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Number 2 May 3, 2007
3 3 A little about Me About this Issue
4 6 7 7 8 8 8 Village of Shepherd celebrates its Sesquicentennial in August Cherishing the Past Embracing the Future Order your Family Banner Today! Sesquicentennial Clothing Available for Purchase Buy a Commemorative Calendar Carnival Tickets Available at Early Bird Price
Maple Syrup Festival
9 My Maple Syrup Festival Diary
The Shepherd Journal
Published by: The Historic Shepherd Group
Edited by: Jon Morgan
Postal Mail: The Shepherd Journal P.O. Box 532 Shepherd, MI 48883 Website: http://www.historicshepherd.com
Welcome to the second issue of The Shepherd Journal, the Village of Shepherd’s own community ezine. Whether you read it in your browser, as a PDF, on paper, or listen to it as a MP3 I hope that you ﬁnd this issue to be both informative and interesting.
an entirely new article. You can also respond via email at webmaster@historic shepherd.com or the postal address P.O. Box 532, Shepherd, MI, 48883. Links to blog postings about Shepherd or the surrounding community are also welcomed.
A little about Me
My wife and I are from smaller rural communities so we were really happy when we made our move from Lansing to Shepherd ﬁve years ago. Since then, we’ve moved twice but stayed in the village and have slowly started to meet more and more people from the community. I’ve also been attending the Shepherd Methodist Church since the Fall and our daughter attends Shepherd Elementary School.
Jon and his daughter Kayla
Now I’d like to point out some ways in which you could help make the next issue better. The Shepherd Journal is a part of a collaborative project that I hope will involve several members of the community. Think of it as “Wikipedia” meets The Morning Sun. There is a blog available at http://www. historicshepherd.com where you can post your comments, thoughts, or questions in reaction to the articles inside issues of The Shepherd Journal. This is also where articles from the newsletter are posted online without the photos.
About this Issue
This issue features coverage of Shepherd’s upcoming Sesquicentennial and reﬂects back on my own experiences during the Maple Syrup Festival. You can respond via the Historic Shepherd blog. I’m also looking for readers’ ﬁrst hand stories about their experiences during the Maple Syrup Festival. If you’re interested, please post your account using the comments feature inside the blog or send an email to webmaster Your comments will end up in future @historicshepherd.com. issues of the Journal either as a Letter to the Editor type page or perhaps
Village of Shepherd celebrates its Sesquicentennial in August
It would be easy to compare Shepherd’s upcoming Sesquicentennial celebration to Maple Syrup Festival. After all, there will be Arts & Crafts, a parade, carnival rides, food, and a lot of ways to have fun. But that’s where the similarities end and the Sesquicentennial will begin to set itself a part from the Maple Syrup Festival. During the Sesquicentennial, you’ll be able to watch a baseball game played under the old rules and traditions, participate in a walking tour of Shepherd’s vintage houses, watch movies in a temporary drive-in movie, and watch a parade honoring different eras from the village’s past. There will also be a musical talent show on Friday and Saturday night, Fireworks, a dress making contest, and a beard contest. My kids are already looking forward to riding on the carnival rides and I’m sure they will enjoy the treasure hunt that is planned for Saturday.
The Sesquicentennial parade on Sunday will include vintage cars from the past a lot like this one. A classic car cruise will begin immediately following the opening ceremonies on Thursday night.
Ringing the teacher’s bell
One hundred and ﬁfty years later, these kids are ready to learn
A collection of books once used in the schoolhouse
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The red caboose outside the Train Depot
Cherishing the Past
One of the goals of the Sesquicentennial festival is to recognize Shepherd’s rich past. I’ve learned tons more about Shepherd just in the year that I’ve been involved with the planning committee and I expect to learn a lot more during the months to come. Two great sources that I’ve found most informative are the 18 month Calendar, available for sale right now at $10 each, and the sesquicentennial edition of the Village of Shepherd commemorative book. The calendar features photos from Shepherd’s past, a historical time line, and snippets about life in Shepherd during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The commemorative book will take a fresh look at Shepherd’s past and feature a brand new collection of photos. The only thing better than written history is the chance to step through a door of a historic building. I remembered a lot of the things my parents have told me
Inside the caboose
about attending class in a one room schoolhouse while I was touring the Little Red School house. I rang the school bell, read the old rules, and checked out the old-fashioned school supplies. The desks were arranged in rows according to age group. The smallest desks were on the far left, and the larger desks were on the far right. I never really thought about it, but it did make sense for the kids to be grouped according to their grade or age. Another fascinating museum in Shepherd that will be opened during the Sesquicentennial is the Train
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Depot. I take the kids through whenever it opens or we get an opportunity, and especially enjoy the artifacts in the ﬁrst room. A self-guided tour of the older houses in Shepherd is also being planned. Two ongoing contests will also introduce a taste of history to the festivities. Entries into the Beard Growing and Dress Making contests will be judged on Saturday at 2 p.m. The contest participants will also march in the parade on Sunday.
