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


Row-by-Row Event, (formerly) Buckets of Rain Date: Sunday September 24, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Location: Broomstack Kitchen and Taphouse   Maple City, MI 49664  Please save this date for a fun-filled Event/Fundraiser with a silent auction and entertainment. Help promote this outstanding organization,whose mission is to feed food insecure folks. [ngg src="galleries" ids="19"… Read More

Celebrate Historic Preservation in Leelanau County

  EVENT TO CELEBRATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN LEELANAU COUNTY Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society will host an event on May 27 (rain date, May 28), with guided barn tours to honor contractors, volunteers, donors, and partners. Other family-friendly activities will be available for all to enjoy Date: Saturday May 27, 2023 Time: 11 am - 3… Read More

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

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

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