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.

Wow- sorry about the crazy video earlier! We were trying to share some of the music Howard Ball played for us on his Vic...
03/13/2019

Wow- sorry about the crazy video earlier! We were trying to share some of the music Howard Ball played for us on his Victrola.

Our program at the Carnegie tonight has been canceled due to the weather. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled.In th...
01/28/2019

Our program at the Carnegie tonight has been canceled due to the weather. We'll let you know when it's rescheduled.

In the meantime, enjoy this telegram from January 1912 asking the plow to move the snow so the trains can get through.

Pictures wanted! Please help us with our new Food and Drink exhibit by sharing your pictures of cooking and eating. We a...
01/14/2019

Pictures wanted! Please help us with our new Food and Drink exhibit by sharing your pictures of cooking and eating. We are interested in Petoskey area pictures from ANY time period.

Please email them to us with as much information as possible: [email protected].

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01/06/2019
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Letters from World War I We will be the guest speakers at the Petoskey Friends of the Library event Monday, January 28 at 7:00 PM. We...

Happy New Year!
01/01/2019

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas!This photo is dated Christmas 1899.Back Row: Lorena VanNess, Elza Harner, Gladys Ford, Eva Corbett, Ada ...
12/24/2018

Merry Christmas!

This photo is dated Christmas 1899.

Back Row: Lorena VanNess, Elza Harner, Gladys Ford, Eva Corbett, Ada Anderson
Middle Row: unidentified, -- Holms, Gladys Byram, Lou Byram
Front Row: Ruth VanNess, Eva Hice, Vera Waldron

In a December 1919 letter to his sister Ursula, Ernest Hemingway references a teachers' party at which he dances in a sh...
12/12/2018

In a December 1919 letter to his sister Ursula, Ernest Hemingway references a teachers' party at which he dances in a shocking manner with a teacher who is leaving town. Here's the newspaper article about the party from the December 12, 1919, Petoskey Evening News.

This sounds like an exciting Thanksgiving tradition! From the November 1919 Petoskey Evening News.
11/22/2018

This sounds like an exciting Thanksgiving tradition! From the November 1919 Petoskey Evening News.

Happy Thanksgiving!
11/22/2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

If only we could still go to Jesperson's for our Thanksgiving goodies!
11/19/2018

If only we could still go to Jesperson's for our Thanksgiving goodies!

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:"I got my service stripe yesterday for 6 months on the f...
11/11/2018

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:

"I got my service stripe yesterday for 6 months on the front line, so am a veteran." Charles Gray November 15, 1918

Letters from World War I soldiers to people in Petoskey:"I am the man who received a sweater knitted by yourself. That i...
11/11/2018

Letters from World War I soldiers to people in Petoskey:

"I am the man who received a sweater knitted by yourself. That it is of the finest texture and workmanship is needless to say. But in regard to the "fit" volumes could be written and still not do it justice." J.B. Hurley

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:"This letter will have to be short as the military censo...
11/11/2018

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:

"This letter will have to be short as the military censors are pretty strict, and I can't tell you very much about the life or our surroundings here...I hope you had a merry Christmas, although can't say as much for myself." Earl Leveck

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:"We are now in a so-called rest camp, which contains as ...
11/11/2018

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:

"We are now in a so-called rest camp, which contains as many soldiers as the largest camp in the U.S. Most of the fellows were sick on arrival, but all are getting used to the climate and are on the job now. Jasper Holmes

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:"At present we have had very little to do and rather hop...
11/11/2018

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:

"At present we have had very little to do and rather hope it will continue that way until spring, for driving in zero or near zero weather is uncomfortable to say the least." Charles Chase

In honor of our veterans.
11/11/2018

In honor of our veterans.

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:"Although we are in a foreign port at Christmas, we have...
11/11/2018

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:

"Although we are in a foreign port at Christmas, we have had so many remembrances from Petoskey on account of the Christmas packages and cards, that it seemed almost like being at home." W.H. Blanchard

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:"This morning I spent three hours lengthening the sleeve...
11/10/2018

Letters from World War I soldiers to their families in Petoskey:
"This morning I spent three hours lengthening the sleeves of my wool coat. Could only let them out about an inch, but that helps some." Carl Weaver, 1917

Imagine seeing this headline on November 7, 1918- and then learning the next day that it wasn't official!
11/07/2018

Imagine seeing this headline on November 7, 1918- and then learning the next day that it wasn't official!

We hope you took the time to vote- now go to Greenwood Cemetery and show your appreciation to these suffragettes.
11/07/2018

We hope you took the time to vote- now go to Greenwood Cemetery and show your appreciation to these suffragettes.

Men voted to give women suffrage in Michigan 100 years ago. Exercise your right to vote today!
11/06/2018

Men voted to give women suffrage in Michigan 100 years ago. Exercise your right to vote today!

Don't forget to vote today!
11/06/2018

Don't forget to vote today!

11/06/2018

We’re grateful to Greenwood Cemetery for partnering with us to recognize the efforts of Petoskey suffragists. If you visit the cemetery tomorrow, look for the red, white, and blue ribbons. There will be containers for flowers if you wish to bring any. Printed maps will be available.

Thanks to women like Petoskey's Minnie Rosenthal and Marguerite Reusch, Michigan women won the right to vote 100 years a...
11/05/2018

Thanks to women like Petoskey's Minnie Rosenthal and Marguerite Reusch, Michigan women won the right to vote 100 years ago today.

