Windmill Point
Grosse Pointe Historical Society
Local History Brought to Life!

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Society Windmilll Logo Tile WELCOME

The Grosse Pointe Historical Society was organized in 1945 to promote the preservation of our local heritage and to share that knowledge with the community. The Society's logo represents the 18th century French windmill which stood on Windmill Pointe.

The Society works to make the history of our exceptional community vital, relevant, and accessible. Through our programs, facilities, and events, we bring history to life and protect historic artifacts so that we all can experience the past first hand. Join Us


Summer Gala 2015 Save The Date! - Thursday June 18th. Tickets can be purchased online. Learn More. Learn about available Sponsorship Opportunities.

The Spring Moorings Newsletter Now Online. View

GPHS Fundraiser All friends, family & supporters of the GPHS are invited to a fundraising event on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Buffalo Wild Wings in St. Clair Shores (23117 Harper Ave.) Stop by for lunch, dinner, or a snack and 20% of purchases accompanied by the certificate will be donated to the Society. (Download Certificate Here)

The Bicknell Lecture Series View the schedule of upcoming Bicknell Lectures: March 18, April 15 & May 13.

2nd Saturday Events Date change - April's event has been moved to Saturday, April 18th due to school/Easter breaks. The current schedule for Izzy's fun & creative 2nd Saturday events is available online. View Schedule

Shopping at The GPHS Looking for a unique gift? One that shows your pride and affection for our wonderful historic community? Look no further than the Society's La Belle's Country Store, located in our Provencal-Weir House.

Kroger Rewards Kroger has a program that allows members of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations such as ours to earn cash awards for their organization. To learn more, view the Registration Instruction Sheet

Online Article: Little Histories - American Historical Societies They aren't the Met or the Louvre, but American historical society museums are filled with different kinds of treasure. Read the article

1823 Society Local businesses are offered the unique opportunity to partner with the Grosse Pointe Historical Society in the "1823 Society." Learn More

Research Request Form Fill in & email our PDF form to submit your research request. View Form

Volunteer Opportunities - Sign up online

Teacher's Curriculum

  • The One-Room Schoolhouse is now open. Children will be able to turn back the clock and experience the classroom as local predecessors did.

    The 2nd floor of the Provencal-Weir House, c. 1823, has been transformed into a one-room schoolhouse, complete with benches, individual chalkboards and McGuffy Readers.
One Room Schoolhouse
One Room Schoolhouse

Resource Center

  • The Alfred B. and Ruth S. Moran Resource Center welcomes visitors with scholarly or personal interest in the history of Grosse Pointe. The Center houses numerous books, maps, manuscripts, newspaper and magazine clippings, genealogical materials, and other Grosse Pointe memorabilia.

    GPHS Moran Resource Center
    381 Kercheval Avenue - Suite 2
    Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
    48236-3085 | 313.884.7010

    Open Tuesday and Wednesday
    10:00 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
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Provencal-Weir House

  • The Provencal-Weir House, c. 1823: This landmark Greek Revival farmhouse is believed to be the community's oldest surviving residence. It was built circa 1823 by Pierre Provencal on a site near Provencal and Lake Shore Roads. The Society completed restoration of the house in 1996. It is now the site of numerous events that recreate life in the early days of Grosse Pointe.

  • Also located on the Provencal-Weir property is our
    Log Cabin dating from between 1830 and 1860. Dismantling, relocation and reconstruction were accomplished primarily by volunteers between 1996 and 1998.
Provencal-Weir House, c. 1823The Log Cabin


  • Educational workshops and events on-site and in the schools help generations of Grosse Pointe children to connect to a fascinating community with long-standing roots in the development of America.

  • Bronze Historic Plaques are presented annually to notable residences, buildings, and sites in the area. Learn how to submit your property for consideration
  • Lectures and classes on historical and architectural topics provide enlightening and interesting information to a widespread audience. The Dr. Frank Bicknell Educational Lecture is given each fall.
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