Embracing the Future
Its fun to imagine what life will be like in Shepherd one hundred and ﬁfty years from now, but we cannot predict what people from the future would think of the way we lived in 2007. Residents of Shepherd in 2157 will have the opportunity to think about us when they unlock the time capsule that will be buried at the end of our sesquicentennial. Our items from 2007 might even be put on display in a museum next to the books and hand sized chalkboards that are currently stored in the Little Red Schoolhouse.
Order your Family Banner Today!
Shepherd residents are invited to order an ofﬁcial Shepherd Sesquicentennial family banner as a part of the upcoming celebration in August. The banners will display the Sesquicentennial logo, your family’s name, and the year when your family ﬁrst lived in Shepherd. Each banner will cost $100. The banners will be hung up along Shepherd’s Main Street around MidAugust. You will be able to keep your banner after the Sesquicentennial is over.
For more information, contact Lee Coughlin at 989-828-6712 or email@example.com.
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Buy a Commemorative Calendar
The Sesquicentennial calendars are now available for purchase from the Village of Shepherd ofﬁces. Calendars are $10 a piece. Each month in the 18 month commemorative calendar offers a unique glimpse at Shepherd during its earliest days. A timeline highlighting key events in Shepherd’s rich 150 year history is also included in the calendar.
For more information contact Patti Sandel by phone at 989-828-5534 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carnival Tickets Available at Early Bird Price
Advanced tickets for the Sesquicentennial Carnival rides are going on sale soon for $10 a piece in May. During the Sesquicentennial they will be $15 a piece. The carnival will be located at the parking lot in front of Highland Plastics. Tickets will be available at the Village ofﬁce, First Bank of Shepherd, and the Isabella Bank and Trust. You can also order them via the Sesquicentennial website.
For more information contact Gina Ross at 989-828-5278 or send email to webmaster@hi storicshepherd.com.
Sesquicentennial Clothing Available for Purchase
Show your support of the upcoming Shepherd Sesquicentennial by buying a tshirt, sweatshirt, or golf shirt. Each item carries the ofﬁcial Sesquicentennial logo and come in different colors and sizes. Sesquicentennial apparel are available for sale at the Village of Shepherd ofﬁce, Evan Drugs, Three Wishes, Curves, and on the Sesquicentennial website. Item T-Shirt Regular Sweatshirts Hooded Sweatshirts Polo shirts Price $15 $23 $27 $25
Pick up a stylish sweatshirt, t-shirt, or golf shirt today
For more information, contact Michelle and Steve Davidson at 989-828-6810 or Dpwsteve@yahoo.com.
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Maple Syrup Festival
My Maple Syrup Festival Diary
On Wednesday I found some good deals at the garage sales. I purchased a laptop bag, Pixter for the kids, magnetic poetry words, and a couple of stuffed animals for my son. I saw a lot of computers and beanie babies while I was visiting the garage sales. The most unusual item was a manual fan that was designed to be used in a fallout shelter. If you needed to evacuate to a shelter you could suck in fresh air by cranking the handle on the side. My most surprising garage sale item was a miniature ping pong table that I picked up for free. It is missing the ball and both paddles and has a crack in the middle, but when I saw it I thought it could make a decent lap desk for my daughter. I discovered through some testing that it was a lousy lap desk, but it makes a pretty decent desk organizer. I guess this proves that one man’s junk can really be another man’s treasure.
The train was one of the ﬁrst rides which opened up on Thursday evening following the day long rain
I was out garage saling again on Thursday. My biggest garage sale purchase of the week was a Fisher Price table hockey/ping pong/ pool table. My son and I returned home with the whole thing sliding and rattling around in the back of our minivan. It took just a few minutes to set it up. The kids had a blast playing it. The kids rode the carnival rides that same night. We drove to Salt River park where the rides had been set up. The ground was still wet from all of the rain we had been getting. The kids walked through the Funhouse ﬁrst, then rode the train, Carousel, Swings, and, once it was dry enough to open, the Jumbo slide.
A View of the Ferris Wheel
The bee ride
My wife stayed busy on Friday with her garage sale. Not even the rain could slow down business, but it still kept us from doing much.
We spent most of Saturday shopping around at garage sales. The kids and I visited the carnival rides, where the ground had grown even more muddy from the foot trafﬁc. We also stopped for a few minutes to watch the tractor pull. I bought a CMU cap, dart gun for my son, and toy binoculars for my daughter. I sold commemorative calendars and clothing for the Shepherd Sesquicentennial until 6 p.m. My family and I ate pancakes and sausages at the high school for dinner.
I had been looking forward the Maple Syrup Festival parade on Sunday, but never planned on being in it. I learned during service in the morning that our church was looking for people to help with their parade ﬂoat. The kids and I returned in the afternoon to offer our support. During the parade Josh waved from the back of the truck while I helped Kayla hand out vacation bible school balls and pieces of candy to the spectators. Kayla was so thorough about giving candy to everyone that we often fell behind our ﬂoat. We often needed to run just to catch up.
Josh on the ﬂoat
Kayla gives out candy
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