Interested in researching Leelanau history or genealogy? You can begin by accessing our database through the button below named “Research Online Catalog.” Explore our other online resources below
Research Center Hours: Wednesday-Friday 11:00-4:00pm
*In-person research in the archives is by appointment only. Request an appointment at email@example.com.
Leelanau Historical Society Archives
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. 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.
Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal
Keyword search 11 different Leelanau County papers spanning from 1858-1997.
- Empire Enterprise — Empire — 27 July 1922 – 31 August 1922
- Empire Journal — Empire — 13 March 1902 – 20 February 1919
- Empire Leader — Empire — 26 May 1899 – 30 November 1899
- Leelanau County Times — Suttons Bay — 6 March 1947 – 14 April 1949
- Leelanau Enterprise — Northport, Leland — 1 January 1880 – 25 December 1997
- Leelanau Leader — Empire — 21 December 1894 – 10 July 1896
- Northport Leader — Northport — 2 January 1930 – 1 July 1976
- Northport Tribune — Northport — 8 October 1942 – 2 March 1950
- Provemont Courier — Provemont — 22 October 1915 – 10 March 1921
- Suttons Bay Courier — Suttons Bay — 24 March 1921 – 24 November 1960
- Grand Traverse Herald — Traverse City — 3 November 1858 – 27 October 1910
This easy to use resource is free to the public thanks to the generosity of Leelanau Historical Society members and donors who funded this project. This accomplishment has been the dedicated effort of the Society since 2017.
Oral History Collection
The Leelanau Voices Oral History Collection contains over 250 interviews. Thanks to an anonymous donor the collection of cassette tapes were digitized in 2019. To search by a specific name please refer to the full inventory of oral histories by clicking the button below.
Each file is associated with Name(s) and an Object ID #. Use either to Keyword Search the LHS’s online archives database and access the audio files. (For further assistance please refer to the instructions at the top of this page for searching the Leelanau Historical Society’s Archives.)
A few samples from the oral history collection:
Rita Hadra Rusco
Add to the Oral History Collection!
Every Story is Important.
Stories are one of the original ways of sharing history of a place or peoples. Shared verbally and passed from one person to the next, stories live on generation after generation. The Leelanau Historical Society is continually seeking out and gathering the stories of the people of the Leelanau Peninsula to add to the Collection.
It’s easier than ever to record and collect oral histories from your family and friends.
Send us your audio files or to set up an Oral History Appointment. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Links to other Area Museums
Eyaawing Museum & Cultural Center
Omena Historical Society and Museum
Sleeping Bear Point and Maritime Museum
Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear
Manitou Islands Memorial Society
Traverse Area Historical Society
Traverse Area District Library, Local History Collection
Traverse Area District Library-Grand Traverse Genealogical Society