Retired teacher to explore life and times of early Grand River businessman

The earliest person of European ancestry to regularly visit what is now Grand Haven was Charles-Michel Mouet de Langlade, who was ordered to open a trading post at the mouth of the Grand River by French military authorities in 1755.
Feb 25, 2012


Former Grand Haven teacher and local historian Paul Trap will present “The Life and Times of Charles Langlade” at Loutit District Library on Thursday, March 1.

The program is part of the Grand River Greenway Celebration series at the library, 407 Columbus Ave. It will be held in Program Room A, beginning at 7 p.m.

Langlade continued to trade here for nearly four decades and was one of the most influential individuals to live in this area. This Métis Indian leader and his Ottawa allies played significant roles during the French and Indian War, Pontiac’s uprising, and the war for American independence. A look at his life, his times and his career provides an opportunity to examine how both France and Great Britain struggled to maintain the allegiance of Native Americans in the Midwest.

Following his retirement as a teacher, Trap worked nine seasons with the National Park Service. He has spent 40 years investigating the life and activities of Charles Langlade, and has written a number of articles on this Grand Haven character. Trap has also explored various aspects of Grand Haven’s railroad history, including the cross-lake car ferry service that operated here.

For more information on this program, visit; or call 842-5560, ext. 214. For more information on other Grand River Greenway Parks Celebration events happening in 2012, visit Ottawa County Parks’ website,, or call 616-738-4810.


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