September 2011: Michigan Mania: Experiences of settlers in the Michigan Territory

September 21 at 7:30pm
Ladies Literary Club
218 N Washington Street

The program is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Susan L. Nenadic presents “Michigan Mania: Experiences of settlers in the Michigan Territory paying special attention to the experiences of women”

“Michigan Mania” concerns the early settlement of Southeast Michigan especially Washtenaw County. The title comes from Harriet Noble’s memoir in which she describes the frenzy to go to Michigan as a mania. Unlike most discussions, this one emphasizes the role and experiences of women, but even that implicitly contains the experiences of men, too, most women came with husbands. I have pieced together this picture of settlement before statehood from archival research.  The power point includes maps, photographs and paintings.  I provide many anecdotes that a general audience finds of interest.

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