Grand Ledge Historical Society features Farm to Table Exhibit

By Emily Cervone
Living In the Ledge

On a non-descript street in Grand Ledge is an old house that was set for demolition many years ago. However, instead of meeting its inevitable fate, a group of people decided that it was worth saving—and turned it into one of the most notable places in the town. “The home was owned by the Methodist Church, and they were planning to tear it down in order to make way for a parking lot,” Grand Ledge Historical Society president Marilyn Smith said. “It was just too interesting to let go. So we bargained with the city, and they decided if we restore the building and kept it in shape for five years, we could keep it.”

Hence, in 1984, the Grand Ledge Historical Society was born.

Police Department History Unearthed

On Tuesday at the Grand Ledge Opera House, retired Grand Ledge Police Lt. Don McGillis told the public the stories and history that shaped their city’s police department. “During my whole career, I wondered what the early history was like,” McGillis said. “Prior to 1950, there was no information, no pictures, just a wall.”

The idea to compile a history of the 100-year-old department came from his cousin, St. Ignace, Mich., Mayor Paul Grondin, who researched similar histories for St. Ignace.