Otsego County Historical Museum

Otsego County Historical Museum Historical Society brings together people interested in history of Otsego County. We share that history in our Museum! Free entry, donations appreciated.
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We're still finding interesting photos in the slide donation from the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce.  Do you know what bus...
01/29/2020

We're still finding interesting photos in the slide donation from the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce.

Do you know what business was in the location pointed out in this picture? South side of W. Main Street in the 300 block (across from the Museum).

Another, unknown to us, business found on the slide donation from the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce.This business was loca...
01/26/2020

Another, unknown to us, business found on the slide donation from the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce.

This business was located on the north side of W. Main Street east of Audrain Hardware / CRAVE.

What was there or moved in after this photo was taken?

We recently received several 35mm slides from the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce .  Thank you for this great donation! We a...
01/23/2020

We recently received several 35mm slides from the Gaylord Chamber of Commerce . Thank you for this great donation!

We are curious about some of the images on the slides. Do you know anything about the building pointed out in this picture?

This is the southeast corner of W. Main and Court Street.

Here’s another History Mystery we need your help in solving….Jim and Gail asked if anyone remembers (and hopefully has a...
01/18/2020

Here’s another History Mystery we need your help in solving….

Jim and Gail asked if anyone remembers (and hopefully has a photo of) the gas station and donut shop that was near Irontone Springs in Livingston Township on US 27.

Pulaski School photo of students.  The one-room school was located about where the KofC Hall is now on Wilkinson Road.  ...
01/15/2020

Pulaski School photo of students. The one-room school was located about where the KofC Hall is now on Wilkinson Road. Thankfully someone took the time to identify all 24 students.

Thank you Dee Holewinski Kuehlenthal for sharing this photo.

This months History Matters Update shares a glimpse of what’s in store for our upcoming book on Women In History. Thanks...
01/12/2020

This months History Matters Update shares a glimpse of what’s in store for our upcoming book on Women In History.

Thanks to you all for sharing our post yesterday, a few of the ladies listed as unknown in a photo on this update, have been identified! We have THE BEST followers! 🤗 See yesterday's post for an update!

Update:. Thank you all!!  Gladys Fox as been confirmed.  Marcella Black and Mary Highland are the two ladies in the back...
01/11/2020

Update:. Thank you all!! Gladys Fox as been confirmed. Marcella Black and Mary Highland are the two ladies in the back row. Just one more to go. Front row second from the right.

Also, we had Rhoda Flemming listed, her name is Kelso not Flemming. Our apologies.

We need your help!

Can you identify the 3 mystery ladies? Any idea what year this picture was taken?

We are using this photo in our upcoming History Matters book “Otsego County Women In History” to be published in March 2020.

Michigan Association of Extension Homemakers – Otsego County
Back Row: Ginny Myers, Marge McMullen, Rhoda Kelso, unknown, unknown
Front Row: Gladys Fox??, Margaret Buckler, unknown, Nellie Taylor

Paul Koronka recently donated his military uniform to the OCHS Museum.  Paul’s roots run deep in Otsego County and he ow...
01/07/2020

Paul Koronka recently donated his military uniform to the OCHS Museum. Paul’s roots run deep in Otsego County and he owns the family‘s centennial farm in Bagley Township. We thank him for his generosity to the museum and for his service to our country.

Great article in the @GaylordHeraldTimes this week!  History Matters: Otsego County's Snowmobiling Roots
01/06/2020
History Matters: Otsego County's snowmobiling roots

Great article in the @GaylordHeraldTimes this week! History Matters: Otsego County's Snowmobiling Roots

OTSEGO COUNTY — The popular winter activity of snowmobiling today has deep roots in Otsego County’s history.

Happy New Year!Let's start our year with a little easy trivia.  What ski resort is pictured?
01/01/2020

Happy New Year!

Let's start our year with a little easy trivia. What ski resort is pictured?

We are very thankful for our Road Commissions!  Check out what winter used to look like downtown. Picture wasn't dated, ...
12/31/2019

We are very thankful for our Road Commissions! Check out what winter used to look like downtown.

Picture wasn't dated, any idea what year?

Merry Christmas!!The 1967 courthouse Christmas scene is pictured.
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas!!

The 1967 courthouse Christmas scene is pictured.

Richard Barber donated several documents related to the Gaylord Lodge No. 366 Free and Accepted Masons.  Did you know th...
12/20/2019

Richard Barber donated several documents related to the Gaylord Lodge No. 366 Free and Accepted Masons. Did you know this group has been active in Gaylord since 1883? There were also Mason Lodges in Berryville and Vanderbilt.

Thank you for furthering our mission, Mr. Barber!

This month’s History Matters Update is on churches of Otsego County.  It was written by Jackie Skinner.  Jackie highligh...
12/11/2019

This month’s History Matters Update is on churches of Otsego County. It was written by Jackie Skinner. Jackie highlights some of our earliest churches that continue to play a vital role in our communities.

Over the years, many churches have come and gone in Otsego County. Elmira has had 3, Vanderbilt 3 or 4, Hetherton 1, Johannesburg 1, Otsego Lake Village 3. Did Waters ever have a church? Nearly 30 churches are currently listed for Gaylord.

