On Saturday August 27th 2011 CCHPS and Charlevoix Public Library co-sponsored an Oral History and Genealogy Fair in the Charlevoix Public Library.

All of the organizations below participated in the event.

CCHPS, in addition to displaying the pamphlets and books we offer had informative displays about our projects and speaker series had an Undine Exhibit and two teams conducting interviews for our “Voices from the Past” Oral History Project.

Participating Organizations:

Charlevoix County History Preservation Society, which was founded in 2005 to provide a county-wide perspective to historic preservation.  Its mission is to promote an understanding and appreciation of the heritage of the people of Charlevoix County and its townships by searching out, collecting, preserving, and interpreting artifacts of historical and cultural significance.  CCHPS provides its services to the people of Charlevoix County in three program areas:  Public Education (including its popular speaker series); Preservation (township records, oral histories, and historic structures); and Local History (our Undine and Park Avenue Prowl projects.)

Charlevoix Public Library, which provides inspiration, information, and education for the community. The library’s Michigan Room houses genealogy books, Charlevoix historical information and past issues of Charlevoix newspapers on microfilm.   It also provides access to Ancestry.com, a genealogy database,  a local obituary database and host a monthly Genealogy Interest Group.

Raven Hill Discovery Center, the only place in northern Lower Michigan where science, history and art connect for children and adults through hands-on activities and explorations, both indoors and outdoors.  Connections emerge through classes, exhibits and facilities that provide opportunities for all ages to learn, create, grow and play.

Real People Media, founded to help the residents of northern lower Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula tell their stories through video.  By expressing their ideas through television, Internet, and other electronic media, people can build a more vibrant and healthy community.  RPM’s Digital Arts Storytelling Program engages youth in telling stories from the community using stop-motion animation, video interviews, and re-enactments.  The Folklore to Film project involves them in the preservation of local history, culture, and lore through video production.

Norwood Area Historical Society, whose mission is to mission is to collect, catalog and preserve information and artifacts pertaining to the people and community life of the Norwood area, to promote interest in and knowledge of its history and preservation of its historical landmarks.

Job Winslow Chapter, Natiional Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education.  It has more than 165,000 members in 3,000 chapters around the world.

Charlevoix County Genealogical Society has been an active organization for more than 30 years. Its objective is to promote an interest in genealogy and the study of family history.  This is done through instruction and an exchange of knowledge, as well as interaction with other genealogical groups and similar organizations.  The CCGS encourages its members, including those from outside Charlevoix County, to gather and preserve items of genealogical and historic significance.  Their contributions expand the genealogical holdings of the Boyne District Library, with which it has a long-standing partnership.

Emmet County Genealogy Society is a genealogy society for people in, or with family connections to, Emmet County.

Charlevoix Historical Society, founded in 1879, is dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, and protection of objects and places of historical value, to the dissemination of information regarding these objects and places, and to the bringing together of all peoples interested in the history of the Charlevoix area.  It maintains and manages two museums – the Harsha House and Railroad Depot – and provides various public programs during the year.