Mukwa La Femme ~ Lynn Johnson                                                                                                          Native Warrior ~ Ray Drysdale

Nick Barber, President


Boyne Falls, Michigan


With an interest in family history from a very young age, Nick continued to pursue this passion through his school years. During junior high, one of his teachers, who was himself a Revolutionary war reenactor, clued Nick in that people actually get together to try to recreate life in the time period through the use of authentic tools and methods.

As a result of this passion, Nick completed his degree in history, spending years teaching at the secondary and university levels.


Today, Nick’s historical focus is on the 17th and 18th century history of the French and Dutch colonies in North America. When not educating students as a presenter for Lakewell, Nick spends his time researching and reproducing material goods from the time period as well as working to open his own brewery in northern Michigan.

Jeffrey Flint, Educator


Stockbridge, MI


Portraying a voyageur in the Great Lakes area from the second half of the 18th century, Jeff enjoys being able to share his passion for paddling a canoe with Lakewell students. With Canadien ancestry, he feels a personal connection to the past through recreating the lifestyle of a voyageur on land, rivers, and the big lakes. Jeff particularly enjoys the common-sense, practical skills gained through living the life of an 18th century voyageur.

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