Beyond its fictional story line, The Summer of ’27 has been lovingly hand-crafted to reflect not only the local history of Marinette and Menominee, but national events that made the headlines in 1927. Resources that made this tale possible include:
Marinette County Historian: An informational
brochure that included articles, interviews, and
photographs compiled by local historians. Such
brochures would circulate quarterly to members
of the Marinette County Historical Society. The
research these devoted historians left behind
became the basis for The Summer of ’27.
1921 Map of Marinette: The Wisconsin Historical
Society has taken the time to upload high quality
scans of old Sanborn Fire Insuance Maps. These
detailed maps are instrumental to understanding
Marinette’s past layout. Many of the historical
buildings in The Summer of ’27 are still standing,
though some have been repurposed or razed.
One Summer: A thrilling, historical account of
America during the summer of 1927. Author Bill Bryson
captures all of the culture and craze that epitomizes
“The Roaring Twenties”. As a secondhand source, this
book was invaluable to setting the scene around which
the action and intrigue of The Summer of ’27 unfolds.
Logs on the Menominee: Published in 1946 by Fred C. Burke,
this book follows the history of the Menominee River Boom
Company. On page 55, you’ll find a chart with examples of
the marks loggers used to designate ownership of the logs.
In The Summer of ’27, these marks are used as part of a secret
code that Marinette County’s bootleggers use to smuggle alcohol.