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Industry History Day
12:00 PM12:00

Industry History Day

North Berrien has been and still is an area flourishing with many industries. On June 22, the North Berrien Historical Museum will be celebrating these local achievements with a multifaceted event which will include a kids activity and craft, a lecture, and a celebration of the former Watervliet Paper Mill.

Watervliet Paper Mill, 12:00–4:00 p.m.: Employees, family members, and all others who are interested are invited to view the Museum's Paper Mill collection. Help identify photos, tell your story, and meet up with friends from past years.

Assembling the Past: Michigan's Automotive Industry for Kids, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.: Kids ages 6–12 will learn what drove Michigan's automotive industry. They will run their own automotive assembly line, build rubber band cars, and test their vehicles for distance. Kids participating in this free program will take home their handmade toy. Please note that there are two opportunities for kids to participate in this program.

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A Global History of Meat
7:00 PM19:00

A Global History of Meat

From large-scale cattle farming to water pollution, meat—more than any other food—has had an enormous impact on our environment. Historically, Americans have been among the most avid meat-eaters in the world, but long before that, meat was not even considered a key ingredient in most civilizations' diets. 

On Tuesday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Wilson Warren will appear at the North Berrien Historical Museum where he will present on how meat entered the daily diet and at what costs and benefits to society. Dr. Warren is a professor and chair of the History Department at Western Michigan University and has studied the meat industry for more than a decade. He recently published his book, Meat Makes People Powerful: A Global History of the Modern Era, which will be available to purchase at the program.

Collaborating with the North Berrien Historical Museum for this event is Water & Wheat Cafe who will have sliders of their vegan burger available to sample following the presentation.

No RSVP is required for this free program. Please contact with any questions or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330. 

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Snow Birds
1:00 PM13:00

Snow Birds

Spread your wings and fly on over to the North Berrien Historical Museum during midwinter break for a fun-filled afternoon about birds. 

Learn all about our feathered friends who live in Michigan and what they do for the winter from a Sarett naturalist, meet a live barred owl, and make a pinecone bird feeder to put out for the birds in your backyard. 

This free program is intended for children ages 6-12 and their families. For questions, please contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or email

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