July 16: When Leland was a Wooding Station (with Kathleen Stocking)
Tuesday, July 16
This Summinar will look at the Leland of the 1860s, when it functioned primarily as a wooding station for the steamers on Lake Michigan and when North and South Manitou had more people than the mainland.
Kathleen Stocking, award-winning Michigan essayist, grew up in the 1950s above Sleeping Bear Bay.
Stocking left for the University of Michigan and Manhattan, returned and raised three children, and in 1998, when her last child graduated from the Interlochen Center for the Arts, left again to work in the prisons and homeless shelters of California. She has taught and travelled in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Romania, Thailand, the Netherlands, England, and Turkey. She recently received a 2017 award from the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council and a 2014 fellowship from the Blue Mountain Center for the Arts. In the 1990s she received major awards from the Michigan Council for the Arts, ArtServe Michigan, Association of Professional Women Writers, National Council for the Humanities, the Biederman Foundation, the William James Foundation. In the 2000s, while serving in the Peace Corps in Thailand and Romania, she received awards from USAID and the Royal Thai Government. She combines hard-earned awareness of the larger world with a deeply felt personal knowledge and connection to the Leelanau Peninsula. Her latest book, From the Place of the Gathering Light, is about the changes she’s seen on the Leelanau Peninsula over her lifetime and some prognostications for the future.