Our Saviour’s Historical Society repaints historic building

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MANISTEE — Despite its spot on the National Register of Historical Places and designation as a Michigan Historic Site, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church can still be a considered a hidden gem in Manistee.

Our Saviour’s Historical Society, however, is determined to make it shine.

“This place has really fallen off the radar,” said society president Ken Cooper, “but we want to preserve the building and contribute to the cultural things that are going on in Manistee.”

On Thursday, Cooper was a one-man paint crew, giving the 149-year-old building a fresh coat of white paint.

Now a museum — located at 300 Walnut St. — the structure is the oldest Danish American Evangelical Lutheran Church building in America.

As part of the historical society’s goal of becoming more involved in Manistee traditions, the museum will be the site of a Christmas-themed open house during Manistee’s Victorian Sleighbell and Old Christmas Weekend. A celebration of the building’s 150th year will also be held in July.

Cooper hopes to increase community involvement by holding a lecture series in the building throughout the summer, in conjunction with the Ramsdell Regional Center for the Arts’ “Talks, Tunes & Tours” and the Vogue Theatre’s morning showings of film classics.

The repainting of the top portions of he building will be done in the spring, Cooper said. There are also plans to renovate the basement, which would double the amount of usable space for museum displays.

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