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The tragic story of the Burt Lake Burnout is the subject of the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society’s next Harbor History Talk on Thursday, April 21 at 5:30 pm. Join presenter Eric Hemenway, Director of Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, to learn about more the burnout of 1900.
In October of that year, twelve families in a small Indian settlement near Burt Lake would wake up on a cold morning to find their lives changed forever. A misunderstanding of their treaty rights led to these native families having to watch as their homes were burned to the ground. Hemenway’s presentation will look at the larger picture of native land issues during the turn of the 20th century and the political and cultural climate that led to the burnout.
The talk will be held in the second floor Anton library of the Harbor Springs History Museum, 349 E. Main Street, Harbor Springs. Admission to the talk is $5 for adults and free for current Historical Society members. Reservations are encouraged as our talks often sell out. Please call (231) 526-9771 to reserve your seat.