The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) awarded 15 top honors during its annual State History Conference, which was held in Big Rapids, Mich., September  26-28, 2014. The Society presents the State History Awards every year to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation, collection, preservation and/or promotion of state and local history. The awards are the highest recognition presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, the state’s official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

The Society presented a 2014 State History Award in the Publications: Private Printing category to authors Peg Jonkhoff and Fred Hoisington for their book, “Perry Hannah’s Gifts: Then and Now.” The book showcases the life and times of Perry Hannah, Traverse City’s founding father, and celebrates the heritage of the Grand Traverse region. When Hannah arrived in the sparsely settled wilderness in 1851, he envisioned his new home would be the “Queen City of the North” and started building it. Now, even in the 21st century, Hannah’s fingerprint is evident as the region continues to grow and prosper. This volume shines a light on the man, the vision and the gifts that created a thriving, sustainable community.

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"Perry Hannah's Gifts - Then and Now" Wins State History Award