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Coe House Makes National Register

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Grass Lake Area Historical Connections learned that on May 12th, the application for National Register of Historic Places for the Coe House Museum (the Henry and Aurora Walker Vinkle House) was presented to the Michigan Historic Preservation Review board. The nomination passed successfully! The nomination has now been sent on to the National Park Service. The property will be listed on the registry within one to six months from review.

The application was prepared by Katie (Hardcastle) Kolokithas of Chelsea. Katie began working with us about 3 years ago, doing extensive research on the Coe House while completing her masters’ degree at Eastern Michigan University. Katie has recently accepted a new position with the State Historic Preservation Office.

The Board of the GLAHC is very pleased to present this one more feather for Grass Lake’s historical cap. We’ve been hard at work this spring doing much needed freshening of the main floor of the museum. We have plans to continue this work through the upcoming months. In addition, the computerization of a complete and accurate inventory for the Coe House has begun and will continue over the next year to completion.

There are many opportunities for community members to become involved. GLAHC operates both the Coe House Museum and the Michigan Military Heritage Museum. Big projects are taking place at each location. Visitors are invited to stop in, see what we have and learn how you can become a part of the action. Michigan Military Heritage Museum at 153 N. Union is open Wed, Sat. and Sun from 11-3:00. Coe House (corner of W. Mich. Ave and Wolf Lake Rd) will open Memorial Day weekend with our annual plant sale (May 27, 9-3:00; May 28, 11-3:00; May 29, 11-3:00). Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays will begin June 3, also 11-3:00.

GLAHC is 46 years young this year. We’re beginning to think about Grass Lake’s upcoming sesquicentennial celebration (2021). Join us to help make it happen!

Provided by the Grass Lake Area Historical Connections






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