Artist Meet & Greet

Grand Lake Vintage Resorts

Bob & Janet Young

Join us for a free artist reception!

Saturday, January 14th

3pm - 5pm

Decades ago, Janet Young promised her grandmother that one day she would write the history of the family’s Birch Hill Hotel. What began as the story of one historic hotel has developed into a series of four books centered on the history of Presque Isle. 

Volume II, Grand Lake’s Vintage Resorts, peers into the life and times of the men and women who built the first hotels and clubhouses along the shore of this isolated lake in the forested heart of Presque Isle. Personal stories of the resort owners, employees, club members, and guests are based on family letters, journals, interviews, newspaper articles, and legal documents from the 1870s through the 1940s. 

Grand Lake’s Vintage Resorts features a wealth of maps, rare photographs, and exceptional artwork. 

Janet’s brother, businessman and artist Bob Young. Bob’s splendid watercolor paintings, along with his detailed pen and ink sketches, illustrate idyllic summer vacations at the early rustic hotels of Northeastern Michigan. (Readers may recognize Bob as owner of Young’s Appliance and Young’s Art Van.) Bob’s artwork, along with Janet’s interpretations will be on display in the Trelfa Gallery through April. Please join them on January 14th at 3:00 PM for a meet and greet opening exhibit reception.

Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit authentic articles and artifacts of art, history, and science to 

inspire curiosity, foster community pride, and cultivate personal legacy.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan


Monday - Saturday  -  10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday  - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.



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Alpena, MI 49707