2018-06-28 / Local News

Help preserve memory of Poor Farm

Two dates have been set next month to collect historic information about the Leelanau County Poor Farm.

The Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society and Empire Area Heritage Group in conjunction with the Leelanau Historical Museum will host two separate “Discovery Day(s)” from 10 a.m. to noon, July 14 and July 28, at the Kasson Township hall.

The group is seeking memorabilia about the Leelanau County Poor Farm, located west of Maple City on Burdickville Road, across from Myles Kimmerly Park.

Between 1900 and 1960, this working farm housed up to 20 residents at a time who helped to operate the farm. In addition, the farm had a managing family living there and some hired help. This farm was referred to as the County Farm by the community.

The historic preservation society is looking for any stories, photos or items that would help documenting the history of the farm. These items could include photos, notes and/or audio recordings of your recollection.

The information will then be organized, catalogued, stored and made publicly available at the Leelanau Historical Society Museum as a part of the Leelanau County Poor Farm Collection.

The second Discovery Day, July 28, will be held with the Coleman Family, also from 10 a.m. to noon. Their relatives, George and Mabel (Ashmore) Coleman managed the farm from 1925 to 1960. These grandchildren have fond and detailed memories of their time spent every weekend at the farm. They look forward to sharing these stories and their family photographs that day.

These events have been partially funded by Michigan Humanities Council and National Humanities Endowment.

Further information is available by calling Barb Siepker at 334-4395.

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