2020 Calendar of Events

These events may be impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and guidance.
Please call the museum at 231-256-7475 to check on the status of events.

September 12th-14th
East Leland Cemetery Rehabilitation Workshop –
This 3 day workshop is being held to rehabilitate and preserve the gravestones at the East Leland Cemetery as well as clear/prune vegetation obscuring gravestones. Proper gravestone cleaning will be taught.

The Leelanau Historical Society recognizes that the East Leland Cemetery contains numerous early settlers of Leelanau County and their families, representing a historical record and an integral part of the local heritage that must be preserved. The workshop will be led by Ron Kelderhouse, who has led similar workshops for Bingham Township and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Due to Covid Restrictions, all participates are required to wear a mask and obverse social distancing guidelines. We also ask that you bring your own tools, if possible. Gloves, shovel, and pruning shears to avoid the risk of spreading germs. We are limiting this workshop to 20 participants. First priority will go to participants with connections to the cemetery.
Please sign up here: https://forms.gle/wbWP2fJvyaar1vrE9

Saturday, September 12, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 13, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Monday, September 14, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Bottled water and pre-packaged snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch/sandwich and a camp chair. A porta-potty will be on-site all three days. In the event of light to moderate rain we will have a canopy/tent. If you have an ez-up you are welcome to bring it as well.  If severe weather is predicted, we will communicate schedule changes via email and phone.

This workshop is grant funded – donations in support of future workshops are gratefully accepted.

September 16th, 7:00pm
Annual Board Meeting (VIRTUAL) –
Zoom link to be posted soon.

CANCELED for 2020 — Save the Date September, 2021 – All Day Event
Manitou Island Day Trip
Read about last year’s trip.

September 19th, 11-3:00pm

Leland Heritage Fest
18th Annual Wood Boats on the Wall – LIVE Exhibit


Explore from Home: https://digmichnews.cmich.edu/
April 14th, 2:00pm
(Munnecke Room – 203 E. Cedar St. Leland).
Newspaper Workshop – Join us for a hands-on workshop to learn how to use the Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal. This online archive of Michigan newspapers features several historic newspapers from Leelanau County. Whether you are a researcher, author, genealogist, or just curious about what was in the local news 100 years ago, we will share the tips and tricks to use this resource. There will be a limited number of laptops available, feel free to bring your own.
*Please R.S.V.P. to info@leelanauhistory.org | (231) 256-7475

May 12th, 2:00pm
(Leelanau Historical Society – 203 E. Cedar St. Leland)
Glen Arbor Cemetery Presentation – Local journalist, Linda Dewey will be sharing the story behind the long lost Glen Arbor Cemetery and the journey to honor and preserve the memories of the individuals buried there. 

RESCHEDULED – New Date: July 22nd, 7:00pm
June 10th, 5:30pm
(Hosted by LHS, virtually through Zoom)
Manitou Mysteries Shipwreck Adventures by Ross Richardson
VIRTUAL PRESENTATION – Online registration required.
The man who discovered the Westmoreland shipwreck is back at it! Be a part of Ross’s engaging presentation of his latest shipwreck discovery, the W.C. Kimball schooner, that went missing in 1891, and was found at the bottom of the Manitou Passage. Experience underwater footage of the wreck and other stories of this local diver’s adventures.  

CANCELED for 2020 (Leelanau Historical Society – 203 E. Cedar St. Leland)
Members Only Party – A celebration of the Society’s accomplishments and future plans. 

August 4th, 4:00pm
(Leelanau Historical Society – 203 E. Cedar St. Leland)
The Story of Woolsey Memorial Airport – an airport that lies north of the village of Northport, learn about the research and work involved to secure a Michigan Historical Marker. Authors of the Vintage Views series, Tom Wilson & Chris Byron will share the history of the Woolsey Memorial Airport and the man for which it was named. 

CANCELED for 2020 — Save the Date August 13-14, 2021
August 7th & 8th, 10-4:00pm
(Port Oneida Rural Historic District)
Port Oneida Fair – The fair is held at 6 of the historic farmsteads in Port Oneida. Each farm has a variety of artists, crafts, food, and activities for visitors. Take a step back in time at the Port Oneida Fair and experience life as it was in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The Leelanau Historical Society will have a station set up with mini exhibits exploring early Leelanau history.
Learn more about the fair.

August 25th
15th Annual Golfathon Fundraiser –
Ross Satterwhite and Mark Nesbitt are once again going to play 100 holes of golf to support the Leelanau Historical Society. This is the 15th year for this event which began in 2006!  All funds raised will support collection care and documentation, exhibit development, educational programs and research projects. More information to follow.
Golfathon Donation Form 2020