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

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Society Windmilll Logo Tile WELCOME

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


"Izzy's Second Saturdays" The 2018-19 schedule of upcoming Second Saturday events is now online. Click to view

Bicknell Lecture Series The 2018-19 Dr. Frank Bicknell Lectures schedule is now online. Click to View

"News of Olde Grosse Pointe" This delightfully entertaining GPHS play about a live radio production broadcasting actual historical vignettes and French legends from Grosse Pointe's past is now available for online viewing. Watch the Video

21811 Reneau Farm Deed See the 1811 deed to Antoine Reneau's farm that was signed by both James Madison and James Monroe courtesy of Lornie McCormick Goodhart. Click here to view

Endowment for the Grosse Pointe Historical Society The GPHS recently created a permanent endowment fund at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan as a source of ongoing support that helps ensure our stability in uncertain times. The fund also provides a place where donors can establish lasting legacies with their support. Learn More and Donate Online

Shopping 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.

Kroger Rewards Kroger has a program that allows members of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations such as ours to earn cash awards for their organization. To learn more, view the Registration Instruction Sheet

Online Article: Little Histories - American Historical Societies They aren't the Met or the Louvre, but American historical society museums are filled with different kinds of treasure. Read the article

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

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.
    Closed August 31, 2015 - September 7, 2015
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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


  • 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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