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”Adventures in Michigan’s Past” by Larry Massie 
Michigan is a special place with a rich and colorful heritage second to no other state in the Union. Sprinkled across its grandeur are myriad of musical, magical place names, each with a fascinating story to tell.  Best-selling author, historian and dynamic storyteller, Larry B. Massie takes his audience on a pilgrimage into his beloved state’s past, his telling of true stories makes history come alive through storytelling and will entertain anyone who has felt the lure of Michigan’s fascinating past.  Vignettes featuring Indian chiefs, steel-sinewed voyageurs, black-robed Jesuit priests who carried the cross to the wilderness, intrepid pioneers, rough-hewn lumberjacks, salty Great Lakes ship captains and Underground Railroad conductors who risked their lives guiding slaves to freedom, prove that Michigan history is fascinating. The Michigan history storytelling sessions where Massie has shared his enthusiasm of Michigan’s heritage have been presented at hundreds of conferences, libraries, schools, universities, festivals and organizations across both peninsulas have proven a popular and fun way to get citizens excited about learning more about the heritage of their state and community. Massie, has authored twenty books and hundreds of articles about this great state’s history.

Elbow Grease & Wood Smoke : Michigan’s Culinary Past by Priscilla Massie
Step back into Michigan’s past to sniff a warm country kitchen filled with the magic aroma of freshly baked bread, rich stew bubbling on a back burner, and wood smoke – an era when every dish was lovingly prepared from scratch by cooks using treasured recipes handed down through generations. Enjoy the nostalgia of old kitchen utensils, learn the secrets of measuring ingredients by the egg shell, hickory nut, walnut, a pinch, a dash, or a “nickels worth!”  Priscilla Massie & Larry Massie, a husband and wife team of historians will engage you on a guided tour of Michigan’s culinary past, including a display of antique kitchen artifacts. It’s a 50 minute, fast-paced presentation with food tasting, questions, answers and comments following. Please note, men as well as women and children enjoy this fun-filled romp through food history.

”Old Books: Trash or Treasure” by Larry Massie

What makes one old book a desirable and valuable collector item and another old book practically worthless?  During this one hour presentation Larry B. Massie, Michigan historian, author and advanced book collector (currently 35,000 volumes in his private collection) will unravel some of the mysteries of book collecting. Massie will discuss the relative age of books, how to tell if a book is a first edition, association values, illustrations, fine bindings, significant imprints, dust jackets, and other book collecting lore. He will bring from his private library a display of representative books that will appeal to anyone who cannot resist picking up a beautiful old volume, or perhaps is wondering if any of the books in their attic might be worth something.  Following the discussion Larry will be happy to evaluate books, pamphlets and other printed material brought in by audience members. Please no more than 2 items per person.

“On the Road to Michigan’s Past” by Larry B. Massie
Michigan is a special place with a rich and colorful heritage second to no other state in the union. Larry B. Massie, historian and acclaimed storyteller, takes his audience on a pilgrimage into his beloved state’s past as he makes history come alive through his storytelling. Vignettes feature Indian chiefs, a black-robed Jesuit priest, intrepid pioneers, rough-hewn lumberjacks, salty Great Lakes ship captains and the Underground Railroad conductors. Massie transforms himself into real characters, whose exploits helped make Michigan the great state it is. Program Length 45 minutes plus Q and A.

“Sand Dunes, Sawdust & Ship Wrecks: Stories from the Sunset Shore ” by Larry B. Massie  Best-selling author, dynamic storyteller and the first to be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Historical Society of Michigan. Larry Massie’s colorful telling of true and unusual stories will entertain anyone who’s felt the lure of glorious Lake Michigan. From New Buffalo beaches to the Strait of Mackinac few of America’s beauty spots enjoy as colorful a heritage as Michigan’s sunset shore. Ottawa and Potawatomi warriors people its past, as well as intrepid explorers, steel-sinewed voyageurs, hardy pioneers, courageous ship captains and rough hewn lumberjacks. Sand dunes have crept forward to bury ghost towns, passenger pigeons once darkened the skies, and many are the proud vessels that sailed to never return to port. The Michigan history storytelling sessions Massie has presented at hundreds of conferences, libraries, schools, festivals and organizations across both peninsulas have proven a popular and fun way to get citizens excited about learning more about the heritage of their state and community. Massie, who has authored twenty books about this great state’s history. Larry’s books will be available at a discount after his presentation. Contact: Priscilla Massie at Mihistory@verizon.net or call  1-269- 673-3633 for more info.

“Wood Smoke & Elbow Grease…Michigan’s Culinary Heritage” by Priscilla and Larry Massie 
Priscilla and Larry Massie, a husband and wife team of historians will help you step back into Michigan’s past to sniff a warm country kitchen filled with the magic aroma of freshly baked bread, rich stew bubbling on a back burner and wood smoke…an era when every dish was lovingly prepared from scratch. Also enjoy the nostalgia of old kitchen utensils worn thin through decades of use. They will lead you on a guided tour of Michigan’s culinary heritage as well as a taste of old time delicacies. Program length 45 minutes plus Q and A.