Edgar P. DeVol packing apples bound for Chicago in 1929; John
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(Note: This story has been updated with the correct information. Tim Carroll will NOT be presenting the program at the Oct. 7 meeting as previously reported. His program about migrants workers on the OMP will take place at the Nov. 4 meeting…jb)

The Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society (OMPHS) will meet on Thursday, October 7, 6 p.m., at Peninsula Community Library. All are welcome to attend.

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The meeting will be a fall organizational meeting, including committee updates. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view the visual displays that Karen Rieser created for the “Harvesting History” event which took place at the end of August. The displays include a history of the Old Mission replica church, Education on the Old Mission Peninsula, and Traditional Apple Harvesting.

Per the law as dictated by MIOSHA and the Michigan Library Association, masks must be worn at all times while inside the Community Room at Peninsula Community Library.

For further information, contact OMPHS President Nikki Sobkowski, [email protected]. To join the society or learn more about the group, visit their website here.

Here is a program list (subject to change) for the upcoming season of the OMP Historical Society…

Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society Meeting Dates, 2021-2122

All meetings except for the Holiday Potluck will be held at Peninsula Community Library, 2893 Island View Road.

Sept. 2, 2021, 6 p.m.: “About a Book”: Happenings Related to a Noted Lincoln Biography, and its Connection to Leffingwell; Sarah Thomas, Presenter.

Oct. 7, 2021, 6 p.m.: Historical Displays of Old Mission Replica Church, Traditional Apple Harvesting, and Education on the Old Mission Peninsula by Karen Rieser. Organizational meeting for 2021-2022.

Nov. 4, 2021, 6 p.m.: “The Cavasos-Carroll Connection: Hand Harvesting Cherries 1935-1960”; Ex-Diplomat and Peninsula Native, Tim Carroll, presenter.

Dec. 2, 2021, 5:30 p.m: Holiday Potluck at Old Mission American Legion Hall, 4001 Swaney Road. Tom Dalluge will read “An Old Mission Holiday Story.” Ecumenical Holiday Sing-a-long, led by Al Bonney.

Jan. 6, 2022, 6 p.m.: “A History of Bassett Island”; Jordan Owen, Presenter.

Feb. 3, 2022, 6 p.m.: “The Hannah Lay Building: Pillar of the Community”; Kennard Weaver, Presenter.

March 3, 2022, 6 p.m.: To be announced.

April 7, 2022, 6 p.m.: To be announced.

May 5, 2022, 6 p.m.: “History of Libraries in the Grand Traverse Area”; Anne Magoun and Ann Swaney, Presenters.

June 2, 2022, 6 p.m.: Annual Meeting and Officer Election via Zoom.

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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

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