News & Events
Board Meetings are Open to the Public
Meetings are held at the schoolhouse on the 3rd Monday of each month (May – Sept), 7:00 pm
Christmas in the Village
December 14th is the day that Fife Lake opens its doors for Christmas in the Village. Our Historical Society chapter invites the public in for cookies and an art project for the children to do and take home.
Wednesday, October 2nd, the Fife Lake Area Historical Society hosted an Antrim County Consortium meeting. Historical Society members from Alden, Bellaire, Elk Rapids, and Mancelona, and our chapter gathered at our museum to view our updated venue and also visit the schoolhouse, fire barn, and do the Historic Plaque walk around town. We all gathered at the library for pizza, salad, and dessert, and shared information about what each of our chapters did this summer and have planned for the future.
Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
September 12th the Historical Society Board hosted a luncheon at the Fife Lake Inn for the summer volunteers who made it possible to have our three venues open on Saturdays and Sundays. A big thank you to; Mickey Baker, Sandy Curtis, Julie Gray, Margee Kitchin, Pam Lawrence, Anna Love, Patty and Ray Magaro, Sue Nyce, Judy Ruskus, Rosie Stone, and Marie Voice. A special thanks to our 2 junior high school students, Lilley Koby and Ember Poole, and our sophomore student Maycey Turner who all put in 40 hours of volunteer work this summer. We couldn’t have done it without them.
Two Forest Area High School Students earn $1,000 Scholarships
Ember Poole and Lilley Koby successfully completed 40 hours of volunteer time during both the summer of 2017 and 2018. They worked at the museum, schoolhouse and fire barn as greeters, guides, and assisted with the other tasks that needed to be performed. Their scholarships can be used for any further studies over the next three years. Congratulations to both of these dedicated volunteers.
Look at Us Now!
Ron and Noreen Broering pulled all the “historic” weeds, bushes, and plants out of the front planter this fall and refurbished it with new bushes and flowers. The fall planting was beautiful with mums and the summer will have the petunias and geraniums like the rest of the village plantings. Now the museum is looking good inside and outside.
Presentation of check from Great Lakes Energy People’s Fund
Great Lakes Energy People’s Fund awarded the Historical Society a $5,000 grant to assist with the cost of removing all the old carpet in the museum and installing vinyl planking that represents old barn wood. The stage area (now called the Mural Room) also had the original yellow pine flooring refinished.
Presentation of check from Forest Area Federal Credit Union
Forest Area Federal Credit Union presented the Historical Society with a check for $1,045 to help pay for the new TV and mural set up. Guests can now sit down and chose one of 6 DVD’s to watch which tell the stories of Fife Lake’s history, the reconstruction of the museum after the 1978 roof collapse, or information about the museum, schoolhouse, and fire barn. The 5’ by 32’ mural is a Pictorial History of the Fife Lake area.