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Dougherty Mission House Gets Restoration Grant, Was Helped by Youth


The Ticker (June 25, 2013) reports that the Peter Dougherty Society has received a $157,000 challenge grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation to help fund the restoration of the historic Dougherty Mission House on the Old Mission Peninsula and establish it as a museum. The challenge grant is provided on a 1-for-2 match basis and kicks off a three-year capital campaign to raise $314,000.

Built by the Reverend Peter Dougherty in 1842, this house was the focus for religious observances, schooling, farming, trading and medical care for the Native Americans residing on the northern tip of what is now the Old Mission Peninsula.


Looking Back ...

In the summer of 2009, the effort to preserve this historic home site on the Old Mission Peninsula got a boost from the Northwest Michigan WORKS! Earn and Learn Summer Youth Program. Workers helping out at the Dougherty Historic Home Site.  The house is believed to be the oldest post and beam home north of Grand Rapids in the Lower Peninsula. Watch the video to see the work of the Earn and Learn workers.





Northwest Michigan WORKS! Earn and Learn Summer Youth Program worker Billy Watkins was so impressed by the historic site in 2009 that he wrote a song. Watch the video to hear Billy's song about working at the Dougherty Historic Home Site on the Old Mission Peninsula.




Related Info:  Northwest Michigan Works! Talent (Workforce) Development




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