In today’s fast-paced, Internet world, most online (i.e. younger) inhabitants of this community don’t have time to research the trunk of papers and trinkets that grandmother entrusted to their care when she passed away. OK, fair enough, but even though most people don’t have the time, someone else does. There are those who have made it their study and their career. Enter the conservators.
The men and women are professional, college-trained people who have chosen the path of preserving and researching that trunk of “junk” left by grandmothers. They are humbly titled historic preservationists, and, fortunately, Tecumseh has many who strive to preserve both the public and widely-known history and the privately and little-known history of this town that was founded when Michigan was the frontier.
The Tecumseh Area Historical Museum, 302 E. Chicago Blvd., is under the direction, of Chris Brown, with the blessing of the Tecumseh Area Historical Society (TAHS), which oversees the governance of the local treasure. Brown is an Eastern Michigan University master of historical preservation student and is not a novice in this pursuit. He took an early interest in history and earned his first historical preservation degree at Ohio University. He also helped curate the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum in Fremont, Ohio, and the Athens County Historical Society Museum in Ohio for two years.
2 oz. Belvedere Vodka
1 oz. Chambord Liqueur
2 oz. Cranberry Juice
Honey and Raw Cane Sugar (for rimming the glass)
2 oz. Champagne or Other Good Bubbly
(to top off the cocktail)
Chill a large martini glass. Lightly rim the glass with honey. (We suggest dipping the back of a spoon in honey and quickly drawing along the edge. If you dunk the rim in a pool of honey, it can get pretty messy!) Combine the vodka, Chambord, and cranberry juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Mix well and strain into glass. Top with bubbly. Cheers!