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Local historian and former Petoskey High School history and reading instructor, Rick Wiles, will present photos and events of 1950s Petoskey.
Richard Wiles taught history at Petoskey High School from 1974-2009, worked as a reading instructor, and has also taught college level research classes. He is the owner of MICHIGAN NORTH RESEARCH in Petoskey and a frequent contributor to the Petoskey News-Review. Most of his research is done online, visiting the Petoskey District Library, conducting personal interviews, reading old newspapers on the Greenwood Cemetery site, filing FOIA’s, using the National Archives, and talking with other northern Michigan researchers, especially local genealogists. All of his work is then put into a factual white paper and given to the Local History Room collection of the Petoskey District Library. The library’s collection of white papers on several northern Michigan historical events includes: Summerset: The Robison Family Murder Tragedy, Fireball in the Sky: The Remembrance of the B 52 Crash in Little Traverse Bay, Norwood Chert: The Remembrance of the Woodland Indian National memorial Park, Finske-Inneriks Terroriste: The 40th Year Remembrance of the U. P. Bomber, and A Bitter Memory: The Burt Lake Indian Village Burn-out, to name a few.
Richard considers himself a history detective, uncovering the many myths of local history. “Most people do not dig for the facts, it does take time, but, that’s my goal in everything I look into. It is also fun to share what I find with others, and at the same time, learn new things from those who attend the presentations,” he states.
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