Women in Michigan won the right to vote on November 5, 1918. Petoskey allowed them to vote for the city bond issue that ...
11/05/2018

Women in Michigan won the right to vote on November 5, 1918. Petoskey allowed them to vote for the city bond issue that day.

What did women in 1918 do to win the right to vote? They went door-to-door and distributed fliers. They attended confere...
11/05/2018

What did women in 1918 do to win the right to vote? They went door-to-door and distributed fliers. They attended conferences. They made speeches.

Before or after you vote, we hope you'll visit these pioneers for Woman Suffrage at Greenwood Cemetery.Minnie Rosenthal ...
11/04/2018

Before or after you vote, we hope you'll visit these pioneers for Woman Suffrage at Greenwood Cemetery.

Minnie Rosenthal (A-1-1)

Zilla Goldstein (A-1-1)

Emma Baker (L-57-5)

Grace Jessop (K-102-3)

Lulu Sweeny (H-64-3)

Frances Oldham (H-39-15) 1866-1948

Alma Critchell (L-105-5)

Edith Sly (K-95-2)

Marguerite Reusch (A-141-4)

Margaret Hankey Curtis (F-84-17)

The 1918 flu epidemic impeded campaign speeches (and spelling, apparently!).
11/04/2018

The 1918 flu epidemic impeded campaign speeches (and spelling, apparently!).

Tired of political ads? Try these from 1918 instead!
11/03/2018

Tired of political ads? Try these from 1918 instead!

We hope you'll join us in celebrating these leaders for Woman Suffrage.
11/03/2018
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We hope you'll join us in celebrating these leaders for Woman Suffrage.

Lasting Legacies In conjunction with the National Women's History Alliance and Greenwood Cemetery, we encourage you to celebrate 100...

11/02/2018

How long have women in Michigan had the right to vote? Just 100 years! Honor the women who made it possible by visiting their gravesites before or after you vote.

These women were local women suffrage leaders:
Minnie Rosenthal (A-1-1)

Zilla Goldstein (A-1-1) 1874-1946

Emma Baker (L-57-5)

Grace Jessop (K-102-3)

Lulu Sweeny (H-64-3)

Frances Oldham (H-39-15) 1866-1948

Alma Critchell (L-105-5)

Edith Sly (K-95-2) 1869-1925

Marguerite Reusch (A-141-4)

Margaret Hankey Curtis (F-84-17)

As part of our Lasting Legacies exhibit, we encourage you to honor our local suffragists on or near Election Day by visi...
11/02/2018

As part of our Lasting Legacies exhibit, we encourage you to honor our local suffragists on or near Election Day by visiting their gravesites in Greenwood Cemetery. Women in Michigan won the right to vote in 1918, two years before federal women's suffrage.

Here are the local suffragists and where you can find them:
Grace Jessop K-102-3
Zilla Goldstein A-1-1
Minnie Rosenthal A-1-1
Emma Baker L-57-5
Lulu Sweeny H-64-3
Frances Oldham H-39-15
Alma Critchell L-105-5
Edith Sly K-95-2
Marguerite Reusch A-141-4
Margaret Hankey Curtis F-84-17

Celebrating our retiring board members, Lee and Lynnet!
11/01/2018

Celebrating our retiring board members, Lee and Lynnet!

We hope to see you this evening!
11/01/2018

We hope to see you this evening!

Happy Halloween!This is an unidentified photo from our collection.
10/31/2018

Happy Halloween!

This is an unidentified photo from our collection.

We hope you can join us in honoring retiring board members Lynnet Johnson and Lee Phillips tomorrow evening at the museu...
10/31/2018

We hope you can join us in honoring retiring board members Lynnet Johnson and Lee Phillips tomorrow evening at the museum. Feel free to drop in between 5 and 7. We'll have light refreshments available.

Open House
10/30/2018
Open House

Open House

Dear Friends, Please join us in honoring retiring LTHS board members, Lynnet Johnson and Lee Phillips. We will be showing our...

Two of our board members, Lynnet Johnson and Lee Phillips, are retiring from the Little Traverse Historical Society. Ple...
10/29/2018

Two of our board members, Lynnet Johnson and Lee Phillips, are retiring from the Little Traverse Historical Society. Please help us honor them at an Open House Thursday, November 1. Stop by the museum between 5 PM and 7 PM for light refreshments.

Lynnet gave walking tours on Friday mornings for several summers. She enjoyed sharing our area history with visitors.

Two of our board members, Lynnet Johnson and Lee Phillips, are retiring from the Little Traverse Historical Society. Ple...
10/28/2018

Two of our board members, Lynnet Johnson and Lee Phillips, are retiring from the Little Traverse Historical Society. Please help us honor them at an Open House Thursday, November 1. Stop by the museum between 5 PM and 7 PM for light refreshments.

Lynnet shared with us that her favorite committee has been the Home Tour, which she led for many years. Lee has been an integral part of Taste of the North, chairing the restaurant committee.

10/13/2018

Thank you for a wonderful season! We will be open again May 25, 2019!

10/13/2018

Today is our last day of the season! Come and visit the museum free today and say goodbye until the spring.

09/22/2018

It’s not too late to join us on the Home Tour! Tickets available at the museum- homes open til 4:00!

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Petoskey, MI
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