Yesterday TV 6 Reporter Colin Jackson met Dr. Don Lafreniere, Ph.D. Candidate James Juip and Chassell Historical Organization President Keith Meyers to discuss the grand opening of the Chassell Historic Trail. Work on the trail was extensive. It involved historical research and site archeology done by members of the Michigan Technological University Social Sciences Department. Chassell Township School students helped design the interpretive signs based on this research. A generous grant from the John and Melissa Besse Foundation made this work possible.
The Keweenaw Time Traveler team created a digital story book to go along with the trail signage. 'Stanley the Strawberry's Great Adventure' is designed to engage young children in the history of the lumber industry in Chassell. In this short children's book Stanley the Strawberry discovers this forgotten past with the help of Sheila the Shingle and friends.
The news story on the project was part of the TV6 nightly news broadcast last night and can be viewed here:
Chassell Historic Trail now open (uppermichiganssource.com)
Thank you so much to the Chassell Lions for putting on an amazing Copper Country Strawberry Festival! It was so much fun to meet so many people passionate about our Copper County heritage. Over 500 people stopped by to say hi to the Time Traveler Team over the weekend. We had dozens of people share new stories with us, which you can explore at keweenawhistory.com!
We were also excited to see so many people explore the brand-new trail created by the Chassell Heritage Center! The grand opening for this new trail debuted during the festival and so did our new digital story book. Anyone can now hike the trail and use keweenawhistory.com to follow along on 'Stanley the Strawberry's Great Adventure'. Our collaboration with the Chassell Heritage Center's brand-new trail was a success, creating many new fans of Stanley the Strawberry. We cannot wait to see everyone next year!