Thursday, Februrary 7th meeting has been cancelled due to icey conditions. Please stay home and be safe. From a State Hospital Farm to a Public Garden
The February 7, 2019, meeting of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society will take place at 7:00 pm atthe Old Township Hall, 13235 Center Road, Traverse City. Karen Schmidt, Board Chair and Executive Director of the Botanic Gardens, will present a program entitled “From a State Hospital Farm to a Public Garden - Past, Present and Future of the Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park”
This program is free and open to the public. Donations to the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society are encouraged to assist in its maintenance of important local historical spots.
For further information, contact the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society President, Laura Johnson, at 231-223-7400.
2018- Christmas at the Dougherty House
2018-19 Programs Coming March 7- “The Life and Times of Jerome Pratt, Mission Point Light’s First Lighthouse Keeper” Laura Johnson and Ann Swaney, Presenters
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, almost fully renovated, the house and programs will soon be open to the public.
The Mission Point Lighthouse Friends was formed in 2015 to promote the educational, archival and restoration support to the Mission Point Lighthouse. Many members of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society are active in the Friends. The replica of the Log Church of the Dougherty mission near the Old Mission General Store has exhibits our historical society is currently updating.
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, in the old Town Hall, 13235 Center Road, Each meeting features aprogram 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: email@example.com