Thursday, August 25, 2011

Judge Webster’s Ancestors Return to the Webster House

This past weekend two great-granddaughters and one great, great-granddaughter of Judge Webster were guests at the Webster House.  They are the granddaughters and great-granddaughter of Amelia Webster, whose childhood portrait hangs in our parlour – and you could actually see some family resemblances!  Their father was born here at the Webster House before Amelia and her family moved to the house next door.  They invited their uncle, who was born in the house next door and still resides in Bay City, to join them during our wine and cheese social hour.  A few other family members showed up as well.  It was a great reunion and they were all delighted to see that their ancestor’s home has been so beautifully restored and is being shared with so many people.  Our other guests were equally pleased to hear a little history about the Webster family.  The ladies enjoyed their stay so much that they are planning to return when they can stay longer and continue their research of the Webster family.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Quite the Production

Photo Courtesy of Sandrs Schulberg

The Webster House is full of history, so it was with great pleasure that we were able to host film producer Sandra Schulberg when she recently brought a piece of history to Bay City, a film documentary of the Nuremberg trial.

Bay City historian Dave Rogers contacted Ms. Schulberg, requesting that she bring the film to Bay City. He felt it was particularly fitting to show it here as Bay City resident and WWII veteran Andrew Wendlend was a member of the honor guard during the Nuremberg trial. The film, titled “Nuremberg: Its Lessons for Today,” was restored from an original documentary produced by Ms. Schulberg’s father.

While the original film was produced at the request of the United States government, it was later suppressed, never released in the United States, and ultimately forgotten. Ms. Schulberg has spent the past six years restoring the film. It was shown at the State Theatre on August 2 as a fundraiser for Bay City veterans.

Bay City was just one stop in many cities across the country. In Michigan, it was shown at the Traverse City Film Festival and at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It will be back in Michigan in November, when it will be presented at Central Michigan University. To learn more about the film, go to