The Saugatuck-Douglas History Center presents its next Tuesday
Talk: From Fields, Baskets, to Boats: The Saugatuck-Douglas Fruit Industry with Anna Minnebo,
project historian on the SDHC’s Historic Markers Project. This event will be held outdoors at the
History Center’s Old School House, 130 Center Street, Douglas, on Tuesday, August 9 th at 11am.
The one-hour program begins when the school bell rings at 11 a.m. To assure comfortable
outdoor seating, attendees are encouraged to bring their own camp chairs if possible.
Last year, Minnebo worked as project historian at the SDHC, supporting a volunteer team to
erect six permanent historical markers throughout Saugatuck and Douglas. This was the first
phase of an ongoing multi-year project to share local history with the community—the History
Lives Here: Historic Marker Project.
During this presentation, Minnebo will share some of her research for the History Lives Here:
Historic Marker Project including the Douglas Basket Factory displayed at Wade’s Bayou park
and a history of the fruit industry located at Coghlin Park in Saugatuck.
Minnebo has a Master’s in History Museum Studies from the SUNY-Cooperstown Graduate
Program and was a 2020 SDHC intern prior to graduation. She also works for the City of
Holland as a staff member in historic preservation.
The SDHC is supported in part by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council (MACC) and the
National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by Michigan Humanities and
the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Allegan County Community Foundation.
For more information about SDHC, its Museum in Saugatuck and Old School House in Douglas,
and its activities planned for the months ahead, visit www.MySDHistory.org and check us out