Old Mission Peninsula
Historical Society

Log Cabin Day, Sunday, June 25th! Want more information? Want to help? Click here to email us.
May Minutes & June Agenda

The Dougherty HouseThe Hessler Log House

Founded in 1992 by a core group of citizens concerned about saving the Hessler Log House, the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society continues to work toward fulfilling its mission of  preserving historical structures and keeping alive the history of the region.  We recently joined Peninsula Township in the successful effort to raise the money necessary to purchase, and thus preserve, the Peter Dougherty Homestead, along with the fifteen acres it sits on.  Doughety founded the mission that gives our peninsula here in northwest lower Michigan its name.  When the house is fully renovated, we will develop and administer the programs that will be open to the public.  With the Hessler Log House, the Dougherty Homestead will serve as visible reminders of the rich history of this area.
Please explore our site, read our newsletters, and other material, and consider joining us.   We meet the first Thursday of every month in the old Town Hall, 13235 Center Road.  Each meeting features a presentation on some topic of local history.  At our next meeting, on May 4th, Elk Rapids Historical Society VP Greg Reisiz and President Glenn Neumann will talk on "Old Mission Peninsula and the Elk Rapids Connection."