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A Peek Into The History Center's Attic Highlights Nov. 14th SDHC Public Program

A hands-on discussion showcasing some of the intriguing artifacts in Saugatuck-Douglas History Center’s “attic” highlights the next SDHC free public program on Wednesday, November 14, at 7 p.m. in the Old School House, 150 Center St. in Douglas.

As always, audience participation is welcomed to enrich the discussion.

Presenter Eric Gollannek, SDHC’s recently named Executive Director, who previously served as Collections Specialist, will show and talk about the Center’s seldom-seen archive curiosities.

He also will describe more broadly what the History Center strives to preserve and care for, and some of its methods for helping such objects tell their own stories.

Examples of the archived treasures to be examined include:paper currency from the Bank of Singapore dated 1837 and what it reveals about life in the old Northwest Territory of that time; a decorative metal tray recovered from the Lake Huron Pewabic shipwreck of 1865 and the questions it raises about how this Civil War era relic found its way to Saugatuck; and a skillfully carved wooden canoe paddle, signed by William Shashaquay.

Gollannek came to SDHC with a PhD in American art history and materials culture studies from University of Delaware, where he also worked at the Winterthur Museum and Library.

Originally from Detroit and southeast Michigan, he returned after graduate school and taught at Kendall College of Art and Design, as well as Grand Valley State University in the Honors College and Liberal Studies program.

Saugatuck-Douglas History Center’s free monthly program series presents entertaining and informative insights into local history and community life.

For more information about the History Center, its Museum in Saugatuck and Old School House in Douglas, and its activities planned for the months ahead, visit

A Peek Into The History Center’s Attic Highlights Nov. 14th SDHC Public Program

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