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Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society P. O. Box 115 Old Mission, Michigan 49673
Steam Tractor c. 1900
Quilt samples from United Methodist Church .
March 4 "The Pandemics: 1918 and Now" Peg Siciliano presenter
Link to Pegs wonderful comparison of the two pandemics
The speaker, Peg Siciliano, holds a Master's Degree in American History with a Specialty in Archives from the College of William and Mary. Locally she has worked at the Con Foster Museum, and as the Archivist of the Traverse Area Historical Society. She is currently on the TAHS Board and writes historical articles for the Record Eagle, and works as an English Language Assistant in the Traverse City Area Public Schools.
1956 video Predicting the future
History Hounds lectures are now FREE for members of the Historical Society of Michigan, or for members of HSM's member organizations. Which OMPHS members
"An HSM member organization has the option to live-stream the lecture for free for its members or offer the lecture to it membership for free remote viewing." I think it might be simpler at first just to let everyone know how to get in themselves.
"How our History Found Us: The Historical Journey of the Old Mission Inn" Please visit and ask for a tour.
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
Trees Old and New
Memorial Tree Covid Project On Saturday, August 28, there was a memorial tree dedicated on the grounds of the Peninsula Community Library to those who have lost their lives to the pandemic.
Names of loved ones and friends were written on small biodegradable cards and interned at the base of the tree prior to the tree being planted.
A stone with a simple memorial plaque identifying the tree will be placed at its base.
New in the News: https://hsmichigan.org/programs/history-hounds-lecture-series "Women Lighthouse Keepers" Tracking the Sleeping Bear
Tracking the Sleeping Bear is a lengthy essay that includes: 1) documented versions of the so-called “Legend of Sleeping Bear” from the 1890s until its heavy commercial popularization; 2) alternative legends relating to Sleeping Bear Dune and the Manitou Islands; 3) authentic Anishinaabe landscape origin stories from the vicinity of the upper Great Lakes; 4) historical accounts touching upon Sleeping Bear and the Manitous; 5) discussion of where the tracks lead. This is a difficult topic, because the popularity of the “Legend of Sleeping Bear” stems from its close resemblance to romantic “fakelore” (see also my essay on Fakelore and the Ethics of Children’s Literature) but the earliest documented versions, although not until the late nineteenth century, did come from within the Little Traverse Odawa community.
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