• Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 6:00pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 6:00pm, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 6:00pm

    Join Dan Kelly in the upper level to learn new moves.  Dance instruction begins at 6:00pm with open dance beginning at 7pm.  For additional information, please contact Dan Kelly at 882-0460

  • Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 8:00am

    Call Alan Luedtke at 231-499-7627 for additional information

  • Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 1:00am

      Benzie Area Zonta Club members organize a yearly Job Fair every spring at Mills Community House. For additional information, please contact Maryanne Fleetwood at 231-651-5000.

  • Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Benzonia Academy Lecture Series at the Mills Community House

    Ernest Hemingway's Formative Years in Michigan
    by Patricia Innis

    Ernest Hemingway's formative years in Michigan will be featured in this visual presentation. It will also look at how Michigan influenced Hemingway's writing and his adult life.  Patricia Innis is an artist and member of the Michigan Hemingway Society.  She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Bowling Green State University and Master of Fine Arts degree from Maharishi International University. As a committed educator, Innis has been a university professor, curator and gallery manager. She is currently the education director for Michigan Legacy Art Park. She has worked with numerous schools throughout northwest lower Michigan on Hemingway-related projects. She also does workshops and residencies on other Michigan themes in the schools and at the Legacy Art Park. Michigan Legacy Art Park is home to two Hemingway-inspired artworks.

  • Monday, May 26, 2014 - 7:00am
  • Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Benzonia Academy Lecture Series at the Mills Community House

    Over There: Benzie County and the Great War
    by Brian D. McCall

    This lecture will begin with the society and culture of Northern Michigan as described by Bruce Catton in "Waiting for the Morning Train" just before he left Benzonia in 1916 followed by America's entry into World War I in April, 1917.  Several Benzie County men left the lakes, forests and fields to fight on the Western Front and make the world "safe for democracy".  McCall will describe their journey from small town life to what ever fate they found in France before the war finally ended in November 1918.  Brian D. McCall has been a member of the Interlochen Arts Academy faculty since 1998.  He also serves as an adjunct American History instructor at Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan History at Ferris State University.

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Benzonia Academy Lecture Series at the Mills Community House

    The History of Chimney Corners Resort
    by Claudia Rogers Bailey

    Through pictures, anecdotes, and recipes, Claudia Bailey shares the origins and expansions of Chimney Corners Resort on the west shore of Crystal Lake. Chimney Corners has attracted generations of vacationers since the 1930s, and gives insight into the family run resort businesses that once surrounded the lakes of northwest Michigan.

  • Friday, July 11, 2014 - 5:00pm

    Friday, July 11, 2014 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.       Friends Preview Sale (sign-ups accepted at the door)

    Saturday, July 12, 2014 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.   Open to the Public

       Call the library at 231-882-4111 for additional information!

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 7:00pm


    Benzonia Academy Lecture Series at the Mills Community House

    From Depression Poverty to Wartime Prosperity: Photographs of Michigan 1935-1943
    by Prof. Constance Schultz

    Between 1935 and 1943 a small agency of the federal government created a file of 150,000 photographs which documented the journey of America's "greatest generation" from the depths of the depression to the enormous efforts made on the home front in support of winning WWII. Over 2500 of these images are of Michigan. The photographs are now available for all to see on the Library of Congress web site.  Dr. Constance B. Schulz, whose late husband Carl O. Schulz was born in Benzie County in 1941 when his father Rev. Ormund Schulz was pastor of the Benzonia Congregational Church, will give a slide talk about the Farm Security Administration which created the photographs, and illustrate how the photographers represented Michigan in that crucial period of the state's economic history. She will have copies of her book, Michigan Remembered: Photographs from the FSA and the Office of War Information, 1936-1943 (Wayne State University Press, 2001) available for autograph and sale.  Dr. Schulz, who received her PhD in American History from the University of Cincinnati, is retired from directing the Public History MA program and teaching Archives Administration at the University of South Carolina. She has published five books from the FSA collection of photographs, most recently Maryland in Black and White (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).