Thursday, June 16, 2011

Traveling around Lake Michigan: Day 7, June 16, 2011

On the Road Again Thursday June 16.  We visited the Ernest Hemingway exhibit in Little Traverse History Museum in Petoskey, MI.  Northern Michigan shaped and influenced him as a young man and throughout his life.  We also learned about passenger pigeons, so abundant centuries ago and now extinct.

Any one traveling in Michigan, we hope you can stop at the Music House Museum.  Eight miles north of Traverse City on Hwy. 31.

We were amazed to learn about and listen to a Belgian dance organ, nickelodeons, music boxes, pipe organs, a Wurlitzer Theater Organ and a Weber reproducing piano.  The tour was 2 hours and so incredibly interesting.
       This grand piano played Rhapsody in Blue.  The story of the writing of the song was explained.

                                                                 German piano player

                                The violin and piano combination was a gentle to the ear sound.
1926 Organ that was played for silent movies.  
The song played used 8 of the 9 special effect sounds.

                            Organ grinder
Belgian dance organ 
HUGE:  30 feet across.

1884 Organ roller 

We stayed at D.H. Day Campgrounds in Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Went for a walk along Lake Michigan.

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