Interested in the history of the Old Mission Peninsula? Consider joining the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, a group formed in 1992 to restore the Hessler Log Home. Built between 1854 and 1856 by Joseph and Mary Hessler, the home was relocated to Lighthouse Park from its original location on Underwood Farms, which was being developed at the time.
The OMP Historical Society meets the first Thursday of each month from September through May, at 7 p.m. at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road. Each meeting features a program on some topic of local history, including last week’s meeting, in which Kerri Finlayson discussed an analysis of the Dougherty House Archeological Project by her students at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.
OMP Historical Society – Upcoming Meetings & Events
April 5: “Nineteenth Century Native American Settlements and Trade Routes in Northwest Michigan,” presented by John Bailey, member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians; 7 p.m. at Peninsula Township Hall.
May 3: Meeting with the Elk Rapids Historical Society, 301 Traverse Street, Elk Rapids. “The Making of ‘The Field Guide to Northwest Michigan'”; presented by James Dake, co-author of the book with Haley Breniser; 7 p.m.
June 7: Potluck and Annual Meeting, 5:30 p.m., at the American Legion Hall, 4001 Swaney Road in Old Mission.
June 24: Log Cabin Day, Lighthouse Park, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The historic Hessler Log Cabin will be open, and festivities will include music, historic crafts and demonstrations. The Maritime Heritage Alliance will also be on hand with their Gracie L (Michigan Boat) and voyageur canoe. Tours of the adjacent Mission Point Lighthouse, as well as the historic Dougherty House in Old Mission, will be available.