Call for Summer Volunteers

A standing time “piece” of history: Martinek Clock in downtown Traverse City. Image courtesy of Richard Fidler, 2016.

Dear TAHS Supporters: This June, and into the fall, you each have a chance to actually DO some local history! Once again several experienced TAHS members will be guiding tours of downtown Traverse City (Saturday mornings, 10:30am) and Oakwood Cemetery (Sunday, 6pm).  Tours are a mile-and-half or so long, and run for approximately 90 minutes.

We could really use some assistant tour guides!  Choose two or three times (or more!) over the summer or fall to help with tour logistics.  You can help collect money, get forms signed and mingle with the tour participants.  AND if you entirely enjoy assisting, we are always looking for new lead guides, also.  Either way, you will experience wonderful walks around our town and learn so very much about our area!

If you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity, call and leave your contact information on the TAHS voicemail at 995-0313.

It will be a great summer for walking, learning and helping the TAHS.  We hope to hear from you soon!

Peg Siciliano
TAHS Program Chair

May 21st, Maddie Lundy, “Les Biederman and the History of Radio in Traverse City”

Les Biederman, from the cover of his autobiography, “Happy Days.”

The TAHS has one more spring program to be presented on Sunday, May 21st in the McGuire Room at the Traverse Area District Library. It will start at 1:00 p.m., with light refreshments being served following the program.

May 21st: “Les Biederman and the History of Radio in Traverse City,” given by local historian Maddie Lundy!

Also, check out our latest newsletter for a letter from the President, an update on the Archives, and a sneak peek of our Summer Tour line-up!

Norton Bretz on “A Murder in Eastport, 1870,” April 9th

A Murder in Eastport: An 1870 Family Story of Racial Profiling
By Norton Bretz, President of Eastport Historical Society
Sunday, April 9th, 1pm

This talk will examine a compelling 1870 murder that echoes issues our country still deals with today.

On June 12, 1870, a black man named William Swan was walking along what is now US31 near near Eastport. William and his family had been living in the Charlevoix area for over five years, the only black residents of the county. He was was shot and killed by two Civil War veterans, for no apparent reason. The shooters would be acquitted.

Come hear Mr. Bretz, a descendant of these veterans, give a lively recounting of this event and its aftermath.

Norton Bretz is President of the Eastport Historical Society. He spent his career as a nuclear physicist at Princeton University. He is a Michigan native who grew up spending summers in Eastport.

Program is free and open to the public. Program will take place Sunday, April 9th, from 1-3pm, at the Traverse Area District Library, Children’s Story Room, 610 Woodmere Ave.

Kathy Firestone on “The History of Power Island,” March 19th

693On the 3rd Sunday of every month, the Traverse Area Historical Society presents a program on local history. This month, we welcome author Kathy Firestone, who will speak on the History of Power Island, that famed plot of land in West Grand Traverse Bay that was the playground of the likes of Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Thomas Edison and Babe Ruth.

Program is free and open to the public. Program will take place Sunday, March 19th, from 1-3pm, at the Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Room, 610 Woodmere Ave.

Steve Kelsch on “Steamers of the Grand Traverse Bay Line,” February 19th

On the 3rd Sunday of every month, the Traverse Area Historical Society presents a program on local history. This month, we welcome Society favorite Steve Kelsch, who will speak on Steamers of the Grand Traverse Bay Line.

2586Program is free and open to the public. Program will take place Sunday, February 19th, from 1-3pm, at the Traverse Area District Library, McGuire Room, 610 Woodmere Ave.

Cook on Odawa Anishinabek History, January 15th

Image courtesy of the Band.

Image courtesy of the Band.

JoAnne Cook will speak about the History of the Odawa Anishinabek people from the Grand Traverse Region in the McGuire Room at Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere, on Sunday, January 15th, from 1-2:30pm.

 
JoAnne Cook is from Peshawbestown, Michigan. In 2012 she was elected to the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa/Chippewa Tribal Council. JoAnne’s professional experience has been with Tribal Courts. She was involved in the organization of Peacemaking and Healing to Wellness Court (Drug Court) – alternative courts utilizing tradition and culture to promote healing and restorative balance for those involved. She believes tradition and culture is vital to the Anishinabe way of life and has continued with her learning of the 3 Fires people. She presents to various communities on the way of life and culture of the Odawa. In addition, she has taught a course titled Native Law and Culture.

December 18th: “Christmas from the Archives” Program

401December 18th (Starts at 2pm)
“Christmas from the Archives: Vignettes of Christmas from Traverse City’s Past,” presented by past Historical Society Archivist, Peg Siciliano.

Images of Northern Michigan winter holidays will accompany stories of Christmas happenings from Traverse City’s past. Christmas items from the historical archives will be displayed.

* Traverse Area Historical Programs are held on Sunday afternoons in the McGuire Room of the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave.

Membership Meeting and December Program: December 18th, 2pm

Dear Traverse Area Historical Society Member,

Immediately prior to our monthly program at the McGuire Room at the Traverse District Library on Woodmere Avenue on December 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM, we will hold a brief membership meeting to seek your approval of two changes to our Articles of Incorporation.

The proposed changes are as follows:

  1. While we have been using the do business as name “Traverse Area Historical Society”, our legal name has remained the “History Center of Traverse City”. We are seeking your support to formalize our name change:

Change of the organization’s name in Article I of the Articles of Incorporation:

Existing Name: History Center of Traverse City

New Name: Traverse Area Historical Society

  1. Change of the organization’s purpose in Article II of the Articles of Incorporation:

Existing Purpose:  The purpose is to encourage appreciation, use, and funding of the Con Foster Museum in Traverse City and the Traverse City area, Michigan.  Said corporation is organized, exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law).

New Purpose: The purpose of the Traverse Area Historical Society is to preserve, protect, and present the history of the Grand Traverse region.

We hope you will join us for this membership meeting and stay for our December program entitled:  “Christmas from the Archives: Vignettes of Christmas from Traverse City’s Past,” presented by past Historical Society Archivist, Peg Siciliano.  Images of Northern Michigan winter holidays will accompany stories of Christmas happenings from Traverse City’s past. Christmas items from the historical archives will be displayed.

Thank you.

Stephen Siciliano
President, Traverse Area Historical Society

Upcoming History Programs for November and December 2016

November 20th (Starts at 1 pm)
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“Early Twentieth Century Northern Michigan Holiday Tables and Celebrations,” by Susan Odom of Hillside Homestead, nationally known expert on early twentieth century cooking, kitchens and small-scale farming.

 

401December 18th (Starts at 2pm)
“Christmas from the Archives: Vignettes of Christmas from Traverse City’s Past,” presented by past Historical Society Archivist, Peg Siciliano.

Images of Northern Michigan winter holidays will accompany stories of Christmas happenings from Traverse City’s past. Christmas items from the historical archives will be displayed.

* Traverse Area Historical Programs are held on Sunday afternoons in the McGuire Room of the Traverse Area District Library on Woodmere Ave.

Announcement: Special Board Meeting for November 6, 2016

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A special board meeting has been announced by Stephen Siciliano, Chair, concerning the vacating of the office space held by the Society in the Carnegie building on Sixth Street. Please join us in the Board Room at the Carnegie building on Sunday, November 6th, 2016. The full agenda is available on our Board Meetings, Minutes and Agendas page.