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.

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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.

Oakwood Cemetery Tours (with a Halloween Twist!)

“Oakwood Cemetery Tours with a Halloween Twist” will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 29th at 1pm; and Sunday, October 30th at 4pm. Several Traverse City urban ghost legends will be added to highlights of our regular cemetery tour. Participants will explore why such ghostly tales are so popular, and ponder whether there is any truth to them. Tour guide Peg Siciliano is a TAHS Board member and past archivist of the TAHS. Even if you have attended our regular 2016 cemetery tour, her take will be a bit different, so please feel free to join us again!

TAHS Annual Meeting Annoucement

I am pleased to announce it is time again for our annual meeting. We hope you can join us to hear about the programs and activities of your society since last October.  We have accomplished a great deal and look forward to sharing it with you.  We will also have a short monthly program featuring Rachel Wicksall, TCAPS Educator, speaking on “Bringing Traverse City Area History Back to our School-Age Children.”

As part of our annual meeting, we will be asking you to vote on the comprehensive revision of the society bylaws conducted this year and the election of  board members.  All the meeting documents can be found on our new website at https://traversehistory.wordpress.com/about/board-meetings-minutes-and-agendas/

These include the following:

  • The annual meeting agenda
  • The proposed society budget for 2016-17
  • The rationale for the bylaw changes, the current bylaws, the document showing the strike outs and additions, and the new proposed bylaws
  • The ballot for the election of board members

Please take the opportunity to review the documents prior to our meeting.  If you are unable to attend the annual meeting but wish to mail in a ballot, please send it to Traverse Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 7051, Traverse City, MI 49696-7051, so it will be received by Friday, October 14, 2016.

I look forward to seeing you at our annual meeting in the McGuire Room in the Traverse Area District Library at 610 Woodmere Ave. Traverse City, on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 1:00 P.M.  

Thank you.

Stephen Siciliano, Ph.D.
Board Chair