Cultural Tour of Tustin, Michigan

2007

The northern Michigan community of Tustin, in Osceola County, is the home of the 4-H leader training facility, Kettunen Center. For decades, 4-H youth, volunteer leaders and staff have gathered at Kettunen Center for training and fellowship.

The 4-H Global and Cultural Education Priority Team held a training workshop on April 21-22, 2007. As one of several tracks offered, a "Cultural Detectives" track led participants through a documentation of Tustin's local culture led by FOLKPATTERNS program coordinator LuAnne Kozma.

Nine 4-H volunteers and teens attending the workshop spent a day as "cultural detectives," exploring the Tustin area and interviewing local residents and workers.

On our Cultural Tour of Tustin we visited a sawmill, a cedar fan carver, a jerky smoking operation at the local grocery store, a three-generation hardware store, the Pine River Area Museum, and a sampling of local farmsteads. Using FOLKPATTERNS methods, we used digital photography and conducted tape-recorded interviews to document the people and traditions of Tustin.

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Alan Holmes Sawmill
Hoaglund Hardware
Powell's Grocery Store and jerky operation
Pine River Museum
Cedar Fan Carver, Glen Van Antwerp
Barn Architecture
Presenting Our Findings

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Partners included Michigan State University Museum, Michigan 4-H Youth Development, and 4-H Kettunen Center. We thank the residents who assisted us with our program including: Andrea Grix, Betsy Erickson, Lorne Hoaglund, Alan Holmes, Laura Jacobson, Karen Keller, Jack Powell, Peggy Rutherford, Denny Smith, Glen Van Antwerp,

Contributors to this website will be participants from the April 2007 Tustin Cultural Tour as well as residents and community scholars from the Tustin area.

See what participants had to say about the experience:

Aimee's Photos
Joanne's Photos

 


A hillside greets visitors to town with "TUSTIN" spelled out with rocks. High school seniors traditionally rearrange the rocks to spell other words as a prank.

 

 


Alan Holmes' Sawmill

The group's first stop was Alan Holmes' sawmill and house.


Photo by Skyler.

 


Photo by LuAnne.

 


Photo by Joan.

 


Photo by LuAnne.

 


Photo by Bethany.

 


Photo by Joanne.

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Hoaglund Hardware Store


Photo by Aimee.

 


Photo by Joanne.

 


Photo by Bethany.

 


Photo by LuAnne.

 


Photo by Joanne.

 


Photo by Laurie.

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Powell's Grocery Store


Photo by Aimee.

 


Photo by Laurie.

 


Photo by Linda.

 


Photo by Laurie.

Many different types of spices are used in the jerky—everything from garlic to cinnamon. People order Powell’s jerky as it packs well and so may be sent overseas to servicemen and women.
-Joanne O.

 


Photo by Bethany.

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Pine River Museum


Photo by Laurie.

 


Photo by Linda.

 


Photo by Joanne.

"When your high school closes down, where do you store all your students' memories and accomplishments? Right here. Preserved here, as you can see, are many of the photographs of the students. There are also school uniforms and newspaper articles."
-Joanne O.

 


Photo by Joanne.

 


Photo by Mitchell.

 


Photo by Linda.

 


Photo by LuAnne.

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Glen Van Antwerp, Cedar Fan Carver


Photo by LuAnne.

 


Photo by Joanne.

 


Photo by LuAnne.

 


Photo by Mitchell.

 


Photo by Linda.

 

Glen was awarded the Michigan Heritage Award in 2001. He has his own website: http://users.netonecom.net/~vanantg/.

 

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Barns and Farmsteads


Photo by Skyler.

 


Photo by Laurie.

 


Photo by Laurie.

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Presenting Our Findings

We joined the rest of the workshop group that evening and prepared our photographs, wrote thank you notes, and created a Power Point Presentation. The next day we gave a presentation to all, sharing our photographs, experiences with the people of Tustin and sharing the sausages, spreads, and jerky donated generously by Powell’s Grocery Store. At lunch, we dined on Swedish potato sausage from Powell's, perhaps starting a new food tradition at Kettunen Center.

 


Photo by LuAnne Kozma.

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