Interested in researching Leelanau history? You can begin by accessing our database through a link below named “Research Online Catalog.”  Research inside the museum is by appointment during our open hours.

Staff and volunteers have worked for several years to record the museum’s archives and collections in a digital format. Currently, 60 years of donated objects, documents and photographs, more than 14,000 items, are entered into the PastPerfect museum database.  The Society also has an extensive collection of early newspapers that can be viewed on site. Additions to the database and revisions will continue with uploads to the online catalog each month.

The Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Foundation supporting grants, the Viskochil Family and the annual Golfathon donors have made the digital database project and online research tool possible for all to enjoy.

Research Online Catalog

Links to Area Museums

Empire Museum

Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

Great Lakes Children’s Museum

Omena Historical Society and Museum

Sleeping Bear Point and Maritime Museum

Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear

Manitou Islands Archives

Manitou Islands Memorial Society

Traverse History Center

Traverse Area District Library-Grand Traverse Genealogical Society