Les Cheneaux Historical Association
                                                                     P.O. BOX 301, CEDARVILLE, MICHIGAN 49719

Greetings to All,

Happy New Year to all of our members, volunteers and staff from the LCHA Board of Directors. We' re in the final days of 2020 and we're certain none of us will hate to see it go.

We started out in January preparing for another normal season and then we hit March when all plans were put on hold. Like everyone, we were hopeful that the virus would be gone before summer and life could go back to normal. By the middle of May, we knew that wasn't going to happen.  The Boat Show committees and the Board had to make the painful decision to cancel the Boat Show and Festival of Arts.  We were all aware that the annual Boat Show and Festival of Arts have become an int regal part of life in the Islands for the past 40+ years.  We know what a boon the shows are to the entire community, but we knew we had to place the health and safety of our 300 volunteers, vendors, boat owners, and visitors first and foremost.

The Board also had to consider opening the museums. We decided to open the weekend of July 4th and to be open three days a week. We are grateful to Janet and Ernie Hagen for following CDC and state guidelines while providing our visitors with a pleasant experience.

The Board also had to cancel the annual canoe and quilt raffles and Music at the Maritime.

When the summer ended, Janet and Ernie Hagen worked diligently to clean the museums and start to prepare for the Festival of Trees at the end of November.  With the virus surging, the Board voted to cancel the event.  Since the Historical Museum was already decorated for the holidays, we decided we'd have Christmas this coming summer. Now all our summer residents and visitors can take part in the festivities.

Even though this was a year like we have never seen in our lifetimes, our members and visitors have continued to contribute very generously.  We thank you for your continued support during these trying times. We also received the Highfield Grant this year.  This grant money will be used for landscaping at the Historical Museum.  We would also like to thank the Broughton Family Fund, the Kovach family and the Jeanne McCullough Trust for their very generous gifts.

It takes a village, or in our case, the entire Les Cheneaux community to support 2 museums that tell our community's story. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you this summer. We are hoping that the summer of 2021 will be a "normal” summer in the Les Cheneaux Islands.

Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year, LCHA Board of Directors