Letters from Ora Labora – December 15, 1862

Letter dated December 15th, 1862. Lansing, Mich. Samuel S. Lacey to Emil Baur

Ora Labora Colony Group Photograph

Inscription on the back reads ” Member’s of the Ora et Labora Community, Wildfowl Bay Michigan. Circa 1865.


From the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.


Ora Labora Lithograph 1865

Ora Labora, Michigan, lithograph by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. after image by H. Roedel dated 20 January 1865. Note the wide main road going from what is today’s Sand (or Trail) Road to the shore of Wild Fowl Bay. 


From the collections of Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.