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Alpena Winter Carnival 1959

Stories of Yesteryear: Remembering Alpena’s Winter Carnival

Posted on January 8th, 2021
The winter weather has us reminiscing on days gone by. Back between the early 1930s to the 1960s when Alpena hosted a winter carnival during the snowiest time of the year. Alpena’s first winter carnival queen, Mary Meharg 1935. Photo courtesy of the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Library…

The Gales of November in Shipwreck Alley

Posted on November 24th, 2020
November is shipwreck month here in Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. Alpena is home to Thunder Bay, which is known as “shipwreck alley.” It is the resting spot for over 200 shipwrecks, many of them which sunk during the month of November. In fact, it is quite common that most shipwrecks along…
Old Presque Isle Lighthouse

Top Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

Posted on October 20th, 2020
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 the world. Alpena is no exception with a rich histo…
Presque Isle Lodge exterior

The Presque Isle Lodge – Defining the Destination Since 1920

Posted on August 3rd, 2020
Nestled on the coast of beautiful Grand Lake halfway between Alpena and Rogers City, Presque Isle Lodge provides a peaceful escape from the stressors and hustle of big city living. The History… The Lodge was built in 1920 by Newell A. Eddy Jr., when the construction of what would become US-23 o…

Remembering the Legends of “The Lau”

Posted on July 23rd, 2020
Our community is absolutely devastated by the tragic fire that occurred at John A. Lau’s Saloon on Tuesday, July 21, 2020. The 134-year-old building was rich in history and memories.  John A. Lau Saloon, (also known as “The Lau”) was one of the oldest buildings of historic downtown Alpena. K…
Historic Second Avenue

Looking to the Past to Bring a Brighter Future

Posted on May 20th, 2020
Reflecting back on the past can sometimes help us understand our present and future. We are all encountering different, yet similar struggles during this stressful time. With the COVID-19 crisis we are experiencing now, it has encouraged families to take a step back and consider new ways of living
Little Red Lighthouse. Photo by Judy Hart.

Our Backstory: A Historic Look at the Port City of Alpena

Posted on May 7th, 2020
The historic port city of Alpena is nestled between a vast emerald forest and a clear blue bay.  Founded in 1871, Alpena began as an early commercial fishing port and soon grew to be one of the nation’s most profitable lumber harvesting locations. Lumber camps dotted the region and logs were f…

Everyone Is Irish On St. Patrick’s Day!

Posted on March 17th, 2020
On March 17th, everyone is Irish! This week we will celebrate the annual tradition of St. Patrick’s Day and our Irish heritage by wearing green, drinking green beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage. But where did this all come from? The traditional Irish St. Patrick’s day feast consisted of p…
Daniel and Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter, Alpena’s First Female Pioneer 

Posted on March 5th, 2020
Mrs. Sarah Carter was a remarkable woman. As Alpena’s first woman settler, she was a true pioneer. She and her family trekked far from civilization into the vast, remote wilderness of northeast Michigan. Daniel & Sarah Carter Sarah and Daniel Carter, and their daughter Mary Lavina, bec…
Winter Forest Bathing. Photo by Paul Gerow.

10 Ideas For Winter Adventure in Alpena

Posted on January 31st, 2020
The hustle and bustle of the holidays are long over. This is the time when the full effects of a true northern Michigan winter start to wash over us, bringing feelings of cabin fever, seasonal depression, and anxiousness for spring. Try out these ideas to kick those feelings to the curb and make yo…
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