This annual, extensive celebration of the fur trade that flourished in Michigan more than two centuries ago typically attracts a host of young people, their parents and adults who — for a few hours at least — are transported back to an unfamiliar era. They witness the fur traders as they lived in that long-ago age, they visit the posts where the voyageurs traded their pelts for supplies, they see the Native American in their traditional dress, and they watch the British soldiers in full uniform as they march to fife and drum.
The weekend-long feast has not only heightened awareness of the often-overlooked fur trade, but it has attracted people from far away, many of whom enjoy the Grand Haven area for the first time. The Feast of the Strawberry Moon has never been anything but a success.
Next Monday, the directors of the Tri-Cities Historical Museum will conduct their regular meeting at 200 Washington Ave. Cancellation of the Feast of the Strawberry Moon will be on the agenda. I encourage anyone interested in this subject to attend the meeting and share their thoughts with the board.
— Wallace K. Ewing, museum volunteer