Part IV of the Ora Labora starts during Christmas 1864. The Colonies funds and provisions are low and its leader Emil Baur is begging his benefactors for loans to make it through the winter. With the war in its closing days the colonist are hopeful that a risky new venture will be profitable.
The Great Lakes contain over 35,000 islands, and many of them are uninhabited. However, a select few draw sailors and visitors from all over North America during the brief summer tourist season. Here are five of our favorite islands on the Great Lakes.
Storing a Catalina 27 sailboat for a long winter on the Great Lakes can be an expensive proposition. We found an inexpensive solution that every practical sailor can appreciate.
Food poisoning from food contaminated at a restaurant can be a nightmare for public health officials and result in the end of business for even a large restaurant chain. Here are some of the most noteworthy cases of restaurant food poisoning over the last 40 years.
If you're a Baby Boomer some of your most cherished memories growing up was getting out of the house for an ice cream or hamburger. We take a look at some of our most favorite, but bankrupt, restaurant chains that are no longer around and remember what made them special.
Part III of the Ora Labora story brings us to 1864. The rapid growth of the colony was costly and the society needs funds to grow. It was time for drastic measures. The raging war in the south was turning in the North's favor and the colony was on borrowed time until the draft took effect.
Detroit Metropolitan Airport is the 18th busiest airport in the United States. It's also one of the largest with the main concourse almost a mile long. These tips will help you get to the airport like a pro and make the most out of your time at DTW.
Part II of the Ora Labora story outlines the summer of 1863. Building is rapid and progress exciting in Michigan's north. But the looming effect of the Civil War is about to impact this fledgling German religious colony's effort to bring their culture and traditions to the Great Lakes wilderness.
If you find yourself in the Motor City and want to catch the highlights without blowing a lot of time or money, then this little tour will have you feeling like a Detroit insider in short order.
April is a big bird month in the Great Lakes region. The ubiquitous robins have been around since mid-March and are starting to feast on insects and worms emerging from the frozen earth. The next anticipated migratory bird to swoop in on the scene is the Baltimore oriole.
After a couple buys an old sailboat to explore the Great Lakes they tell the tale of their first short cruise across Michigan's Saginaw Bay with four young kids.
With a large lot next to our cottage consisting of mostly sand and a little acidic oak leaf loam, the opportunity to put in a real successful garden was remote. So we dedicated to experiment ourselves with this unique technique of straw-bale gardening.
The protest March For Our Lives on the streets of Washington DC was to demand that lives and safety become a priority and end gun violence. Protests have resulted in gatherings at our nation’s capital that have been attended by millions of people. Here are the most notable and largest among them.
From region-specific recommendations to tips that apply to any cruise, this article will have you packing like a pro.
There is nothing like the familiar foods of home. Michiganders have their own unique and delicious variety from the Upper Peninsula to the Ohio and Indiana border. We hit upon some of the top delicacies that the Great Lakes State loves to enjoy.
Ora Labora known as “Christian German Agricultural and Benevolent Society of Ora et Labora” (Pray and Work), where it's parishioners could combine work with prayer, and live according to the Methodist Church Discipline. Founded in 1862 on Michigan’s Wild Fowl Bay, the colony disappeared in...
The accidental find of the Marshal Sandstone formation in Michigan's Upper Thumb in 1834 gave rise to one of the areas first industries. Grindstone City became famous for its production of huge grinding wheels until a disruptive technology change slid the industry into obsolescence.
Isle Royale National Park is one of the most remote areas of the country. Accessible only by seaplane or ferry, it's considered a hiking and kayaking paradise. Yet folks of all ages can have a comfortable, safe, and adventurous wilderness experience without needing a tent and sleeping bag.