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Take a step back
on your Leelanau journey
You might never know without visiting a museum
that some of the quaint communities dotting the peninsula were pivotal to Michigan’s development. Take Northport, for one.
“A lot of people who
live here have no clue that Northport was the main port in Michigan in 1849,” said Sue Hanson, board member of Northport Area Heritage Association (NAHA). “It was a bustling place back then.”
Local nonpro ts have sprung up across the peninsula to tell their community’s place in history:
Empire Area Heritage Museum
The building complex is home to a turn of the century saloon, one room schoolhouse, a 1911  rehouse, 1924 vintage gas station, blacksmith and woodworking shop. There are many horse drawn items, such as sleighs, buggies, wagons, and even a stage coach hearse. (11544 LaCore St., 326-5568 or 326-5519)
Eyaawing Museum
and Cultural Center
Explore the history, traditions and language of Leelanau county’s
 rst inhabitants – the Anishinaabek. Exhibits change regularly but include traditional work of Tribal artists and Pow-wow regalia. (2304 N. West Bayshore Dr., Peshawbestown, 534-7764)
Grand Traverse Lighthouse
and Museum
Tour the restored lighthouse and see how a keeper and his family lived
in the 1920s and 1930s, see exhibits about lighthouses, foghorns and shipwrecks, and climb the tower for a marvelous view of Lake Michigan. (Nine miles north of Northport, 386- 7195)
Great Lakes Children’s Museum
Hands on, interactive and informal educational environment, where kids can learn about a precious natural resource – water. Exhibits include a lighthouse overlooking the
bay and a “Listening to the River” exhibit, which allows a glimpse into life in the local watershed. (13240 S. West Bayshore Drive, Greilickville, 932-4526)
Leelanau Historical Museum
Exhibits re ect the cultural history
of the Leelanau Peninsula and
its islands from the time of  rst habitation. The museum has an extensive archive, including photos, letters, manuscripts, government documents and newspapers as well as collections of objects that represent the diverse cultures of Leelanau. (203 E. Cedar St., Leland, 256-7475)
Northport Area Heritage Assocation
Local artifacts and displays tell the history of Leelanau County’s oldest village. The museum includes many nautical relics, re ecting the village’s heritage. (118 E. Nagonaba St., Northport, 735-9063)
Omena Historical Society Museum
The Society started informally in the mid-1980s with a group of friends discussing the history of the area. From those discussions evolved a formal effort to preserve the history of Omena that culminated in establishment of the museum in the centuries-old Putnam-Claud Tower House that was moved to the heart of the village. (5045 N. West Bayshore Dr., Omena 386-7726)
Sleeping Bear Point
Maritime Museum
Visit the original U.S. Life-Saving Station where there are exhibits covering Great Lakes shipping history, the U.S. Coast Guard and
the U.S. Life-Saving Service. Includes re-enactments of Life-Saving Service rescue techniques and a Lyle Gun  ring demonstration. (End of Sleeping Bear Point, off M-109, 326-5134)
Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear
Nonpro t group that has worked diligently to save the history of the Lakeshore, including the lore of the Manitou islands, now resides in the Olsen House History Center. (3164 W. Harbor Hwy, M-22, Maple City. 334-6103)
Sarah Rosso, formerly an intern with Preserve Historic Sleeping Bear, checks out the antique stove in the kitchen of the Olsen House History Center.
Bufka Books
Featuring books about Leelanau
Plus Ten Other Books
For details and purchase, go to:
or to your local bookstore.
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