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Free Community Open House at Perry Hannah House

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September 9
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home
305 Sixth St.
Traverse City, MI 49684 United States
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All Ages

The Perry Hannah House, now the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sunday, September 9 from 1–4 p.m. This special celebration will feature a tour of the 40-room, four-story home and gardens, activities and educational exhibits. Perry Hannah was the founder of Traverse City.

Activities & Exhibits

  • The “Fathers” Partner in the Parlor:  Father of Traverse City, Perry Hannah and Father Fred will help fill the home’s parlor with food pantry gifts from guests. There will be two life-size cutouts for selfie photos with the fathers too.
  • Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council in the Sitting Room: Junior or Senior High School students can pick up an application for Perry Hannah “Leadership Lessons Learned” scholarship contest. This special scholarship opportunity—$1,000 for first place and $500 for second—will be awarded in December with the winner to be included in the third edition of Perry Hannah’s Gifts, Then and Now. 
  • Local history books in the Library:  Peg Jonkhoff, co-author of Perry Hannah’s Gifts Then and Now, will sign copies of the new second edition book or previously purchased book. Other local authors will also have copies of their books too such as Paul Welch, Val Winans, Les Dalgleish and Dee Blair. 
  • Door Prizes in the Mahogany Room: Signup for several door prizes and more.
  • Second Floor Hallway: History of the Jonkhoff “work family” funeral service at the Hannah House.
  • Christmas trees in the attic/ballroom: Many Christmas trees will be on display on the third floor with information about the Zonta Club of Traverse City’s Festival of Trees event at Golden-Fowler November 8–11.
  • Refreshments in the Garden: Enjoy lemonade, tea cookies, horseshoes, photos and fun with Hannah Bear too.
  • Garden Tours: Both the funeral home’s and Sunnybank garden at 325 Sixth Street will be available for tour. Garden walkers will also see the unique setup for weather-dependent funeral services in the garden.

There will also be fresh floral arrangements displayed throughout the home created by local floral designers. Special music will be provided by Sylvia Norris on harp and Les Dalgleish on guitar.

Guests will receive a 125th-anniversary remembrance.