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Dougherty Mission House Gets Restoration Grant

June 25, 2013
Dougherty Mission House Gets Restoration Grant

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.
 


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Susan Feiger on June 25, 2013 10:08pm

The project / renovation is progressing well. Spread the word ! It is the oldest frame house between Grand Rapids and the Soo.

Tom White on June 25, 2013 2:23pm

In the summer of 2009, the effort to preserve a historic home site on the Old Mission Peninsula got a boost from the Northwest Michigan WORKS! Earn and Learn Summer Youth Program. Workers have been helping out at the Dougherty Historic Home Site. The house was built in 1842 and is believed to be the oldest post and beam home north of Grand Rapids in the Lower Peninsula. Watch the video to see more. http://youtu.be/CUeBoHqQLsg

Tom White on June 25, 2013 2:20pm

In 2009, Northwest Michigan WORKS! Earn and Learn Summer Youth Program worker Billy Watkins wrote a song about working at the Dougherty Historic Home Site on the Old Mission Peninsula. http://youtu.be/g8EYSFRl60I

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