Noteworthy at the Mills
Who Can Vote? A Brief History of Voting Rights in the US
A travelling exhibition from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
From March 4th through the 29th, Mills Community House had a travelling exhibition on display from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The exhibition was titled "Who Can Vote? A Brief History of Voting Rights in the US" was available for viewing during all public events in March. This exhibition was on loan for free.
From the Gilder Lehrman Institute:
"This exhibition examines voting rights with an emphasis on the role of the US Constitution and the interplay between the states and federal government in determining who is allowed to vote. Beginning with the founding era and going up to the election of 2000, this exhibition explores the complex history of the right to vote that forms the core of our nation’s democracy. Topics include voting as a constitutional right, women’s suffrage, Reconstruction and Jim Crow era voting rights, the Civil Rights Movement, and the enfranchisement of Indigenous peoples."
Smithsonian in Benzie
The Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition, "Spark! Places of Innovation", came to Benzie County and was installed in Mills Hall (upper level) from October 14th through November 25th, 2023. Credit for bringing this amazing experience to Benzie County goes to Benzonia Public Library. BPL's executive director, Amanda McLaren, applied for the grant and worked with the Mills Community House Association board to provide this opportunity to Benzie County and beyond.
Monarch Waystation Tiles
Artist: Trish Early
Installed in the upper level bathrooms, these beautiful tiles take their inspiration from the Monarch Waystation gardens on the grounds. Actual plants from the garden were used by Early to create these 3 dimensional tiles.
Check them out during walk in office hours on Mondays or when attending an event in Mills Hall.
We are thrilled to announce that we have
officially hired our new Executive Director.
Kristin Fleetwood moved to the Benzie area in 2010. A graduate of Grand Valley State University, she had been working in the virtual school system since 2015 supporting elementary students and their families. The Mills has been a part of her life in Benzonia starting from her very first summer when she attended a job fair on the upper level, and
since then she and her family have continued enjoying
many of the programs offered here.
Please join us in welcoming Kristin!
AND THE WINNER IS...
Mills Community House!!!
The Mills Board was thrilled to receive the winning vote at the October 6th meeting of the 100+ Women Who Care. The funds will be used to add restroom facilities on the upper level of the building. A huge THANK YOU to this wonderful group of women dedicated to helping Benzie County non-profit organizations. 10/2021
Visit our 100 + Women Who Care Page for details>
The Mills is thrilled to announce our gardens on the south side of the building have been registered as Monarch Waystations.
Monarch Waystations provide milkweeds, nectar plants, and shelter for monarchs throughout their annual cycle of reproduction and migration. Creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation contributes to monarch conservation and helps assure the continuation of the monarch migration in North America.
Create, Conserve, and Protect Monarch Habitats
Monarch Waystations brochure (PDF>monarchwatch.org/
Visit www.monarchwatch.org for additional details