The Traverse City State Hospital
Building 50, 1920

Our own Karen Rieser has been busy researching and writing for Gather Michigan  Magazine They have already posted her first two articles about the history and  evolution of the  State Hospital. Please follow the links and enjoy.
Pure Genius – TC Regional Psychiatric Hospital (TCRPH) – Part 2

Pure Genius – TC Emphsizes the reuse and repurposing of the hospital grounds(TCRPH) – Part 3

The Traverse City State Hospital of Traverse City, Michigan is a decommissioned psychiatric hospital that has been variously known as the Northern Michigan.Built‎: ‎1885
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​  "How our History Found Us: The Historical Journey of the Old Mission Inn"

Learn about the history of the Old Mission Inn as presented by its proprietor and inn historian Angie Jensen.

Join the recording of the June 11 Zoom Meeting by clicking on the photo of the Inn. If you are asked for a password, use the following:

​Click on pictures to view the May Zoom recording of  Dr. Siciliano's presentation

"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 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


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Do you recognize this structure? What do you know about its' history? Please share  you know on our Facebook page under "Photos":

Watson's store at Mapleton.
Contributed by John Scarbrough

Link to Pearl Hill's Grocery store story from Jane Boursaw:

This link will be of interest to you to research the history of your house.

CancelledLog Cabin Day, Sunday, June 28, 2020
See you 2021

Mission Point Lighthouse         Dougherty House           Mission Church Replica       Hessler Log Cabin

Picture 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.
Picture 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.
Picture 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. 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.
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