Cheboygan Carnegie
Welcome All!

400 West Elm Street, Cheboygan, Michigan, 49721, USA

We are dog friendly!

The Cheboygan Carnegie

A Special Building, A Rare Opportunity

A little over a century ago, a powerful and exciting idea was introduced in Cheboygan: The Free Public Library. From its earliest days in 1913, the original Cheboygan Carnegie Library was important to the families and the future of the city and the region. Its role as a civic partner, its commitment to literacy, and its embodiment of democracy were essential to the success and growth of Cheboygan. It soon became a hub of activity and innovation. 
Most recently, residents from across the region have shown increasing  interest in supporting, improving and utilizing a new Cheboygan  Carnegie. Many have weighed in on it's potential roles in relation to a  range of educational, cultural, entrepreneurial and democratic functions. 
These feelings have encouraged a number of community leaders to actively pursue new legal structures and program strategies to begin fundraising in order to: 

1. Fully renovate and re-design this historic building -from top to bottom.

2. Open and operate the Cheboygan Carnegie as a re-imagined, multi-dimensional community center.

About Us

The Cheboygan Carnegie Website

Our website and our library are both under construction. Thank you. 

Events at the Cheboygan Carnegie

  • Cheboygan Photography Club Gallery Display
  • Northern Michigan Drum Village
  • The Carnegie Free Public Library Speaks
  • Play the Carnegie... in Cheboygan!
  • Toast Our Town 2019
  • Friends of Cheboygan Carnegie

Descriptions below

Cheboygan Photography Club

Gallery Display

Cheboygan Photography Club has an ongoing art exhibit in the Cheboygan Carnegie.  Summer hours are:  Sundays & Thursdays - 1-5 pm and Tuesdays - 2-6 pm.

Contributing Photographers

Photographers are: Tony Johnson, Dan Welihan, Lori Cleland, Terry Musclow, Dan Brewster, Tom Cadawalader, and Laz Surabian.

Northern Michigan Drum Village

Northern Michigan Drum Village Proudly presents Community Drum Circles


Next Drum Circle at the Headlands 

(Dark Sky Park) for Winter Solstice, 

Dec. 21st starting at 4:00 pm.  

See link:

Cost:  Sliding Scale ($5-10- 20) per session & scholarships

(no one will be turned away for lack of funds) 

Prior experience:  none required 

Musical ability:  none required 

Rhythm ability:  none required 

Bring:  drums or something to bang on (no melodic instruments please – except balaphones)

Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.

The Carnegie Free Public Library Speaks

Dr. Richard Kowalczyk (231-625-2969 or 231-818-3570) and Bobie Crongeyer (231-627-6497) are gathering the history and stories of the Cheboygan Free Public Library. A book will be published. 

Do you have a story to tell? Know somebody else? 

Have any artifacts or Carnegie over-due books? 2¢ a day.

An early pre-Carnegie library story vividly captures the heroic actions of the first librarian of the Carnegie - Mable Roberts. March 4th, 1910, "Cheboygan Democrat Newspaper" , "She raised the window and a rush of dense black smoke followed her, blinding and choking her as she crawled out of the window ledge. Then she calmly waited, being much less excited and keeping her wits about her much better than most of the men watching up at her from below, wondering how they were to rescue her from the perch. Some called for her to jump, but she sensibly waited until someone brought a long step ladder which men shoved up as near to her as their length would permit, and then she carefully let herself down from her perch to this, and climbed down as unconcerned as though nothing had happened. The whole act was one of the unusual presence of mind and a clear head."


What is the venue like?

The Carnegie, originally the Carnegie Free Library, is an intimate setting, 

seating a maximum of 150. The room, with high ceilings and reflective 

surfaces, has a rich natural reverb ideal for acoustic performers.

What kind of music is wanted?

The Carnegie is destined to be a cultural and arts center for the region 

so varied and creative music is valued. From blues to Beatles, from 

swing to soul, a wide variety of acoustic performers are welcomed.

When are the performances held?

Sunday afternoons, starting at 2:00, typically ending  by 4:00.

What equipment do I need?

A small p.a., with a mic and stand, is provided, though little amplification is necessary. Performers might choose to bring their own microphone.

What does the gig pay?

Admission to the performances is by donation and 90% goes to the performers. 

