Little Traverse History Museum

Little Traverse History Museum The museum houses permanent and temporary exhibits on the region's history and on Ernest Hemingway. We offer tours and programs too! Open June-October.
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The Little Traverse Historical Socity was established in 1905. In 1969, it was incorporated as a non- profit organization, "To preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge of the history of the Little Traverse Bay Area." To this end, and with the support of members and winter and summer residents, they acquired and restored the abandoned Chicago and West Michigan Railroad depot. Originally built in 1892 to accommodate the large influx of summer resorters, the depot now serves the area as the Little Traverse History Museum.

Petoskey Post Office, June 1, 1914.
06/01/2020

Petoskey Post Office, June 1, 1914.

Congratulations Class of 2020! Here's the Petoskey graduating class of 1896.
05/31/2020

Congratulations Class of 2020! Here's the Petoskey graduating class of 1896.

Happy birthday, Frances Pailthorp! Frances was born on this date in 1879. This is her graduation picture from Petoskey H...
05/31/2020

Happy birthday, Frances Pailthorp! Frances was born on this date in 1879. This is her graduation picture from Petoskey High School.

The back of this photograph reads: "Pailthorpe "Good Hill" trip to S. America with Sec. Knox."
05/31/2020

The back of this photograph reads: "Pailthorpe "Good Hill" trip to S. America with Sec. Knox."

Margarete Fallass' 1910 Music Class included Georgiana and Marjorie Bump, Constance Curtis, and Harry Beese. #PetoskeyHi...
05/30/2020

Margarete Fallass' 1910 Music Class included Georgiana and Marjorie Bump, Constance Curtis, and Harry Beese. #PetoskeyHistory

A popcorn party in 1922. Charles Stolt is in the back row, marked with an x. #PetoskeyHistory
05/29/2020

A popcorn party in 1922. Charles Stolt is in the back row, marked with an x. #PetoskeyHistory

Dr. Ramsdell was one of the first to own an automobile in Petoskey. Here he is on Park Avenue in Bay View, 1904.
05/28/2020

Dr. Ramsdell was one of the first to own an automobile in Petoskey. Here he is on Park Avenue in Bay View, 1904.

The Burns Clinic doctors in 1942: Back: Hegener, McLoed, Lilga Front: Conway, Burns and Blum. #PetoskeyHistory
05/27/2020

The Burns Clinic doctors in 1942: Back: Hegener, McLoed, Lilga Front: Conway, Burns and Blum. #PetoskeyHistory

This is Dr. Henry J. Calkins, a Civil War doctor who came to Petoskey in 1882. His office was over the Coffman Jewelry S...
05/26/2020

This is Dr. Henry J. Calkins, a Civil War doctor who came to Petoskey in 1882. His office was over the Coffman Jewelry Store and he visited patients at Lockwood Hospital, according to the caption.

These Emmet County Civil War veterans are gathered at the canon in Pennsylvania Park in 1905.
05/25/2020

These Emmet County Civil War veterans are gathered at the canon in Pennsylvania Park in 1905.

The caption on this image reads, "Veteran's Memorial Service." It is in the collection with a photo from 1958, but this ...
05/25/2020

The caption on this image reads, "Veteran's Memorial Service." It is in the collection with a photo from 1958, but this one isn't dated, so we can't be sure. Let us know if you recognize anyone.

Memorial Day 1958, Mitchell Street, Petoskey
05/25/2020

Memorial Day 1958, Mitchell Street, Petoskey

This photo is labeled PHS Senior Circus Day 1930. This one has a list of names on the back, so let us know if you're loo...
05/25/2020

This photo is labeled PHS Senior Circus Day 1930. This one has a list of names on the back, so let us know if you're looking for someone in particular.

Doesn't an afternoon on the Cushman veranda sound lovely?
05/24/2020

Doesn't an afternoon on the Cushman veranda sound lovely?

One of our most extensive collections is the papers of Harry Moffatt, who worked for the YMCA across Europe before and a...
05/23/2020

One of our most extensive collections is the papers of Harry Moffatt, who worked for the YMCA across Europe before and after WWI. This is one of his identity cards.