Two church buildings have historic markers – both are located on Otsego Avenue. Can you name them?

Trivia time!  🤔  What on Earth is it?
12/05/2019

Trivia time! 🤔 What on Earth is it?

Our last day open for this year will be December 14th.  This is also the @DowntownGaylord Christmas Stroll!  Come visit ...
12/02/2019

Our last day open for this year will be December 14th. This is also the @DowntownGaylord Christmas Stroll! Come visit the Museum and take advantage of sales and specials all over downtown.

Gift idea:. The Museum is fundraising by selling Gaylordoploy board games to help further our mission!

11/30/2019

Anyone have pictures of the old Drive In? Memories of it would be great to hear as well!

Golf was rooted in Gaylord long before becoming the @GaylordGolfMecca.  MacGregor & Canby Co. of Dayton, Ohio tapped Gay...
11/22/2019

Golf was rooted in Gaylord long before becoming the @GaylordGolfMecca. MacGregor & Canby Co. of Dayton, Ohio tapped Gaylord's Dayton Last Block Company to make their Golf Club heads.

Dayton Last Block opened in 1895, making shoe lasts, then bowling pins and rough golf club heads. Creating a golf club head from a solid block of wood took an entire day by hand. Dayton Last Block could rough out up to 25 heads a day with a copying lathe. This efficient method made golf clubs more affordable.

The Chatterbox Breakfast menu!  What was your favorite?
11/20/2019

The Chatterbox Breakfast menu! What was your favorite?

This month’s History Matters Update is about the town of Johannesburg.  Thank you Jim and Cathy Hilgendorf.
11/15/2019

This month’s History Matters Update is about the town of Johannesburg. Thank you Jim and Cathy Hilgendorf.

A hearty THANK YOU to all who serve or have served our country!  Be sure to check out our window display honoring Otsego...
11/11/2019

A hearty THANK YOU to all who serve or have served our country! Be sure to check out our window display honoring Otsego County Veterans downtown next to Hogans Hogan's Jewelers​.

Pictured are the 6 Mankowski brothers who served in the military.

Come on in and check out the newest donation to the Museum!  A Little Giant Hay Press donated by Tru Yang of Ah -Loy Bam...
11/08/2019

Come on in and check out the newest donation to the Museum! A Little Giant Hay Press donated by Tru Yang of Ah -Loy Bamboo! Thank you, Tru!

Museum open Saturday, 11am to 3pm! FREE Admission!

Any guesses what this is?
11/05/2019

Any guesses what this is?

Henry Stephens, Otsego County ’s lumber baron and resident of Waters, often imported big league ball players to help win...
11/02/2019

Henry Stephens, Otsego County ’s lumber baron and resident of Waters, often imported big league ball players to help win games and heavy wagers he had placed on the local team.

For this game he brought in Ty Cobb!

10/30/2019

The Museum fall hours are Saturday's from 11am to 3pm until December 14!

This is a post card from 1912.  Recognize anyone on the team?
10/28/2019

This is a post card from 1912. Recognize anyone on the team?

Our Mission is to preserve and protect the heritage, historical sites, and artifacts of Otsego County for the benefit of...
10/25/2019
Otsego County Historical Museum - Gaylord, MI - Search Our Database

Our Mission is to preserve and protect the heritage, historical sites, and artifacts of Otsego County for the benefit of future generations.

If you have pictures, stories or items that you think would benefit our mission, please contact us, we can schedule a time to meet with you. We can scan your photos and give them right back to you in the same visit. Our email is [email protected]

Check out the searchable database of pictures on our website here: https://www.otsegohistory.com/search.

Have you been to the Pigeon River Country Discovery Center yet?  Find out who called it  "The Big Wild", the history of ...
10/22/2019

Have you been to the Pigeon River Country Discovery Center yet?

Find out who called it "The Big Wild", the history of the building, conservation and so much more. Check their page for hours of operation.

Alpine Realty Group / SariSariSari / Subway Restaurant at  400 W. Main is the number #18 location on our History Matters...
10/18/2019

Alpine Realty Group / SariSariSari / Subway Restaurant at 400 W. Main is the number #18 location on our History Matters Scavenger Hunt.
This location was a laundromat and bowling alley, also a Farm Bureau Insurance office. What other businesses can you think of?

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10/17/2019

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The bank tower at 123 W. Main was the clue for our #17 location on our History Matters Scavenger Hunt.  Was Gaylord Stat...
10/11/2019

The bank tower at 123 W. Main was the clue for our #17 location on our History Matters Scavenger Hunt. Was Gaylord State Bank now Saturn Booksellers and other office space. The 2nd & 3rd floors and clock tower were added in 1974.

10/08/2019
Witchin' Night Out

We will be open from 4-8pm tonight for Witchin'Night Out! Come check out our Museum, gift shop specials and all the great deals & treats at our Downtown neighbors.

Grab your friends and come to downtown Gaylord for a howling good time.

Yes, it is a drill.  What specifically did it drill?
10/07/2019

Yes, it is a drill. What specifically did it drill?

