Browse Items (23 total)

  • Source is exactly "Stories of Summer project, Kutsche Office of Local History. Grand Valley State University"
Go to Paola Onesto (Audio interview and transcript), 2018 item page

Paola Onesto was raised in Chicago. Her family was among the first to buy land and build lakeshore summer cottages in Saugatuck. Her family home was completed in 1921, and Paola recounts generations of family members spending their summers on the…
Go to Larry Philips (interview transcript) 2018 item page

Larry Phillips recounts his time in Saugatuck and Douglas, where he grew up. In this interview, he discusses working several jobs, including his work at the Lloyd J. Harris Pie Company. He also discusses his time as a firefighter and provides a…
Go to Mark Randal (Audio interview and transcript), 2018 item page

Mark Randall grew up in Orland Park, near Chicago, in the 1950s. In this interview, Randall recalls visiting Saugatuck in his youth and living there as an adult.
Go to Dawn Schumann (Audio interview and transcript), 2018 item page

In this interview, Dawn Schumann reflects on the changes in Saugatuck-Douglas from when her parents and grandparents arrived to the area through her time working with the Historical Society.
Go to Cynthia Sorenson (audio interview and transcript) 2018 item page

Cynthia Sorensen shares her memories of the burning of the Big Pavilion, attending high school, and working at The Hollyhock House.
Go to Jane Underwood (Audio interview and transcript), 2018 item page

Jane Underwood's grandparents and father came to Saugatuck during the summertime. They stayed in a hotel in Macatawa before buying property in Saugatuck. In this interview, Jane reflects on her own experiences summering and sailing in the area and…
Go to Candace Van Oss (Audio interview and transcript, Part 1 of 2), 2018 item page

Candace Van Oss grew up in Douglas, Michigan. She shares many memories of her father's career as Chief of Police.
Go to Candace Van Oss (Audio interview and transcript, Part 2 of 2), 2018 item page

Candace Van Oss grew up in Douglas. She shares many memories of her father's career as Chief of Police. In the second part of the interivew, Candace continues with stories of her father's career as Fire Chief and later Saugatuck Township Supervisor.…
Go to Phillip Walter (Audio interview and transcript), 2018 item page

Phillip "PG" Walter grew up in downtown Saugatuck. This interview covers his memories of childhood, work experiences, and the burning of the Big Pavilion in 1960.
Go to Al Weener (audio interview and transcript) 2018 item page

Al Weener describes his connections to West Michigan as well as his time as a fisherman in Saugatuck
Go to Renee Zita (Audio interview and transcript) 2018 item page

Renee Zita was born and raised in Chicago. In this interview, she recounts spending several weeks of every summer in the family cottage on Park Street in Saugatuck. As her own family grew, Renee remembers bringing her own children to the family home…
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