Port Austin Area Historical Society
PORT AUSTIN — The Port Austin Area Historical Society met April 6. The membership committee reported 176 members and that a general brochure for the history center was mailed to all members. New displays for 2017 include: Huron County Baseball League, Post Austin Water Carnival, Gen. Beauchap, a six-tier quilt rack, Pointe of Pines Hotel register from 1898, a bear coat and a Petit/ Wisner stemware collection. Docent Guild Chairman Nancy Bitterling reported April open hours staffed and there will be two meetings in May for guild members. Intern Chairman Mary Barnes reported she is working with Olivet College to have a summer intern at the history center. Gift Shop Chairman Lisa Boska reported she is reviewing items and looking for new items. During the program, USAF Ret. Master Sgt. Bud Isel spoke on “The Air Defense of North America: 1950-1979,” and overview of NORAD, detection radars, interceptor squadrons, the Nike Hercules and the 754th Port Austin Air Force Station, and answered questions. In other announcements, a couple of members attended a Past Perfect Software meeting. There will be a Thursday, May 4 Tri-County Historical Society Meeting in Port Sanilac. The next meeting will be Thursday, May 4, with speaker Sandra Campbell, author of “FDR-Saving a Generation: The Three C’s.” Campbell’s father, Lawrence E. Rapson, served three tours in the Michigan Civilian Conservation Corps.