Visit the History Center
of Traverse City
You will find year-round family entertainment and education inside the historic Carnegie Library, built in 1904. See exhibits which depict the timeline of our city. Learn about logging, railroads and the agricultural significance which shaped our region over a century ago. Join a Magical History Tour and see history unfold through stories and notable events. The Research Center offers endless opportunities to investigate the past, with access to thousands of original documents and historic photos. Become a member of the History Center and help support the preservation and presentation of our local heritage. The History Center can also provide local history programming for your club, organization or students. We look forward to meeting you soon!
What is happening at the History Center?
This is a question we have been asked quite a bit lately. Below are some key points & facts to help you better understand current activity at the History Center.
History Center of Traverse City is currently located inside of the historic Carnegie Library
History Center of Traverse City Inc., is an independent non-profit organization
History Center of Traverse City owns a historic collection of artifacts which contains: Thousands of documents, books, maps, newspapers, photographs and objects
History Center of Traverse City is not seeking operational funding from City of Traverse City
Carnegie Library Building is owned by the City of Traverse City
“The Con Foster Collection” is owned by the City of Traverse City
Update: 10/15/14 Message from (Acting) Executive Director, Maddie Lundy
I would like to inform the community and followers of the History Center, that the History Center of Traverse City Board of Directors made a unanimous decision last evening (10/14/14) to notify the City of Traverse City, that we are ending our lease. We had to make this decision based on the survival of our own non-profit; and what was best for that to continue. Waiting for the City Commission Ad Hoc Committee to make an educated plan for the Carnegie Building was no longer a viable option. The History Center as a business, just can’t wait that long, for fear we would not be a non-profit any longer. We will be relocating. It is not yet confirmed where, however I have been in communication with several likely locations. I look forward to a new beginning for the History Center, and all of the exciting plans we have on deck. Bringing history to the community, is our priority for the future success of our organization. Please read today’s article (10/15/14) in the Ticker, for additional information. http://www.traverseticker.com/story/history-center-will-vacate-historic-carnegie-building
History Center of Traverse City
231-995-0313 ext. 106
USCG Tribute Exhibit
See our display “Guardians of The Great Lakes” featuring an overview of U.S. and local Coast Guard history, video clips through the years, vintage photos, models, uniforms.
Archives & Research
Visit the archives in person or online, to view over 20,000 images of the Grand Traverse region. Research your family, home or neighborhood. Read More to contact the Archive Department.
Magical History Tours
Aboard our 90 minute guided tour, locals and visitors alike, will all enjoy this fact filled and historical trip back in time. Discover Traverse City’s past. Read More for details and reservations.