North Berrien Photography Contest 2017
Jun
1
Aug 25

North Berrien Photography Contest 2017

The North Berrien Historical Museum invites submissions of original photographs that capture the distinctive character of our area for future generations. Photo contest winners will be exhibited at the North Berrien Historical Museum throughout September 2017.

GUIDELINES: Photos must depict a location within North Berrien County-- this includes Coloma and Watervliet cities and the townships of Hagar, Bainbridge, Coloma, and Watervliet-- and be taken in 2017. Photo submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible.

DEADLINE: August 25, 2017 by 4:00 PM

PRIZE: $25 cash + Local gift card + 1 year membership to the North Berrien Historical Museum

CONTEST RULES: Full contest rules and entry form can be picked up at the North Berrien Historical Museum, located at 300 Coloma Ave (across from the high school) or requested by email at kristen@northberrienhistory.org

Co-sponsored by the North Berrien Historical Museum, the Coloma Watervliet Chamber of Commerce, and Twin City Camera Club

"Ferris Wheel at Jollay Orchards" Deb Hammermeister

Summer Time Travelers: Voyageur Life!
Jul
26
1:00 pm13:00

Summer Time Travelers: Voyageur Life!

Rewind the clocks 300 years and step into the profitable age of the fur trade! Learn about the impressive voyageurs who braved the Great Lakes waterways to deliver trade goods to the trading posts and transport the animal furs back to Montreal! 

Experience voyageur life hands on by getting in a replica voyageur canoe, grabbing a paddle and setting off on an interactive, imaginary journey led by Sarett Naturalist Rob Pearce. Other activities include: signing a contract with a fur company (using a quill of course!), using maps to find the route to the trading post and back, tasting voyageur foods, and more!

Designed for ages 6-12. Families are also welcome! For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or by email at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

Photo: “Shooting the Rapids” by Robert Hughes Perrizo; http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2010/08/from-canoe-to-canvas-minnesota-painter-captures-voyageurs-history/

STEM Days: Sailing!
Aug
8
Aug 29

STEM Days: Sailing!

People have been sailing on Paw Paw Lake for over a hundred years! Join us as we explore the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) that power sailboats using US Sailing's STEM curriculum. Designed for grades 6 and up!

Tues, August 8, 10:00-noon: Measuring Wind
How can we use wind if we can’t see it? We’ll explore this topic by identifying wind clues, making a wind anemometer, and
measuring wind!

Tues, August 15, 10:00-noon: Buoyancy
How do boats float? We’ll investigate this topic by learning about buoyancy, density, and water displacement! 

Tues, August 22, 10:00-noon: Sail Area and Perimeter
Why are most sails triangular in shape? We’ll dive into this topic by measuring sails and using the Pythagorean Theorem! 

Tues, August 29, 10:00-noon: Land and Sea Breezes
How is the air affected by the land and water below it? We’ll look at how temperature affects the movement of air. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BY JULY 31. Call the museum at (269) 468-3330 or drop by the museum to register. Questions? Call us at the number above or email us at kristen@northberrienhistory.org

Native American Sugarbushing
Aug
15
7:00 pm19:00

Native American Sugarbushing

Jefferson Ballew of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi's Tribes Education Department will present on the Traditional Lifeways of the Great Lakes Native Americans. In his presentation he will highlight the importance of maple sugar and maple syrup and their medicinal properties. He will also discuss the processing, harvesting, and celebrating of winters first food, maple sugar. The supplies, tools and processes used both historically and contemporary, will also be discussed.

There will be light refreshments to follow. Questions? Contact us at (269) 468-3330 or kristen@northberrienhistory.org

Historical Kayak Tour of Little Paw Paw Lake
Aug
17
6:00 pm18:00

Historical Kayak Tour of Little Paw Paw Lake

Enjoy a relaxing evening with the North Berrien Historical Museum and Sarett Nature Center on a beautiful historic kayak tour of Little Paw Paw Lake. Learn about the natural wildlife and vegetation of the lake as well as its history. Meet at the museum and ride over together to the lake to begin the tour. Kayaks and equipment will be provided. Recommended for ages 10 and up. The cost is $15 per person. Please call the museum at (269) 468-3330 to reserve your place. 

