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

Programs are generally held the 4th Sunday of each month at either 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm central time. You can also visit our Facebook page for more event details.

NEW VIDEO: Florantha Thompson Sproat – La Pointe and Beyond

Aired on Sunday, November 13, 2022

Portrait of Florantha Sproat with event information

Photo Credit:
Portrait of Florantha Thompson Sproat
Painted by Cephas Thompson (1775-1856).
Oil on canvas, 1838.
Wisconsin Historical Museum object #1942.162.

Florantha Thompson Sproat – La Pointe and Beyond aired on November 13, 2022. Bob Mackreth talks about the life and times of Florantha Sproat and her adventures at La Pointe on Madeline Island and beyond.

When a young lady from a cultured New England background came to La Pointe in the final years of the fur trade, it seemed unlikely that she’d do well on the frontier. Florantha Sproat didn’t take long to prove doubters mistaken, however. Astonishingly, Florantha’s time at La Pointe was just the first chapter in a remarkable life that would take her from the Lake Superior country to gold rush California and the peaks of the Sierra Nevada.

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Future Programs

Stay tuned for more information

  • February 12, 2023 – Fisheries in the Bayfield Area
  • March 12, 2023 – The Bayfield Civic League

Past Programs

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