Category Archives: History

Ypsi Immigration Interview: Sarah Zawacki

Thanks to my network of well-compensated spies, I was just recently tipped off to the existence of today’s interview subject, Sarah Zawacki. Sadly, our interview had already concluded when it was brought to my attention that she shared her home with a domesticated hedgehog by the name of Mabel (seen below), so I didn’t get […]

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Printing yourself a Dillinger artifact from the Smithsonian’s adult section

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All aboard for Gettysburg

As you know if you read this site, I interviewed local musician Matt Jones over this past weekend about his all-consuming love for Gettysburg… Well, somewhere during our conversation, thanks in large part to Matt’s overwhelming enthusiasm for the subject matter, I decided that I needed to pack up the family and visit the battlefield […]

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Michigan Musicians on Vacation: Matt Jones at Gettysburg, with Sarah Campbell

Occasionally, I get good ideas. I’m not sure if this is one of those times, but it occurred to me a few days ago that I should have a regular feature on the site in which I talk with local musicians about their vacations. Our first guest is Matt Jones, of Matt Jones and the […]

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Introducing King Strang: Imperial Primate of the Halcyon Order of the Illuminati

The fellow pictured above is James Jesse Strang, the self-proclaimed prophet who, upon the death of Joseph Smith on June 27, 1844, mounted a nearly successful attempt to wrench control of the Mormon church from Brigham Young. His presence continues to loom large over Michigan’s Beaver Island, where I spent this past weekend, and where […]

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