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Our Town: LDL presents history of silent movie star Buster Keaton
Our Town: LDL presents history of silent movie star Buster Keaton

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. --  Loutit District Library will host local historian Ron Pesch as he presents the story of Buster Keaton's days along the Lake Michigan shore at an actor’s colony founded by his father.

Pesch’s program titled “Buster Keaton: What I did on My Summer Vacation” will focus on Keaton’s first visit to the city of Muskegon in 1902 and his life as a star in silent films. Keaton called a section of the city known as Bluffton home until he became a movie star.

This free presentation will be given on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from 7-8:30 p.m. in Program Room A. For more information, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 200.

Pesch conducts tours of the Actors’ Colony in Muskegon and was one of the first people to join the Buster Keaton Society called back in its infancy. In addition to his professional work as a SQL programmer, he is also historian for the Michigan High School Athletic Association, a member of the board of directors of the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame, and is on the board of directors of the International Buster Keaton Society Inc.

Pesch spoke last June at the Loutit District Library presenting a centennial event on Grand Haven and Michigan sports in 1914.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. LDL serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District. LDL offers a collection of over 145,581 items and provides educational, informative, cultural, and recreational programs for all ages. LDL is a member of the Lakeland Library Cooperative.