Preserve the Feast

To the Editor: We've heard a good deal lately about collaboration and heritage or cultural tourism.
Mar 11, 2013


One might suggest that's exactly what the Feast of the Strawberry Moon has demonstrated since it was first conceived over a dozen years ago.

This living history event has been viewed by both the re-enactors as well as the tens of thousands of visitors for being an historically correct representation of one of the earliest periods in Grand Haven's storied past. Collaboration between the city, local sponsors, museum volunteers and the re-enactors themselves helped to create an event unlike any other in West Michigan.

If one reads the mission statement of the museum, you would see that it states: "Our mission is to collect, preserve, display and interpret the cultural and historic record of Northwest Ottawa County for the benefit and education of area residents and visitors.” Sounds to me like this event fits exactly into what that mission stands for.

The community deserves to know the justification for our locally funded museum making this move and removing a unique, award-winning, long-standing event from its calendar of events.

It's not from a lack of funds, it's not from a lack of support, it's not from a lack of community satisfaction — in my mind, it will be due to a lack of leadership. Hopefully, it's not too late to preserve who we are and what we stand for.

— Dennis Swartout, Grand Haven



Historically Inaccurate


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