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Map & Hours

Museum Hours

Thursdays, July 8th to September 2nd 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays in July and August 11:00am-2:00pm
Appointments may be set up throughout the year by emailing us.

Email us at omenahistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Schedule a tour or become a volunteer!

If you are interested in a tour during our off-hours or in learning about our volunteer opportunities, please contact us at: omenahistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Current Exhibits

About the Museum

Our museum resides in the original Rinaldo Putnam farmhouse, built in 1876 on land bought in 1872 from George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Libbie, who had inherited the land from Libbie’s father, Judge Daniel Bacon. Rinaldo sold his land and farmhouse in 1893 to Frank Cloud of Cincinnati, who built additions including a commodious porch and a tower on the southeast corner. The “Tower House” was a Cloud family summer home for forty years.

In 1936 the land and farmhouse-turned-cottage, as well as the Cloud “Rock House” just to the north, passed by will from Frank’s widow, Julia Cloud, to their son Rev. Charles Cloud, Provincial of the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus, and became known as Villa Marquette. The house gradually fell into disuse, until the Detroit Province (who then owned it) determined it should be razed. In 2004 the Omena Historical Society acquired the house for $1.00 from the Detroit Province, and moved the Putnam-Cloud House from its original location a half mile south of Omena to its current location. When the house was moved the Cloud family additions were removed to accommodate the size of the new lot, which is owned by the Omena Village Preservation Association, and is leased for $1 per year to the Omena Historical Society.

After a two year restoration project undertaken by dozens of community volunteers, the Putnam-Cloud Tower House Museum opened in 2006. The dedicated volunteers of the OHS have each year showcased unique exhibits and programs.

We are very proud of our little community, its history, and the people that made it what it is today. We hope you will come by and take a look. Remember, admission is always free!

Our museum resides in the original Putnam-Cloud Tower House relocated from nearby property once owned by Rinaldo Putnam who acquired the property from George Armstrong Custer and his wife, Libbie.

Photographs courtesy of Keith Burnham of The Leland Report unless otherwise noted.

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photo by Jim Putnam

Photo Gallery

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Wanted

Become a volunteer

The Omena Historical Society is always seeking people to get involved! Volunteers to help with exhibits, archives and all types of committees. As with all non-profit organizations, donations of money, goods and services are essential to success. We urge the people of Omena and others that recognize the value of preserving our history, to give of themselves and support this important effort with financial contributions. The OHS is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

Contribute to our collection

looking for information, photographs, memorabilia, documents, etc that highlight the history of Omena. If you have something you would like to donate to the museum please contact us. Our storage space is small so we encourage you to consider loaning us photographs, documents, etc that we can scan and return the originals to you. Those scans enrich our online archives.

Please send information about items you wish to donate or any questions you may have to:

The Omena Historical Society
P.O. Box 75
Omena, MI 49674
omenahistoricalsociety@gmail.com