Traverse City Record-Eagle

October 31, 2009

TC history exhibit visits TADL

From staff reports

TRAVERSE CITY -- The Record-Eagle's traveling exhibit of Traverse City and newspaper history will be on display throughout November at the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere.

Created as part of the newspaper's 150th anniversary celebration, the "Strong Newspaper, Strong Community" exhibit in the TADL community meeting room includes large "then-and-now" photos of the city, early maps of the region and old front pages.

A newspaper history wall details the history of the paper and publishers.

The Record-Eagle is descended from the city's two earliest newspapers -- the Grand Traverse Herald, founded by Morgan Bates on Nov. 8, 1858, and the Traverse Bay Eagle, a pioneer weekly started by Elvin Sprague in 1865.

Other forerunners are the Morning Record and Evening Records started by the Herald's Thomas T. Bates, and the Daily Eagle published by Sprague in the 1890s and early 1900s. The Record-Eagle was born of a merger in 1910 of these two city papers.

The exhibit includes old cameras, typewriters and early printing tools in the glass display cases in TADL's lobby.

The free exhibit comes as the newspaper's anniversary year winds to an end this month. The Record-Eagle's year-long celebration also has included a 150th Anniversary History Project series of stories.

"It's impossible to tell the history of the Traverse City Record-Eagle without telling the history of Traverse City," associate editor Loraine Anderson said. "The newspaper and the city grew up together. The Record-Eagle and its ancestors are a weekly and daily record of what happened here from 1858 through today."

Library hours are: Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9. a.m-6 p.m.