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.

Holiday decorations that we just don't see any more!
12/15/2019

Holiday decorations that we just don't see any more!

A huge thank you to our sponsors: D&W Fresh Market, Meyer Ace Hardware, and Roast and Toast Cafe. We couldn’t do it with...
12/13/2019

A huge thank you to our sponsors: D&W Fresh Market, Meyer Ace Hardware, and Roast and Toast Cafe. We couldn’t do it without you!

Please join us at our open house! We’re here til 9, and so is Santa!
12/13/2019

Please join us at our open house! We’re here til 9, and so is Santa!

Thank you so much to the St. Francis fourth grade for decorating the museum!
12/13/2019

Thank you so much to the St. Francis fourth grade for decorating the museum!

4th grade went to the history museum downtown to decorate a Christmas tree in 1883 style.

You don’t want to miss our open house! We hope to see you tomorrow. Drop by between 6 and 9 o’clock.
12/12/2019

You don’t want to miss our open house! We hope to see you tomorrow. Drop by between 6 and 9 o’clock.

Can you spot any Petoskey landmarks?
12/09/2019

Can you spot any Petoskey landmarks?

We hope you’ll come to our Open House on Friday, 6-9 PM. The tree is decorated and ready for viewing!
12/07/2019

We hope you’ll come to our Open House on Friday, 6-9 PM. The tree is decorated and ready for viewing!

This is Howard Street in Petoskey facing north. You can see Braun's on the left.
12/01/2019

This is Howard Street in Petoskey facing north. You can see Braun's on the left.

First to identify this car wins...our gratitude!
11/22/2019

First to identify this car wins...our gratitude!

We think Plat Maps are a work of art. Here's one of "Oden Isle" from 1902.
11/18/2019

We think Plat Maps are a work of art. Here's one of "Oden Isle" from 1902.

Happy Opening Day, hunters!
11/15/2019

Happy Opening Day, hunters!

In honor of Veteran's Day, an image of the members of the Carl O. Weaver American Legion Post 194.
11/11/2019

In honor of Veteran's Day, an image of the members of the Carl O. Weaver American Legion Post 194.

In honor of Veteran's Day, here's an image of G.A.R. members at the cannon in Pennsylvania Park, 1913.
11/11/2019

In honor of Veteran's Day, here's an image of G.A.R. members at the cannon in Pennsylvania Park, 1913.

We have lots of scrapbooks in our collection! Make an appointment for viewing anything in the archives throughout the wi...
11/08/2019

We have lots of scrapbooks in our collection! Make an appointment for viewing anything in the archives throughout the winter by visiting our website.

Interested in researching over the winter? We are happy to set up a time for you to visit the archives and go through ou...
11/01/2019

Interested in researching over the winter? We are happy to set up a time for you to visit the archives and go through our vertical file.

What kind of projects did you make in shop class? In 1918, Harold Henkel and Len Paige made these Victrolas at Petoskey ...
10/28/2019

What kind of projects did you make in shop class? In 1918, Harold Henkel and Len Paige made these Victrolas at Petoskey High School.

According to the yearbook, the 1907 PHS football team beat Traverse City 17-0. Good luck at tonight's game against TC We...
10/25/2019

According to the yearbook, the 1907 PHS football team beat Traverse City 17-0. Good luck at tonight's game against TC West, Northmen!

The 1907-08 faculty of Petoskey High School included Miss Frances Pailthorp, who later donated many items to the Little ...
10/21/2019

The 1907-08 faculty of Petoskey High School included Miss Frances Pailthorp, who later donated many items to the Little Traverse Historical Society. She is featured in our Lasting Legacies exhibit.

This location looks quite different today! Can you name it?
10/17/2019

This location looks quite different today! Can you name it?

The "old" Lockwood Hospital on what is now Lockwood Avenue in Petoskey.
10/14/2019

The "old" Lockwood Hospital on what is now Lockwood Avenue in Petoskey.

We just love reading postcards!
10/13/2019

We just love reading postcards!

This undated photo says it is a view of Petoskey from the new highway. We know 131 was extended to Petoskey in the 1930s...
10/12/2019

This undated photo says it is a view of Petoskey from the new highway. We know 131 was extended to Petoskey in the 1930s, so this image may be from that time.

Reading old postcards feels a bit like reading text messages.
10/12/2019

Reading old postcards feels a bit like reading text messages.

It seems like there must be a great story behind this picture! The people are identified as Mr. and Mrs. Mac Goodsell, b...
10/10/2019

It seems like there must be a great story behind this picture! The people are identified as Mr. and Mrs. Mac Goodsell, but that's all we know.