In addition, performers will receive “I Played The Carnegie” bumper stickers and decals.

Additional Information

For more information and possible bookings, text Dale Rieger at 231-818-9605.      

Play the Carnegie...!

Play The Carnegie... In Cheboygan! Performance Line-up

Admission by Donation. All Concerts on Sundays 2pm-4pm.



16th  Borderline & Guests:  Kathy and Rob Nuhn, Tom Durrant

Skillful musicians from the Ann Arbor music scene, will apply their bass, guitar, fiddle and vocal skills to songs ranging from classic swing tunes to more modern classics by Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison.  Special guest musicians will enrich the afternoon.

23rd  Nate and Dale

Nate King and Dale Rieger, two of northern Michigan's most skilled singer/guitarists, will perform as a duo.  A widely varied playlist will be performed by musicians who know how to play beautifully as a team.

30th   Carpe DM:  Don Mick and Dan McCulloch  



7th  Lori Cleland/The Ocqueoc River Boys   

Local favorite Lori Cleland will apply her beautiful voice and multi-instrumental skills to the folk-flavored side of music.  The Ocqueoc River Boys will lead the audience through musical time-travel with songs from the earliest country music performers like Jimmy Rodgers and the Carter family.

14th Chris Charboneau/Drew Duffiney  

Chris, the heralded band director for the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, will share his remarkable piano and vocal skills on songs varying from Bruce Hornsby to Journey to Frank Sinatra.  Drew Duffiney, guitarist and singer, will entertain with easy listening songs often suited to sing-alongs.

21st  The Jedi Monkeys

This four piece group, very well-received when they played at the Carnegie last year, will bring energy and skill to every song they perform.

28th  John Gravlin and Friends

John, a top-ten finisher in the 2018 cfross country skiing championships, will bring similar energy to his singing and guitar playing.  He'll be joined by numerous skilled musicians, including Jordan yackel, a young woman whose contemporary guitar andvocal skills will bring an entirely different musical flavor to the Carnegie.


4th  Charlie Reager/Weaving the Wind

Charlie, one of the most in-demand entertainers in the north, will perform his heart-felt music, including many original songs.  Weaving the Wind: Linda and Gretchen, a duo utilizing guitar, flute, squeeze box, harp, and vocals, will perform a unique repertoire of Celtic-influenced music.

11th  The Whitmores/Brett Mallory

The Whitmores, veterans of the local blues-rock scene, will make you move your feet with a variety of blues and soul.  Brett Mallory, a vocalist who plays guitar and mandolin will treat the audience to a wide range of songs.

18th  The Dunderdeefs

This duo, featuring guitar and keyboard, as well as vocals, has a charming way of putting their own stamp on every song they play.

25th  Jim Scranton/Chris Bontos & Susie Johnson

Jim will play and sing familiar pop tunes that will have you moving in your seat.  Spontaneous sing-alongs might break out!  Chris and Susie will give the Carnegie audience the rare opportunity to hear performed and be educated about the traditional classical music of India.



9th  Holiday music from the 3 R's:  Wndham and Charlie Reager and Dale Rieger will perform familiar music of the season ranging from Jingle Bell Rock to White Christmas.

16th  Polar Bear Recon

23rd  Dan House and Gaeyle Gerrie Boss

30th  Evan Archambo/Carol Vanrandwyk


 1st Toast our Town 2019!


Friends of Cheboygan Carnegie

We are grateful for the overwhelming community support and enthusiasm for the Cheboygan Carnegie.

The following Friends have formed a support group for the project

Sherry Nelson, President and Founder

Linda Rogers & Vince Lumetta

Lanny & Bobie Crongeyer

Sam & Christine King

Pat Gildner

Michael & Joanne Cromley

Dale & Connie Rieger

Bruce Gauthier

Werner Plumbing & Heating

Virginia White

Rocheleau VanSlembrouck Families

Bring It! Cheboygan

Lori & Bill Cleland

Mike Migda

Ron Hart, Charles Miller & the

Cheboygan High School Construction Trades Program of 2016

To become a donor contact Sherry Nelson: (630) 682-5958

More info will be added on this website.

Contact Us

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our neighbors and visitors, so feel free to visit!

Cheboygan Carnegie

400 W Elm St, Cheboygan, Michigan 49721, United States


Historical Photographs