We greet you! After a long vacation, we resume the composing stick and quill, a calling in which we have spent the happiest and best portion of a life now past its meridian. We present you to-day the first number of the GRAND TRAVERSE HERALD. It is modest and unpretending in size,–perhaps some may think too much so,–but remember it is only one day old! It will have time enough to grow, and will expand its dimensions just in proportion to the nourishment it receives. In typographical appearance, we think it will compare favorably with any paper in the State. At all events, we have consulted our own taste in that matter, and are satisfied with the result.
So begins Morgan Bates’ first editorial for the Traverse area’s first newspaper. Not holding composing stick and quill, we struggle with hardware and software, though perhaps not as Bates would have imagined those things in 1858. Whatever the differences in composition and production, we do share his enthusiasm and his high expectations that something interesting and new is in the offing—for us, THE GRAND TRAVERSE JOURNAL (GTJ).
GTJ tells of Nature and History, always with an emphasis on the Grand Traverse region. Every month we will support that focus through regular department features, photographs, and articles written not just by us, but by you–our readers–who will share your experiences, articles, and photographs with hundreds of your fellow citizens. Alas, we cannot pay you for your trouble—after all, we are supported by two nonprofits, the Traverse Area District Library and the History Center of Traverse City—but we can inform an entire community about who you are, what you are interested in, and what projects you are involved in. Please look at the Submissions Guidelines, which spells out what we are looking for. As Morgan Bates said, our magazine will expand (and improve!) just in proportion to the nourishment it receives. You, the readers and soon-to-be writers, will supply the nourishment required for the Grand Traverse Journal to grow.
The Grand Traverse Journal may be viewed at gtjournal.tadl.org. In addition, paper copies may be obtained at the Reference Desk of the Traverse Area District Library and at the Archives of the History Center of Traverse City. Readers may make copies of articles for the cost of reproduction.
Enjoy this first issue of the Grand Traverse Journal. Spread the word among your friends about our new magazine and send us your thoughts about how we can make it better. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Barritt and Richard Fidler, editors