The historic “Mission Church” in the village of Old Mission (just past the Old Mission General Store on the right) is the recipient of a much-needed makeover.
Karen and Chris Rieser worked with a team from the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society to research and create new displays inside the church (replacing the ancient displays I helped Mom and the Old Mission Women’s Club with back in the 1970s!).
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There’s an Open House at the church today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with cookies and lemonade for refreshments. The church will be open for the season after that.
The renewed historical displays follow the history of the evolution of the Old Mission Peninsula, through the Anishinabek (the people who lived on the Peninsula), the religious and political climate of the era in which Rev. Peter Dougherty created his mission, the life of the original church during the post-Dougherty era, and why the log church was built.
While you’re there, check out the historic Peter Dougherty house – just down the road on the left. Learn more about the Dougherty House here.
Below are a few pics of the renewed Log Church displays. Great job, Chris and Karen and team!
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 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 OMP. Check out the donation page here. Thank you so much for your support. -jb