The “Harvesting History” event, organized by the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, is happening Sunday, August 29, 2021.
A fundraiser for the Historical Society, the event is set to take place at nine locations on the Old Mission Peninsula. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lighthouse Park, and 12 noon to 4 p.m. at other locations, unless noted differently below.
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There is a free will donation at the venues, with a cost of $4 for the tour at Mission Point Lighthouse. Here’s a handy map of the locations, and below that, a list with what’s happening at each location.
Harvesting History Locations
Lighthouse Park, 20500 Center Road. Craft displays, Helen Herzberg Family Band, Lighthouse tours, Hessler Log Cabin tours, Treaty Fish Co. fish-smoking display, Bateau from Maritime Heritage Alliance, Fowler Native American Crafts. Check out the lighthouse website here.
Fire Station 3, 19270 Center Road, starting at 1 p.m. Tours, safety demonstrations, children’s games.
Native American Council Tree, 2877 Old Mission Road (near the corner of Peninsula Drive and Old Mission Road). An ancient evergreen where the Grand Traverse Band and Little Traverse Band of Indians once gathered together.
Old Mission Congregational Church, 18687 Mission Road. Check out the church’s website here.
Peter Dougherty Mission House, 18493 Mission Road. Tours of house and outbuildings, displays (early OMP schoolhouses, Native American Three Sisters Garden, pony cart, historical cookie tasting, apple display, Al Bonney sing-a-longs, Native American handicraft talk with staffkeeper Linda Woods. Read about Peter Dougherty here, and visit their website here.
Janis Haine, current president of the Old Mission Women’s Club and gourmet cookie-baker extraordinaire, has also donated seven dozen cookies, which will be at the Dougherty House, accompanying a poster mentioning all the women’s clubs on the Peninsula from the early 1930’s. Here’s a sample of Janis’ cookies that will be available that day…
Log Church Replica, Mission Road, between the Old Mission General Store and Dougherty House. Informational displays of the church’s history.
Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, 16426 Center Road. Traditional harvest on the OMP (including old film), cherry cookbook and desserts, quilt display, antique farm equipment display, cookbooks, and some old farm items for sale. Check out the church website here.
Peninsula Community Library, 2893 Island View Road at the corner of Center Road, 1 – 4 p.m. only. See the architecture of the new library and tour the Local History Room with historian Tim Carroll and librarian Mary Morgan. Tour includes a presentation of how cherries were harvested in the 1940s. Craft bag and cherry snack available. Check out the library website here.
St. Joseph Catholic Church, 12675 Center Road, 1 – 3 p.m. only. Please enter the Parish Hall using the South Portico. Parishioners Ken Lardie and Joe Conger will be your hosts. Tour the sanctuary (each stained glass window has a unique story). Historical memorabilia is on display in the hallway. Check out the church’s website here.
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 like the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, and magazines like 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 of course, I started my own newspaper. Because the Gazette is mainly reader-supported, I hope you'll consider tossing a few bucks my 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 Old Mission Peninsula. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb