Leelanau Historical Society: about us
The Leelanau Historical Society (LHS) was founded in 1957 by representatives from throughout Leelanau County who were interested in preserving the county’s history as well as in identifying
and marking sites of historical value. The Society was incorporated in 1964 and has since
received and maintainted official nonprofit 501(c)(3) status from the federal government.
Exhibits and programs help to advance the understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of Leelanau County and strive to be responsive to the concerns, interests, and needs of our community. Our collection includes thousands of objects, photographs and documents. Collections are acquired, cared for, and interpreted with sensitivity to their cultural origin and context, and
are documented to the greatest extent possible.
The Leelanau Historical Society is supported by a core of wonderful volunteers. The Society has approximately 650 members and a Board comprised of nine Trustees. Funds to support the Society’s activities have come primarily from resources in our community. With the exception of grants, the Society does not receive any government funding.
President: Francie Gits
Vice President: Bob Brown
Treasurer: Norb Gits
Secretary: Molly Crimmins
Donna Herman, Ilene Wolcott, Frank Petty, Tom and Cathy Reahard, Ted Sichler
Business Manager: Julie Rhodes | info@LeelanauHistory.org
Registrar/Volunteer: Ilene Garman
The Leelanau Historical Society Museum is located at 203 East Cedar Street in Leland, Michigan,
on the banks of the Leland River, two blocks from historic Fishtown and Lake Michigan.
Winter Hours: Wednesday – Friday 10 am to 4 pm | Saturday 10 am to 2 pm
Leelanau Historical Society, PO Box 246, Leland, MI 49654
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