Staff & Volunteers

Amazing People Helping Preserve Our History

Benzie Area Historical Society Leadership

Barbara Mort

Executive Director

Barbara Mort is a graduate of Northwestern Michigan College and Ferris State University and joined BAHS as executive director in May, 2018. During her youth, she was fortunate to be surrounded by two extended families each proud of their respective Polish and Scottish heritage, with the older generations freely sharing stories. Her passion for storytelling and history are matched with a dedication to education and community outreach, making the Historical Society a natural fit for her.

As executive director, she reports to and works closely with the Board of Directors.

Jerry Heiman

President, Board of Directors

Jerry Heiman was first elected to BAHS BOD in 2007; he served as Secretary from 2014-2021  He is a member of the Buildings & Grounds, Programs, Executive, and Programs and Community Outreach committees.  Jerry is 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 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, 78, 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.

Larry White

Vice President, Board Of Directors

Trudi Hook

Treasurer, Board of Directors

Trudi Hook joined the board in 2010 and has served as bookkeeper and Treasurer since 2010.  She is chairperson of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.  Trudi has served as bookkeeper at both for- and non-profit organizations and currently works as a church auditor and election pool inspector.  She also volunteers as her church’s treasurer, is secretary/treasurer for the Beulah Boosters and past treasurer of United Methodist Women.  Trudi and her husband, Dan, began visiting Crystal Lake in 1967, and they happily retired to Beulah 15 years ago.

Lead Volunteers

  • Jane Purkis, Curator
  • Dave Reid, Exhibits and Editor of The Benzie Heritage
  • Trudi Hook, Bookkeeper
  • Andy Bolander, Research
  • Bruce Leach, Research
  • Cheri Dundon, Archives
  • Mary Link, Genealogy
  • Pat Campbell, Junior Historians
  • Nancy Taylor, Database Coordinator

Board of Directors

  • Jerry Heiman, President
  • Larry White, Vice President
  • Trudi Hook, Treasurer
  • Dave Reid, Immediate Past President
  • Stacy Leroy Daniels
  • Timothy Foster
  • Jane Freeland-Gerschick
  • Don Harrison
  • Charles Kraus
  • Linda Wood