Perry Hannah sure is looking festive, isn’t he? Here’s a photo of the new statue on the corner of Sixth and Union Streets, near the post office. The bronze statue, sculpted by Old Mission Peninsula’s very own Verna Bartnick (whose family runs the Old Mission Tavern) and cast by T.J. Carroll, was unveiled in August.
Perry Hannah was born in 1824 and died in 1904. In the mid-1800s, he came to Traverse City as the president of the Hannah, Lay and Company in Chicago and I believe served as T.C.’s first mayor (but someone correct me in the comments below if I’m wrong on that).
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The six-foot tall statue and plaza were funded by sponsors and donors in collaboration with the city and History Center of Traverse City, including proceeds from the book “Perry Hannah’s Gifts – Then and Now,” by Peg Jonkhoff and Fred Hoisington.
Click here for more info on the book and Mr. Hannah.