The Old Mission Peninsula Grange

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The Peninsula Grange was one of several hundred thousand granges in the United States at the height of the movement. The Grange was a blend of vocation, fraternal,and social organization with an early strong emphasis on Christian religion, but it was not exclusionary. The combination of Granges pushed back against the railroads, which were charging high freught rates for transporting agricultural products. There was one other Grange on the Old Mission Peninsula, and there was a Traverse City Grange, as well. People of all ages participated in the Grange, and teen dances were held in the Grange hall for many years. Ann Swaney, archivist, reveals what she has discovered about the Peninsula Grange.

Produced by Weaver, K.