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Friday, January 27, 2017

The Museum Where Holling Lives On

So many writers’ lives remain bound up in the books they wrote, but it’s fortunate that Holling Clancy Holling’s legacy also lives on in a museum in Leslie, Mich.  Leslie is a town of 2,000 people located 28 miles south of Lansing.   

Joan Hoffman has kindly provided information about the Holling collection she curates in a large room downstairs in the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic) Hall.  The stone building, constructed in 1903 is on Leslie’s main east-west road, 107 East Bellevue, across from City Hall.  (Tel. 517-589-5220)  Besides the Holling collection, she notes, there are displays about the town’s history and the surrounding communities.
The G.A.R. Hall is home to the museum and can be found on Facebook at
“Leslie Area Historical Society and Museum.”  

Among the displays, note the long bow Holling made that is resting on top of the book cabinet.  On the wall are framed original paintings and Holling’s portrait.  Display items are changed periodically and may include items from Holling and Lucille’s adventures or graphic cutouts created for children.

In the front of the glass case are two murals.  They were painted by Holling in 1916 on an upstairs wall at his grandparents’ house on Main Street in Leslie.  Holling stayed with them four years attending high school.  Three families lived in that house after the last of the Hollings left. One family cut these murals out of the wall during a remodeling project.  “It is a miracle they were saved all those years.” Joan says.

The second upstairs mural.

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