This is a handbill distributed by the Petoskey Federation of Women's Clubs advertising a Woman Suffrage speaker that was...
05/22/2020

This is a handbill distributed by the Petoskey Federation of Women's Clubs advertising a Woman Suffrage speaker that was coming to Petoskey. Edna Blair was part of the State Speaker's Bureau for Suffrage.

On this date 100 years ago, the school board announced plans for playground equipment at school playgrounds in Petoskey.
05/21/2020

On this date 100 years ago, the school board announced plans for playground equipment at school playgrounds in Petoskey.

This undated Mitchell Street photo shows a sign directing drivers to US 31 and M-131.
05/20/2020

This undated Mitchell Street photo shows a sign directing drivers to US 31 and M-131.

The first mention of a Woman Suffrage meeting in Petoskey is in May 1912. "What it lacked in number it made up in enthus...
05/18/2020

The first mention of a Woman Suffrage meeting in Petoskey is in May 1912. "What it lacked in number it made up in enthusiasm." The last paragraph of the article describes the table decorations and food, all in "suffrage yellow."

The Woman Suffrage Conference held in Petoskey May 16, 1918 featured speakers from the National American Woman Suffrage ...
05/16/2020

The Woman Suffrage Conference held in Petoskey May 16, 1918 featured speakers from the National American Woman Suffrage Association. Nearly every county in northern Michigan was represented.

Jeanne Chichester sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Woman Suffrage Conference held in Petoskey May 16, 1918. She and ...
05/16/2020

Jeanne Chichester sang the Star Spangled Banner at the Woman Suffrage Conference held in Petoskey May 16, 1918. She and her husband lived in this Lake Street home.

Quiz time: which downtown Petoskey street is this? Bonus: what do you know about the businesses? The photo is from the 1...
05/15/2020

Quiz time: which downtown Petoskey street is this? Bonus: what do you know about the businesses? The photo is from the 1920s.

In 1920, a war memorial was dedicated at Mineral Well Park. It has since been moved to Pennsylvania Park in downtown Pet...
05/14/2020

In 1920, a war memorial was dedicated at Mineral Well Park. It has since been moved to Pennsylvania Park in downtown Petoskey. #PetoskeyHistory

This train wreck happened just south of Petoskey in March 1920. The article in the paper says there were no injuries, bu...
05/12/2020

This train wreck happened just south of Petoskey in March 1920. The article in the paper says there were no injuries, but the fireman and the engineer had to climb out through a small opening on the left as the right side was blocked by smoke and steam.

This is a gathering at the First Christian Church in Petoskey in 1920. #PetoskeyHistory
05/11/2020

This is a gathering at the First Christian Church in Petoskey in 1920. #PetoskeyHistory

Happy Mother's Day! from 1935
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! from 1935

On Mother's Day in 1922, you could take your mother out to dinner at The Arbor on Mitchell Street for $1.00.
05/10/2020

On Mother's Day in 1922, you could take your mother out to dinner at The Arbor on Mitchell Street for $1.00.

On Mother's Day in 1916, you could send your mother a "prettily decorated telegram."
05/10/2020

On Mother's Day in 1916, you could send your mother a "prettily decorated telegram."

Happy Mother's Day! from 1946
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! from 1946

Happy Mother's Day! from 1939
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! from 1939

Happy Mother's Day! from 1932
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day! from 1932

Happy Mother's Day!
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day!

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Petoskey, MI
49770

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The Little Traverse Historical Society was established in 1905. In 1969, it was incorporated as a non- profit organization, "To preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge of the history of the Little Traverse Bay Area." To this end, and with the support of members and winter and summer residents, they acquired and restored the abandoned Chicago and West Michigan Railroad depot. Originally built in 1892 to accommodate the large influx of summer resorters, the depot now serves the area as the Little Traverse History Museum.

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Cheybogan and Emmet Counties Chapter of the American Rosie the Riveter Association is an educational group preserving WWII stories of women. We would love to learn about local ladies who stepped up to the plate to help win the war. Message us on our FB Page.
Who remembers this song from 1960?
Are there any pictures or information on where the Sears store was in 1969? Thank you.
I am curious to know if the roof of the gazebo in Pennsylvania Park is the very top section of the turret-like top that adorned the Cushman House?