We would love to know more about this image, labeled "Emmet County Road Camp."  Anyone have any info?
10/09/2019

We would love to know more about this image, labeled "Emmet County Road Camp." Anyone have any info?

Another great undated image from our postcard collection!
10/08/2019

Another great undated image from our postcard collection!

This is a postcard from our collection. It was sent from Pellston to Petoskey, but we can't read the date. The message s...
10/07/2019

This is a postcard from our collection. It was sent from Pellston to Petoskey, but we can't read the date. The message says simply, "Arrived safely."

Here's a picture of the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Mitchell and Division. What's different about the church to...
10/06/2019

Here's a picture of the Presbyterian Church on the corner of Mitchell and Division. What's different about the church today?

Aaaaaaand we’re closed for the season! See you in the spring!
10/05/2019

Aaaaaaand we’re closed for the season! See you in the spring!

Last chance to sit on the porch! We’re pulling in the chairs and closing for the season at 4 PM today!
10/05/2019

Last chance to sit on the porch! We’re pulling in the chairs and closing for the season at 4 PM today!

It's our last day of the season! Stop and see us before we close at 4:00 PM and you can see how much this pine tree has ...
10/05/2019

It's our last day of the season! Stop and see us before we close at 4:00 PM and you can see how much this pine tree has grown, too!

Free admission today! Today is sponsored by Kathy VanEvery in memory of Lowell Kosloskey. Lowell was a member of the LTH...
10/05/2019

Free admission today! Today is sponsored by Kathy VanEvery in memory of Lowell Kosloskey. Lowell was a member of the LTHS Board and a tireless researcher. His work on genealogy and home histories is frequently used at the museum.

The pool hall was located on Park Avenue in Petoskey. The inscription on the back of this photo says, "Charlie Boynton h...
10/04/2019

The pool hall was located on Park Avenue in Petoskey. The inscription on the back of this photo says, "Charlie Boynton had a wooden leg."

This is the Reed Avenue Dummy Train stop, near what is now the Bay View Inn.
10/03/2019

This is the Reed Avenue Dummy Train stop, near what is now the Bay View Inn.

We think the water looks a lot closer to the museum in this picture from 1895 than it is today. Come down and see for yo...
10/02/2019

We think the water looks a lot closer to the museum in this picture from 1895 than it is today. Come down and see for yourself! We're open today until 4 PM.

Does your home have a coal chute?
10/01/2019

Does your home have a coal chute?

Could this be an original photo of Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne?
09/30/2019

Could this be an original photo of Mike Mulligan and Mary Anne?

This is a picture of the Methodist Church's Sunday School Orchestra, according to the inscription on the back. Which ins...
09/29/2019

This is a picture of the Methodist Church's Sunday School Orchestra, according to the inscription on the back. Which instruments can you see in the picture?

The caption on this picture reads, "Lake Street looking west before 1900. Mr. S in wagon."
09/28/2019

The caption on this picture reads, "Lake Street looking west before 1900. Mr. S in wagon."

Free admission today! Today is sponsored by Kathy VanEvery in memory of her great, great aunt Alice VanEvery. Alice was ...
09/28/2019

Free admission today! Today is sponsored by Kathy VanEvery in memory of her great, great aunt Alice VanEvery. Alice was a long time superintendent of elementary schools in Petoskey.

Who would drink from this drinking fountain? A horse, of course! It was originally located near 306 E. Lake Street and w...
09/27/2019

Who would drink from this drinking fountain? A horse, of course! It was originally located near 306 E. Lake Street and was later moved to Michigan Street.

The Michigan Historical Society met in Petoskey on this day in 1952. Here is a copy of the menu and program.
09/26/2019

The Michigan Historical Society met in Petoskey on this day in 1952. Here is a copy of the menu and program.

This home at the corner of Lake and Division Streets in Petoskey is now a parking lot. You can see the steeple of the Me...
09/26/2019

This home at the corner of Lake and Division Streets in Petoskey is now a parking lot. You can see the steeple of the Methodist Church peeking out in the back.

The interior of a fashionable store in downtown Petoskey in the 1940s(?). Note the ash tray in the seating arrangement.
09/24/2019

The interior of a fashionable store in downtown Petoskey in the 1940s(?). Note the ash tray in the seating arrangement.

Do you know how Mineral Well Park began? Here's a hint:
09/23/2019

Do you know how Mineral Well Park began? Here's a hint:

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100 Depot Ct
Petoskey, MI
49770

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