Mason County Historical Society has been awarded a grant of $11,250 from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The grant will help fund first-person interpreters at Historic White Pine Village during the 2018 summer season.
The interpreters will have scripts prepared by Mason County Historical Society Executive Director Dr. Rick Plummer and other historians. The interpreters will strive for historical accuracy by wearing authentic costumes and artifacts and will be trained to interact and improvise with visitors in the persona of historical characters.
Auditions for historical re-enactors will occur over the winter.
The Mason County Historical Society will be filling White Pine Villiage with:
-a blacksmith, like Abe Nelson in his own mid-20th c Blacksmith shop;
-farmers, like the Jorissen family in the original Jorissen Barn and Thomas and Mary Burns and their 9 children in their 1880 farmhouse;
-Burr and Hannah Caswell in their original 1849 Mason County Courthouse;
-sawmill operators and lumberjacks in an authentic early 20th c sawmill and lumber camp buildings;
-Henry Clay Cole and wife Olive Beebee Cole in their original late 19th c General Store;
-William Quevillon in his original 1850 trappers cabin and post office;
-Physicians Duguid and Blanchette in their early 20th century doctor's office.
Interpreters will be on-site all season-long, and offer a family-friendly experience on the grounds of Historic White Pine Village.