River transportation topic of library program

The story of early travel on the Grand River - from canoes to steamers and their captains - will be the subject of Dr. David Seibold's talk at Loutit District Library on Thursday, May 3.
Apr 25, 2012


The program is part of the Grand River Greenway Celebration speaker series. It will take place in the library's Program Room A from 7-8:30 p.m.

Seibold's program will begin with how the Indians traversed the Grand River in dugout and bark canoes before the arrival of Europeans, who then used the river as a thoroughfare for fur trading between 1630 and 1830. His program will continue with the emergence of larger pole-boats and shallow-draft side-wheelers, and concludes with the river's last steamboat in 1917.

Seibold is a retired dentist, founder of the local historical society and author of books on local history.

For details on this free program, visit www.loutitlibrary.org; 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, www.miottawa.org/parks, or call 616-738-4810.


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