Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society

May 1, 2008 – 7:00 pm

Peninsula Township Town Hall




I.                   Social Time:  Arlene & Bob Dean


II.                Program:  Dr. Mark Holley will present an update of his underwater archaeological survey of Grand Traverse Bay.


III.             Business Meeting:

A.    Meeting called to order.

B.     Announcements

1.      As always, new membership forms may be picked up from chairman Ann Marie Grenadier, directly at our meeting or by a written request to the following address:


P.O. Box 115

Old Mission, MI 49673

Please indicate “Old Mission Membership Form” and your return address.

2.      Community news.


IV.             Monthly Reports:

A.    April Minutes – Anita Klein

1.      Motion to approve

2.      Seconded

B.     April Treasurer’s Report – Warren Berthelsen

1.      Motion to approve

2.      Seconded

C.     Committee Reports

1.      Dougherty Home site – Bob Dean

2.      Log Cabin Days – Heatherlyn Reamer

3.      Annual Potluck Dinner / Meeting – Terilee Johnson/Heatherlyn Reamer.  To be held at Legion Hall on June 5th.

D.    Membership/Oral History – Ann Marie Granadier


V.                Old Business:

A.    Hessler Log Cabin update

1.      New Chairman to be announced

a.       Term of office

b.      Plans for cabin

c.       Effective communication with the Park Commission


2.      Initial Opening Date – May 3rd, 2008

a.       Held at the Hessler Log Cabin at 10:00 am.

b.      Setup antique furniture

c.       Clean windows & sweep floors

d.      Pass out new volunteer sheets for July and August on once (1) a week cleaning – suggest Thursday or Friday.

B.     Old Mission Women’s Club Attendance on April 17, 2008

1.      Warren Berthelsen accepting the $350.00 grant for the OMPHS.

2.      Grant money to be used for landscaping.

3.      Planted a “sugar maple” tree by Cal Jamison at the Hessler Log Cabin.

4.      Plaque made to dedicate to the Old Mission Women’s Club for their continuous support to the OMPHS – Paul Burns.


VI.             New Business:

A.    New reflections this past year – membership.

B.     Improvements needed for next year – membership.


VII.          Adjournment



Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society

April 3, 2008 – 7:00 pm

Peninsula, Township Town Hall




       I.      Social Time & welcome – Refreshments were provided by JoAnn Cole.


    II.      Program:  Fred Tank gave us a wonderful presentation about the history of Power Island.   


 III.      Business Meeting:

A.    Meeting called to order at 8:10 p.m.

B.     Community News – Tim Carroll announced that the Grand Traverse Heritage Center will present its 13th Annual Vintage Fashion Show & Chocolate Decadence Buffet on Sunday, May 4th, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at the City Opera House.  Flyers were available for everyone.


 IV.      Monthly Reports:

A.    January Minutes – Anita Klein

1.      Motion to approve – Donna Hornberger

2.      Seconded – JoAnn Cole

B.     January Treasurer’s Report – Warren Berthelsen was absent.

1.       Motion to approve – Bill Cole

2.      Seconded – Tim Carroll


    V.      Old Business:

A.    Hessler Log Cabin:  Paul Burns reports that volunteers are needed for the

      spring opening to be held on Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 am.  Volunteers

      are also needed for weekly cleaning (washing windows & sweeping the

      floor) at the cabin.  Sign up sheets were passed around.


B.     Hessler Log Cabin “Duties and Responsibilities”:  An updated copy of the “Duties and Responsibilities for the Hessler Log Cabin” was passed out to the members for their review.  This included a change to section V, part A  (Section V, part A was changed to include 75% for repairs and maintenance and other expenses of the Log Cabin and 25% to OMPHS General Fund).  A motion to approve this change and accept the entire document was made by Nancy Warne and passed by a majority vote of the membership.  The Historical Society will be responsible for the initial opening and closing of the log cabin at the beginning and end of the season.  We will also open and close on Log Cabin Day.  The new Grounds Maintenance employee will open/close on a daily basis at all other times until someone moves into the Lighthouse.  We still need a volunteer to replace Patti Rudolph as Log Cabin Chairman. 


 VI.      Committee Reports:

A.    Dougherty Home Site – Bob Dean/Marty Klein:  Bob reports that two trees on the property need to be removed.  The dead tree in the front and the maple tree that is too close to the carriage house.  We plan to save some of the wood so that wood carvers can turn it into craft items. We have a tentative approval to proceed with the reconstruction of the icehouse.  Our tentative goals for this summer are to reconstruct the icehouse, stabilize the main house and carriage house and removal of the trees.  Master stone mason Tim Wicksall has agreed to supervise the restoration of the foundation.  We will need volunteers to work along with him. 


The Peter Dougherty Society will host a nationally known expert on Historical Structures in conjunction with the beginning of a historical structures investigation.  Ilene Tyler, FAIA, of Quinn Evans Architects in Ann Arbor will discuss the importance and role of a historic structure report in restoring the Dougherty-Rushmore house in Old Mission.  The program will be presented at 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 11th, at the Township Hall.  The public is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.


B.     Log Cabin Days- Laura Johnson:  Log Cabin Day will be Sunday,

June 29th from 11:00 to 5:00.  We will have crafters, music, and the Harmonica Class will be back.  We will also have food again this year. 

Sign up sheets for working in the Log Cabin and the Lighthouse are on the back table.  You may contact Heatherlyn at 223-9256 or email to foxhill@pentel.net.  


C.     Membership – Ann Marie Grenadier:  Ann Marie reports that the membership form has been changed to make it clear when the membership term starts and ends.  We will also include a return envelope when we send out the renewals.  We want to make it as easy as possible for people to become members.  The new forms are on the website.



VII.      New Business:

A.    Paul Burns:  “My term as President is coming to an end and I do not want to start any new projects at this time.  The one thing that I do feel that we should discuss or consider is to make the term of President longer.  I don’t thank that one year is long enough to really complete any projects or make any changes to the Society.  I think the term for President should be at least 2 years.   I would also welcome your thoughts or comments about how I did as your President this past year.  You can call me at home or send me an email (pburns@chartermi.net).  Also, if there are any changes you would like to see within the Society please let me know.  I do want to say that I have been very proud and pleased to have served all of you, I’ve made a lot of friends and I will never forget my time in office.”


VIII.      Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.





Anita & Marty Klein               Lee & Donna Hornberger       Ann Marie Grenadier

Dave & Nancy Warne             Tom & Gladys Maguire          Verla & Cal Jamieson

Mary Johnson                          Dean & Laura Johnson           Stef Staley

Flo & Bob Schermerhorn        Pat Wolf                                  Jane Sweet

Bill & JoAnn Cole                  Tim Carroll                              Penny & Bob Rosi

Ginny Roosevelt                     Jacki & Paul Burns                  Shirley Donovan

Hedy Quick



Respectfully Submitted,

Anita Klein, Recording Secretary