Ashland Folk School, Circle Pines Center


This is a brief record of my journey to research the transition from the Ashland Folk School in Grant, Michigan to the Circle Pines Center in Delton, Michigan. This journey began as I became increasingly involved with the programming at Circle Pines, and more specifically the folk school portion of Circle Pines’ annual music festival, the Buttermilk Jamboree. I have been a neighbor to Circle Pines since 2001, so close that I can ride my bike there. Proximity has afforded me the opportunity to be involved with many aspects of life at Circle Pines. In 2018 Circle Pines celebrated eighty years; I had the pleasure of working with a handful of others in planning the eightieth reunion that saw over 170 folks returning to celebrate the long life of Circle Pines. In the spring of 2018 I was elected to the board where I am a part of several committees. I am fortunate to be particularly well-situated to conduct this research and I have a passion for microhistories. With my education and experience I enjoy archival appraisal and curation and find it enjoyable to discern why stories are told the way they are.