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Community Organizing for the Environment: Lessons from History
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Community Organizing for the Environment: Lessons from History

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From the conservation movement which established state and national parks in the early part of the 20th century to the federal legislation of the seventies, the environmental movement has had a significant impact on everyone living in the United States for more than one hundred years.

Dr. David Benac, associate professor of history at Western Michigan University, has done extensive research on the American environmental movement as well as the history and heritage of the timber industry in culture and landscape. His research investigates how individuals and communities develop cultural ties to environments (built, natural, and landscape) and how these connections emerge in grassroots activism. On Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Benac will visit the North Berrien Historical Museum to detail substantial moments in environmental activism including one episode of national significance which came out of Berrien County.

No RSVP is required for this free event. Please contact peter@northberrienhistory.org with any questions.

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Pomona Point Neighbors at Paw Paw Lake
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Pomona Point Neighbors at Paw Paw Lake

Join us as we dive into the waters of Paw Paw Lake’s rich history as a resort destination. Dr. Stephen Myers, a retired Professor of Medicine, moved to Pomona Point in 2008. His recent book, Pomona Point Neighbors at Paw Paw Lake, traces the growth of summer cottages and—later on—vacation homes along the shores and hills of the Point in the Fairview subdivision of Watervliet Township.

For his presentation, Dr. Myers will detail some of this history and how he became interested in the topic. He will also share information from his published biography of artist Charles Hetherington, a Chicago man who built one of the oldest surviving cottages in Fairview and is remembered as an American Expressionist painter.

No RSVP is required for this free program.

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Agriculture History Day
Aug
17
12:00 PM12:00

Agriculture History Day

Southwest Michigan if often referred to as a “fruit belt.” Therefore, the North Berrien Historical Museum is dedicating a day to learning about the agricultural history of the area.

Visitors will step back in time to an era when the bushel basket was an essential component of the fruit market. There will be multiple opportunities for former workers of Benton Harbor Fruit Market, Monte Package Co., Saranac Machine Co., and St. Joe Iron Works to REUNITE WITH FAMILIAR FACES. Tours of the museum’s collection of basket machinery by Sam Monte of Monte Package Co. and Bob Hatch of St. Joe Iron Works will begin at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

CALLING ALL KIDS! We have a program designed just for you! Harvesting History: Picking & Packing the Fruit Belt will take place at 1:00 p..m. and 3:00 p.m. Kids ages 6–12 will learn through craft making and demonstrations about the significance of Southwest Michigan’s Fruit Belt and how it supplied markets in Chicago and beyond. All children participating in this free program will walk away with their own handmade craft and a better understanding of local agriculture.

No RSVP is required for this free event. Snack and refreshments will be available. For questions, contact peter@northberrienhistory.org or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330.

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Industry History Day
Jun
22
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
May
21
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 peter@northberrienhistory.org with any questions or call the Museum at (269) 468-3330. 

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Snow Birds
Jan
3
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 peter@northberrienhistory.org.

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