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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Some fun extra information provided by Phil Alexander this morning about our Independence Day post.
07/06/2020

Some fun extra information provided by Phil Alexander this morning about our Independence Day post.

Happy Independence Day everyone!
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day everyone!

Otsego County Historical Museum
06/20/2020

Otsego County Historical Museum

We're open!!

All we ask is that you wear a mask for the protection of our volunteers and other visitors.

We're open!!All we ask is that you wear a mask for the protection of our volunteers and other visitors.
06/19/2020

We're open!!

All we ask is that you wear a mask for the protection of our volunteers and other visitors.

"The lumbering industry was drawing to a close and the local economic future was looking bleak. Rather than sit back and...
06/14/2020
History Matters: Gaylord Motor Car Company started 110 years ago

"The lumbering industry was drawing to a close and the local economic future was looking bleak. Rather than sit back and watch their community become a ghost town, 53 local residents bought stock in a dream for a better future."

The Gaylord Motor Company opened 110 years ago! Read the History Matters article in the @gaylordheraldtimes below. 👇

One hundred ten years ago, a group of people in Otsego County, Michigan, pooled their money to create the Gaylord Motor Car Company (GMC).

We are very grateful for this generous gift from the Everett Family Fund and the private donors that have made this air ...
06/07/2020
Otsego County Historical Society receives community grant

We are very grateful for this generous gift from the Everett Family Fund and the private donors that have made this air conditioning replacement possible. Our Museum is filled with precious photographs, documents and artifacts, all valued pieces of Otsego County history. Climate control inside the museum is critical to the preservation of these items.

Thank you Otsego Community Foundation Everett Family Fund and our generous donors. We appreciate you.

GAYLORD — The Otsego County Historical Society has received a $7,350 grant from the Otsego County Community Grant Program.

Remembering the men & women who have given their lives in service to our country today.  Below are some vintage Parade p...
05/25/2020

Remembering the men & women who have given their lives in service to our country today.

Below are some vintage Parade photos. The oldest dating back to the 1890's.

This month's History Matters topic is the unveiling of a Heritage Trail that is focused on the cars and trucks made in n...
05/23/2020

This month's History Matters topic is the unveiling of a Heritage Trail that is focused on the cars and trucks made in northern and central Michigan - including the Gaylord Car.

Find more info on the Wheels, Water & Engines website here: https://www.wheelswaterengines.com/gaylord-mi.html

Thank you to Fawn C. for sharing your 1990 visit to Call of the Wild- Gaylord, MI with us!  Fawn's family was visiting f...
05/19/2020

Thank you to Fawn C. for sharing your 1990 visit to Call of the Wild- Gaylord, MI with us! Fawn's family was visiting from Canada when they snapped this picture. 🙂

Do you have any pictures from Call of the Wild? Drop them in the comments below. 👇

05/10/2020
Did you know that Schlang's Bavarian Inn used to be called The Bier Stein Inn?  Leo and Minnie Schlang opened it in 1946...
05/06/2020

Did you know that Schlang's Bavarian Inn used to be called The Bier Stein Inn? Leo and Minnie Schlang opened it in 1946.

Today this building is known as the fantastic Bennethum's Northern Inn.

04/30/2020

Trivia Time:
What famous, incredible, brilliant person from Gaylord was born today???
🎉🎂🥳🎈
We will give the answer today around 5 pm!

Strike Up The Band!  Here is a little history of community bands in our area.
04/21/2020
www.otsego.org

Strike Up The Band! Here is a little history of community bands in our area.

04/18/2020

This months History Matters Update by Cathy and Jim Hilgendorf looks at the communities in Otsego County that were created by the railroads during the lumbering era. Lots of temporary towns popped up in Otsego County during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Our entire team of history detectives is researching when and where these settlements were located. Vanished villages such as Berryville, Salling, and Logan will be featured in our upcoming book “Places of Our Past” to be published in 2021.

Have you ever wondered when our name changed from Barnes to Gaylord?  What business came in after I-75 was finished?  Fi...
04/14/2020
www.otsego.org

Have you ever wondered when our name changed from Barnes to Gaylord? What business came in after I-75 was finished? Find these answers and so much more on our Otsego County Timeline.

This months History Matters Update by Cathy and Jim Hilgendorf looks at the communities in Otsego County that were creat...
04/14/2020

This months History Matters Update by Cathy and Jim Hilgendorf looks at the communities in Otsego County that were created by the railroads during the lumbering era. Lots of temporary towns popped up in Otsego County during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Our entire team of history detectives is researching when and where these settlements were located. Vanished villages such as Berryville, Salling, and Logan will be featured in our upcoming book “Places of Our Past” to be published in 2021.

