- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

CAMBRIDGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Tucked away on Stephenson Highway near Onsted, Bruce Schultz keeps his family’s history alive through old tractors and a steam engine.

The man has been fixing tractors since he was 8 years old. This year, he’s joined Oh These Irish Hills! History Palooza to share the history and love behind his hobby.

“I have a ball with it,” Schultz said. “This is my first year participating with Oh These Irish Hills, and I’m really, really enjoying it.”

Schultz is one of the nearly 30 locations around the Irish Hills displaying the long and rich history of the area, the Jackson Citizen Patriot (http://bit.ly/1FskxPP ) reported. This is the 11th year Oh These Irish Hills! has put on such a tour, morphing throughout the years to its current manifestation, said Deborah Hartwick, the group’s secretary.

“We wanted people to see the tour and the history of the area,” Roumell said. “We’re passing on the heritage. We wanted to create events so people will remember these things when they’re older.”

Creating these new memories in places with so much history already is the goal of many of the stops on the Irish Hills tour. The Brick Walker Tavern held tours over the weekend to get people inside the more than 150-year-old building, which can now be used as a venue for events.

“The true enjoyment for me is the people I meet,” said owner Thomas Lee. “We met three different people who their families’ has owned the tavern back in the day. This is truly rewarding for us.”

Lee, who owns the historic building with his wife, Jennifer Lee, and their two sons, Jacob and Joshua, said they’re always looking for more bits of the building’s past, either through stories or photographs.

Hartwick said she hopes people will continue to explore the Irish Hills area after the initial History Palooza event is over.

“There’s always something to do in the Irish Hills,” Hartwick said. “It’s being rediscovered. Whether it’s antiquing or having a picnic in the park, we have a map of the area and everything to do in it.”

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Information from: Jackson Citizen Patriot, http://www.mlive.com/jackson

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