Saturday, February 21, 2015

Community Days

Plans are underway for family fun in Gunnisonville on Saturday, August 29th and Sunday, August 30th.

For the last 3 years, GHCP has worked with Gunnisonville United Methodist Church to hold Gunnisonville Community Day on a Sunday in early September. (See the post below for more details about the activities in 2012.) In 2015, we will have events for all ages on both Saturday and Sunday. Stay tuned for more details. We'll be posting updates on our Facebook page and on the Gunnisonville Elementary School Alumni Facebook page, too.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Gunnisonville Community Picnic

Horseshoes. A cake walk. Croquet.

Join Gunnisonville United Methodist Church members, alumni of the Gunnisonville schools, and friends, family, and neighbors at the first annual Gunnisonville community picnic on Sunday, September 16 from 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

In honor of 150 years of services (first held at the original one room log cabin school), Gunnisonville United Methodist Church and Gunnisonville Historical Community Preservation have planned a picnic to celebrate our history.

There will be games and activities from days gone by for all ages. The one room school house will be open (thanks to the generosity of the current owners, Brandino Properties). Pretty Shaky String Band will be playing live traditional music. We will also have old cars and some memorabilia as well as our new Gunnisonville tee shirt on display. (You can place an order for one, too.)

Potluck supper begins at 2:00. Please bring a dish to pass for 10. Table service and beverages will be provided.

Parking will be at the former Gunnisonville Elementary School -- now Gunnisonville Meadows -- and we will shuttle people back and forth.

If you drive by the church, you'll see the tent is already up.

Come one, come all!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Name Change

We've changed our name to Gunnisonville HISTORIC Community Preservation.

Logo Contest

At the July meeting, we decided to launch a logo contest. If you have talents in this area, please start working on an image that would represent the historic Gunnisonville corners. If you know someone else who  enjoys this kind of challenge, please feel free to share this announcement and the flyer posted at the tab Logo Contest above.

Our deadline is September 1. We'd like to have something to use at a picnic that is being planned to be held in conjunction with an event at Gunnisonville United Methodist Church.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Can This Barn Be Saved Workshop to Be Held at the Old Cushman Farm on June 23

The Michigan Barn Preservation Network will hold a workshop titled “Can This Barn be Saved” on June 23 from 9:00 - 4:00 at the old Cushman farm - 3360 Clark Rd., Bath (DeWitt Township), one mile east of Gunnisonville. The current owners of the barn are Jeff and Shannon (Balzer) Proctor.  Shannon is the great great granddaughter of the barn's original owners, George and Ellen Cushman. 

Participants will do an inspection and analysis of the barn's condition and make recommendations for  rehabilitation.  The workshop teaches the participants how to evaluate barns that are being considered for rehabilitation.  Registration is $10 for members of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network (MPBN) and $40 for non-members which includes a one year membership to the MBPN.  Participants should bring their own sack lunch.

Observers are welcome and can enter the barn for a half-hour tour at 11:00 and 3:00. They may also bring lawn chairs and watch the workshop participants from the lawn through the open barn doors during some parts of the workshop.  There is no charge for observers.

This barn is an extremely rare example of typical mid-19th century Michigan barn form and function.  Though it is typical of its time, it is rare in that it is virtually unchanged from the time it was built in 1868.  The east bay has the original horse stalls and feeding mangers with floor and hay loft above, all intact.  The center bay, typically called the "threshing" or "drive" floor, has doors on both the north and south walls.  This configuration is sometimes called a "team barn" as the horse teams were able to enter and exit directly through the barn doors on opposite sides. An unusual and rare feature of this barn is a cantilevered purlin support on the west drive floor bent.

The Lansing Chapter DAR has taken this on as their 2012 Historic Preservation Project and will provide refreshments. Also present will be the Gunnisonville Community Preservation group who will have a display about Gunnisonville and the efforts of the group.

To register for the workshop, contact Steve Stier at (517) 648-2933 or  To be an observer contact Johanna (Cushman) Balzer at (517) 484-3273 or

Saturday, May 5, 2012

And so we begin . . .

Many stories have been collected by long-time Gunnisonville residents who have attended the one room schoolhouse, the newer elementary school, and/or Gunnisonville United Methodist Church. Some still live in their family homesteads. Many have family buried in Gunnisonville Cemetery.

Over the years, neighbors have come together to build, re-build, and repair the school; expand the church; celebrate reunions and centennials; and mark births, marriages, and passings. On Saturday, April 28, 2012, people interested in preserving Gunnisonville's history met to organize a formal group to collect and protect stories, photos, and memorabilia that represent the families who settled and expanded the community. Other goals include protecting the community from commercial creep and applying for historic district status.

We're also talking about events and activities that will bring residents -- past and present -- together to meet new neighbors, renew friendships, and learn more about our history.