Did you know that mussel farming was once a major endeavor in Michigan? And that this farming was not for culinary purposes, but to sell the shells for the production of buttons? This little known and interesting fact, along with many others, was presented by the author Larry Massie on September 23rd at the Central library and is laid out in detail in his new book The Allure of Michigan’s Past. Mr. Massie has devoted his career as a writer, which now spans 19 titles, to celebrating our state’s rich heritage and to listen to him talk of Michigan's past is to hear his passion for the subject loud and clear.
The Allure of Michigan's Past