Michigan History Alive
In the News
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View, March 26, 2009, Living section, Making History Fun, Storyteller gets kids excited about Michigan history - "One week she comes dressed in costume and has the kids sing a song about Michigan history, one week she does a live fire demonstration (which she says is always the favorite) and the last week she quizzes the kids on their knowledge through a Jeopardy-style game."
Tri-City Times, September, 2009, Imlay Rotary Club to Treat Retirees - "Gardiner, a resident of North Branch, admits she was not an avid student of history in her younger days. 'Here I had the opportunity to combine my story telling abilities with Michigan history,' Gardiner says."
Tri-City Times, October 7, 2009, Speaker Fires Up Rotary Audience - "A full house of Imlay City Rotary Club members and retirees gathered at Country Side Banquet Center last Wednesday to learn about the Great Fire of 1881. This year's featured speaker was Sarah Gardiner..."
The St. Ignace News, Thursday, February 28, 2002, Volunteers Bring Fort's Winter History Back to Life - "In the Piquet House, a typical British household at the fort, women were cooking corned beef and cabbage on coals next to the fireplace for hungry soliders..."
Tri-City Times, Good Neighbor feature - "When Barb Mobley saw the Times' request for Good Neighbor nominations, she didn't have to think twice about who would be a perfect fit. She jumped on her computer keyboard to write about her good neighbor and friend, Sarah Gardiner."
The Graphic, Week of September 10 - September 16, 1998 - Front page photograph of Sarah Gardiner while working at Fort Michilimackinac.
St. Ignace News, April 14, 1999, Twist on Game Helps Students Learn History - "For a half hour each week, Gardiner has introduced students to historic artifacts discovered in the Straits area and explained events that have shaped Michigan history."
References and Letters of Recommendation
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Mackinac State Historic Parks - "Sarah has always done an excellent job for the Mackinac State Historic Parks. She has great communication skills and got along very well with the rest of the staff. Her interpretive presentations were always very well done and well received by our park visitors."
St. Ignace Area Schools - "Students couldn't wait until she returned for another activity."
Imlay City Historical Commission, Inc. - "You have a great way of presenting information that really puts things in perspective and sticks with you."
Moran Township School District - "It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Sarah Gardiner. Mrs. Gardiner helped make history come alive."
Turrill Elementary School - "Her extensive research and travels throughout the state, take on new meaning, as she consistently hits the Michigan Benchmarks for social studies."
Just a few of student thank you letters - "Thank you for coming in. I learned a lot of stuff. Now I can tease my mom that I know more than her."