Time traveler: Local enthusiast savors holding history in his hands

Barb Mosher, Contributing Writer

By Barb Mosher

Glenn Neumann has spent 25 years helping obtain and organize the vast array of artifacts housed at the Elk Rapids Historical Museum, including a mock classroom. Neumann, who grew up in Central Lake, enjoys telling students about what life was like growing up years ago.

REGION – Glenn Neumann doesn’t know why he walked into the Elk Rapids Historical Museum one day back in 1992.

“I have absolutely no idea,” he said.

But those who appreciate the preservation of the past are glad he did. He’s been sorting, organizing and cataloging artifacts, newspaper clippings, photos and other assorted pieces of the area’s rich history ever since.

“Glenn is priceless,” said Karen Szymanski, chairman of the museum committee of the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society. “He’s passionate about history, he has incredible knowledge, and he’s willing to share it.”

Much of that knowledge comes from nine decades of living and working in Antrim County. Born on a farm in Central Lake on March 31, 1927, Neumann, now 90, was the oldest of five. He grew up roaming the countryside and exploring the backroads.

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