Events Past 2015


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Log Cabin Day 2015
Sunday, June 28th 1-4pm
Was Fun in the Sun!

Frankenmuth celebrates

National Log Cabin Day


Sunday, June 28 was National Log Cabin Day and Frankenmuth celebrated in a special way.


The Wolkensdörfer log house in Frankenmuth is over 150 years old and today it was open to the public to learn about a simpler time.


Rustic games, handmade ice cream, and civil war reenactors are just some of the things that were done today for the celebration. 


Rachael Ramirez, Education Director, helped organize the event.  She teaches children and adults about life in the 1800s.  "I would say when they actually enjoy it and they have that ah-ha moment, that that would be the most memorable." 


This is the first year for this event but Ramirez says it will happen on the last Sunday of June from now on.           - Excerpt from FOX 66 News coverage




Sponsored by:

Bavarian Arbor Gleaners

Frankenmuth Historical Association

Weiss Centennial Farm

Michigan Living History Education Association

Be Part of History          
Mural painter and Frankenmuth native
Stephen Hargash will celebrate the community’s art
and history with a new mural project that kicks off
with an art show and reception Saturday, May 30, at the Frankenmuth Historical Association’s Fischer Hall,
613 S. Main.


May 30, 2015
Be Part of History          
Artist's Gala was a big success!         


The whole evening was a great success.  There was art spanning the generations,

in multiple mediums, from Frankenmuth High School, collegiate artists from

Frankenmuth, artists from the Fine Arts council, Stacie Rose, Gary Gavit, 

Harold Eckert, and of course Steve Hargash.  A sand sculpture in front of the

FHA museum created by Billy Budd, John Martinez, and Jonathan Martinez (his son)

rounded out the artistic offerings.  Background music prior to the drawing was

performed by Brandi Hecht and Larry Lang.


In addition to Steve Hargash and the Fine Arts Council addressing the crowd,

FHA Director Jon Webb and DDA President Sheila Stamiris briefly spoke about the

importance of art and history (the themes of this mural project) to a community like Frankenmuth,

both culturally and economically.


Names were drawn randomly for spots in Steve Hargash's new Mural, but just beforehand, the Frankenmuth Fine Arts Council

made a special surprise presentation of a sponsorship to Mayor Gary Rupprecht; he will be included in the mural. 


Following the drawing, Frankenmuth’s Matt Besey entertained the crowd with a dynamic acoustic guitar set.


Great food and drinks were provided by the Frankenmuth Brewery, Kringles, the Cheese Haus, Harvest Coffee House, and Prost.  Beautiful floral arrangements from the Frankenmuth Florists, food sculptures from Bob Zehnder’s students at the Tuscola Skills Center.

Be Part of History


Mural painter and Frankenmuth native Stephen Hargash will celebrate the community’s art and history with a new mural project that kicks off with an art show and reception Saturday, May 30, at the Frankenmuth Historical Association’s Fischer Hall, 613 S. Main.


The hall will open at noon Saturday, May 30, with artwork from Hargash, local high school and college students, Gary Gavit, and Harold Eckert on display. Members of the Frankenmuth Area Fine Arts Council will also have work on display.


An Artists Reception is set from 5-7 pm, and is also open to the public.


At 7 p.m., representatives from the Frankenmuth Fine Arts Council, Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority and the FHA will speak. The drawing for inclusion in the mural will take place at approximately 7:30 p.m. Those eligible aren’t required to be present to win.


“The art represents several generations of artists from the community,” Hargash said.


Hargash, who lives most of the year in New York, has been working as a professional artist for more than 23 years. In 2013, he completed a multi-panel mural at Rau’s Country Store. This year, he has been selling a series of limited edition prints to fund the new community-driven mural project called “Be Part of History.”


The project is “Art made for and about the community, funded and owned by the community.” Hargash’s vision is to do a series of paintings over the next several years depicting Frankenmuth history. The first mural will commemorate Satow’s Drug Store, which recently was sold to CVS. Possible future murals could include the town’s breweries and Bavarian Festival parade as backdrops, he said.


In the murals, past and present Frankenmuth come together in “phantasmagorical” scenes that incorporate historical and present-day characters. Some very familiar faces will appear, but the mural could include you! Anyone buying one of three limited edition tulip prints for $25 gets entered into a drawing to have their image or that of a loved one included in the mural. They are available for sale in the FHA gift shop, Wickson Memorial Library, Kringles and the Lager Mill. You can buy a print at the May 30 event until 7 p.m. to be eligible for the drawing.

Hargash has spent the past several months seeking sponsors who are honoring a Frankenmuth character past or present with their likeness in the mural. But he will choose at least 10 individuals during the May 30 drawing at the Frankenmuth Historical Association’s Fischer Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Local musicians Brandy Hecht and Larry Lang will provide entertainment throughout the day and will continue after the drawing, culminating with an acoustic set from Matt Besey.


Sand sculptors John Martinez and Billy Budd of Martinez Studio Art Club will create a piece outside the museum entrance.
Work on the mural will begin with Hargash photographing the chosen models or working from family photos. He plans out the background with historic photos of the original Satow’s, he said.


“I will put the models into different positions and try to capture their best expressions without posing them too much. I will have a total of 30-40 people in the painting.” He plans to complete the mural within a year, with an unveiling to follow. A short video will chronicle the process. The mural, on a moveable panel, will go on display in Fischer Hall.

“Ultimately, we’d like to fill up the hall with murals, doing one every year,” Hargash said.  The art show continues from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 31, with more local musicians performing.

Frankenmuth Historical Association

Guest Speaker

Betheen Glady-Teschendorf

Delta College Associate Professor


Hear more of the secrets behind the stories of the fairy tale world of the Grimm Brothers in an educational talk from

5-6 p.m.,  Aug. 11 at the museum’s Fischer Hall.

The talk is free and open to the public. 

Refreshments available


“Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm”

On display through Halloween in the

Leona Geyer Gallery at the museum,

613 S. Main.





Harvest of History

Join us for this fun evening of history with refreshments & Snacks

Jerry Kabat & Ed Sergent


will share agricultural

artifacts and stories

in a harvest-themed evening.


Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

7 - 8:30 pm

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Ribbon-Cutting Dedication
for the new "Rock Ramp Fish Passage"

On Tuesday, November 26th, there was a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the new “Rock Ramp Fish Passage” project on the Cass River in Frankenmuth. As part of that project, we created a video to tell the story of how the original dam, built in 1847, impacted our community and how its transition to this beautiful environmentally friendly fish ladder will significantly benefit the region going forward.

The Edmund Fitzgerald Investigation
Rick Mixter

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Join us as Saginaw’s Ric Mixter

gives a spellbinding lecture on

the Edmund Fitzgerald, from

the ship’s construction to its Final voyage, sharing details that few know about the illustrious career and horrific ending of “The Mighty Fitz”.

Ric Mixter is a former

television reporter who

now chronicles Great Lakes

history via diving and

recording rare interviews

with survivors ofshipwrecks. 

He is one ofonly a handful of

diversto visit the wreck of the

Edmund Fitzgerald, some 550 feet below the surface of Lake Superior. 

Frankenmuth Historical Museum * 7 - 8:30pm * Light refreshments & snacks

Support for the Frankenmuth Historical Association is provided in part by grants from:

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Frankenmuth Historical Museum   613 S. Main St. Frankenmuth, MI 48734