REPLAY: BENZONIA ACADEMY LECTURE SERIES/ September 2021: “The Benzonia Academy” presented by Jerry Heiman

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The Benzonia Academy, presented by Jerry Heiman

This fascinating and informative lecture has been re-recorded for replay on YouTube.  To view Jerry’s “new & improved” presentation, please click on the link below:

Most Benzie residents have driven past the Mills Community House many times, perhaps without knowing the unique history behind this former dormitory and classroom building. 

Hear the story of a small band of religious pioneers who settled Benzonia, the city on a hill, with the sole purpose of establishing a college in the northern wilderness. Who were these people, how did they get here, where did they come from? And what made them think their religious and scholastic zeal could allow them to accomplish such an impossible feat?

Jerry Heiman was first elected to BAHS BOD in 2007; he has served as Secretary since 2014, and is currently Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee. He is a member of the Programs, Exhibits and Public Events Committee and a tour director for Museum and historical walking, bicycle and bus tours. He also pens “One Hundred Years Ago,” a column in our local newspaper, and writes articles for our newsletter.

Heiman is a graduate of Albion College, University of Michigan Dental School, and University of Michigan Hospital Residency program. He served in the US Army Dental Corps 1966-1969 and practiced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Midland, Michigan from 1972-1998. He has been a Big Platte Lake property owner since 1977 and became a full-time Benzie County resident in 1998. 

Heiman serves on the Platte Lake Improvement Association Board of Directors, on the advisory committees for Benzie EMS and Benzie Bus, and River Care Committee of Conservation Resource Alliance. He also delivers meals for Benzie Senior Resources.