I AM YOU – Leelanau Historical Society

We are pleased to debut our fresh appearance that reinforces our mission to serve the entire Leelanau Peninsula and its islands. It pays homage to a line from our old vision statement, “While I thrive on antiquity, I rock with youth.”*

As an organization we are diligently working to stay relevant to our community through our member benefits, programs, services, and involvement opportunities. We are so fortunate to have loyal members and patrons who support the organization in a variety of generous ways. Thank you!

What We Offer:
Exhibits – Plan a visit to Leland, MI to view the updated museum and expanded exhibits.
Gift Shop – Find LHS branded gifts, unique local items, and a variety of local history books.
Programs & Events – Learn more about what makes up Leelanau’s past.
Online Resources – Dive deeper into your local history interests or family history.
Research Center – Reserve an appointment to view and research within LHS’s archives.


My life is a mixture of objects that matter 
much or little. 

I am enriched, informed and influenced by 
the events shared, decisions made, ideas conceived.

I am the heir and custodian of the 
accumulated knowledge of a hundred past societies. 

Today, my desire to enrich my life and yours 
has never been as broad or as keen. 

I have grown out of almost a third of a century 
of continuous participation in my community.

Where facts are involved, I am a truthful 
place, where observations and belief are 
involved, I am an honest place. 

While I thrive on antiquity, I rock with youth. 

I hope that I am a stimulus to constructive 
thinking, because I hold more than a grain 
or two of information and inspiration for those
who will use me.

For each new generation who wishes to 
acquaint itself with me, I will continue to be 
a place to excite the mind and eye. 

I am the Leelanau Historical Museum …I am you.

Poem by Bruce Unwin, 1987

LHS's mission is to preserve and share the history of Leelanau County to inspire others to explore and interpret the past for future generations to learn and appreciate.
- Est. 1957-