Questions? Contact the museum at  (269) 468-3330 or kristen@northberrienhistory.org

Wanted: Homes For Children, Dowagiac's Orphan Train Story
Sep
19
7:00 pm19:00

Wanted: Homes For Children, Dowagiac's Orphan Train Story

In the mid-1800s, thousands of homeless children roamed the streets of New York City. To help deal with the orphaned children, Charles Loring Brace founded the Children’s Aid Society in 1853 to provide the basic needs for some of the children. In 1854, he sent a group of 46 children west, via steamboat and train, to find new homes with farm families. The train had one destination—Dowagiac. After they arrived in Dowagiac, the children were examined by local residents, who then selected the orphans to take home. After several days, 37 of the children had been taken in by local families and the first trip was deemed a success.

Because of the success of the 1854 trip to Dowagiac, the Orphan Train placed out over 200,000 children to almost every state in the nation until 1929. Many of the children had positive experiences in their new homes and led successful lives, while others struggled and moved away from the ‘adopting’ families. The Orphan Train impacted child welfare and adoption laws while also affecting thousands of families across the country.

Steve Arseneau, Director of the Dowagiac Area History Museum, will provide a telling of that first trip to Dowagiac and more in “Dowagiac’s Orphan Train Story.” The City of Dowagiac and the Dowagiac Area History Museum have been working on a year-long project highlighting the Orphan Train in the city in 2017. The project, partially funded by the Michigan Humanities Council, will result in a mural depicting the Orphan Train in downtown Dowagiac.

MEMBERS ONLY Kalamazoo Valley Museum Tour
Sep
21
9:00 am09:00

MEMBERS ONLY Kalamazoo Valley Museum Tour

Calling all NBHM Members – Special Event! The North Berrien Historical Museum would like to extend a special invite to members only; a trip east (Kalamazoo) to tour the Kalamazoo Valley Museum!!

We have arranged a private guided tour of their newest exhibit “Hateful Things”.  This travelling exhibit is from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University. This exhibit contains 39 items from the late 19th century to the present day. The exhibit is meant to examine the history of racism as well as examine present day stereotyping, and to help promote racial healing.

We have also arranged a light show in the planetarium to the famous Pink Floyd’s  - “Dark side of the Moon”, a behind the scenes tour of the museum’s impressive collections room, and time to move about the museum at your own leisure.

Details:

Date:  Thursday, September 21st

Time: 9:00 am to Noon – Departing from North Berrien Historical Museum at 8:00 a.m.

Cost: $7.00 with carpool ride or $3.00 without carpool ride.

Please RSVP by Friday, September 15th (269)468-3330

We hope to see you!!!!

Not a member? Call the museum or stop in to become a member today!

 


Paw Paw Lake and All That Jazz!
Jul
18
7:00 pm19:00

Paw Paw Lake and All That Jazz!

Join us as we look back at the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 1940s which brought jazz music, dance, and fun to the area. Learn about the performers who entertained thousands at Paw Paw Lake’s different dance pavilions, hear the upbeat tunes that might have filled the big dance halls, and see related artifacts from the museum archives. Don't miss this musical presentation by Director of Programs, Kristen DeHaan.

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org

Photo: Lloyd Auer and His Virginians performing at Crystal Palace.

 

Grand Opening for Crate, Basket and Veneer Machinery Collection
Jul
1
2:00 pm14:00

Grand Opening for Crate, Basket and Veneer Machinery Collection

The North Berrien Historical Museum is excited to unveil its newest permanent collection: the Southwest Michigan Crate, Basket and Veneer Machinery Collection.

