Dr. Ronald J. Stephens takes us into the rich heritage of Idlewild, Michigan. The resort town, in the heart of Manistee National Forest, welcomed Black families throughout the country during the decades of racial segregation. The tranquil setting, and activities like boating, skating, horseback riding and legendary musical acts made Idlewild a booming cultural destination.
Today former vacationers and friends of the community have made efforts to preserve and revive the once popular resort town.
Highlights of the interview are included for convenient listening.
- Michigan ‘geography’ (02:25)
- A day at Idlewild (06:32)
- Arthur Braggs brings entertainment (10:04)
- Chautauqua movement similarity (13:28)
- Regional Idlewild clubs (15:26)
- Other historically Black resorts (23:26)
- An interesting character (26:51)
- Idlewild, Michigan, Atlas Obscura https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/idlewild-michigan
- Chautauqua movement https://www.britannica.com/topic/chautauqua-movement
- Idlewild: Michigan’s ‘Black Eden, WTTW https://interactive.wttw.com/chicago-on-vacation/destinations/michigan/idlewild-michigan-black-eden
- Michigan’s ‘Black Eden’, A short history of Idlewild https://www.modeldmedia.com/features/Idlewild-mnrtf-series-14.aspx
- Once A Paradise, Idlewild Hopes To Rise Again, November 30, 2014, Detroit Free Press https://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/john-carlisle/2014/11/30/idlewild-michigan-hard-times/19668773/
- The Crisis Magazine, August 1917 https://books.google.com/books?id=PVoEAAAAMBAJ&source=gbs_all_issues_r&cad=1