecture series that covers an amazing amount of local ground in very entertaining ways.  Norton Bretz recruits the speakers, which probably explains the breadth of subject matter and the penchant for the piquant.  This year’s lineup:

June 1     The King Farm
                       John and Betsy King
July 6      The Pearl Family of Eastport
                       Norton Bretz
Aug. 3      History of the East Jordan Iron Works 
                       East Jordan Iron Works Vice President Tad Malpass
Sept. 21   The Great Eastport Bank Robbery of 1993
                       Sharon Schultz
Oct. 5       Docks, Bridges, and Didjenos
                        Historian Glenn Neumann

The lectures are on Mondays at 7:30 PM at the Torch Lake Township Hall and last about one hour. They’re free; donations to the Wilkinson Homestead Historical Society are welcome.  There might be treats. I’d bet on it. There will definitely be a lot of people sharing a lot of good stories. You will almost certainly find out what a Didjeno is. I don’t see how you can go wrong.