The collection showcases 22 basket making machines that were made by two Twin City companies, St. Joe Ironworks and Saranac Machine Company, between 1890-1950 and used by Monte Packaging Company in Riverside. The museum received ownership of the machinery from Monte Packaging Company back in 2014 and has been working diligently to move, clean, and prepare the collection for visitors to enjoy.

Join us as we mark this long-awaited occasion. Starting at 2:00 pm there will be a delicious hot dog cookout. Then at 2:45 pm keynote speaker Sam Monte of Monte Packaging Company will share the significance of the machinery to the community. Immediately following, Bob Hatch, grandson of St Joe Ironworks founder, will ceremoniously cut the ribbon, officially opening the collection for public viewing.

Questions? Contact the museum at 269 468-3330 or kristen@northberrienhistory.org

Photography 101
Jun
22
7:00 pm19:00

Photography 101

Join us as we kick off the 2017 North Berrien Photography Contest with this introductory photography session. Ted Post, treasurer of the Twin City Camera Club, will be at the North Berrien Historical Museum to share tips and techniques on how to take good photos and answer photography related questions. No photography experience is required. Feel free to bring your camera along with you!

We are happy to have the Twin City Camera Club co-sponsor the photography contest this year. Organized in 1933, the Twin City Camera Club's purpose is "to encourage and develop an interest in photography." Find more information on their website: www.twincitycameraclub.com

No RSVP is required for this free program. Questions? Contact then museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org

What Lies Beneath: Treasures of Paw Paw Lake
Jun
20
7:00 pm19:00

What Lies Beneath: Treasures of Paw Paw Lake

An experienced diver and founding member of the Michigan Underwater Divers (MUD) Club, Don “Mac” McAlhany will present a program on the underwater sights beneath the waters of Paw Paw Lake. He will discuss natural features and wreckage in Paw Paw Lake and show some of the “treasures” he has recovered during years of diving. The talk will also include details of changes in the lake since the cleanup project began. Refreshments to follow.

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

Summer Time Travelers: Historic Fun and Games!
Jun
14
1:00 pm13:00

Summer Time Travelers: Historic Fun and Games!

Celebrate the start of summer break at the North Berrien Historical Museum with this day of old-fashioned fun and games. Children have always found creative ways to have fun long before videogames and smart phones were invented. Discover the games that brought laughter and joy to children throughout the centuries, such as: graces, hoop and stick, bowl toss, and more!

This free program is designed for kids ages 6-12 and their families. No RSVP is required. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or kristen@northberrienhistory.org

Berrien County in the Great Depression
May
16
7:00 pm19:00

Berrien County in the Great Depression

How did the Great Depression impact Berrien County? What caused it? How did America get out of it? Discover the fascinating facts behind the worst economic disaster in American history and its effect on southwest Michigan. Kelsey Curnutt, Services Coordinator at the History Center at Courthouse Square, will be presenting on this memorable chapter of U.S. history. 

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org

Photo: John Vachon/NY Public Library; http://peopleus.blogspot.com/2012/10/and-you-thought-it-was-bad-now.html

Southwest Michigan in Vietnam
Apr
18
7:00 pm19:00

Southwest Michigan in Vietnam

Director Dr. James Smither will be at the North Berrien Historical Museum on April 18th to discuss the Grand Valley State University Veterans History Project and share interviews conducted with Vietnam veterans from southwest Michigan. 

Established in 2006, the GVSU Veterans History Project has worked diligently to “collect, record, and archive oral history interviews and other materials relating to the experiences of military veterans of all eras.” Their archives include hundreds of interviews, and accompanying transcripts, with veterans from American conflicts ranging from World War I to the Iraq War. The GVSU Veterans History Project is an archiving partner with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.
 

