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The Bayfield Heritage Association’s John Matthew Black Program Series is generously sponsored by the Apostle Islands Historic Preservation Conservancy.

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BHA Returns to In-Person Programs

January 26, 2023

The Bayfield Heritage Association gladly announces the return of in-person programming for our 2023 John Matthew Black lecture series. BHA recognizes that Covid-19, along with seasonal illnesses like influenza, can still pose a real risk to some in our community.

We ask that individuals use their own best judgment when choosing whether to gather for these events. Masks are welcome but not required. Please stay home if you're not feeling well. Programs will be recorded and made available online, so be sure to stay connected via our website, and our social media channels!

A. Booth & Sons Packing Company - 1884-1965

Presented on Sunday, February 19, 2023

This JMB presentation is a condensed biography of Bayfield’s largest ever purveyor of fish products in the Apostle Islands and outlying waters. The primary information source for this program was a series of articles (1884 – 1962) from the old Bayfield County Press.

You will learn about: 

  • Mr. Alfred Booth’s history
  • Company tugboats and ships
  • Booth’s role in the excursion business
  • Long-time Operations Manager Justin A. Walstad
  • The hired hands, fishermen, and fisherwomen employed with Booth
  • A chronological ‘glance back” photo collage

Future Programs

Stay tuned for more information

Past Programs

Florantha Sproat:
La Pointe & Beyond

On the Hill:
Flowers, Fruit & Festivals: The Hauser Story

Tragedy in Bayfield:
The 1942 Bayfield Flood

Building Blocks of America:
Quarries of the Apostle Islands and South Shore

The Cadottes:
A Fur Trade Family on Lake Superior

With All Hands:
The Loss of the Edmund Fitzgerald