14 episodes

Host Jordan Anderson takes a look at the history of the Grand Traverse region.

The Grand Traverse Look Back Traverse Area Historical Society

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Host Jordan Anderson takes a look at the history of the Grand Traverse region.

    Northwestern Michigan College

    Northwestern Michigan College

    For a community to thrive and grow, there needs to be access to quality education.  It’s what makes parents happy to live in a particular area, knowing that the schools will give their kids what they need to succeed.  And, when those kids get old enough, it’s what will give them the opportunity to choose to stay close to home as they build their own lives.
    We spoke with Stephen Sicilano, Vice President for Educational Services at NMC, as well as the President of the Traverse Area Historical Society; Ross Biederman, current President of Midwestern Broadcasting; and Joe Anderson, NMC alum.
    Special thanks to C-SPAN for the use of their 1984 interview with NMC founder Les Biederman.

    • 25 min
    Les Biederman & Northern Michigan Broadcasting

    Les Biederman & Northern Michigan Broadcasting

    In today’s world of our hyper-connected, always online existence…it’s hard to remember that getting up to the minute news and information about your community—or the world at large—was a lot more difficult.  And while the newspapers and other print publications could inform folks, too, there was nothing like the immediacy—and intimacy—of radio.  We’ll talk today Traverse City’s first radio station, WTCM, and the man who dreamed it into existence: Les Biederman.
    We spoke with Les Biederman’s son, Ross Biederman, current President of Midwestern Broadcasting Company, and longtime WTCM personality Steve Cook.

    • 24 min
    The Blessing of the Blossoms & the National Cherry Festival

    The Blessing of the Blossoms & the National Cherry Festival

    The tourism industry of our region is an economic powerhouse, and one of the longest running—and most powerful—examples is all based around our signature crop:  the cherry.  Well, the cherry, and the celebration of it.  Today, we examine the National Cherry Festival, a now-ubiquitous summer celebration nearing its 100th milestone event.  But the origins of this now mammoth gathering are…a BIT more modest.
    We spoke with Kat Paye, the Executive Director of the National Cherry Festival.

    • 27 min
    Iconic Buildings of TC

    Iconic Buildings of TC

    Walking around Traverse City, you know them…but you don’t know the stories BEHIND them.  I’m talking about just a few of the many well-known buildings in the area.
    We spoke with Jack Lane, realtor and host of the long-running talk show “Ask the Real Estate Guy,” as well as a former history columnist for the Traverse City Record-Eagle; Diane Baribeau, Executive Director of City Opera House; and Chrissine Cairns, Marketing Director of Sleder’s Family Tavern.

    • 30 min
    Old Indian Trail - Cadillac to Traverse City

    Old Indian Trail - Cadillac to Traverse City

    It is likely that you’ve come across one of these markers before — I’m referring to those concrete, oddly shaped structures with a number painted on them, and a small plaque underneath.  If you’ve gotten to closer and read this plaque, you would see the following “Old Indian Trail - Cadillac to Traverse City.”  
    What is the story behind these structures?  What is the story behind the trail they’re marking?  And what new project is looking to honor this work by continuing the tradition?
    We spoke with JoAnne Cook, an educator and historian, as well as a member, and a chief appellate judge, of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians; Emily Modrall, member of the board of directors of the Traverse Area Historical Society, and one of the spearheaders of a new project to add new structures to the existing Old Indian Trail - Cadillac to Traverse City; and filmmaker Rich Brauer, who helped with the installation of the original trail markers in the 1980's.

    • 30 min
    History Potpourri

    History Potpourri

    While you might think of “potpourri” as just something that makes a room smell nice, it can, more broadly, be thought of as a cousin of “medley,” of different things brought together to produce an experience that is greater than the some of its parts.
    And when it comes to the history of the Northern Michigan region, who doesn’t love a good historical potpourri?  We explore four short stories about the Grand Traverse area, speaking with Peg Siciliano, Larry Hains and Jen Loup of the Traverse Area Historical Society, as well as Vanessa Vance, longtime tour guide of the Grand Traverse Commons property, and Tracy Mikowski, former head zoo keeper of the Clinch Park Zoo.
     

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

LoriHM22 ,

Well done and informative!

I love history and as a TC resident this podcast is a great way to listen and learn about our beautiful area.

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