Cheboygan, Michigan
Street Address
427 Court Street
Cheboygan, MI 49721
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 5005
Cheboygan, MI 49721
$5.00 adults
Children 18 and under free
Quincy Leslie, President
Lois Ballard, Vice President
phone: 231-625-2511
Janet Hanson, Recording Secretary
Lewis Crusoe, Treasurer
Alice MacFarland, Corresponding Secretary
phone: 231-627-1642

All of the efforts of the society are centered on helping our citizens appreciate and learn from our history so we can build a great present and future for ourselves and descendants.

We have lots of community activities - some of them at the museum, some at other locations. Right now, we are working with our local garden club to create a Victorian planting to complement our Sheriff's Residence and Jail. Our historic log cabin will be outfitted with historically appropriate displays by Log Cabin Day in June 2006.

In 2005, we had the historically certified Sheriff's Residence tuckpointed to preserve the original brick walls. But, there is lots more to be done: the back porch laundry area needs rebuilding, there's a leak in the jail roof, the old basement needs repairs to the water pipes and dehumidifier and some of the rooms need a good painting.

In our Spies Heritage Hall we are researching a hands on approach to some of the exhibits to make them more children friendly. In addition, we are looking into making available a self guided audio tour. Right now, our docents give live tours, but some folks may want to tour at their own pace.

Lots to do, lots of money needed.


Since 1969 our society has been working to save and celebrate Cheboygan County history. We have obtained historic certification on our 19th century Sheriff Residence and Jail. In addition we have secured an historic log cabin on which we are seeking certification. In 1997 a 4800 square foot building was dedicated to feature exhibits and provide space for activities.

Artifact Collections

Artifacts representative of Cheboygan County from its beginning in 1865 and before with Native American Indian inhabitants. Representing: Lumbering, Maritime - with a Coast Guard self-bailing/self-righting lifeboat, General Store, One room School, Early tools, Military memorabilia from Spanish-American through more recent conflicts, Sheriff's Residence built in 1882 - restored to Victorian era, original log cabin of the structure taught the Indians by the white settlers.

Research Collections

Numerous personal histories and histories of early industry. Early City of Cheboygan tax rolls.

Educational Programs

Temporary Storytime for Tots (replaced Cheboygan Area Library during their construction)

DECA student research project for regional and national competition 2005/06.

Special Flag Day program featuring flags display and with special guest, Bob Heft,designer of 50-Star flag in 2006.

May student tours at no charge as enhancement to American History curriculum.




Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: No


"Chronicles" a quarterly publication for members featuring an original historical article each issue as well as information on museum and historical society activities.

Museum column in "Senior Living" a monthly insert in the Cheboygan Daily Tribune. These articles range from information on current museum activities to historical articles of current interest such as 125th anniversary of local church, 75th anniversary of local bank, etc.

  • Chronicles
  • Museum column in Senior Living
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