Thursday, May 2 The Life and Times of Jerome Pratt, Mission Point Light’s First Lighthouse Keeper. Presenters: Laura Johnson, Ann Swaney and Nikki Sobkowski
The Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society will meet Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road, Traverse City. This is a time change from our usual schedule. Our business meeting will begin at 6:30, with the program to follow at 7 p.m. Laura Johnson and Ann Swaney will present a program, “The Life and Times of Early Old Mission Farmer and Lighthouse Keeper, Jerome Pratt.” They will be joined by Nikki Sobkowski, a Pratt descendant by marriage. She will be bringing family artifacts for the map and exhibit table. The program is free and open to the public. New members are welcome! Small donations are encouraged to assist in the society’s continuing maintenance of historic sites on the peninsula. For further information, please contact Program Chair Judith Weaver at weavmusic@ aol.com, or by calling 231-947-0947.
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