Iron Mountain clown baseball team on The Making of Modern Michigan

Some of you know of my research interest in MI circus.

A friend asked me to search for her grandfather, Dr. Herman Sturtz of Iron Mountain, about whom she knew little. Through a Google search I found him identified in a digitized photograph with other noteworthy Iron Mountain (Mich.) men dressed as a clown baseball team. I thought this was really funny that he was dressed as a clown. Dressing as a clown baseball team was not uncommon in the late 19th c early 20th c. for holidays, like 4th of July, or to raise funds for a cause. Here's the site and photo The photograph is on the Making of Michigan website. The Making of Modern Michigan is a collaborative project involving 52 Michigan libraries. It includes local history materials from communities around the state. Michigan's unique heritage is represented through over 4,500 different subjects of photographs, family papers, oral histories, genealogical materials, and much more.

The Making of Modern Michigan is headed by the Michigan State University Libraries, in partnership with the Library of Michigan, the Michigan Library Consortium, and the 52 libraries currently participating in the project.  Thanks MSU!


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