Catawba Cliffs celebrates historic 100th anniversary

Sep 22, 2021 | Around Ottawa County, Featured | 0 comments

Local Artist Nike Mendenhall, right, donated watercolor paintings to be raffled off for new members of the Catawba Island Historical Society. New CIHS member Julie Kennedy is entered in the raffle.

Catawba Cliffs residents and guests enjoyed a special event to recognize the 100th year anniversary of the Cliffs community on Friday, Sept. 17. The Catawba Island Historical Society (CIHS) hosted the event at the Union Chapel Museum, 5258 E. Porter Street.

The evening began with a special tour of the museum by Museum Curator Jane Spriestersbach featuring exhibits highlighting Catawba Cliffs history. Supporting the effort to preserve and protect Catawba’s heritage were event sponsors Bassett’s Market, Bergman Orchards, Catawba Island Club, Cheese Haven, 1812 Restaurant, Gideon Owen Wine Company, Orchard Bar & Table, Rosie’s Bar and Grill and Twin Oast Brewing Company.

CIHS President Craig Koerpel talked about accomplishments of the museum to a a crowd of about 75. Almost 300 members support the work of the museum. Guests brought old photos and shared memories with neighbors and had a fun “Night At The Museum.”

The museum is open: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Union Chapel Museum’s last operating day for the 2021 season is Saturday, Oct. 9.

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