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Second Annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party

When: Thu August 24 2017
Where: Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society presents “Second Annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party.” The Historical Society invites you to relive the glory days of northern Michigan's most popular teen club at our second annual Club Ponytail: A Reunion Party. Held at Nub's Nob Ski Area, this throwback party of the summer will feature live music, a picnic dinner, memorabilia and more. To complement our reunion party, we are thrilled to welcome back historian Rick Wiles to present "Clubbing in the Northland," a look back at the history of Clubs Manitou and Ponytail. His talk will be on Thursday, August 3 at 5:30pm at the History Museum. It takes place at Nub's Nob Ski Area, 500 Nubs Nob Rd, Harbor Springs, MI 49740. The cost is $5 for adults and free for current Historical Society members. For more information, call 231-526-9771 or email

Animals in the Civil War: Beyond Old Abe and Traveller

When: Thu September 7 2017
Where: Elk Rapids
The Elk Rapids Area Historical Society presents “Animals in the Civil War: Beyond Old Abe and Traveller.” Speaker: Bea Freidlander, JD. Former long-serving member of the Plymouth [Michigan] Historical Museum Board Similar to the personal caring for domestic animals in today's society, animals figured prominently in the lives of people during the Civil War. The more famously known animals during the Civil War were Old Abe, the 8th Wisconsin's eagle mascot, and Traveller, General Robert E. Lee's horse. Friedlander's talk will include anecdotes about famous and lesser known individual animals, and the countless unnamed animals who served. The time for this event is 7:00 p.m., and it takes place at At the Museum, 301 Traverse Street (on corner of Pine Street). The cost is Free, Donations Accepted. For more information, visit

Historic Home Tour

When: Sat September 23 2017
Where: Petoskey
The Little Traverse Historical Society presents “Historic Home Tour.” Tour five area historic homes in downtown Petoskey, most within walking distance of the museum. Also included is the former Hose House, which has been transformed into a model train display of 1913 Petoskey. The time for this event is 1 p.m.-4 p.m., and it takes place at Little Traverse History Museum, 100 Depot Court, Petoskey, MI. The cost is $25/person online, in advance, or in person the day of the event. For more information, call (231) 347-2620 or visit

Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour

When: Sat October 14 2017
Where: Harbor Springs
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society presents “Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour.” This fall the Historical Society is pleased to announce the return of our popular public tour of the Little Traverse Lighthouse on Harbor Point! The tour will take place all day on Saturday, October 14, 2017. If you are interested in the tour please contact the Historical Society at (231) 526-9771. Tickets are $40 per person and are nonrefundable. When you call to make your reservation a Historical Society staff member will provide you with more details regarding tour times and guidelines.


Gone to the Colors: Benzie and WW 1

When: Sat May 27 2017 - Sat October 14 2017
Where: Benzonia
The Benzie Area Historical Museum presents "Gone to the Colors: Benzie and WW 1" With the entry of the U. S. oWW1 on April 6, 1917, Benzie County residents were actively and intimately involved with "The Great War for Civilization." This exhibit features uniforms, other military gear, photos, posters, sheet music and a wide variety of documents reflecting a sometimes mixed reaction to an involvement in a worldwide war. Of special interest in the local connection with the Polar Bears, a unit comprised of many Michigan men, who were fighting in Russia after the 1917 Russian revolution. In conjunction with this exhibit, we are presenting three lectures related to the war. Two have already been presented-- 'The Christmas Truce" by Brian McCall and "Benzie's Polar Bears" by Andy Bolander. "It's Not Our War," on the objections and conflicting opinions about the war will be presented by Jane Purkis in August. The exhibit will end October 14.

Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center

When: Wed June 21 2017 - Mon September 4 2017
Where: Maple City
The Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear presents “Port Oneida Farms Heritage Center.” Step inside the Charles and Hattie Olsen Farmhouse for an educational journey into the historic life of pioneer settlers in the late 1800’s – early 1900’s. Showcasing its original pantry, hardwood floors and ornate woodwork, this rehabilitated homestead in the Port Oneida Rural Historic District of the National Park exemplifies the work and mission of Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear. The time for this event varies with its hours of operation. Summer hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m., and it takes place at Olsen Farm 3164 W. Harbor Hwy, Maple City, 4 miles north of Glen Arbor. For more information, call (231) 334-6103 or visit

Historical Society of Michigan 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
Email | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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