How well do you know U.S, state, and local history?
Grab your friends and join us at the North Berrien Historical Museum for History Trivia Night, and show off your historical knowledge! Enjoy refreshments while competing against each other for bragging rights! Prizes will be awarded to the winning team.
How well do you know U.S, state, and local history?
In 1891, local businessmen, Louis D. Wallace and Logan Drake, established the Silver Beach Amusement and Realty Company with the intention of providing more activities for tourists to do when visiting the St. Joseph area. By constructing cottages, souvenir shops, a dance pavilion, and more, the men quickly developed their Lake Michigan frontage into one of the most remarkable amusement parks of its time. Operating until 1971, Silver Beach Amusement Park was a popular destination for both residents and tourists alike!
Patty Nordberg of The Silver Beach Carousel will present on the history of this local landmark. No RSVP is required for this free program. Questions? Contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at email@example.com
Wilbur and Orville Wright's famous flight in 1903 has been recorded in history books as the first airplane flight. But was it truly the first flight? Dr. Stuart Boekeloo, local dentist and historian, will present the compelling story of aviator Augustus Herring who claimed to have flown years before the Wright brothers at Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Michigan. He will also present stories of other aviators, such as the first to cross Lake Michigan from St. Joseph, the inception of the air mail system, and more!
No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flock on over to the North Berrien Historical Museum during mid-winter break for a fun afternoon about birds! Learn all about the birds that live in Michigan and what they do for the winter from a Sarett Naturalist, meet Cookie the barred owl, and make a pinecone bird feeder to put out for the birds in your backyard!
No RSVP is required for this free program. Designed for children ages 6-12 and their families. Questions? Contact us at (269) 468-3330 or email@example.com.
Mark your calendars! Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the North Berrien Historical Museum's annual Holiday Open House from December 1st - 3rd! Local businesses and organizations will bring their creativity and holiday cheer to decorate Christmas Trees all throughout the Museum. Come tour the impressive display of trees, vote for your favorites and, new this year, complete a scavenger hunt along the way!
When he was drafted for duty in the United States Army during World War I, Godfrey Anderson had no idea he was about to become part of a military adventure that would find him doing battle with Bolshevik revolutionaries in the frozen reaches of northern Russia. Arriving in England after a brief “boot camp” training period at Michigan’, Anderson became one of a 5,000-man American contingent assigned to join British troops in an expedition to prevent Allied war materials in Archangel, Russia from falling into the hands of the Bolsheviks.
Gordon Olson served as Grand Rapids' City Historian from 1978 until he retired in 2002. He has authored numerous books and articles about Grand Rapids' history, produced live and videotaped programs, and collected historical manuscripts, photographs and related material for the Grand Rapids Public Library’s regional history archives.
There will be light refreshments to follow. No RSVP is required for this free program. Questions? Contact us at (269) 468-3330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn fascinating personal stories of past residents and how they shaped Watervliet history on a stroll through the cemetery grounds. We’ll visit the resting places of the town’s last living Civil War soldier, a Michigan Secretary of State, a Big Ten head football coach, and more! We will meet at the Watervliet Cemetery, located on Red Arrow Highway across from Watervliet High School!
No RSVP is needed for this free program. Questions? Contact us at (269) 468-3330 or email@example.com
North Berrien Historical Museum members are invited to join us as we celebrate the end of another successful year and look ahead on the year to come! There will be a delicious dinner, catered by the Country Kitchen, starting at 6:00 pm with the meeting to follow. At 7:00 pm there will be a special presentation by Dr. Michael Nassaney of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project. Dr. Nassaney will update us on the latest discoveries at the site of the 17th century French Fort, following the completion of the 2017 Field School.
$14 per person. Please call (269) 468-3330 to RSVP by October 6th
Not a member? There is still time to sign up before the event! Stop into the museum or call us at (269) 468-3330 for more information on memberships.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Beth Moody, Potawatomi and Shawnee, Cultural Consultant for the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan will discuss the Traditional Lifeways of the Great Lakes Native Americans. In her presentation she will highlight the importance of maple sugar and maple syrup and their medicinal properties. She will also discuss the processing, harvesting, and celebrating of late winter- early springs first food, maple sugar. The supplies, tools and processes used both currently and historically, will also be discussed.
There will be light refreshments to follow. Questions? Contact us at (269) 468-3330 or email@example.com
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Lloyd Auer and His Virginians performing at Crystal Palace.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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