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At last!  Purchase The Park Avenue Prowl  at Pine River Books, LLC, 104 Park Avenue, Charlevoix, and at all CCHPS events.  All proceeds help us to “preserve the past for the future.”



Purchase keepsake postcards featuring photographs from the exhibit at the Harsha House Museum and at all CCHPS events.  The address side of each postcard includes a caption that explains the historic picture on the front.

Our signature image, left, can be purchased as a postcard for $1.

A set of six postcards, each featuring a striking photograph from the exhibit, can be purchased for $5.

Proceeds from the sale of postcards will be used to publish the Undine book in 2012.

See pictures from the June 24 exhibit opening HERE. 

Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and former State Representative Kevin Elsenheimer, along with officials from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), and the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), came to Boyne City Wednesday July 20, 2011 for the ribbon cutting ceremony at the 1910 Water Works Building. Calley attended because state grants helped improve the city water system and restore the 100-year-old building which is located at the intersection of Park and Division Streets. They joined many city officials, residents and CCHPS members for the celebration. CCHPS member Candy Brennen braved the heat and took pictures of the event for CCHPS. Candy is also a member of Questers Petoskey Chapter who recently chose to contribute to CCHPS, in support of its efforts to construct a historical display inside the Water Works Building. The Water Works Building in Boyne City was built in 1910 and is the oldest building the city owns. For more than 30 years, the building sat vacant and wasn’t being used, but it has received a facelift, and Wednesday the ribbon was cut. Boyne City City Manager Michael Cain said “The suggestion came up from our waste water superintendent how about restoring it to part of our active water system, and through that, we were able to get some grants, put in a lot of city money in regards to it, also some private donations, and what we have today is a success of all of these efforts,” The Water Works Building will now have public restrooms for passersby on the multi-use path and will soon be the new home of a historical interpretation center. 

After 3 years of discussions, advocacy, and work, Boyne City has completed this preservation and restoration project. Read about the project and see “before” pictures HERE.

100-year-old landmark gets a face lift

... and a new life as a water booster station.

Plaque at 108 Park

The City of Charlevoix has purchased and installed a bronze plaque describing the house that once stood at 108 Park Avenue.  The plaque sits atop a large stone at the base of a curved bench.  It is in front of the parking lot that now occupies the site.  CCHPS provided the “history lesson” on the plaque.  Click the pic to read it.

The members of Questers Petoskey Chapter make donations each year to a non-profit organization working to preserve an historic building.   This year they chose to contribute to CCHPS, in support of its efforts to construct a history display inside the Boyne City Waterworks (“1910”) Building, which is undergoing renovation and restoration.

Questers Mary Beth Soellner and Candice Brennen present a check to CCHPS President Georganna Monk.

Questers is an international organization of women interested in antiques and the preservation of historic structures, with chapters throughout the country and the world.  Its headquarters are in Philadelphia.  It supports restoration and preservation projects through grants and scholarships.  Learn more about Questers HERE.

To learn more about the 1910 building project, click HERE.

Recently we heard that Shauna Carey of & the Extraordinairies talked about our transcription project at the annual meeting of the Society of California Archivists in San Jose on April 29.  It is one of the examples of technological innovation for archivists discussed by a panel that also includes Mano Marks of Google and Kristine Hanna of Internet Archive.

Here’s what we did: in March and April we posted a micro-volunteering opportunity here and on several volunteer websites.  We asked people to  TRANSCRIBE NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS for the Lennie’s Monument and Undine projects.  The response was terrific, and we worked our way through half of our Undine backlog.

On April 30 we posted the last of the Undine clippings in the “backlog file”, thinking there would be more work to do — well, it’s May 2, and they’re all finished.  Nearly 29,000 words worth.  To the people who jumped in and finished it so quickly:  Our heads are spinning.  You are the best!

Click the link above to see more about how this works, if you’re interested in helping us transcribe our new round of clippings, posted on May 15.

The Park Avenue Prowl has undergone a face lift. Some of the material was out of date, and the site was looking its age — all of 3 years. We have made some cosmetic changes, and hope to make more substantial ones (research new homes!) in the next year. Check it out HERE.

Another change:  a printed guidebook is coming this spring!

Sue Metzger, our newsletter editor, has released the Summer 2011 edition.

Download a copy by clicking Summer 2011

Download a copy of our spring newsletter by clicking Spring 2011

 Click HERE to see our 2011 events schedule, including our popular History Speaker Series and 3 special events.

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