Category Archive for "History"

Planting Irish Roots in Downtown Alpena

As we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday, we reflect on the history behind this holiday which brings us high spirits and full bellies. Locally, Alpena has some of its own Irish roots.  Read on to learn some history about

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It’s Officially Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week!

This week brings the 6th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival to Alpena, with over 40 Oceanic and Great Lakes films created by filmmakers from all over the world. 

One special film that will be featured is “The Big Read the rest


10 Ideas For Winter Adventure in Alpena

Old man winter wraps Norway Ridge in a beautiful blanket of fluffy white! Winter photography by Laura Wolosiewicz

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of a true northern … Read the rest


Exploring Alpena History with Kids this Holiday Season

In less than a month it will be Christmas break for the kiddos. Which can only mean three things: lazy mornings lounging in pj’s til afternoon, cartoons for days, and the inevitable phrase every parent hears at least once or … Read the rest


16 Things We Are Thankful For in Our Sanctuary of the Great Lakes

Exploring your “blue space” adventure is only 5 minutes away in Alpena. Photo courtesy of Paul Gerow.

With Thanksgiving approaching this Thursday it is important to remember that there is more to this annual holiday tradition other than stuffing our … Read the rest


The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Pt. 1

Sunrise over Squaw Bay. Photo by Chuck Bennett

How did Alpena get its name? Why do we pronounce Presque Isle like ‘Presk-eel’? What’s up with name Mich-E-Ke-Wis, and how did we come up with Ossineke and Negwegon?

You’ve wondered, and … Read the rest


Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

A bump in the night, a whisper in your ear. Is it your imagination? Perhaps it’s the wind. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something else. 

Hauntings, urban legends, and Native American folklore are cultural experiences that can be found all over … Read the rest


Find Your Explorer’s Spirit at Rockport

Just north of the city proper is a terrestrial landscape that wakens the explorer’s spirit. Indeed, the traveler, regardless of his interests and no matter his origin, will find an amazing adventure filled with beauty. Majestic and mysterious, Rockport State … Read the rest


Alpena’s Most Shareable Photos

Where else can you get a photo-op with the dinosaurs, swim with over 100-year-old shipwrecks, and capture the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets?! Alpena is the place to be for capturing the best sharable photos. 

Covered Wooden Bridge & Water

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