Photo: Henri Huet/AP Photo; http://www.nydailynews.com/news/vietnam-real-war-marks-conflict-50-year-anniversary-gallery-1.1474566?pmSlide=1.1474556

Voyageur Life! Spring Break Activity Day
Apr
5
1:00 pm13:00

Voyageur Life! Spring Break Activity Day

During the local schools’ spring break, the North Berrien Historical Museum will host a free kids activity day focusing on the voyageurs of the fur trade. 

Rewind the clocks 300 years and step into the profitable age of the fur trade! Learn about the impressive voyageurs who braved the Great Lakes waterways to deliver trade goods to the trading posts and transport the animal furs back to Montreal! 

Experience voyageur life hands on by getting in a replica voyageur canoe, grabbing a paddle and setting off on an interactive, imaginary journey led by Sarett Naturalist Rob Pearce. Other activities include: signing a contract with a fur company (using a quill of course!), using maps to find the route to the trading post and back, tasting voyageur foods, and more!

Designed for ages 6-12. Families are also welcome! For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or by email at kristen@northberrienhistory.org

Photo: “Shooting the Rapids” by Robert Hughes Perrizo; http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2010/08/from-canoe-to-canvas-minnesota-painter-captures-voyageurs-history/

Lost and Found: Legendary Lake Michigan Shipwrecks
Mar
21
7:00 pm19:00

Lost and Found: Legendary Lake Michigan Shipwrecks

The Titanic sank in 1912 and the stories of amazing survival and tragic loss made the ocean liner famous. The Titanic’s discovery in 1985 made the ship legendary. Likewise, the Lake Michigan shipwrecks in this program became even more famous after their discoveries than at the time of their losses, gaining notoriety as historic attractions, archaeological sites, and in some cases, over bold salvage attempts or precedent-setting legal battles. Author and explorer Valerie van Heest will take you back in time to experience the careers and tragic sinkings of these ships, then beneath the lake to participate in the triumphant discovery and exciting exploration of their remains. Most assuredly, the compelling sagas of these important vessels did not end when the waves of Lake Michigan washed over them.

Valerie van Heest is an award-winning author, underwater explorer, museum exhibit designer, and a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame who has been honored for her work preserving and promoting Michigan’s maritime history. A passionate and engaging speaker, Valerie shares the exciting stories of her expeditions using dramatic historic and underwater images.

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt
Mar
11
2:30 pm14:30

St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt

Join us for a fun and engaging scavenger hunt around the museum to find the hidden pot of gold! And learn some Irish history and traditions along the way! Light refreshments to follow.

This free program is designed for wee folk ages 6-12. Families are also welcome! For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or by email at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

Eden Springs Park Restoration
Feb
21
7:00 pm19:00

Eden Springs Park Restoration

Debbie Boyersmith, volunteer coordinator at Eden Springs Park, will be presenting about the park, its restoration process, and the plans for its future.

Established in 1908, Eden Springs Park was a large tourist attraction that drew many visitors to the Benton Harbor area for decades. The park offered its guests a truly enjoyable experience with zoological exhibits, a miniature auto raceway, an outdoor amphitheater, miniature trains, beautiful gardens, and much more until closing in the mid 1970s. Restorations of the park began when Eden Springs Park Preservationists, a non-profit organization, purchased the property in 2009 with the mission to preserve and restore the historic landmark. 

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

Exploring the Grand Galapagos
Jan
17
7:00 pm19:00

Exploring the Grand Galapagos

Come escape the winter blues at the North Berrien Historical Museum as we explore the tropical Galapagos Islands with Sarett Nature Center's Director Dianne Braybrook!

Laying on the equator, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands contain 15 separate islands and numerous endemic wildlife species. Wildlife highlights of the islands include: the Galapagos tortoise, Galapagos penguins, marine and land iguanas, Darwin finches, waved albatross, flightless cormorants and blue footed boobies. Join Dianne as she relives her adventures of walking, snorkeling and “panga” riding at this wildlife enthusiast travel destination.
 

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.