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.

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.

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


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 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.

Dec
28
1:00 pm13:00

Winter Time Travelers Kid's Program: Storytelling and Craft

Wednesday, December 28 (1-3 p.m.) - Free

The North Berrien Historical Museum will host a free Winter Time Travelers children's program featuring storytelling and a craft. Local professional storyteller Kathy Yonker will be sharing some of her favorite stories!

No RSVP required. This is a free program designed for ages 6-12. Families are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or by email at kristen@northberrienhistory.org.

Holiday Open House
Dec
2
Dec 4

Holiday Open House

  • North Berrien Historical Museum

The North Berrien Historical Society is proud to have the 12th Annual Holiday Open House this year. There will be many exciting activities going on from Friday, December 2nd thru Sunday, December 4th. The schedule is as following:

Friday, December 2nd

 Senior will have the first opportunity to take a tour of the holiday decor and visit Santa's Gift Shop for holiday gift needs. The Upbeats Band will be performing from 2-4pm

Saturday, December 3rd

Gingerbread house decorating ($5 donation), and kids ornament decorating ($2 donation) all day from 10am-4pm. Fill a box of holiday cookies ($6 donation) from 10am-1pm. Take a family photo with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 1-2:30pm.

Sunday, December 4th

Gingerbread house decorating ($5 donation), and kids ornament decorating ($2 donation) all day from 10am-4pm. Coloma Choirs will be performing from 12:30-2pm. Take a family photo and pet a live reindeer from 1-3pm. 

Aug
6
5:00 pm17:00

Mudslinging, Muckraking and Apple Pie: Presidential Campaigns, the Great American Pastime

  • Laura Baker Park

Saturday, August 6 (5pm) - Free

Historical speaker Terry Lynch will be at Baker Park in downtown Coloma during the Glad-Peach Festival to perform his program "Mudslinging, Muckraking and Apple Pie: Presidential Campaigns, the Great American Pastime." 

Political campaigns are getting down and dirty. How did this campaign craziness get started? Believe it or not, they have actually gotten more civil over the years. Don't believe it? In this program, hear the stories of the mudslinging and muckraking of the Jefferson v. Adams campaign of 1800, the Jackson v. Adams of 1828, the Lincoln v. Douglas of 1860, and Grant v. ANYONE! Also covered in this program is the 1912 campaign when Teddy Roosevelt decided to start his OWN political party.

Aug
6
2:00 pm14:00

Glad Peach Festival - Bus Trips to the North Berrien Historical Museum

  • North Berrien Historical Museum

Saturday, August 6 (2-4pm) - Free

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the North Berrien Historical Society this summer, free bus trips from downtown to the North Berrien Historical Museum will be offered from 2 to 4pm on Saturday during the Glad-Peach festival! Pick up & drop off will be at Randy's BP Gas Station (located at 121 S. Church St. in Coloma) approximately every 20 minutes. 
 

Aug
5
8:00 pm20:00

1966 Film Series Part I - Lt. Robin Crusoe, USN

  • North Berrien Historical Museum

Friday, August 5 (8pm) - Free

Celebrate 50 years of the North Berrien Historical Society with us! We invite the public to a free showing of the 1966 film, Lt. Robin Crusoe, U.S.N., a G rated film released by Walt Disney and starring Dick Van Dyke.

This showing is part 1 of a 2-part film series dedicated to the year 1966, the year the North Berrien Historical Society was founded. 
 

Jul
30
10:00 am10:00

Time Capsule Dedication Ceremony

  • North Berrien Historical Museum

Saturday, July 30 (10am-Noon) - Free

Be a part of the history! The North Berrien Historical Museum invites the public to a Time Capsule Dedication Ceremony to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historical society. Alex Gates, first North Berrien Historical Museum Executive Director, will be the special guest speaker for this exciting event! This program is free, and refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

Jul
19
7:00 pm19:00

50 Years of Making History with the North Berrien Historical Society

  • North Berrien Historical Museum

On July 29, 1966, a group of like-minded citizens held the very first meeting of the North Berrien Historical Society. They shared stories, photographs and artifacts in a mission to preserve their local heritage and history. Over the years, their dedication and collaboration has successfully evolved the society; from the construction of a museum, to the successful passage of funding allowing for growth, and from countless volunteer hours to the hiring of paid professional staff, the society and its mission have grown extensively in 50 years. 

Celebrate with us at this special program on Tuesday, July 19. The museum's collection of scrapbooks and momentos will be on display for viewing. For anyone who has any photographs or memories of their own who would like to participate, we invite you to join us! Refreshments will also be served. 

If you would like to share a photograph or memory of your involvement with the North Berrien Historical Society but cannot make this event, feel free to send us your stories via email at info@northberrienhistory.org or call us at (269) 468-3330, and we will be sure to share them that evening!

Jul
2
11:00 am11:00

Independence Day Patriotic Pinwheel Craft

  • Watervliet District Library

Saturday, July 2 (11am-1pm) - Free

The North Berrien Historical Museum will host a Patriotic Pinwheels Craft Activity before the Watervliet Independence Day Parade. Stop by the Watervliet District Library any time between 11am and 1pm before the parade begins to create your very own patriotic pinwheel to spin and sparkle in the crowd!

This is a free, open house style activity, and all materials will be provided - just show up and have fun! Children and their families of all ages are welcome to join the fun! No RSVP required.