Windows to Our Past

Windows to Our Past is a documentary film series produced by Mike Mort of Equity Studios. Each film takes a deep dive into an aspect of Sturgis history and premières in the fall at Sturges-Young Center for the Arts. Follow our social media to learn about the next film.

Windows to Our Past: Documentaries by Mike Mort

We are truly grateful for the generosity of sponsors and in-kind supporters for the Windows to Our Past project:


  • City of Sturgis
  • The Newell A. and Grace A. Franks Fund (a fund within the Sturgis Area Community Foundation)
  • Sturgis Area Community Foundation

In-Kind Supporters:

  • Sturges-Young Center for the Arts
  • Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Willer’s Shoe Store
  • York Mercantile

Windows to Our Past Films:

  • At the Depot – A community works together to do something wonderful for their town: move the century-old train depot from its original location to a more central, downtown spot. Premiere: fall 2014
  • At the Depot II – A four-year journey to bring the town’s history to life; the making of Sturgis Historical Museum – At the Depot. Premiere: spring 2018
  • Dog Town – Life in a unique, working-class neighborhood called Dog Town. Premiere: spring 2019
  • Voices of Dark Lake – The African American history of Sturgis, Michigan. Premiere: fall 2019
  • City Works – How our city gets things done, both then and now. Premiere: fall 2021
  • The Giving Town – The Story of Philanthropy in Sturgis, Michigan Premiere: summer 2022
  • Journey of the 11th – The story of Sturgis and the Civil War. Premiere: fall 2022
  • Crescendo! – 150 years of music in Sturgis, Michigan. Premiere: fall 2023

Still to come:

  • A +  The story of education in Sturgis, Michigan.
  • In Our Native Land – Native American history of the Sturgis area.
  • Downtown – Welcome to the heart of our city, then and now.
  • Vencinos y Amigos – The story of our Latino friends and neighbors.
  • Icons of Industry – Six men with bold ideas for advancing Sturgis’s small-town economy.
  • Small Town Faith – The diversity of faith in Sturgis, Michigan.
  • Batter Up – 100 years of sports in Sturgis, Michigan.

Would You Like to Learn More?

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