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Benzie Area Historical Society & Museum


Fall Hours

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

TOURS, GENEALOGY AND RESEARCH APPOINTMENTS available outside Museum hours. Please call 231-882-5539 or email info@benziemuseum.org.



Ghost Stores of the Civil War Battlefields

The Benzie Area Historical Society presents Ghost Stories of the Civil War Battlefields on Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 PM. The event promises for a memorable experience of Civil War ghost stories. Story teller and Frankfort High School history teacher Dave Jackson shares his encounters with spirits at the Battlefield of Chickamauga, as well as experiences of Park Rangers at Antietam, Gettysburg and Lookout Mountain.

Guests will enjoy hearing the history of the Civil War and the unknown impact of the spirit world in the places where gruesome death took its tool on the soldiers from both sides of the conflict.

For more information, contact the Benzie Area Historical Society at 231-882-5539. The Benzie Area Historical Museum is located at 6941 Traverse Ave, Benzonia, Michigan.

Michigan Historic Marker Presentation, Friday, November 1, 1 PM at Traverse City Public Library, McGuire Room, 810 Woodmere Avenue, Traverse City

Historic property owners opportunity to apply for Michigan Historic Marker Designation.

When visitors, community members and groups visit a historic place they can connect to their heritage which provides a sense of belonging and being a part of a culturally rich network. A meeting is being held to reach out, connect, encourage and support interested private owners and groups to work on getting their significant historic sites recognized and appreciated for their stories and contributions to the local history in the five-county Traverse City area.

A presentation on the eligibility and process of applying for a Michigan Historic Marker is being offered by Heather Lehman, Graduate Assistant at the Michigan History Center, who is responsible for the administration of these beautiful metal markers. This free public meeting is provided for private and public owners of Michigan historic structures, sites and places who are interested in finding out how to apply for and achieve a historic designation.

This program is being co-sponsored by the Leelanau County Historic Preservation Society, Leelanau Historical Society and Benzie Area Historical Society. Call Barbara Siepker at 231-334-4395 for additional information and questions.

Autumn Exhibits

Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
Enjoy our exhibit celebrating the passion, determination, and grit of the founders and the countless volunteers since that time who have made the Benzie Area Historical Museum one of the finest community museums in the midwest. This exhibit features photographs and artifacts from our 50 years of operation during which we faced a devastating fire and includes a special tribute to Dorothy Hensel, who donated our Museum home and served as the Society’s first curator.

Agriculture, Logging, Victorian Parlor and Kitchen Exhibits

We’ve been refurbishing these exhibits on the lower level of the museum this winter. Come in and check out the new look!