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Shay Days 2014: Bringing Ephraim Shay to Life

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July 19, 2014
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Harbor Springs History Museum, Shay Hexagon House, Shay Park
Harbor Springs, MI, MI United States


Harbor Springs Area Historical

Ephraim Shay didn’t stop inventing after he patented a geared locomotive in 1881. In fact, he was just getting started. This ingenious man built a steel boat, a stamped steel house and brought running water to Harbor Springs at the turn of the 21st century.

Join the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society in celebrating the life and work of Harbor Springs resident Ephraim Shay during Shay Days 2014. This year’s events will also commemorate the 175th anniversary of Ephraim Shay’s birth! Shay Days will be held Friday and Saturday, July 18 and 19, 2014, from 10 am to 3 pm. This family friendly, two-day event features live steam model trains in Shay Park, electric trains in the Shay Hexagon house, tours of the Shay Hexagon house, walking tours, presentations, a family scavenger hunt and more!

A walking tour titled “In Shay’s Day” will be held both Friday and Saturday at 10:30 am and will feature the Shay House as well as the former railroad grade of his Hemlock Central. Reservations for the walking tour are encouraged.  On Saturday, the whole block will be bustling with Shay Days activities including music, crafts, birthday cake and a visit from Ephraim Shay himself. You won’t want to miss it.

Shay Days activities will take place at Shay Park (the green space at Main and Judd streets), the Shay Hexagon House and the Harbor Springs History Museum. Admission for Shay Days is free for children and Historical Society members, and $5 for adults.  Your souvenir ticket is good for both days of the event.  

Bring your whole family to enjoy this special celebration of Ephraim Shay’s genius and to learn more about how Shay’s inventions shaped Harbor Springs. For more information about the event please call the Historical Society at (231) 526-9771 or visit us online at www.HarborSpringsHistory.org.