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Learn about the history and influence of the St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church, Petoskey’s oldest building, during Friends of the Petoskey Library Carnegie Lecture Series presented by Joe Hoffman and Jeff Haven on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Carnegie Building, 451 E. Mitchell Street. Together they will highlight Bishop Baraga’s involvement in wanting to establish the church at the shore of Little Traverse Bay for the Native Americans and white settlers living in the area and those traveling on Lake Michigan.
The St. Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church on West Lake Street was the first Catholic Church in Petoskey built in 1859 by Jean Baptiste Trotochard on land he donated at the request of Bishop Fredrick Baraga (the Snowshoe Priest) Its restoration was completed in 2008. A Mass is celebrated annually on July 14th and tours are given on select Sundays “in season”.
Joe Hoffman, a local to the area, serves as a trustee on the Bear Creek Township board, the Resort/Bear Creek Fire Board and is the current Vice President of the Emmet County Geological Society. He earned his B.A. in history from Central Michigan University. Hoffman was involved in the 2005 to 2008 restoration of the church. He assists with the summer tours and yearly historical presentations.
All Friends @ the Carnegie programs are held at the Carnegie Building at 451 E. Mitchell Street, unless otherwise noted. The programs are offered at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month, except May (third Monday) and December (no program). All Friends @ the Carnegie programs are open to the public and admission is free. If you would like more information about this or other Library events, call the Petoskey District Library at 231-758-3100.