Peg Siciliano has a Master’s Degree in American History with a Specialty in Archives from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She has worked for the Con Foster Museum and as the Archivist for the Traverse Area Historical Society. She is currently on the TAHS Board, writes historical articles for the Record Eagle, and works as an English Language Assistant in the Traverse City Area Public Schools. She is also the proud mother of three grown sons.
Peg Siciliano. TAHS Board
1956 video Predicting the future
"How our History Found Us: The Historical Journey of the Old Mission Inn"
"Abraham Lincoln Through the Eyes of Political Cartoons" Dr. Stephen Siciliano, Presenter. If you think Presidents Trump and Obama have been roughly handled by today’s press, you will be amazed by the treatment of the man whom we now see as one of our greatest presidents. The presenter, Dr. Stephen Siciliano, is a historian, a Lincoln scholar, and V.P. of Educational Services for NMC. Lincoln was president through very difficult years during which Old Mission Peninsula men and women served, and some died to preserve the union of these United States. Also, the deeds to many homestead farms on OMP were signed by Lincoln.
THE MEMORIAL TREE PROJECT CONTINUES
The northern end of Old Mission Peninsula on Center Road was once lined with magnificent old maple trees some over 100 years until age, salt and disease took them down. The Memorial Tree Project started in September 1999 under the direction of Rebecca and Leo Nothstine. It has continued since with over 650 trees planted and nourished. Many are memorial trees dedicated to specific individuals If you noticed new trees on Center Road, They are the result of hard work May 4th by some civic-minded volunteers. Masks and social distancing noted! Photos contributed by Brian Brooks
Cancelled- Log Cabin Day, Sunday, June 28, 2020 See you 2021
Mission Point Lighthouse Dougherty House Mission Church Replica Hessler Log Cabin
Michigan Lighthouse Festival August 2020 is in Traverse City
Hosted by our Mission Point Lighthouse
In honor of our 150th Anniversary celebration, we are hosting the Michigan Lighthouse Festival. The festival will be August 7 - 8, 2020.
Open to the public for the first time in 2019. Check the website for days and hours open.
Located across from the Dougherty house on Center Road and currently under restoration.
Only open one day each year for the celebration of Log Open one day a year to celebrate Log Cabin Day with demonstrations and arts and crafts. omphistoricalsociety.org.
Proceeds from Light House support the Historical Society.
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 6:00 on the first Thursday, September through May, meeting is 6:00-7:00) at the Peninsula Public Library,, Each meeting features a program on some topic of local history from 7;00-8:00 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