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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 CO. - 1884 - 1958

Sunday, February 12, 2023 - In-Person at Bayfield Heritage Association

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

A, Booth & Sons, At BHA, Feb, 12 1-2pm

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

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We have great plans for 2022-23 to continue our programs and expand our online offerings. To realize our dream, we need your support. Please consider making a donation to support our mission to continue bringing history to life. Take a moment to explore the wide variety of options available for giving.


2022 Museum Hours

Our museum is closed for the season. We will see you again in the summer of 2023!

If you would like to visit by appointment:
Call (715) 779-5958


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