The Historical Society of Michigan presented the 2013 State History Awards Friday, September 27, at its Annual Meeting in Kalamazoo. MSU Archives’ Assistant Records Manager, Jennie Russell, received the award for Best Article in Michigan History Magazine.
From the HSM press release:
“Best Article in Michigan History Magazine
The inaugural award in this category went to “Spikehorn Meyer: His Own Tall Tale,” authored by Jennie Russell and featured in September/October 2012 issue of Michigan History magazine. John “Spikehorn” Meyer was considered the “most colorful character in the history of Clare County.” He was a farmer, machinist, lumberjack, and miner, but also spent his later years as the operator of a souvenir store and wildlife park outside Harrison. Russell’s article details Meyer’s antics at his private zoo, including allowing the public to feed the bears. Despite constant issues with former employees, the Michigan Department of Conservation, and the local police, Meyer’s zoo and his stories kept the public interested in him until he died in 1959.”