Isn’t This How is Should Work?
December 8, 2009
We are continually trying to tweak and improve the SeekingMichigan web site. To date, we’ve put out over a million records and images online. We hope to launch an e-commerce module in the next month, and then look at comments, ratings etc. We have also begun to build out resources like our Michigan County Clerks map. More of this type of material will be available soon.
In the end though, our goal is VERY simple: to reach people with stories and resources about Michigan. So we are especially tickled when the people from the stories reach back. A recent example is Archivist Bob Garrett’s article on the 1961 Miss Michigan, Karen Southway (here’s the article).
Upon publishing the blog article on seekingmichigan.org, we quickly had a comment posted stating “I’m flattered please write” Turns out, the comment was from Karen Southway Dewert, Miss Michigan 1961 herself. Here is a little snippet of Karen’s message:
WHAT A CRAZY WORLD WE LIVE IN.. MY BROTHER, WHO LIVES IN AZ. FORWARDED THIS TO ME IN CHICAGO…AND YES, I FOUND TIME TO MARRY ROGER DEWERT IN JULY OF ’64.(HE PASSED JAN ’06) WE HAD 3 FABULOUS CHILDREN, NOW IN THEIR 40’S. I BECAME A PROFESSIONAL MAKE-UP ARTIST AND PAGEANT COACH..AND MOST RECENTLY, PHOTOGRAPHER AND PHOTO EDITOR. LAST AUGUST I CELEBRATED 47 YEARS IN THE BUSINESS. HAVE HAD MANY WINNERS; BUT THE ONES I MOST LIKE MENTIONING ARE THE THREE MISS AMERICAS I ASSISTED TO THE CROWN..MARJORIE VINCENT 1990, KATE SHINDLE 1997 AND ERICA HAROLD 2003. JUST TO THINK THAT IN ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF, IT WILL BE 50 YEARS AGO THAT I WAS CROWNED MICHIGAN…..SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY….WHERE DID THOSE DAYS GO? -KAREN