Northeast Lower Peninsula

Northern Michigan Women in Sports

Little Girl Playing T-Ball

Breaking Barriers and Building Legacies From the early days of community gatherings to contemporary organized sports, women have played pivotal roles. They have defied stereotypes and carved out a space for themselves in various disciplines. On the playing field or coaching sidelines, the collective story of Northern Michigan women in sports is a narrative of resilience, dedication, and a steadfast commitment to breaking barriers. Elizabeth “Betty” Emry Elizabeth “Betty” Emry, born on January 20, 1923, and passing away on April 18, 1995, left an enduring mark as an infielder and pitcher in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Standing at… Read More »


Northern Michigan Women in Academics

Traverse City Ladies Library

The stories of Northern Michigan women in academics illuminates a compelling narrative of resilience, dedication, and transformative impact. These remarkable women have not only embraced the challenges of the educational frontier but have also played pivotal roles in transforming the region’s academic scene. Katherine G. Heideman Katherine G. Heidema (1910-2003) was born on April 11, 1910, in Audubon, Iowa, as the youngest of six daughters to Melville Graham, an attorney, and Katherine Graham (Brown). Her lineage included the esteemed poet and political thinker Leonard Brown, who was a cousin to the civil war humorist Artemus Ward and evangelist Billy Sunday…. Read More »


Women Activists Leading Change in Northern Michigan

Anna Clemenc

These women have been champions of conservation, labor and women. Join us on a journey through time as we uncover the tales of strength, resilience, and ingenuity that define the legacy of women Activists in Northern Michigan. E. Genevieve Gillette E. Genevieve Gillette (May 19, 1898 – May 23, 1986) emerged as a pioneering conservationist in Michigan, born in Lansing on May 19, 1898. After relocating to a farm in Dimondale in 1901, she pursued education at Michigan Agricultural College (now Michigan State University). Overcoming gender barriers, she became the sole woman to graduate in the college’s inaugural landscape architecture… Read More »


The Remarkable Legacy of Women Aviators in Northern Michigan

Harriet Quimby flying a plane

Discover the incredible history of women aviators in Northern Michigan, where they defied societal norms and made their mark in aviation. From flying over lakes and forests, breaking barriers in early aviation, and serving our country during WWII, these trailblazers have fascinating stories to tell. Join us as we explore their courageous journeys and contributions to Northern Michigan’s aviation legacy. Harriet Quimby Harriet Quimby (May 11, 1875 – July 1, 1912) was a pioneering American aviator, journalist, and film screenwriter, born in Arcadia Township, Manistee County. In 1910, she undertook an assignment to cover the Belmont Park International Aviation Tournament…. Read More »


Celebrating Women Artists and Authors in Michigan’s Legacy

Gwen Frostic Note Cards

The artistic strokes of women and the literary prowess of authors have intricately woven a tapestry of diverse narratives throughout the history of Northern Michigan. Whether native to the region or drawn here by its allure, their resilience and creativity are deeply rooted in Northern Michigan’s essence. This introduction invites us to delve into the stories of these remarkable women artists and authors, whose creativity has left an enduring imprint on the region’s cultural legacy. Gwen Frostic Gwen Frostic (April 26, 1906 – April 25, 2001), originally Sara Gwendolen Frostic, was a distinguished American artist, entrepreneur, author, and inductee into… Read More »


Charting New Waters: Women Pioneers in Northern Michigan Politics

Ballot Box in front of state of Michigan flag

This is our third part in our Women’s History Month series. Join us as we step into the political scene of Northern Michigan, where women have been rocking the boat and steering the ship for ages. These trailblazing ladies have not only faced the challenges of the political frontier but have also shaped the political landscape in profound ways. From grassroots movements to navigating the intricacies of policymaking. The stories of these women offer a unique perspective on the political evolution of Northern Michigan. So, let’s delve into the untold tales of these remarkable women in politics who’ve been at… Read More »


Wisdom Keepers: Celebrating the Legacy of Native Women in Northern Michigan

As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, it’s important to recognize and amplify the voices of Native American women whose stories and contributions have enriched the history and heritage of Northern Michigan. By doing so, we honor not only their individual achievements but also the collective strength and resilience of the Indigenous communities in our region. Part 2 continues recognizing Women’s History Month with 3 more Native American women who made an impact in Northern Michigan. Waunetta McClellan Dominic Waunetta McClellan Dominic (23 July 1921 – 21 December 1981), an Odawa rights activist, dedicated her life to advocating for… Read More »


Beyond Boundaries: Indigenous Women Shaping Northern Michigan’s Story

Acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of Native American women in Northern Michigan is a wonderful way to honor Women’s History Month. These women have played pivotal roles in shaping the history, culture, and communities of the region. In Part 1 of Native American Women in Northern Michigan History we highlight two Native American women who were part of fur trade in Northern Michigan and a third, a poet during the same era. Magdelaine La Framboise (1780-1846) Born Marguerite-Magdelaine Marcot, she emerged as one of the most accomplished fur traders in the Northwest Territory, covering present-day western Michigan. A woman of… Read More »


Detroit Lions – Through the Years

Abstract colorful polygon lion roaring fierce

In the heart of the Motor City and throughout Michigan, where the echoes of roaring engines once dominated the airwaves, there exists a different kind of roar – that of the Detroit Lions Football Team. The Portsmouth Spartans were founded in Portsmouth, Ohio (yes, OHIO!) and joined the NFL on July 12, 1930. They moved to Detroit in 1934 after being bought by George A. Richards. They were renamed the Detroit Lions as a nod toward the Detroit Tigers. The Lions have experienced their fair share of ups and downs. From the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line of the 1960s to… Read More »


The Lumberman’s Monument

Sled to transport logs at Lumberman's Monument with logs stacked on bed of sled.

A Towering Tribute in Oscoda, Michigan In the dense heart of Michigan’s verdant forests, where whispers of the past echo among the towering pines, stands a monument that tells a tale not just of wood and timber but of the men who conquered these wildernesses. As you gaze upon the majestic Lumberman’s Monument in Oscoda, it is not merely the statue that captivates you, but the stories it holds. Imagine a time when the air was thick with the scent of fresh-cut timber and the hum of sawmills echoed through the valleys. Ah, but let us delve deeper into this… Read More »


Terney House

Terney House

William J. Terney was a prominent figure in Michigan’s lumber industry during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a lumber baron, he played a significant role in the exploitation and development of Michigan’s vast forests. Lumber barons like William J. Terney were instrumental in the state’s economic growth, and their activities shaped the landscape and communities of Michigan during that era. The historical marker states that the house was built in the late 1880 and that information would have been provided by the organization filling out the request for the historical marker. Other research has suggested that the… Read More »


History of Otsego County

Otsego County Building

Otsego County is located in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. It has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century. Before European settlers arrived, the area that is now Otsego County was inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Ottawa and Chippewa. These Indigenous people relied on the region’s abundant natural resources for their livelihood. Okkuddo County The original name of Otsego County was Okkuddo County, which meant sickly. However, the name was changed to Otsego on March 8, 1843, which means “clear water” or “meeting place”. The county was organized on March 12, 1875,… Read More »


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