Windmill Point
Grosse Pointe Historical Society
Local History Brought to Life!

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The Grosse Pointe Historical Society was organized in 1945 to promote the preservation of our local heritage and to share that knowledge with the community. The Society's logo represents the 18th century French windmill which stood on Windmill Pointe.

The Society works to make the history of our exceptional community vital, relevant, and accessible. Through our programs, facilities, and events, we bring history to life and protect historic artifacts so that we all can experience the past first hand. Join Us

News

eMoorings - Read our current digital newsletter

Bicknell Lecture Wednesday, April 16, 7:30pm.
1890 Cook Schoolhouse, 20025 Mack Ave., GPW.
Author, Grosse Pointer and former GPHS Trustee, Larry Stephenson, M.D, presents a program relating to his recent book, Detroit Surgeons: 300 Years.

6th Annual Ribbon Farm Days Come and join the fun at the Provencal-Weir House during the lazy days of summer! Choose from 4 two-week sessions in June, July and August 2014, providing arts and crafts, storytelling, vintage games, baking and singing songs of yesterday. Learn More

The Summer Gala Save The Date! Join us for "English Elegance" - An evening at a Georgian Manor House, Wednesday June 18, 2014. Cocktails, strolling supper, docent-led tours, vintage autos and musical entertainment. Sponsorship Opportunities available: Please call 313-884-7010.

1823 Society Local businesses are offered the unique opportunity to partner with the Grosse Pointe Historical Society in the "1823 Society." Learn More

La Belle's Country Store at The GPHS Looking for a unique gift? One that shows your pride and affection for our wonderful historic community? Look no further than the Society's La Belle's Country Store, located in our Provencal-Weir House. View Featured Gifts

2nd Saturday Events for 2013-14 The schedule for the new season of Izzy's fun & creative 2nd Saturday events is now online. View Schedule

Research Request Form Fill in & email our PDF form to submit your research request. View Form

Volunteer Opportunities - Sign up online

Teacher's Curriculum

  • The One-Room Schoolhouse is now open. Children will be able to turn back the clock and experience the classroom as local predecessors did.

    The 2nd floor of the Provencal-Weir House, c. 1823, has been transformed into a one-room schoolhouse, complete with benches, individual chalkboards and McGuffy Readers.
One Room Schoolhouse
One Room Schoolhouse

Resource Center

  • The Alfred B. and Ruth S. Moran Resource Center welcomes visitors with scholarly or personal interest in the history of Grosse Pointe. The Center houses numerous books, maps, manuscripts, newspaper and magazine clippings, genealogical materials, and other Grosse Pointe memorabilia.

    GPHS Moran Resource Center
    381 Kercheval Avenue - Suite 2
    Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
    48236-3085 | 313.884.7010

    Open Tuesday and Wednesday
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
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Provencal-Weir House

  • The Provencal-Weir House, c. 1823: This landmark Greek Revival farmhouse is believed to be the community's oldest surviving residence. It was built circa 1823 by Pierre Provencal on a site near Provencal and Lake Shore Roads. The Society completed restoration of the house in 1996. It is now the site of numerous events that recreate life in the early days of Grosse Pointe.

  • Also located on the Provencal-Weir property is our
    Log Cabin dating from between 1830 and 1860. Dismantling, relocation and reconstruction were accomplished primarily by volunteers between 1996 and 1998.
Provencal-Weir House, c. 1823The Log Cabin

More

  • Educational workshops and events on-site and in the schools help generations of Grosse Pointe children to connect to a fascinating community with long-standing roots in the development of America.

  • Bronze Historic Plaques are presented annually to notable residences, buildings, and sites in the area. Learn how to submit your property for consideration
  • Lectures and classes on historical and architectural topics provide enlightening and interesting information to a widespread audience. The Dr. Frank Bicknell Educational Lecture is given each fall.
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