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

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