January 2018 History Series Speaker: Traverse City Planner Russ Soyring

Downtown Traverse City, looking west from the corner of Cass and Front, 1952.

Join us on Sunday, January 21st, 1-3 p.m., when Russ Soyring, Traverse City Planner, will speak on “How Traverse City Planning Developed and Its Effects on our Community, 1940 to the Current Day.”

Our monthly History Series meetings take place in the McGuire Room at Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City. These events are

free and open to the public. (For the month of December, we are taking a hiatus, so see you in 2018!)

As a reminder, Our Intrepid Board of Directors meets on the first Tuesday of every month, from 6-7:30pm at 627 Eastwood Ave, Traverse City, MI 49686. We would love to see you there!

4 thoughts on “January 2018 History Series Speaker: Traverse City Planner Russ Soyring

    • Hello A. Gindin, the Board Meetings are held at 627 Eastwood Ave. Traverse City, MI, the registered address of the Society, which is a personal residence. That information is available in the Board Meeting Agendas, every month. Our program meetings are held at Traverse Area District Library, and that information appears with every published announcement concerning same. Please let us know what information you are a looking for, and we will be glad to assist further. ~Amy, Webmaster


  1. January, 2018.
    I am looking for a historical recap of the events leading up to the Traverse Area Foundation (name?) purchase of the GT Bay waterfront along Clinch park, the power plant, etc. Early names I recall were Tom Hall, Dan Kostrava, Jim Olson along with many more people with foresight. My opinion is that this opening of the waterfront view and establishment of the open space led to a sensible DDA plan spearheaded by Bryan Crough, which ultimately saved downtown Traverse City. Can anyone lead me toward the complete history of that effort in one or more articles?
    Thank you, Paul Jacobs


    • Dear Paul Jacobs, Thank you for your inquiry, we have passed it on to our research team to see what can be dug up. I would recommend, too, checking out the Traverse City “Record-Eagle” newspaper archives at either the Traverse Area District Library on Northwestern Michigan College Osterlin Library. Both provide access to a subject-based index, which may be helpful to your research, along with access to the newspapers themselves. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance. ~Amy, Webmaster


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