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Bay View

An American Idea

By Mary Jane Doerr
Photographs by Robert Cleveland

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Cultural Studies, Michigan

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Hardback
Published: March 2011
ISBN: 9781886167315
Pages: 208 Size: 8.5x11
Illustrations: 179
Review

What a fine book it is, admirably researched and written. And it brings Bay View utterly alive.... Bravo!

— H. R. Stoneback

Located on the shores of lake Michigan east of Petoskey, the National Historic landmark Bay View is a blend of two uniquely American traditions, the camp meeting and cultural assembly. In this volume, author Mary Jane Doerr explains why millions were drawn to the Bay View grounds to hear influential American speakers on its platform, why hundreds of nationally known women reformers came to Bay View each summer, how the Bay View Music Festival has come to be the oldest continuously operating festival in the U.S., and how the community provided the only college level classes in northern Michigan until 1959. New information about Ernest Hemingway’s connection to the community is revealed along with the story of the Blanshard brothers. Paul Blanshard, the Great Unitarian, was an ardent supporter of the separation of church and state and developed his ideas living in this community. This long overdue book uses local newspapers, primary documents, and interviews to provide substantial background about the community and its deep roots in many aspects of our national culture.

Published by: Priscilla Press

Mary Jane Doerr is a retired special education teacher and English tutor at Oakland Community College. She has published extensively with newspapers through Michigan and with the Petoskey News-Review since 1979.

Robert Cleveland was an advertising photographer from 1975 to 2008, and worked primarily in the automotive field. His profound interest in the architectural/documentary genre is evidenced by his image making for The Detroit Historical Society.

A valuable addition to the literature on the Chautauqua movement in the United States. It serves as a model and inspiration for other local communities to follow when describing their own Chautauqua associations. Mary Jane Doerr is to be commended for her endeavors.

– Philip P. Mason, distinguished professor of history emeritus at Wayne State University

What a fine book it is, admirably researched and written. And it brings Bay View utterly alive. . . . Bravo!

– H. R. Stoneback

A rich history of an area everyone is familiar with, but about which few know much of this detail.

– Glen Young

  • 2011 State History Award - Result: Winner in the category of Publications: Books: University & Commercial
  • 2011 State History Award - Result: Winner in the category of Publications: Books: University & Commercial