“Clicking With Your Polish Ancestors” Presented by: Kamila MazurekSaturday, October 19, 10:00 am – Noon, at the Universi...
10/05/2019

“Clicking With Your Polish Ancestors” Presented by: Kamila Mazurek

Saturday, October 19, 10:00 am – Noon, at the University Center Gaylord

Public Welcome -- Free admission

Request for family information …

Please email surnames and names of ancestral village/parish to [email protected]. He will collect all the info submitted and send to Kamila per her request. She would prefer correct spelling of surnames (rather than Anglicized forms) and proper locations (i.e. a town and a county rather than a vague common name of a place – that way she can make sure the right location is used in her lecture.)

Please share!

The number 16 location on our History Matters Scavenger Hunt is the cannon on the Courthouse Lawn. 225 W. Main One of 26...
10/04/2019

The number 16 location on our History Matters Scavenger Hunt is the cannon on the Courthouse Lawn. 225 W. Main
One of 26 cannons from Admiral Farragut’s historic flagship Hartford and a very popular spot for people to take pictures.

We would love to see your cannon pictures in the comments!

This child sized rocking chair was made by the Vanderbilt Chair Factory.  Do you know how long they were in business?  O...
10/02/2019

This child sized rocking chair was made by the Vanderbilt Chair Factory. Do you know how long they were in business? Or where the factory was located?

See it in person at the Museum open Thursday - Saturday, 11am to 3pm.

Adam Assal, who we learned more about in our last History Matters Update, was the first Librarian in the county.   Updat...
09/29/2019

Adam Assal, who we learned more about in our last History Matters Update, was the first Librarian in the county. Update #37 tells us all about the history of our Libraries.

Have you been into the @OtsegoCountyLibrary since the expansion was completed?

Happy 100th Anniversary to Sugar Bowl Restaurant restaurant, the #15 location on our History Matters Scavenger Hunt. Did...
09/27/2019

Happy 100th Anniversary to Sugar Bowl Restaurant restaurant, the #15 location on our History Matters Scavenger Hunt.

Did you know it started out as a candy store by the Doumas brothers, Harry and George in 1919?

Great article by Phil Alexander in the Gaylord Herald Times this week!  History Matters: History abounds on West Main St...
09/26/2019
History Matters: History abounds on West Main Street

Great article by Phil Alexander in the Gaylord Herald Times this week!

History Matters: History abounds on West Main Street

GAYLORD — Nearly 15 decades of history is on display at the southwest corner of South Otsego Avenue and West Main Street in the heart of downtown Gaylord.

The History Matters Scavenger Hunt #14 location is the oldest church in Otsego County.  Do you know what year it was bui...
09/20/2019

The History Matters Scavenger Hunt #14 location is the oldest church in Otsego County. Do you know what year it was built?

Gaylord First Congregational Church 218 W. Second Street.

Do you know what this is?  If you need a closer look?  It is on exhibit at the museum.
09/16/2019

Do you know what this is? If you need a closer look? It is on exhibit at the museum.

Address

320 W Main St
Gaylord, MI
49735

Opening Hours

Saturday 11:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(989) 732-4568

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Great information and nice gifts
Who can I contact regarding donating antique family items to the museum/historical society?? I sent an email last month but never received a reply.
Old CCC patch selling at auction.This seems like a rare piece --- thought someone at the museum might be interested --- auction closes tomorrow night 10/2 ...
I have acquired a photograph of a woman who is not related to me that I would like to donate to a descendant if one can be found. I was told the woman is Sarah Lansing from Westford, Otsego, NY. The photo was taken in the Perry Photography Studio in Schenevus, Otsego, NY. I do not know if Lansing is a maiden or married name, or if Sarah is a first or middle name. There are a handfull of Sarah Lansings in the Otsego County, NY area which confuses my search. I found two photographs on Ancestry of a Sarah Lansing, born 1893, but they do not really look like her, and I think the birth date of 1893 is too late to be this Sarah. If anyone can help determine which Sarah Lansing this is, I would like to reconnect this orphan photograph to family.
I found this article among some files in my family history project; thought it might be interesting to some of your members. My wife, Cheryl VanTassel Ryan of Auburn, MA, originally from Cobleskill, is descended from George Lough mentioned in the article. First Cheviot Sheep imported to the United States from Scotland were in New Lisbon. Records show that as early as 1834 there emigrated from Scotland, three children of Thomas Laidler: Mrs. Robert Davidson, Mrs. William Teller and William Laidler, all residing in the Town of New Lisbon. In 1841 Robert Davidson returned to Scotland and in the spring of 1842 returned to America and with him came George Lough, Sr. and wife, his wife being sister to those mentioned above. Thomas Laidler, a shepherd on the Cheviot Hills, wishing to remember his children in America, conceived the idea of sending them something that might be of value as well as an act of kindness. He sent each of the four children three Cheviot Sheep, and from that importation, as the foundation, all of the different flocks in Otsego County and throughout the state have their origin. George Lough, Sr. deserves much credit for keeping them in their purity, as he imported rams, as necessity required, keeping their standard of excellence. (Source: History of Cheviots)