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O.W. Peck postcard of the historic Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, MI. Note that liberties have been taken with the location of the surrounding streets.
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The Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society is gearing up for their upcoming season. To kick things off, Peg Poeschl Siciliano will give a presentation on the Park Place Hotel at the first meeting on Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. at the Peninsula Township Hall, 13235 Center Road on the Old Mission Peninsula.

In her presentation, “The Park Place Hotel: The History of a Downtown Icon,” Peg will tell the fascinating story of one of Traverse City’s oldest businesses. Discover how the Park Place has survived the Great Depression, bankruptcy, and growing competition to maintain its place at the center of all that is Traverse City.

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Peg has a Masters Degree in American History with a Specialty in Archives from the College of William and Mary in Virginia. She has lived in Traverse City for more than 30 years, raised three sons, and held positions at several area local history organizations. She currently works at Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) as an English Language Learner Assistant, writes historical articles for the Record Eagle, and sits on the Board of the Traverse Area Historical Society.

The program is free of charge and open to the public. Donations are encouraged to assist in the OMP Historical Society’s continuing maintenance of several historic sites on the Old Mission Peninsula.

For more information, visit the group’s web site, omphistoricalsociety.org, or call (231) 947-0947.

Also, be sure and check out the Dougherty Restoration Sale coming up this weekend.

A NOTE FROM JANE: I started Old Mission Gazette in 2015 because I felt a calling to provide the Old Mission Peninsula community with local news. After decades of writing for newspapers and magazines like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Family Circle and Ladies' Home Journal, I really just wanted to write about my own community where I grew up on a cherry farm and raised my own family. So I started my own newspaper.

Because Old Mission Gazette is a "Reader Supported Newspaper" -- meaning it exists because of your financial support -- I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks our way if I mention your event, your business, your organization or your news item, or if you simply love reading about what's happening on the OMP. In a time when local news is becoming a thing of the past, supporting an independent community newspaper is more important now than ever.

To keep the Gazette going, click here to make a donation. Thank you so much for your support. -jb

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