Manistee County Historical Museum

Manistee County
Historical Museum

In the old A. H. Lyman Company store

Manistee County Historical Museum
425 River Street
Manistee, Michigan USA  49660

Telephone: (231) 723 - 5531
Steve Harold, Director
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m  Eastern Time
Tuesday through Saturday
Closed Mondays

The museum houses a huge index card catalog sorted alphabetically by surname. Surname references in the card file may be from newspaper articles, birth announcements, marriage announcements, obituaries, census references, books, and cemetery reference information (limited). The museum also has old plat maps, city directories and phone books. Their local newspaper collection begins about 1870, and there is a separate list that gives the surnames and business names for which there may be vintage photographs at the museum. These card files are not complete to present, but are an ongoing project well worth looking into if your family was from Manistee county. Don't overlook this valuable genealogy resource!

Manistee newspaper circulation covers a wide area including Benzie and Manistee counties.

To see if your family surname is in the card file, just call the
museum, but they ask that you please refrain from doing so during
the months of July - August, and November - December. You must
initiate a request with a phone call - no written requests please!
The museum personnel will give you information about obtaining copies
of material in the collection.
Minimal fees are collected to cover reproduction and mailing costs.
Museum memberships are also available at several levels, all very reasonable
in cost. These memberships help assure that the museum remains open for
future research.
Notice: Please be patient for your replies. The museum is a full
time operation, so genealogy requests are worked in as time
permits - Thanks!

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Photograph copyright by Nedra A. Evans, August 2000