We might not see the USA in our Chevrolet, but we will explore West Michigan in our Edsel. Starting at the Indiana border, we’ll travel along Michigan’s highways and byways, with stops along the way for gas, food, lodging, and roadside attractions. We’ll take a ride on the Island Queen in Saugatuck, go for a swim at Grand Haven State Park, have lunch at the Cherry Hut in Beulah, visit the Point Betsie Lighthouse near Frankfort, have dinner at the Batsakis Inn at Traverse City and sleep tight at the Hillcrest Cabins in Petoskey. Points of interest will include the House of David in Benton Harbor, the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Mac Wood’s Dune Scooter rides at Silver Lake, Fishtown in Leland and many more fun visits. We would say to fasten your seat belts for the ride, but you wouldn’t have had them in 1959!
Biography of Tom Wilson and M. Christine Byron
M. Christine Byron, a retired local history librarian for the Grand Rapids Public Library and her husband, Tom Wilson, have written five books focusing on the history of Michigan tourism. Three of their books have won Michigan Notable Book awards from the Library of Michigan. Their book on the West Michigan Pike won a State History Award from the Historical Society of Michigan.
This lecture is part of the museum's year-long celebration of its 60th Anniversary with its theme, "Party Like it's 1959!" It is free and open to the public.