Telling Stories – GAAC Current Exhibit

[caption id="attachment_1879" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sarah Bearup-Neal, Gallery Manager for the GAAC, talks with LCHPS Board members, Barbara Siepker and Tina Mehren.[/caption]As part of the Glen Arbor Art Association's (GAAC) Exhibition,  Telling Stories exhibition [January 13 – March 23, 2023], Gallery Manager Sarah Bearup-Neal talked with LCHPS Board Members, Barbara Siepker and Tina Mehren, co-chairs of… Read More

Leelanau Ticker Feature on the Poor Farm

  We were especially pleased this year with the flower garden that runs parallel to the Row by Row garden along W. Burdickville Rd.  As you can see from the photo, the many varieties of donated perennials, now in their second and third years, are truly flourishing. Leelanau Ticker Reporter, Emily Tyre wrote a detailed… Read More

Restoration/Preservation Award from the Historical Society of Michigan

Announcing the Winners of the 2022 State History Awards LANSING, Mich.—The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) announces its 2022 State History Award winners, who will be recognized during the Annual Meeting and Michigan History Conference on September 23-25, 2022, which will take place in Albion. The Society presents the State History Awards every year to… Read More

Annual Fundraising Appeal for 2022

[caption id="attachment_234" align="alignleft" width="212"] Steve Stier, LCHPS President[/caption] Hello Friends, Since our beginning five years ago, The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society (LCHPS), has been extremely fortunate to have generous financial donors like you, who believed in our efforts to save the Poor Farm Barn. All the original structural deficiencies have been repaired. We can… Read More

In Need of a Refrigerator

Row by Row (formerly Buckets of Rain) and Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan are seeking a large home or small commercial working refrigerator that is fully or even partially donated.  Both organizations are not-for-profits so gifts may be tax deductible.  This year, a new partnership with Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan will enhance storage, pick-up,… Read More

Exciting New Grant Awards

Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society (LCHPS) Receives $20,000 in Grants for Documentary  LCHPS board members, Barbara Siepker and Tina Mehren, have been working on a documentary of the historic ‘Leelanau County Poor Farm’ for The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society, where we both serve on the board. The documentary is entitled, Life on the Leelanau County… Read More

At Last, the Cupola Installation

On May 2, 2022 the replica of the cupola was installed.  The installation crew was comprised of James Schettek (far left), owner of David Webster Construction and grandson of John Schettek, the builder of the Poor Farm Barn in 1911. Ronnie Hines (far right) also from David Webster Construction, and crane operator, Patrick Herman (center)… Read More

Looking Back • Moving Forward

The Glen Lake Community Library Sponsors: Looking Back • Moving Forward Leelanau County Poor Farm Lives On: From the early days to the future Tuesday May 3, 2022   7:00 pm Glen Lake Community Library • Empire Program Room Attendance is limited to 25. Reserve your seat now by calling the Library  (231) 326-5361 or by… Read More

Ball Grant Furthers Preservation Work on the Barn

The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society is pleased to announce that we have received a generous grant from the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation in 2021.  The Ball family’s commitment to making a difference in the nonprofit world, in this case Leelanau County, which they consider a second home, will have a significant… Read More

Michigan County Poor Farms Virtual Presentation YouTube link

Michigan County Poor Farms Virtual Presentation Tuesday, October 19, 2021 @ 7PM Click on the link below for the presentation. Long before the advent of modern social welfare, county governments in Michigan maintained poorhouses or poor farms. Explore the early history of these facilities in their attempts to become both self-sustaining entities and refuges… Read More