Historical presentation planned in Escanaba

Daily Press file photo Dr. Charles Lindquist points out part of a display in the Delta County Historical Society Museum in Escanaba. Lindquist, who is president of the society, will be giving a presentation on the area’s history on March 21 in the Escanaba City Hall chambers. The event is free and open to the public.

ESCANABA — The Delta County Historical Society (DCHS) will offer the second program of the 2018 Winter Outreach Series on Wednesday, March 21.

The presentation will be given by Dr. Charles Lindquist, president of the society. Lindquist will describe the early history of the Escanaba Paper Company in an illustrated talk.

His history of the company begins with the Escanaba electric trolley car company’s problem of lacking electrical power to run its track past the Escanaba River and into Gladstone in 1906. The talk will end with the Escanaba Paper Company’s importance in 1951.

The session will take place in the council chambers of the Escanaba City Hall beginning at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 25, archivist Karen Lindquist will present a photographic tour of Escanaba houses in the 1930s. The program features houses photographed for the city of Escanaba between 1937 and 1939, a project that may have been financed by the WPA (Works Progress Administration).

Both sessions are in partnership with the Escanaba Public Library.

According to the society’s website, DCHS was founded in 1948 with the primary objective of collecting local historical materials, preserving them, and presenting the information to the citizens of Delta County to make them more fully aware of the area’s rich past. The local non-profit also operates a museum, archives, and Sand Point Lighthouse.

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