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Autumn Guide, October 2006

Day trips in Leelanau County

Leelanau Historical Society and Museum

by patrick nagy

Along the bank of the Leland River and East Cedar Street in Leland sits the Leelanau Historical Society and Museum. The museum offers visitors the chance to further explore the roots of the region through a number of different displays, photographs and archives.

"Our permanent exhibit focuses on traditional Anishnabek Native American baskets and art," said John Mitchell, museum and historical society director. "Anishnabek is an Algonquin word loosely translated as first one or original people. From these folks we have a large collection of hand-crafted wooden baskets made from Black Ash as well as more decorative containers made of Birch bark and porcupine quills."

Another exhibit currently on display at the museum is titled, "A Day in Fishtown." It is a collection of fine photographs of the Leland area from both amateur and professional photographers.

Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more about the historical society and museum visit www.leelanauhistory.org.

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