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House of David: Myths & Fables Reviewed & Defused

  • North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Ave Coloma, MI 49038 Berrien County (map)

Founded in Benton Harbor as a religious society in 1903, the House of David has long been the subject of urban legends and tall tales. In an effort to dispel some of these mistruths, three representatives of the House of David will team up at the North Berrien Historical Museum on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. to present the numerous fables and misrepresentations of the House of David dating back to the 1920s up to the present.

Brian Ziebart is a trustee, archivist, and historian for the House of David and has spent more time with their collections than anyone else. Debbie Boyersmith is the preservationist for Eden Springs Park whose family was part of the House of David for many years. Ron Taylor is a trustee, archivist, historian, and the museum director whose family joined the House of David at Sydney, Australia, in 1919—100 years ago.

The presentation will take on three aspects of the falsehoods circulated and widely accepted: present day publications and broadcasts, the Eden Springs Park’s  many recognized features and entertainments, and a review of a twisted legal history that spanned a decade before the State Supreme Court overturned the several lower court decisions. But the legends have never died. The three speakers hope to make the presentation both entertaining and educational.

No RSVP is required for this free program. For questions, please call the Museum at (269) 468-3330 or email

Earlier Event: March 16
St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt
Later Event: March 28
Relighting Party: Ellinee Inn