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.

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Recently we heard that Shauna Carey of Sparked.com & 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 Some of the material was out of date, and the site was looking its age — all of 3 years.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.

Since the City broke ground in November, it has made significant progress on the 1910 Water Works building.

Here is the building from behind.  As you can see, it is draped in plastic to protect it from winter weather as work continues.  Planned completion date is May 18, 2011.  A number of items, including flooring, were salvaged from the building.

Mike Cain, Boyne City Manager, pointing to the vault in the center of the floor.  The vault will eventually house a time capsule.  Its cover will be flush with the floor and have a Boyne City logo.  Cain is looking for ideas — what kinds of items do you think should be in the time capsule?

Here is Mr. Cain again, pointing to repaired brickwork inside the building.

CCHPS President Georganna Monk and member Susan Vrondran are working with Michele Hewitt, Boyne City Deputy Treasurer and member of the Historical Commission, to research the history of the building and the town’s water and sewer system.  CCHPS will provide a display of historical materials for visitors to enjoy.

The original 2″ thick wood flooring is being re-laid inside the building with radiant heat below.  The remainder of the wood may be used for a bench or chair, possibly built by a local woodcarver or artist, for the area beside the history display.  The display itself may  contain items salvaged from the building, including valves and fixtures.  The committee is also considering having local artists paint a timeline near the ceiling, and incorporating recorded oral histories.

To read more about the 1910 Building project, click HERE.

If you have photographs, old newspaper clippings, or other materials you think might be helpful to the committee — including stories to tell — please call Georganna at 231-582-5326.

You can help preserve the past for the future.  To learn more about making a donation, click HERE; about volunteering, click HERE; about becoming a CCHPS member, click HERE.

Monday, December 6, 2010
5:30 pm till ??
Sommerset Point Yacht Club & Marina
4416 Lakeshore Drive, Advance

Our popular holiday dinner program will be in the Clubhouse at Sommerset Pointe Yacht Club this year.  It is on beautiful Lake Charlevoix, just west of Boyne City.   A private donor has contributed half the cost of the facility, helping us to keep this dinner affordable.  You needn’t be a member to attend — anyone with an appreciation for history, fine food, and socializing is welcome.

We’ll start with appetizers, warm conversation, and cash bar at 5:30 pm. At 6:30 we will enjoy a buffet dinner featuring squash soup, broccoli salad, roasted sesame chicken breast, carved pork roast, green beans with almonds, and vanilla-glazed fresh fruit bowl.

All-inclusive price for the dinner including tip will be $25 per person.  Send your check by November 22nd to:

CCHPS – Holiday Dinner
946 N Advance Road
Boyne City, MI 49712.

For more information, click HERE.

On November 22 we broke ground for restoration of Boyne City’s 1910 Water Works Building.  In spite of short notice, a group of CCHPS members, including President Georganna Monk, attended.