African American History

It was on August 25, 1619 that a ship landed at Point Comfort, present day Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, with the first enslaved Africans brought to English North America.

Does the Bible Support Slavery?

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Our Home Too Documentary Film
Dante James, an Independent multi-Emmy award-winning filmmaker and native Grand Rapidian is producing the Our Home Too documentary film and outreach project exploring the Black freedom struggle in Grand Rapids from the 1920s to contemporary times.

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Native American History

Review: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus is a 2005 non-fiction book by American author and science writer Charles C. Mann about the pre-Columbian Americas. It was the 2006 winner of the National Academies Communication Award for best creative work that helps the public understanding of topics in science, engineering or medicine.

The book presents recent research findings in different fields that suggest human populations in the Western Hemisphere—that is, the indigenous peoples of the Americas—were more numerous, had arrived earlier, were more sophisticated culturally, and controlled and shaped the natural landscape to a greater extent than scholars had previously thought.

The author notes that, according to these findings, two of the first six independent centers of civilization arose in the Americas: the first, Norte Chico or Caral-Supe, in present-day northern Peru; and that of Formative-era Mesoamerica in what is now southern Mexico.

Mann develops his arguments from a variety of recent re-assessments of longstanding views about the pre-Columbian world, based on new findings in demographyclimatologyepidemiologyeconomicsbotanygeneticsimage analysispalynologymolecular biologybiochemistry, and soil science. Although there is no consensus, and Mann acknowledges controversies, he asserts that the general trend among scientists currently is to acknowledge:

  1. (a) population levels in the Native Americans were probably higher than traditionally believed among scientists and closer to the number estimated by "high counters."
    (b) humans probably arrived in the Americas earlier than thought, over the course of multiple waves of migration to the New World (not solely by the Bering land bridge over a relatively short period of time).
  2. The level of cultural advancement and the settlement range of humans was higher and broader than previously imagined.
  3. The New World was not a wilderness at the time of European contact, but an environment which the indigenous peoples had altered for thousands of years for their benefit, mostly with fire.

These three main foci (origins/population, culture, and environment) form the basis for three parts of the book.

In the introduction, Mann attempts to refute the thesis that "Native Americans came across the Bering Strait 20,000 to 25,000 years ago, and they had so little impact on their environment that even after a millennia of habitation the continents remained mostly wilderness."

 The pond is clean enough to swim in. It has small fish and lots of frogs.

 Zip Line across, or drop into the pond immediately west of campsites.





























If you are mentoring a young person or leading a youth group at your church, and want to enjoy one of the nearby attractions listed below,
 you're welcome to stop and camp here free.
Our phone number is: 1 616 536 1455.  Call us for directions and a reservation.


Tubing for 1&1/2 hour trip down the white river


Diamond Lake Public swimming 3 miles away

1 1/2 hour White River tubing 3 miles away.

National forest hiking 1/4 mile away.

Wild Flower Preserve Loda Lake 3 miles away.

Minnie Pond Water Fowl Refuge
waterfall and swimming 3 miles away


Swimming at Minnie Pond

This camping area has seldom been very busy.  Groups can usually reserve the entire area ahead of time.

This grass area has eight camping sites with electrical outlets and plenty of shade.


Our farm-woods campground has chickens and an African bird (the size of a chicken) called Guinea Fowl.

Both the chickens and Guinea Fowl wander throughout our farm fields and camping area of the farm "free range".

These interesting African birds run away from people but eat many types of bugs that campers try to avoid elsewhere, especially ticks, grasshoppers,  fleas, ants, crickets, and stink bugs.

This beautiful, shaded, green FREE camping area is reserved for youth groups, our family, and friends .   Call us for directions and a reservation.

         We spend time during good weather in our Motor Home.
This converted military bus was used for youth groups for 20 yrs.
 This motor home has four twin size bunk beds.
Now...Our children and grandchildren have a great place to visit us.

The camping area has hand pump drinking water, restrooms, and electrical outlets.

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Trail  hiking in the Manistee National Forest

Swimming in Diamond Lake


Tubing on the White River

Swimming at  White Cloud Lake Park

If you visit and camp here at the right time, you can see real Blickley farming activity.

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