Join us Thursday, February 6 Meeting 6:00- 6:30 Presentation and Questions 6:30-8:30 for the history of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy by Rear Admiral Jerry Achenbach, his co-author, Ann Swaney, and an official with the National Maritime Administration
Thursday, Jan 2 Master Diver Chris Roxburgh presented, "Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes, Near and Far." Standing room only for our first session at the new library. Lots of questions and videos of the sites. For more see his Facebook page Chris Roxburgh￼ Michigan’s Shipwrecks, Near and Far.
_________October 4 - Members' Cider Press________
Thursday, October 3,
Great group of folks, cookies, and a Presentation by Bob and Penni Rosi about one of Old Mission Peninsula's oldest resort communities
The OMPHS presentation of the Illini Cottage Association will be aired on
Thursday, November 6, 2019,
"Peninsula Calling", presented by Jane and Tim Boursaw featuring reminiscences about the Peninsula Telephone Company in interviews with Vi Solmonson
John Scarbrough, OMPHS PresidentHere is an update on what we have accomplished in a little over two months. And a big THANK YOU! to all the people who have contributed time, money and elbow grease to these projects.
Our first general OMPHS meeting was in September. Our third will be this week in November. In that short time, we have had three presentations (thank you Judy and Ann), made major progress on the Lighthouse shutter/door project (thanks Laura and Chris), began advertising in three media outlets, added 11 new members, worked on plans for renovating the Log Church and soon will meet with Township folks about approval steps and additional funding, applied for liability insurance for the officers, appointed chairs to committees as well as ad hoc committees, have two new co-chairs: Karen joining Amy for Hospitality and Phyllis for Log Cabin, prepared refreshments for all general and executive meetings (thank you Ellen, Amy, Karen, and others), did a great deal of background work on and, as a group, made the difficult decision not to take on the Friends of the Lighthouse wine label project (Tom was instrumental in background work on this. Some exciting related possible alternative doors have just opened for us), worked on and closed the log cabin for the season (Tom, Marty, Phyllis, Brent, John, Grace, Laura and others I may have forgotten), planned the holiday party (thank you Ellen, Amy and Judy), printed OMPHS business cards (thank you Anne). We've done even more, and there are many more of you to thank, but you get the picture. When we work together we accomplish many good things -John
Programs: OLD MISSION PENINSULA HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETING DATES 2019-2020
September 5 Ice Cream Social and organizational meeting
October 3 The Fascinating History of the Illini Association Bob and Penny Rosi, presenters November 7 “Peninsula Calling:”: Interviews with Vi Solmonson Tim and Jane Boursaw, presenters
December 5 5:30 p.m Holiday Potluck and Music
January 2, 2020 “Michigan Shipwrecks, Near and Far” Diver Chris Roxburgh, presenter
February 6 History of the Great Lakes Maritime Academy Rear Admiral Jerry Achenbach, Superintendent, Great Lakes Maritime Academy March 5 “History of Education on the Old Mission Peninsula " Author and member, Karen Rieser
April 2 “Experiences in Researching, Cleaning and Providing Memorial Headstones:” Scott Schwander, Memorial Officer for the Sons of Union Veterans
May 2 “Abraham Lincoln Through the Eyes of Political Cartoons” . Dr. Stephen Siciliano, Presenter
June 4 5:30 p.m. Potluck and Annual Meeting at the American Legion Hall
Founded in 1992 by a core group of citizens concerned about saving the Hessler Log House, the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society continues to work toward fulfilling its mission of preserving historical structures and keeping alive the history of the region.We joined Peninsula Township and the Dougherty Society to raise the money necessary to purchase, and renovate, the Peter Dougherty Mission and its fifteen acre site. Dougherty founded the mission that gives the Old Mission Peninsula its name. Now, fully renovated, the house and programs are open to the public. The replica of the Log Church of the Dougherty mission near the Old Mission General Store has was renovated in 2019 and the historical society is currently updating the exhibits. With the Hessler Log House, the Dougherty Homestead, the Mission Point Light House, and the Log Church serve as visible reminders of the rich history of this area.
Please explore our site, read our newsletters, and other material, and consider joining us. We meet at 7:00 on the first Thursday, September through May, 6;;00-7:30 at the Peninsula Public Library,, Each meeting features a program on some topic of local history. Don't forget Log Cabin Day, the last Sunday in June at Lighthouse Park. For information about the Historical Society or the Website, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org