Gaylord Illustrated, a pictorial view of early 20th century Gaylord.
04/11/2020
New Page 2

Gaylord Illustrated, a pictorial view of early 20th century Gaylord.

Michigan State University Extension partnered with the Otsego County Historical Society to identify and document the his...
04/07/2020
Otsego County Historical Society

Michigan State University Extension partnered with the Otsego County Historical Society to identify and document the historic barns and farmsteads here. Volunteers from the community were invited to a training session where they learned how to survey and photograph barns and other farmstead structures. The photographs that were taken can be seen below, divided up by each township below.

04/05/2020

Another great video interview, from Jennie Mcafferty, on Youtube. A very in-depth interview with Keith Gornick about the early history of Otsego Resort and the Gaylord Golf Mecca. Enjoy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8baEPogiE-c

It’s National Agriculture Day – Let’s Celebrate Locally!  Farming has been and continues to be important in Otsego Count...
03/24/2020

It’s National Agriculture Day – Let’s Celebrate Locally!
Farming has been and continues to be important in Otsego County. Historic barns dispersed throughout our rural areas remind us of days gone by when the majority of our residents lived on farms. Potatoes were one of our main crops. We even hosted an annual Potato Show for many years that garnered regional fame. Elmira was known as the Certified Seed Potato Capital of Michigan. Today, Sklarczyk Seed Farm in Johannesburg is on the cutting edge of potato technology that is recognized internationally.

Our bountiful supply is much more that a one day event – it’s all year long. Locally produced maple syrup in the spring (see the syrup process at Alpine Maple Farms), fresh picked strawberries at Estelle Farms, sweet corn from Gapinski Sweet Corn and Burzynski Sweet Corn in the heat of the summer, and then finding the perfect pumpkin at Fleming Farms Pumpkin Patch on a crisp autumn afternoon. Let's not forget our great Downtown Gaylord Farmer's Market. These are just a few examples.. What other favorites would you like to share with everyone?

Be sure to visit the Otsego County History Museum on Main Street in Gaylord to see the agricultural heritage displays when we re-open this Spring. We also have lots of farming related photos on our web site here: http://www.otsego.org/ochs/photogallery/Farming/farming.htm

If you would like to be added to the once a month History Matters Update email, please message us your email address.  P...
03/22/2020

If you would like to be added to the once a month History Matters Update email, please message us your email address. Please include: Sign me up for the HM updates!

Our history detectives put many hours of research into these updates. They cover many topics all relating to our county history. Pictured is of just one of many great update topics.

Today is National Write Your Story day and we want to hear your Otsego County story!  What brought you to Otsego County?...
03/14/2020

Today is National Write Your Story day and we want to hear your Otsego County story! What brought you to Otsego County? Were you born here, if so where? Was your first job here? Did you move here for work?

Share your stories and connections to our great community in the comments below.

This photo from our postcard collection was postmarked with today's date in 1929!
03/07/2020

This photo from our postcard collection was postmarked with today's date in 1929!

Frank & Rae Kramer opened Gaylord's first clothing store in 1882.  After Frank's passing, Rae continued to operate the b...
03/03/2020

Frank & Rae Kramer opened Gaylord's first clothing store in 1882. After Frank's passing, Rae continued to operate the business until it was sold to the Ditmers.

This picture is of the Yuill Brothers Mill office in Vanderbilt, from which they sold thousands of acres of cut-over lan...
02/29/2020

This picture is of the Yuill Brothers Mill office in Vanderbilt, from which they sold thousands of acres of cut-over land which was soon cleared of stumps and became valuable farm land. The principle crop was potatoes.

For more pictures of early Vanderbilt, click here: http://www.otsego.org/ochs/photogallery/Vanderbilt/Vanderbilt.htm

This month’s History Matters takes a look at Otsego County’s historical assets that are also tourist attractions.  Mergi...
02/21/2020

This month’s History Matters takes a look at Otsego County’s historical assets that are also tourist attractions. Merging local history and tourism is called Heritage Tourism and it continues to grow in popularity.

Can you think of more not listed in this Update?

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.

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320 W Main St
Gaylord, MI
49735

Opening Hours

Friday 12:00 - 15:00
Saturday 12:00 - 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)