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About the Collection
Memories of the Monroe Piers was created as an audio-visual project of the Monroe County Library System in 1971. It consists of slides, a cassette tape, and a booklet. It was compiled by Jody Vollrath with the assistance of community members and library staff.
The project is about the early history of Monroe and the Piers. It covers the years 1885-1929 when the area at the mouth of the River Raisin was a popular destination for recreation and offered a variety of activities. Some of these activities included: the ride to the piers on the trolley cars, rowing on the River Raisin, yachting regattas on the lake, rocking on the piazza of the Hotel Lotus, swimming off the Lighthouse Point, picking lotus blooms, shooting ducks among the marshes, dances, and fun on Johnson Island’s amusement park.
Mrs. Vollrath compiled the information by interviewing members of the community who visited the piers, researching oral histories of deceased community members who spent time there, from pictures that were loaned by community members, and from articles and photos from The Monroe Democrat. These community members included three generations who recalled their memories of the Monroe Piers.
From the acknowledgements page of the Memories of the Monroe Piers booklet: Monroe County Library System, in publishing this booklet, hopes to contribute to the preservation of the cultural heritage of Monroe County and to present that heritage in an interesting form. To enhance this interest, the booklet is coordinated with a sound-filmstrip of the same title, also authored by Mrs. Vollrath.