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.

Remember our post about 16 people riding the toboggan? Here's what that looked like.
02/16/2020

Remember our post about 16 people riding the toboggan? Here's what that looked like.

The ice thrones during the 1930s Winter Carnivals were constructed by local sculptor Stanley Kellogg.
02/16/2020

The ice thrones during the 1930s Winter Carnivals were constructed by local sculptor Stanley Kellogg.

The Winter Carnival figure skating performance begins at 6:30 at Winter Sports Park. They probably won't have a skating ...
02/15/2020

The Winter Carnival figure skating performance begins at 6:30 at Winter Sports Park. They probably won't have a skating mule, though.

There's no longer a toboggan run at Winter Sports Park, but the Winter Carnival sled races begin at 3:00 today.
02/15/2020

There's no longer a toboggan run at Winter Sports Park, but the Winter Carnival sled races begin at 3:00 today.

Our apologies to anyone with coulrophobia!
02/15/2020

Our apologies to anyone with coulrophobia!

In the 1930s, Winter Carnivals featured ice dancing and figure skating demonstrations.
02/15/2020

In the 1930s, Winter Carnivals featured ice dancing and figure skating demonstrations.

The 1933 Michigan Winter Carnival opened with a luncheon at the Perry Hotel. Carnivals often featured both indoor and ou...
02/15/2020

The 1933 Michigan Winter Carnival opened with a luncheon at the Perry Hotel. Carnivals often featured both indoor and outdoor events, including fashion shows and dances.

Speed skating races have long been a part of Winter Carnival.
02/15/2020

Speed skating races have long been a part of Winter Carnival.

Winter Carnival hockey games begin at 1:00 today at Winter Sports Park. They have been part of the carnival for many yea...
02/15/2020

Winter Carnival hockey games begin at 1:00 today at Winter Sports Park. They have been part of the carnival for many years.

The 1941 Michigan Winter Carnival took place February 7-16. Here's the schedule for Saturday, February 8. Note that Tom ...
02/15/2020

The 1941 Michigan Winter Carnival took place February 7-16. Here's the schedule for Saturday, February 8. Note that Tom Harmon is the guest of honor!

All-American Tom Harmon was named King Winter at the 1941 Michigan Winter Carnival. Here he is pictured with Queen Marie...
02/15/2020

All-American Tom Harmon was named King Winter at the 1941 Michigan Winter Carnival. Here he is pictured with Queen Marie Markert.

The Queen of the Winter Carnival being crowned while seated on her ice throne designed by Stanley Kellogg. You can see h...
02/15/2020

The Queen of the Winter Carnival being crowned while seated on her ice throne designed by Stanley Kellogg. You can see her robe on display at the museum.

The bumpjumping competition at Winter Sports Park starts at noon today! Registration begins at 10:30.
02/15/2020

The bumpjumping competition at Winter Sports Park starts at noon today! Registration begins at 10:30.

Winter Carnival used to include a parade of ice sculptures. Today, you can see ice sculptures all around downtown and in...
02/15/2020

Winter Carnival used to include a parade of ice sculptures. Today, you can see ice sculptures all around downtown and in Pennsylvania Park.

A highlight of the Winter Carnivals of years past was always the Governor's Ball, held in the high school gymnasium. You...
02/15/2020

A highlight of the Winter Carnivals of years past was always the Governor's Ball, held in the high school gymnasium. You could buy tickets to attend the dance or be a spectator in the balcony.

Winter Carnivals used to include ski jumping at Winter Sports Park.
02/14/2020

Winter Carnivals used to include ski jumping at Winter Sports Park.

The 1936 Michigan Winter Carnival was held in Petoskey and included events such as snowshoeing, speed skating, ski jumpi...
02/14/2020

The 1936 Michigan Winter Carnival was held in Petoskey and included events such as snowshoeing, speed skating, ski jumping, and hockey.

Happy Valentine's Day!
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day!

Winter Carnival is coming! Have you been practicing your bumpjumping?
02/12/2020

Winter Carnival is coming! Have you been practicing your bumpjumping?

Have you been snowshoeing this winter?
02/08/2020

Have you been snowshoeing this winter?

Did you ever skate on the West Side Rink? Tell us about it!
02/05/2020

Did you ever skate on the West Side Rink? Tell us about it!

Here's Petoskey's Pennsylvania Park in the winter, with the Cushman Hotel in the background.
02/02/2020

Here's Petoskey's Pennsylvania Park in the winter, with the Cushman Hotel in the background.

We've read that up to 16 people would ride this toboggan down Mitchell Street. Yikes!
02/01/2020

We've read that up to 16 people would ride this toboggan down Mitchell Street. Yikes!

Dreaming of summer in Bay View? Enjoy this 1902 map.
01/11/2020

Dreaming of summer in Bay View? Enjoy this 1902 map.

Petoskey High School 1904, on the southeast corner of State and Howard Streets.
01/04/2020

Petoskey High School 1904, on the southeast corner of State and Howard Streets.

Last chance to see the tree! We’re open until 3:00 today!
12/21/2019

Last chance to see the tree! We’re open until 3:00 today!

We'll be open Saturday, 11-3! Please stop in and see our incredible Christmas tree, decorated by Kurt Zimmerle.
12/20/2019

We'll be open Saturday, 11-3! Please stop in and see our incredible Christmas tree, decorated by Kurt Zimmerle.

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!

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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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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?