Charlevoix history exhibit explores Todd pioneer family history

Mary Todd, Charlevoix County pioneer family

The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society (CCHPS) at Raven Hill Discovery Center presents a new exhibit:  90 Years ~ Todd Pioneer Family History!

You are invited for the Opening Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 27, in Raven Hill Discovery Center’s Warren Loranger Great Room.

This special event night is free and open to the public.

The exhibit will remain on display at the Center during the new extended hours (Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm, Sat 12-4pm, Sun 2-4pm) until Oct. 26.

Regular admission prices will apply.

During the 1860’s, the Todd Family settled on the property that is now Raven Hill Discovery Center.

In the 1930s, Todd family member, Mary Brintnall Todd (1864-1954), wrote an autobiography about growing up in this rural area.

Her book, 90 Years, chronicles the daily life of this local pioneer family.

The Todd Exhibit, with artifacts, book and historical information, makes connections between science, history and art for visitors all ages – the mission of Raven Hill Discovery Center.

The Todd homestead site has provided 24 years of archeological research for scientists, students and visitors to Raven Hill. During Raven Hill’s recent Nontraditional Science & Math Career Expos, Kerri Finlayson, Professor of Archeology and Sociology at North Central Michigan College, has led teams of middle school girls in onsite digs.

The students have unearthed over 250 items, including a doll’s pewter teacup, glass and china from the era and even parts of an old leather shoe. Barbara Hernden, professional genealogist, has provided family genealogical and historic information.

Mary Todd’s autobiography, 90 Years, published for the first time, will be available for purchase.

For more information including directions to the Center, please visit or call 231-536-3369 or the exhibit hostess, Georganna, at 231-883-9867.