Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
(l to r) Anne Griffiths, Thena Axiotis-Dahl, Penny Rosi and Amy Lyman; Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo
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The annual Log Cabin Day event on the Old Mission Peninsula would have taken place on the last Sunday in June. However, as we all know, nothing is as it seems this year. Due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Log Cabin Day was canceled.

Hosted by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, Log Cabin Day always includes a range of fun and educational activities and tours at the Hessler Log Cabin, Mission Point Lighthouse, Dougherty Mission House and Mission Church. Check out photos of last year’s event here.

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Log Cabin Day 2019 on the Old Mission Peninsula
Civil War Bard Jim Ribby at Log Cabin Day 2019 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Log Cabin Day is one of the Historical Society’s biggest fundraisers each year. They’re also dealing with the cancellation of another fundraiser earlier this year – the OMPHS Bowers Harbor Winery Snowshoe, Storytelling and Campfire fundraising event.

Needless to say, the group could use our financial support for their ongoing projects, including OMP history education programs, collection and maintenance of historical archives, and the preservation and maintenance of historic structures such as the Hessler Log Cabin and Mission Church in the village of Old Mission.

If you are currently a member of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, be sure and send in your dues – $10 for individuals, $15 for couples – to OMPHS, Box 115, Old Mission, MI 49673.

The group is also very appreciative of additional donations, be it $100, $50 or $10, sent along with your dues. Checks may be made payable to “Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society.”

If you are not a member but would like to help support them, mail donations to that same address above.

And if you are not a member, but would LIKE to be a member, fill out this form and send it in with your dues – along with any additional donations, if you can swing it.

You may not be aware of all the efforts of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, but they are the driving force that keeps our long and storied history of the Old Mission Peninsula alive. They are also responsible for planting hundreds of trees along our OMP roads.

See photos of their recent tree-planting project a few weeks ago at the corner of Center Road and Kroupa Road here. And if you’d like to purchase a memorial tree or donate to the project, fill out this form and send it in.

For more information about the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society and their ongoing projects and mission, visit their website here.

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