Museum awarded
Pokagon F
und grant

The Region of Three Oaks Museum has just been awarded a Pokagon Fund grant of $3000, to upgrade museum technology. That's Pokagon Fund Executive Director Dan Petersen, handing the check to TROTOM Board President Chuck Sittig.

 

TROTOM will purchase new computer equipment and software, aimed at improving the museum's ability to catalogue and track the thousands of items in our growing collection. We've added extra shelving, new flatfile cases for storing maps and fragile documents, a new file cabinets 

for small paper items.

We'll be training new volunteers how to accession new items on our new equipment. If you'd like to get involved, let us know by email-- trotommuseum@gmail.com.

TROTOM loves a parade!

The museum had a eye-catching entry in the 2021 Three Oaks Flag Day parade. A 1930 Ford Model A convertible, with Abe Lincoln sitting in the back!

"Abe" was actually Richard Veit, who impersonates America's 16th president at SW Michigan events. He was a big hit-- kids yelled "Thanks, Abe!" as he and others in the car dispensed candy treats,

 

Big thanks not only to Richard, but to Robin McBride, the car's owner (and driver in the parade), and TROTOM Board Member Harold Russell, who dispensed friendly waves and candy, too.

It was certainly good to have Three Oaks' signature parade back, after a Covid-induced absence, though TROTOM was able to produce a video on the history of the event when the 2020 parade became a TV program, rather than a live event

 

Three Oaks History Mystery Solved!

The headline was striking-- "Love Nest Broken Up by Officers", but also baffling. The 

article, found in the archives at the museum, told a scandalous story about a Three Oaks official, but the clipping was undated, and it was unclear what newspaper it was from.

So we turned to a super-sleuth-- TROTOM member Suzanne Levy-- and she launched an internet search that soon laid bare a wild saga.

Click HERE to read Suzanne's account of cracking the mystery-- "Just who was Richard Jourpama and why was he arrested in Wisconsin?"

 
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Three Oaks Heritage Hall

The Region of Three Oaks Museum purchased the village's oldest building, the Town Hall built in 1866-67.

We have re-named the building Three Oaks Heritage Hall, and are making it available as a low-cost event space-- parties, baby showers, group meetings, are welcome.

There is also a small office available for rent at $250 a month.

Contact us at trotommuseum@gmail.com, if you're interested.

 

Discover how local athlete Joe Savoldi got kicked off a national championship football team and became a champion wrestler under scandalous circumstances, and then a spy before he got into the beverage business.