Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society

November 6, 2008 -7:00 pm

Peninsula Township Town Hall




I.                    Social Time: 


II.                 Program:  Our speaker, Maria Harper, a Native American, will give a presentation on Native American traditions and genealogy.  This should be another very interesting program. 


III.               Business Meeting:

A.     Meeting called to order.

B.     Announcements & Community News


IV.              Monthly Reports:

A.     September/October Minutes –  Anita Klein

B.     October Treasurer’s Report- Warren Berthelsen

C.     Committee Reports


V.                 Old Business:

A.     Christmas Party – A short meeting for all those who can help

with our Christmas Party will take place immediately following

our regular meeting tonight.


VI.              New Business:


VII.            Adjournment:



Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society

September 4, 2008 – 7:00 pm

Peninsula, Township Town Hall




       I.      Social Time: 


    II.      Program:  George McManus, author of “A Boy from Archie” gave us a very interesting talk about his book and the history of the area.


 III.      Business Meeting:

A.    Meeting called to order at 8:25 pm.


B.     Announcements –

1.      Ann Swany reports that the Scenic Heritage Road people will be here to tour the Peninsula on Tuesday, September 23.  They are part of a statewide conference being held at the Park Place Hotel for State Scenic Heritage Routes.  The conference will be held Tuesday and Wednesday and is totally free.

2.      Carol Lewis reports that the Sarah Lane Presentation will be given again at the Heritage Center on October 14th (no time as yet).  This is part of the “Ladies of the Light – Women Light Keepers of Michigan”.  More information will be available at the October meeting.


C.     August Minutes – Anita Klein

1.      Motion to approve –

2.      Seconded – Paul Burns

D.    August Treasurer’s Report – Warren Berthelsen – Warren reports that donations at the Log Cabin are down by $272 for this month alone. 

1.       Motion to approve – Paul Burns

2.      Seconded – Cal Jamieson


 IV.       Committee Reports:

A.    Hessler Log Cabin – Paul Burns reports that one of our responsibilities

      for the Log Cabin is to take an inventory of the contents and give a copy to

      the Township so they can update their insurance.  Susan Feiger and Paul

      have completed the inventory and updated its value.  Paul and Mary Swift

      are working together on the landscaping.  They believe it can be done at

      minimal cost using natural plants over a several year period.  A complete

      presentation for these plans will be made at our March 09 meeting.  Paul

      also reports that the maintenance on the cabin roof has been completed.

      This could not have been accomplished without the help of Marty Klein

      and Cal Jamieson.  They did a lot of hard work and it looks magnificent!

      This roof should last for decades!  If you haven’t seen the results, please

      take a trip out there and have a look.  Saturday, October 11th at 9:00 a.m.,

      we will be closing the cabin.  Please sign up to help.  We will not be

      putting the contents up into the attic this year because we have our new



B.     Dougherty Home Site – Marty Klein reports that the Icehouse is close to being done.  The new cedar shingle roof was done a week ago and it looks great.  We have just a couple of details left to finish and than painting can begin.  Jason from Walters & Hemmings Co. is repairing the tin icebox that goes inside the entry room.  On the main house we have gotten estimates from three contractors to work on the following items yet this year.  A.  New wood shingles on the kitchen.  B.  Repair the cellar door.  C.  Replace the porch roof on the back of the house.  D.  Stabilization of the carriage house and summer kitchen.  We hope to have approval for these items from Nancy Finegood soon.


C.     Tree Committee – Cal Jamieson:  Cal reports that they will be planting trees this fall and if you are interested in a memorial tree to please call.    Jim Hall has all the paperwork on the memorial trees and will be working with Cal on this project.  Donna Hornberger stated that she hoped we could have an article in the next newsletter to memorialize Rebecca’s and the Tree Committees efforts.


D.    Lighthouse – Fred Stoye:  Fred reports that over 7000 people have toured the Lighthouse since it opened and he reminds us that tours are free to residents until next spring.  The Lighthouse Keepers program is working well but we are looking for keepers for the winter months.  If you know anyone who might be interested, please call.  Fred will be on the Ron Jolly radio show next Monday at 8:15 am to talk about the lighthouse.


V.                New Business:

A.    New Officers -  Donna requests that we please start thinking about

      officers for the next year.  We will need a nominating committee.


B.     Upcoming programs –

October – Larry Bensley presents “Civil War Generals from Omena”.

November - Marie Harper

December – Christmas Dinner at American Legion Hall.

May – Jenni Glysson speaks on family history on Old Mission Peninsula

           going back to the 1860’s.


VI.             Adjournment:  The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.







Anita & Marty Klein               Lucile & Ted Bagley               Dick & Betty Coleman

Connie Sargent                       Jackie & Paul Burns                Mary Jo Lance

Jack & Vi Solomonson           Frank Schaible                        Shirley Donovan

Hedy Quick                            Peggy Quick                           Pat Wolf

Verla & Cal Jamieson             Jerry Ostlund                          Fred Stoye

Donna & Lee Hornberger       Jim Brammer                           Arlene & Bob Dean

Cozette Varg                           Warren & Barb Berthelsen      Stephen & Carol Lewis

Helen Vogel                            Laura Johnson                         Mary Louise Johnson

Dean Johnson                          Donald Pratt                           Helen Pratt

Flo & Bob Schermerhorn                   



Respectfully Submitted,

Anita Klein, Recording Secretary