May Newsletter 2010: Issue #5 Editor: David L. Miles

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Life of Bob Miles Program

From 1931 through 1972, photographer Bob Miles snapped thousands of pictures of every facet of Charlevoix, capturing an era that comprised about one-third of the town’s historical existence. Portraits, athletic teams, industries, vessels, Bridge Street, sunsets, aerial views, Lake Michigan in all its moods, the piers and lighthouses, hotels, weddings, events and celebrations, bands, houses—the gamut was enormous. Bob became Charlevoix’s unofficial historian in the 1950s when he began to rescue from oblivion a huge treasure trove of vintage photos that formed the basis for the current Society photo archives of more than 20,000 images. In 1971 he provided the historical evidence that saved an endangered Weathervane Inn from sliding into the channel. Join us as his son David L. Miles, your editor and co-director of the Harsha House Museum, presents a fully illustrated program on the Life and Works of Bob Miles that will cover his arrival in Charlevoix in 1913 to his final achievement, the first Bob Miles’ Charlevoix book in 1976.

When: Tuesday, June 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Charlevoix Public Library Community Room

Light refreshments will be served. No admission charge, but donations appreciated.


The Harsha House Museum will be open five days a week 1 - 4 p. m. Tuesday to Saturday through June 26. The side office door facing the Charlevoix State Bank will remain open from 11 a. m. - 4 p. m. Tuesday through Saturday for those who need to conduct Society business or make a store purchase while the co-directors are there.


The State Street construction that has blocked the Harsha House Museum from normal traffic flow should be finished by Memorial Day weekend. Access is available now (until paving starts) via a dirt State Street. Come up the alley next to the bank and park at the rear door or use the drive-through parking lot by the Christian Science Church on Clinton Street and bear right to the rear door.


Again a reminder to all Society members! The Earl Young Home Tour (eight of them) is fast approaching and Wednesday, July 28 will be upon us before we know it. Since this event is being accomplished with your support, we are offering the membership the chance to sign up early before tickets are offered for public sale on Tuesday, June 1. The number of tickets will be limited! Society members can make reservations through Saturday, May 29. Call (231) 547-0373, fax (231) 547-4033, come to the Harsha House in person, reserve via e-mail (on the letterhead) or go to our website (on the letterhead). Tickets are $35 per person. (Children twelve and under will not be permitted on the tour.) Make checks out to Charlevoix Historical Society. We accept VISA and MasterCard only. The tickets can be picked up at Harsha House from June 1 on or on the day of the tour. (Mailing charge: $2.00 for one or two ticket books. Call for mailing information re: three or more ticket books.)


A photo exhibit on the life and works of Bob Miles has just been installed at Harsha House. It includes his cameras, photo enlarger (about six feet tall), and the seven original leather-bound volumes of his pictorial history of Charlevoix that formed the basis for the first Bob Miles’ Charlevoix book, displayed in a schooner shipwreck case, plus more

The Society welcomes new member: Kathy Adelaine (Inn at Bay Harbor)

Donations in memory of Bob Gill received in April from: Marjorie Dinwiddie, Joyce Hosmer

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