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South Haven, Michigan has a long history as a getaway destination and proudly touted itself as the "Catskills of the Midwest". For three decades before World War II, Jewish immigrant families ran more than 60 resorts there, attracting thousands from Chicago and the Midwest.

Every Memorial Day, during the first six decades of the 20th Century, the small beachside community became the epicenter of the Jewish vacation universe. Generations of Chicago families would leave their sweltering city apartments to breathe in the balmy Lake Michigan breezes--as well as a heady whiff of first-generation American prosperity.

While visiting the "Catskills of the Midwest" be sure to take time to stroll the beach, you just might find some of our gorgeous Lake Michigan "sea glass".

 
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