Camps of the U.P. featured in history center fundraiser

by Jack Deo

Deer camps in the U.P. are a tradition, whether small or grand. A slide show showing off some historic camps will be held January 30.

Deer camps in the U.P. are a tradition, whether small or grand. A slide show showing off some historic camps will be held January 30. (Courtesy of Jack Deo/Superior View)

I recently created a new, digital slide show that I’m calling, “From Deer Camps to Grand Camps.”

A viewing of the show will be held Thursday, January 30 to benefit the Marquette Regional History Center. It’s one of several fund-raisers held throughout the year to support the operating expenses of the museum, and the first to kick off 2014.

“From Deer Camps to Grand Camps” actually is two shows in one.

The first half of the show will feature classic deer camp photographs. This part of the show was inspired by my recent acquisition of two 100-year-old photograph albums showing hunting camps in AuTrain and Trenary.

Select photos from these two albums, along with some of the greatest and funniest photos from my thirty-five-year collection of deer camp photos will be shown.

The show also will have some of the Marquette Regional History Center’s best camp photos included.

Some camps are more like homes, or in this case, a built-in boathouse. This might be called a fishing camp as well as a hunting camp.

Some camps are more like homes, or in this case, a built-in boathouse. This might be called a fishing camp as well as a hunting camp. (Courtesy of Jack Deo/Superior View)

A special tribute to recently retired Buck LeVasseur will be included during the deer camp section. Buck and I hunted together for many years, and I’m going to blend in a few of those “classics.” Expect to laugh.

The second part of the show will feature the “Grand Camps” of Marquette County. I will be showing some of the greatest old photos of Cyrus McCormicks’s White Deer Lake, the cabins of the Huron Mountain Club and the famous Granot Loma Lodge.

This part of the show begins with a short tribute to Fred Rydholm, without whom this part of the show would not be possible.

It was Rydholm who gathered the images and told the stories that I will be showing and sharing.

It also was Rydholm who took me into these landmarks several times over the last thirty-five years.

The historic Granot Loma Lodge and cabins at the Huron Mountain Club are among the grander end of the scale represented in the slide show. (Courtesy of Jack Deo/Superior View)

The historic Granot Loma Lodge and cabins at the Huron Mountain Club are among the grander end of the scale represented in the slide show. (Courtesy of Jack Deo/Superior View)

I was lucky to photograph the interior of Granot Loma while it was still owned by Kaufman descendants, and all the original root furniture was still in the lodge. I will be showing these color photographs for the first time.

Also attending the show will be Richard Hendricksen. Hendricksen spent two years of his life dismantling the McCormick Tract cabins.

The cover photo for this issue of Marquette Monthly was taken by Hendricksen and shows the Chimney Cabin on a cold, winter night.

Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. You can purchase tickets at the History Center, 145 West Spring Street, in Marquette, or online at marquet tehistory.org

Deer don’t differentiate between humble tarpaper and log or splendid stone and timber camps, as this U.P. buck pole attests. (Courtesy of Jack Deo/Superior View)

Deer don’t differentiate between humble tarpaper and log or splendid stone and timber camps, as this U.P. buck pole attests. (Courtesy of Jack Deo/Superior View)

This should be a fun show and will last just about an hour. All proceeds go the Marquette Regional History Center. Hope to see you there.

–Jack Deo

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