Scandal! Illness, Lawsuits, and Tragedy is a special program which will be held at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site on August 24 and 25.
The interactive event will allow participants to be a part of recounting two lawsuits and a rumor involving lumber baron Charles Hackley. The lawsuits involve lumbering tools and his brother Porter’s estate. Like many influential men, rumors were spread about Hackley’s activities and life. One of the more commonly shared rumors about Muskegon’s most well-known lumber baron will be discussed.
Twelve “jurors” will hear each of the three scenarios with one interpreter acting as the defense and the other as the prosecution. In the case of the rumor, one interpreter will argue its validity and the other will paint it as fiction. The jurors will have an opportunity to discuss the three scenarios and must come to a unanimous vote. Following that, they will hear the actual verdicts and find out more about the rumor and its veracity.
There are two sessions each night, 5:00 to 6:30 pm and 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Due to adult themes and topics, this program is open to adults only. Preregistration is required and the cost of the event is $15 for Museum members and $20 for non-members. Visit the museum website www.lakeshoremuseum.org to register or the Museum Store at the Hackley & Hume Historic Site.
For questions call the Lakeshore Museum Center, 231-722-0278.