Many people remember 200 Blue Star Highway in Douglas as the site of the former Haworth factory. But fewer people recall that a plating company named Chase Manufacturing operated there. In 1965, a large multinational conglomerate, Gulf + Western Industries purchased the plant. In the mid-1980s, local and state officials discovered contamination in the city’s municipal wells, and toxic waste behind the elementary school. Ultimately, the state traced the contamination back to Gulf + Western’s operation in Douglas, though seldom is their name mentioned when discussing this still-contaminated site. For this Tuesday talk, Kate Levy, Artist in Residence at GVSU, will present a historical and poetic lecture about what she has learned about this site through historical research and conversations with various people in the community.

This event will be held in the 2nd floor gallery at the History Center in Douglas, 130 Center Street, Douglas at 11am. The one-hour program begins when the school bell rings at 11 a.m.

A summertime tradition since 1996, SDHC’s weekly Tuesday Talks present entertaining and informative insights into local and regional life and history throughout July and August.

Tuesday Talks are free for SDHC members; non-members are asked for a suggested donation of $5 per person.

  • location_on Saugatuck Douglas History Center
    130 W Center Street
    Douglas , MI

Saugatuck Douglas History Center, 130 W Center Street, Douglas, MI