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Peninsula Community Library

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Suggested Reading - Old Mission Peninsula History

Do you have an item that you believe would enhance our collection?  Please contact Mary Morgan at


The Peninsula Community Library Local History Room (also known as the Johnson-Carroll Homestead Room) contains books that are specific to the history of Old Mission Peninsula (which can be checked out), and archival materials relating to Peninsula Township. Many of the publications are written by local authors. 

Our archival materials consist of numerous physical objects including documents, photos and maps. Please click on the links below to view the individual Finding Aids to see what we currently have in our collection. 

The Finding Aids (see below) give a broad overview of the collection - typically at the container level (i.e. box or folder). They do not index every name which appears in the material. Finding aids will not list all of the items in a container (ie. will not list every letter in a folder of letters)

If you would like to spend some time with the collection, please contact the library to set up an appointment.

Finding Aid - Historical Records of Peninsula Family History

Finding Aid - Historical Records of Peninsula Historic Sites and Churches

Finding Aid - Historical Records of Old Mission Peninsula School

Finding Aid - Historical Records of Peninsula Community Library

Finding Aid - Historical Records of Men's and Women's Clubs of Peninsula Township

Finding Aid – Historical Records of Grand Traverse County Grange Halls

Finding Aid - Historical Records of Peninsula Township Government

Finding Aid – Historical Records of Grand Traverse Postcard Collection

Finding Aid - Historical Records of the H.K. Brinkman Family

PCL Local History Talks

Tim Carroll and George McManus Jr. discuss history of the Old Mission Peninsula, and their experiences growing up on it.
Tim and Richard Carroll share the history of two observation towers located on Old Mission Peninsula (circa 1920s), the Friedrich Tower and the Golden Tower
Tim Carroll, Jackie Thomas and Bob Dean share stories about their ancestors, whose biographies are included in the book: “Sprague's History of Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, Michigan: Embracing a Concise Review of Their Early Settlement,…

Peninsula Community Library "One Room Schoolhouse Memories" Talk

Tim Carroll and Jerry Ostlund share their memories of attending the one room schoolhouses at Mapleton and Old Mission. Other schoolhouses on the Peninsula are also touched upon.

Cavasos-Caroll Connection Local History Talk

Tim Caroll presents a slideshow discussing the seasonal migrant workers who came to his family's farm from 1935-1960.

A 7 Generation Farm Family on Old Mission Peninsula (1856-Present)

Georgia Holman, Laurie Holman and Beth Holman give a presentation on their family history on OM Peninsula. Curtis Fowler, Sr. and his sons purchased farm property in 1856 and their ancestors have continued to farm this land for seven generations.