TAHS November Program – Marty MacLeod: Old Towne and the history of Traverse City’s old South Side.

Sunday, November 21st, 2:00-3:30, McGuire Room, TADL, Woodmere Branch.

Held both online and on the Zoom platform. Event link: https://www.tadl.org/event/traverse-area-historical-society-4/

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The TAHS November program will be all about Old Towne—or, more correctly—all about the old South Side. Old Towne Neighborhood Association President and TAHS member Marty MacLeod has drawn from the research for her forthcoming book and will “show and tell” the story of this vibrant Traverse City neighborhood. Her accounts and research span from 1865, when the Union Street bridge first spanned the Boardman River, to 1965, when the area first became known as Old Towne. You won’t want to miss it!

TAHS Annual Members Meeting with Keynote Speakers – National History Day Award Winners Elyse Heffner and Veronika Caughran.

Sunday, October 17th, 2021. 2:00-3:30, McGuire room, TADL Woodmere Branch (also available online).

The October meeting is designated as our annual meeting in which TAHS members are updated on the state and accomplishments of the society by the TAHS President and vote on board members up for election. The meeting is also open to non-members, and this year people can attend in-person as well as virtually.

Our keynote speakers will be Eighth Graders Elyse Heffner and Veronika Caughran. They were the 2021 National Award winners in the Junior Division for the George Washington Leadership Award. They received this award for their project “George Washington’s Farewell Address.”  They completed research, prepared a presentation paper, and presented an exhibit of their findings.  They were a finalist at East Middle School and had the opportunity to compete at the State level. They were winners at the State level and competed at the National Level.

This meeting will be held both in-person in the McGuire room at the Woodmere branch of the Traverse Area District Library and also live online on the Zoom platform. You can register for online participation at: https://www.tadl.org/event/traverse-area-historical-society-3/

TAHS September Program (Virtual): Explore the Secrets and Mysteries of Dating Historic Photos!

September 19th, Sunday, 2:00-3:00. Zoom platform, in conjunction with the Traverse Area District Library. Register for the event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdOuorjguGdSFY_BeqrSzaQLUB0SEJ6Fu

Join us and discover hints and strategies for dating and identifying those perplexing, unidentified photos. Past Historical Society Archivist Peg Siciliano will offer ideas using historic images of local people and locations.  Siciliano has a Master’s Degree in American History from the College of William and Mary with a Specialty in Archives. She is currently on the TAHS Board, is a teaching assistant at TCAPS, and writes local history articles for the Record Eagle.

TAHS Walking History Tours

TAHS Summer Tours are back. Both the Oakwood Cemetery tour and the Downtown Historical tours will be coming back in 2021. All tours will adhere to social distancing guidelines. $10.00 donation/person. All proceeds will go to Traverse Area Historical Society.

Downtown Tours: Meeting at the Statue of Perry Hannah on the corner of Union and 6th Street in Traverse City. Last Saturday of every month, June – September, 10 am – 11:30 am. June 26th, July 31st, August 28th and September 25th.

Oakwood Cemetery Tours: Meeting at the entrance to the Oakwood Cemetery off of 8th Street in Traverse City. Second and fourth Sunday of every month, June – September, 4 pm – 5:30 pm. June 13th, 27th; July 11th, 25th; August 8th, 22nd; September 12th, 26th.

TC Tour Teaser – TAHS May Program

Virtual Tour Teaser …. reintroducing TAHS tours for 2021!
Saturday May 22nd, 2:00-3:00 pm. Zoom platform.

Pre-register here: https://www.tadl.org/event/traverse-area-historical-society/

Traverse Area Historical Society members will host a virtual May program featuring pre-recorded video and narration of our popular Downtown and Oakwood Cemetery tour stops. Tour guides will be present live to go more in depth on local people and places of historical interest and to answer your questions. We will also discuss the upcoming TAHS tour season. This program is presented in conjunction with Traverse Area District Library.

TAHS/TADL Internship Available

Traverse Area District Library/Traverse Area Historical Society Job Opening

Petertyl Archival Intern – Temporary – Main Library, Local History Collection
40 hours over 8 weeks during Summer, 2021

With the sponsorship of the Traverse Area Historical Society’s Petertyl Education Fund, the Traverse Area District Library has a temporary position as a Petertyl Archival Intern. The intern will participate in various projects in the Local History Collection at the Main Library and will be trained in a variety of archival methods and collection care. The internship will consist of approximately five (5) hours per week over the eight (8) week term.

Hourly Rate: $11.55
Posting Date: 4/16/21
Deadline for applications: 5/3/21


If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your resume, a fully completed TADL application form along with a cover letter to: Human Resources, Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686 or by email to jobs@tadl.org. For questions please call 932-8549 or email jobs@tadl.org

TAHS Program: Reelecting Lincoln – The 1864 Presidential Election that Saved the Union

February 27th @2:00pm. Zoom platform — register here: https://www.tadl.org/event/traverse-area-historical-society-presents-reelecting-lincoln-the-1864-presidential-election-that-saved-the-union-zoom/

On February 27th at 2 pm, TAHS Board Vice President and Interlochen Arts Academy history instructor Brian McCall will present “Reelecting Lincoln” — The 1864 Presidential election that saved the Union”. As we have all seen in the past year, elections have consequences, and Abraham Lincolns’ bid for reelection was one for the ages. The fate of the Civil War resulting in Union victory and the future of slavery in the United States hung in the balance. With thousands of young men in camps or on the battlefields, Lincoln and the Republicans needed to find a way to count their votes to finish what the war had started–and the absentee ballots returned by soldiers favored Lincoln 3-1 over his Democratic opponent and former Union general, George B. McClellan. Brian McCall will cover the runup to the race and how Lincoln and his teams of skilled military leaders and political professionals turned the tide first on the battlefield and then at the ballot box. His victory sealed the fate of the Confederacy and ensured the death of slavery in America.

TAHS Program: Historical Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes

December 5th, 2:00 pm, Zoom platform

In conjunction with the Traverse Area District Library, Traverse Area Historical Society will host photographer Chris Roxburgh as he shares his photos and diving stories from shipwrecks of the Great Lakes via Zoom. Chris is a nationally published photographer, environmental advocate and local author. Chris will be sharing pictures from local and state-wide historical shipwrecks.

Please pre-register here: https://www.tadl.org/event/traverse-area-historical-society-presents-historical-shipwrecks-with-chris-roxburgh-via-zoom/