A small rural community Napoleon Michigan is located in the heart of the vast area, directly on the border to the National Park. Napoleon Michigan was first mentioned in documents in as long ago as the Middle Ages and has since looked back on an eventful history. Napoleon Michigan became famous for its deep connection to glassmaking. The old glass furnaces are now extinct, but emerged is an illustrious artist scene, which has taken up with creative ideas and at the highest level to the glass art. The place has its own station on the railway line which makes Napoleon Michigan a good place to settle with family and start a business. Both locals and visitors can share in village life, culture, history and nature.
The aggravated location competition, the increasing complexity of the tasks to be fulfilled and, above all, the difficult financial situation present municipalities with major challenges in the future. Small rural communities will feel this particularly strong. In the sense of “cooperating instead of competing” a strengthening of the efficiency.
Also the autonomy of the communities can take place. By means of voluntary cooperation, complex municipal tasks can be mastered together with respect to the regulations of the Napoleon Chamber of Commerce. Synergy effects can be achieved and joint projects can be implemented that are difficult to implement single-handedly, but above all in competitive terms.
The History of Napoleon Michigan Community
Terms such as “rural community” are not clearly separated from each other, because history knows no model, but a variety of different and unique communities. As a common feature, these different forms of community realize a piece of self-government, a piece of autonomy, one could almost say: a piece of democracy. Thus, the rural community could be described as the democratic primordial cell, no matter how small the rural community is.
The early forms of the rural community have for decades been a much discussed topic of historical research. The rural community was also the subject of a symposium, and the result of the well-founded discussion was a state-of-the-art concept of this right-historical term.
Characteristic of the community is its peripheral location. In connection with the demographic development, the effects of this are serious for the future development of the region. Rural communities have so far been considered “demography-friendly” if they are not further than 20 minutes from a central district. The decline in population tends to be greater the farther away the next big city is with schools, hospitals or shopping facilities.
The house of the guest in Napoleon Michigan serves as tourist information center. Built in more than three hundred years ago, this late-baroque country mansion houses numerous events for locals and tourists. It also houses the Museum of History of the community. This shows the story of man from hunter-gatherer to farmer and focuses on old domestic breeds. It was built with grants and is currently supported by means of the district and the biosphere reserve.
The Museum of Glass in situated near the library, next to the historical center of the district. The library in Napoleon Michigan is a public institution of the municipality and offers mainly fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.
The long-distance cycle paths are complemented by regional cycle paths: the cycle path “churches point the way” connects the local churches, the “Stork Tour” leads to about a dozen stork nests, the 44 km long “Biosphere Crossing” is oriented towards nature experiences and history and shows the old border installations. The “River Tour” along the river is aligned for more sporty cyclists. The 50 km “City-Land-River-Tour” connects the nearby half-timbered towns and leads through the community. Another circular cycle path in the municipality runs around the district’s vast forest area.
With the forests on both sides and in connection with the river a touristic interesting, strongly water-embossed mining landscape emerged. The centerpiece is the city hall of Napoleon Michigan community. As a museum on the site of former glass-shops, the park presents various stages of glass making on historical objects, as well as the history of Napoleon Michigan glassworks workshop.
A small marina in a former glass workshop port is the starting point of increasing boat and water tourism in this small rural community. The long-distance cycle path, which is heavily frequented in the summer months, leads through the villages into the forest and back. A connection of the villages by bike paths to the long-distance cycle path or among each other is also present. In part, the cycle path between the part of the Napoleon Michigan rural community on the direct route often leads on rural roads.