The Benzie Area Historical Society seeks to educate the public about the Benzie area, its people, and its history through exhibits at the museum and programs throughout the area. The Benzie Area Historical Museum, owned and operated by the Society, collects and preservers artifacts, photos, and stories about our past. The Museum is housed in an 1887 Congregational Church building and is on the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites.
The Drake School in Platte Township was built in 1891 and used as a school until 1943. The Drake School is owned by the Society and is open Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 4 PM, July and August. The school is located on at the intersection of Fowler and Valley Roads in northern Benzie County.
The Benzonia Academy Lecture Series, held in conjunction with the Mills Community House, continues the tradition of the Benzonia Academy (1863-1918), which was founded to bring modern education to Northwest Michigan. Through this series the Society offers free lectures to the general public on national, international, and local history.
The Benzie Area Historical Society is a Michigan non-profit and IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization. The Society employs a full time Museum Director, Barbara Mort. All other functions are performed by volunteers. The Museum depends solely on donations for its operations.