Archaeology Day, May 18, 2024

The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Societyand the Michigan Archaeological Society (MAS), along with the Northwest Michigan Chapter of MASPresented An Archaeological Discovery Day for Students May 18th 2024 • Leelanau County Poor Farm Siteat Miles Kimmerly Park, Rain Date May 19, 2024HISTORY In the year 1901, the Leelanau County Board of Commissioners purchased the 120… Read More

May is National Preservation Month

Welcome! Learn about and join us in preservation activities countywide!The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society, formed in 2017 as a nonprofit to save a barn, has a much larger challenge – to identify and facilitate preservation and rehabilitation of historic structures throughout our county. Learn more about the Poor Farm Barn and activities to assist… Read More

New documentary on the Leelanau County Poor Farm

WCMU Public Television aired “Saving the Barn: The Leelanau County Poor Farm,"  three times during the week of March 17, 2024. This is a locally produced documentary on the history, preservation, and future of the Leelanau County Poor Farm/County Infirmary. The film is a multi-year project of the Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society (LCHPS). We… Read More

Barn Lean-to Reconstruction

[caption id="attachment_1769" align="alignleft" width="300"] 2200 board feet of rough sawn lumber for the shed roof reconstruction[/caption]Shed Roof ReconstructionPerhaps you’ve driven by the Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn recently and noticed a new addition to the exterior on the west side of the barn. First the cupola, and now the lean-to have been reconstructed. As was… Read More

Barn of the Year Award Ceremony

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network is pleased to announce that the Leelanau County Poor Farm Barn that you nominated has been selected to receive the 2021 Barn of the Year Award.  A panel of 8 judges selected your Barn from 11 entries to be one of 5 to receive the distinction this year.  You can… Read More

Leelanau County Poor Farm Michigan Historic Marker Dedication

Established in 1955 the Michigan Historical Marker Program is part of the Michigan History Center in Lansing. Since its inception more than 1,700 Michigan Historical Markers have been placed across the state, and in several other states and Europe, making Michigan's one of the premier marker programs in the nation. Each marker reflects an important… Read More