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

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 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 redesign this historic building – from top to bottom. 

2. Open and operate the Cheboygan Carnegie as a reimagined, multidimensional community center. 

Our Story

Carnegie Campus Developer: Mary J. Hebert


The Cheboygan Carnegie is a hybrid non-profit/for-profit business incubator. The Carnegie Campus is a catalyst tool and magnet for connecting, building, and growing business opportunities. We are the only venue or business in size and scope solely dedicated to fostering ideas and relationships for business incubations and civic partnerships. Within the Carnegie Campus several new businesses launched in 2018: Explore Cheboygan Tour Company, Play the Carnegie, Carnegie Holiday Bazaar, Special Events and Promotions. Our customers are cross-generational residents and tourists and we have an emphasis on recruiting young families and singles. Since 2017 more than 8,000 visitors and residents participated in Carnegie events. In addition to building visitors, featured programs include more than 100 musicians performing at the “Play The Carnegie” series, and 36 guest speakers. The Carnegie hosted 20 public art exhibits last year. Our project has resolutions of support from the City of Cheboygan, Cheboygan County and Northeast Michigan Council of Governments and more than 50 individuals and businesses. The Cheboygan Carnegie is a unique historic venue with a central downtown location. We are accessible and affordable to all community members.

Events at the Cheboygan Carnegie

  • Play the Carnegie... in Cheboygan!
  • Holiday Bazaar 
  • Toast Our Town 2019
  • Friends of Cheboygan Carnegie
  • Explore Cheboygan

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

Concerts every Sunday 2-4pm ~ Featuring soup from our Food Partner Nourish ~ Admission by Donation


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 three 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 cross 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 and vocal 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.


2nd Holiday Open House - details coming soon

9th  Holiday music from the 3 R's:  Wyndham 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

Polar Bear Recon is a four piece Alternative Rock group based out of Northern Michigan.  They perform covers from the 1960's to the present including originals of their own.  

23rd  Dan House and Bill Wilson

We will celebrate the passing of the Winter Solstice with a pair of fingerstyle guitarist/multi-instrumentalists well known to Up North audiences for their solo and ensemble performances at venues like Petoskey's Red Sky Stage, the Petoskey Zion Lutheran Church's For the Love of Music concert series, and appearances at numerous art fairs, galleries, markets, restaurants and wineries in Northern Michigan. Their selections will range from the ancient to the modern and from the sublime to the amusing. They will perform separately but are rumored to be working up a small collection of duets as a special holiday season treat. 

30th  Evan Archambo/Carol Vanrandwyk

Evan is a local favorite, born right here in Cheboygan. He has been playing music practically his whole life and even went on a 7 country tour in Europe with the Michigan Ambassadors of Music. We can't wait to see what he has in store for us!

Holiday Bazaar

Join us for our Annual Holiday Bazaar

Featuring handmade items and crafts from Northern Michigan such as mittens, ornaments, wood carvings, spun yarn, jewelry, cards, pottery, personalized books, wreaths, jams, candles, soaps, lap quilts, and tote bags.  The fire will be warm & toasty and holiday music will fill the air!! Come get your Christmas shopping done! Contact us at for more information.

November 23 9am-4pm

November 24 9am-4pm

November 25 11am-4pm


Renee Powers

Harold & Cathy Eickhorst

Erica Castro

Judi Frank

Holly Roberts

Clayton Wapner

Marina Kolic

Lisa Readmond

Jenny Collison

Tina Carter

Paula Hiller

Melody's Lane

Donna Fields

Friends of Cheboygan Carnegie

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

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

The Carnegie Library Restoration


The ability to restore the Carnegie to its original magnificent state is largely due to the efforts of the Cheboygan High School Building Trades program 2016, led by Ron Hart and Charles Miller. Each day during their class time the students marched into the Carnegie with sledge hammers, hard hats, and tool belts – and with a great attitude -  systematically deconstructing each element that was not original to the building. This included the amazing feat of constructing scaffolding to the top of the dome and putting ladders on top of the scaffolding until they were at the highest point of the dome. The dome is now visible to all that visit the Carnegie and is unanimously the favorite feature of the building. My gratitude is deep for that class of young men and their fearless accomplishments. They did the hard part of the project and now we will commence with the restoration of the inside, outside, upstairs, and downstairs – hopefully to be complete by 2023.

Contact Us

Cheboygan Carnegie

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