Books Available for Purchase through TAHS

Traverse Area Historical Society has many books available for purchase pertaining to a variety of local history topics. Books can be shipped, or a socially distant pick-up can be arranged with a society member. Please contact us at if there is a publication you would like to purchase.

Currents of the Boardman – $15.00 (+ Shipping)
“Queen City” Barns –
$15.00 (+ Shipping)

TAHS Annual Member Meeting

The Traverse Area Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM. The Board of Directors will present on the state of the society and its past activities of 2020 and its future plans. They will also present the Society’s financial picture and proposed 2021 budget.  The Board is seeking member and community input on its activities and ideas for the future. The meeting will conclude with the election of Board members by all members present.  

This event will occur online in a Zoom meeting format with the support of the Traverse Area District Library. Please pre-register for this meeting via following link:

August Newsletter and Virtual Oakwood Cemetery Tour announced

Enjoy our 2020 August newsletter! Catch up with the Society’s happenings, read an update on preserving the Hitchcock/Goodale Farmhouse foundations, and enjoy a little history (both old and new)!

We’ve also launched the Virtual Oakwood Cemetery Tour on our Facebook page! “Like” our page to be reminded of this special program.

Each day for the next 5 weeks, a new stop on the tour will be posted. COVID may have halted our in-person tour, but here is a different way to “visit” these historic locations. Here’s our post from Day One, August 31st, 2020:

Oakwood Cemetery was established 1861, located on land deeded to the City by James Morgan, a partner with Hannah, Lay & Company. Oakwood replaced the town’s first cemetery, which had opened in 1853. It had been located across Sixth Street from what would later become the Perry Hannah mansion.
The black and white image shows the first cemetery’s approximate location, visible on the left of the photo. This ca 1895 photo was taken looking southeast towards Sixth from Front and Wadsworth Streets. We know it was taken before 1904, as it shows empty land at today’s location of the Crooked Tree Arts Center, housed in Traverse City’s Historic Carnegie Library complex. The Perry Hannah mansion is the large house on the left of the photo. The cupola of Central School on 8th Street can be seen in the center of the image.

February 2020 Program: Abraham Lincoln through the Eyes of Political Cartoonists

Back by popular demand —

Don’t miss the Traverse Area Historical Society’s February program, Sunday the 16th, 2pm in the McGuire Room at Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere, Traverse City. Our programs at TADL will be held on the third Sunday of every month, February, March, April, May, September, October, and November at 2:00 pm.

TAHS Board Chair, Stephen Siciliano, will be speaking on “Abraham Lincoln’s Presidency Through the Eyes of the Political Cartoonists of His Day.”  If you think Presidents Trump and Obama have been roughly handled by today’s press, you will be amazed by the treatment of the man who we now see as one of our greatest presidents. Siciliano has a PhD in American History from the College of William Mary, where his area of special study was the Civil War.


Then & Now Downtown Traverse City Webpage

Original Park Place Hotel, a wooden structure, ca. 1890-1920.

Original Park Place Hotel, a wooden structure, ca. 1890-1920.

If you have not been to downtown Traverse City lately, you likely have not seen one of our most ambitious projects, the Then & Now Downtown Traverse City local history “points of interest” walk! 10 plaques are scattered in the downtown area, each showing a picture of the area as it was way-back when. Follow this link to learn more about this project, our partners, and to see a map of each location:

November 2019 Newsletter now available

We hope you will enjoy our latest newsletter! In this issue, read a summary of our impact on regional history in the past year, learn more about a generous donation made by a local entrepreneur, get an update on the work happening at the site of Hitchcock/Goodale Farmhouse foundation along with our committee reports, and read a brief history of Hannah Lay & Co. Mercantile.

Follow the hyperlink below to download the newsletter:

2019 November

Support TAHS at “Shop Your Community Day 2019”

Support Traverse Area Historical Society on the 2nd Saturday of November just by shopping Downtown Traverse City! For every purchase you make at participating stores, 15% of the sale will be donated to the organization of your choice. It’s easy to support our amazing work at TAHS AND get a jump on your holiday shopping! Event runs from 10 am to 6 pm.

Proceeds earned from this event support our mission, to preserve, protect, and present the historical record of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County. We meet our mission by organizing free, public local history events and programs, supporting our summer interns in archival work, and more!

Invitation: Then & Now Ribbon Cutting

The Traverse City Arts Commission is thrilled to announce that the Then & Now project will be installed on October 21st. We invite you to join us for a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, October 22nd at 3:30 pm. Please meet at the DDA Office at 303 E. State St., Ste. C.

The Then & Now project is a series of plaques featuring photos from “then” next to the landscape of “now.” A collaboration between the Traverse Area Historical Society and the Traverse Area District Library helped make the project possible. Then & Now was funded through the Public Art Trust Fund and the Downtown Traverse City Association.

Projects like this, showcasing our area history, is what TAHS is all about. Thank you to our members, who support fantastic works like this to keep our history alive and well.

A special thanks to TAHS director Fred Anderson who saw the project through from concept to completion, and directors Peg Siciliano and Sharon Jennings for their ongoing assistance.

TAHS Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of The Traverse Area Historical Society will be held Saturday, October 19th at 1:00 pm in the McGuire room at the Traverse Area District Library, 610 Woodmere Avene, Traverse City. TAHS members are encouraged to attend and vote in the annual board of directors election.