The Omena Historical Society exists through the generosity and support of individuals, businesses and organizations that recognize the value in preserving Omena’s history for future generations to enjoy. We are a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation and all contributions are tax deductible.

You can become a member of the Omena Historical Society by selecting a membership level and joining via Paypal or by printing & mailing our membership form to PO Box 75, Omena, MI, 49674.

OHS members receive:

  • Free admission to our Museum
  • Subscription to our magazine – “Timelines”
  • Invitations to special social events

Caretaker Levels

  • Grand Patron (over $100)
  • Patron ($100)
  • Steward ($50)
  • Any amount is welcome!

Donations are tax deductible as we are a designated 501c3 organization.

To ask questions or request more information, please contact us at

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Sally Keck Shapiro -President, Dennis Armbruster -Vice President, Susan Valiga -Secretary, Marsha Buehler -Treasurer, Members at large: Nancy Enyart, Gina Harder, William Loveless, Gayle Madison, Laurie Remter, Mary Hallett Stanton,  Ty Wessel, Meg Wilkes

Ed Oberndorf – Honorary Trustee

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A Letter from our President

Dear Friends of OHS,

What an incredible year we history lovers have had in Omena with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Putnam-Cloud Tower House Museum and the creation of an endowment fund to support this beautiful building and to expand Omena Historical Society exhibits!

We hope you are enjoying the special edition of Timelines created in celebration of our 10th anniversary milestone. The before and after photos of the museum reminds us just how far we’ve come in creating a place to keep and maintain the history and the heritage of Omena.

These accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible without you!

As a member of the Omena Historical Society, your support has been and continues to be critical to our ongoing success in preserving the history of our village. Whether you have deep roots in the community going back several generations or you’re a relative newcomer to the area like me, we all have one important thing in common – we love Omena and we want to preserve it.

This year I’m writing to you to ask you to both renew your membership in the Omena Historical Society for 2017 AND to consider a donation to our fledgling endowment fund.

Why Two Donations?

Your Caretaker Dues are critical to OHS to fund day-to-day museum operations and maintenance; everything from turning on the lights, keeping up the building and offering quality educational and training programs as well as ensuring museum visitors have a quality experience.

The new Endowment Fund will allow the museum to set aside money for larger projects, such as major repairs and purchases of important additions to our exhibit collection.
Since this is the beginning of a new year for OHS we want to thank all of you who have volunteered your time to make the Society successful, particularly those who served as board members both past and present, docents, program and property maintenance volunteers. All have contributed greatly to our continued success. Thank you for your dedication. We are very grateful for all your hard work and ongoing commitment to OHS.

With this letter you’ll find copies of our new brochure and promotional card that are being used to encourage museum visits. Please continue your membership in 2017 and if you can, please help us get a jumpstart on building the OHS endowment fund. Enclosed is a return envelope that you can use to send in your check, or you can pay online at the OHS website ( if you prefer. Of course, if you have questions please feel free to give me a call at 616-990-1220 or email me at

Keith Disselkoen
President, Omena Historical Society

Thanks to These Businesses & Organizations for Supporting OHS!

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The Omena Historical Society exists through the generosity and support of individuals, businesses and organizations that recognize the value in preserving Omena’s history for future generations to enjoy. We would like to recognize those sponsors by mentioning their names below. We ask that our members show their appreciation by considering them when searching for any resources they may be in future need of. Our success depends on it, and we thank you for your support.

A special thank you goes to Leelanau Wine Cellars for their year-round support. Their staff and management are always cheerful and a pleasure to work with. Our organization is most appreciative for your generous support.

Bay Theater –

Becky Thatcher Designs –

Benjamin Maier Ceramics –

Black Star Farms –

Boone’s Prime Time –

Busby Oil and Propane – 386-7181

Corky’s Wine Bar and Beach Bistro –

Deb’s Dish – 231 271 6445

The Eat Spot & Drive Thru – (231) 386-7536

Enerdyne –

Forget-Me-Not-Flowers –

The Front Porch –

Eric Hallett’s Home Maintenance –

Gusto –

The Happy Woman –


Kal Excavating –

Ken Scott Photography –

Kendra Smith Massage –

Knot Just a Bar –

Korner Kottage –

La Becasse Restaurant –

Leelanau Books –

Leelanau Wine Cellars –

The Leelanau Club at Bahle Farms – –

The Lima Bean –

Manitou Island Transit –

Manitou Outfitters –

Martha’s Leelanau Table –

L. Mawby Vineyards –

Molly Steck Massage –

Murdick’s Fudge –

Muriel’s –

Nine Bean Rows  –

North Country Pub and Grill – (231) 271-5000

Northport Fitness – (231) 386-1600

The Painted Bird –

The Pennington Collection –

Priest Paint and Wallpaper – (231) 486-0366

The Riverside Inn –

Rustic Roots –  (231) 256-0054

Scott’s Carpet Cleaning

See for Miles – (231) 256-6624

Sensible Pearls –

Shady Trails Camp –

Slack’s Upholstery –

Steve Stanton Computer Services –

Sunny’s Omena Bay Country Store – (231) 386-5850

Sweetwater Contracting – (231) 271-2201

Thistledown Shop – (231) 271-9276

Trish’s Dishes –

U-Pick Flowers –