Historical Commission


To oversee, preserve, protect, and promote historical interests within Emmet County. This committee is appointed by the Board of Commissioners. To inquire about serving on this committee, call the County Clerk at (231) 348-1744.

Historical Commission Ordinance


Information about the Essence of Emmet historical collaborative, which consists of historical organization representatives and volunteers from throughout Emmet County, can be found by clicking here!

Essence of Emmet History Awards information and nomination form


Historical Commission Members

Sandy Planisek, author and historian, chair of the Historical Commission.
P.O. Box 941
Mackinaw City, MI   49701

Eric Hemenway, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
LTBB Government Center
7500 Odawa Circle
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
(231) 242-1527 or (231) 838-6416

Jim Tamlyn, resident of Mackinaw City and chair of the Emmet County Board of Commissioners.
925 Cadillac St.
Mackinaw City, MI  49701
(231) 436-5336

Larry Cassidy, member of the Emmet County Board of Commissioners.
2362 Red School Road
Brutus, MI, 49716
(231) 838-0769

Melinda Beyne-Spencley, resident of Brutus.  Retired Pellston school teacher (34 years).
711 Plains Road
Brutus, MI  49716
(231) 539-8326

Mary Cummings, Executive Director, Harbor Springs Area Historical Society
Harbor Springs History Museum
349 E. Main Street
Harbor Springs, MI  49740
(231) 526-9771

Jane Cardinal, Good Hart


Candace Fitzsimons, Executive Director Bay Harbor Foundation
(231) 439-2700


Historical tour map, cell phone tour tell county’s history

Two media pieces will take participants on both a road trip and a cellphone tour of Emmet County’s historical sites.

The Emmet County Historical Tour Map features 37 stops, from Petoskey to Cross Village, Mackinaw City to Alanson, and points in between. The OnCell stops can be found at McGulpin Point Lighthouse; the Headlands, an International Dark Sky Park; Cecil Bay, Pellston Regional Airport; Mackinaw’s Heritage Village; and throughout the historic downtown area of Mackinaw City.

To download these and any of the county’s brochures, click here.

To have a complimentary copy of the Historical Tour Map or the OnCell brochure mailed to you, call (231) 348-1704, or email beckerle@emmetcounty.org

Emmet County, Michigan
200 Division Street, Petoskey, MI 49770
231-348-1702 | Contact Us