TRAVERSE CITY -- An exhibit celebrating 150 years of the Record-Eagle opens at the Grand Traverse Heritage Center Monday.
"It's our hope that once you've gone through the exhibit, you'll know the history of the paper and its owners, the history of journalism and photojournalism and also how evolving technology has driven both, said Loraine Anderson, coordinator of the Record-Eagle's project.
Items on display include a small press based on the larger workhorse presses, printer tools, early typewriters, vintage cameras, photos and historic front pages.
Timelines are used to tell the history of the paper and its ancestors since Nov. 3, 1858, when the first Grand Traverse Herald rolled off the press as well as the history of American newspapers and press technology.
"I really enjoy the maps because they show what happened here in a short span of time," said Anderson, a writer and editor at the Record-Eagle for 31 years. "There's a map of the area just before early Americans and Europeans began settling the area in the mid-1800s; a bird's-eye view of the city in 1879; and a plat map from 1895 that has locations identified and shows who owned what properties."
Heritage Center curator Dick Teubert designed and set up the exhibit, called "Strong Newspaper, Strong Community," and the Traverse Area Historical Society provided most of the old photographs.
"There have been many changes in the newspaper industry since the first newspaper rolled off a press in Boston in 1690," said Mike Casuscelli, publisher of the Record-Eagle. "The Record-Eagle has been serving our area for 150 years. The exhibit at the Heritage Center affords you the opportunity to view a little bit of the history of our paper and the relationship to our community.
"We are excited to partner with the Heritage Center in a showcase over the next few months," Casuscelli said. "Additionally, we plan to announce the publication schedule and unveil the cover of our new magazine "Reflections By The Bays."
Photos by S.E. Wait, an early city druggist, photographer and history writer, offer a visual "documentary timeline" on their own, Anderson said, giving a glimpse into life in the Grand Traverse region in the late 1800s to early 20th century.
The front pages also offer a glimpse into world, state and local history.
Two of Anderson's favorites are "Henry Ford Buys Marion Island For Summer Home" in 1917 and "Germany Licked," about the end of World War I in 1918.
The exhibit opens Monday and runs through July in the Museum of History at the Heritage Center, located in the historic Sixth Street neighborhood in Traverse City.
Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $1.50 for students, and children 6 and under are free.
For additional information, or group tours, contact the Heritage Center at 995-0313 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.