TAHS March Program: Remembering the Clinch Park Zoo

Do you remember talking to Ace the crow, riding the Spirit of Traverse City miniature train, or even pressing a penny down at Traverse City’s Clinch Park Zoo? Both visitors and locals alike have childhood memories of this long-time downtown fixture. Jennifer Loup, former Clinch Park Zookeeper and History BA graduate from University of Michigan will present the history of the Clinch Park aquarium, animals, and attractions from the early 1930s through the dissolving of the zoo in 2007. A building from the original Traverse City Miniature City will also be on display, on loan from The Music House Museum.

This program will be held in person and via Zoom.

Register to join online here: https://events.tadl.org/event/traverse-area-historical-society-presents-remembering-clinch-park-zoo

TAHS February Program – Dramatic History of Traverse Area Libraries

Sunday, February 20th, 2:00-3:30, Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere Branch, McGuire Room – also available online.

Our beautiful, dynamic library on Woodmere Avenue and the other vibrant member and branch libraries of the Traverse District Library System are taken for granted now, but there is an interesting history of how they became that way.  Beyond Books: Stories of Traverse Area Library History 1860 – 2020 tells that story. It was written by noted local author Heather Shumaker, who also did much of the research. The story of the development of libraries in the Grand Traverse area begins with the very early Traverse Township Library and the 1869 formation of the Ladies Library Association. Eventually the Carnegie Library on 6th Street was built to house a growing public library. We discovered that the story of library development, at least in our area, was political, sometimes controversial, and even in some cases very dramatic — with fights over where libraries should be located.  Presenters Anne Magoun and Ann Swaney are Co-Coordinators of CRSTAL (Committee to Record the Story of Traverse Area Libraries), who worked together fund-raising, researching, proofing, and now marketing this book.

TAHS January Program – Traverse City Transformed: From Industry to Recreation

Sunday, January 16th, 2:00-3:30. McGuire Room, TADL Woodmere branch.

This wide-ranging program weaves striking local art and historical photos with images of paintings from the Detroit Institute of Art.  The presentation gives clues as to how and why Traverse City has changed so much over the past 150 years. It is an expanded version of a 2019 program presented as part of Northwestern Michigan College’s Dennos Museum’s 2018 – 19 “Visions of American Life” exhibition, which was loaned from the DIA. 

Presenter Peg Siciliano has a Master’s Degree in American History with a Specialty in Archives from the College of William and Mary.  She is the past archivist of the TAHS, writes historical articles for the TC Record Eagle, and currently works for the Traverse City Area Public Schools. 

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