Beaver Island Historical Society Welcomes You to Our Past

The Beaver Island Historical Society was founded in 1957 to collect and share the fascinating history of Beaver Island. A remote island in Lake Michigan, it has witnessed many interesting and unique historical events, and has been home to various groups including Native Americans, a Mormon branch known as the Strangites, Irish immigrants, fisherman, lumberjacks, and many more.

King Strang

King Strang

The Historical Society currently operates two museums on the Island, the Print Shop Museum and the Marine Museum, as well as two additional historical sites: Heritage Park and the Protar Home. We offer several resources and services to our visitors, including genealogical research, copies of archival photos, and a series of historical journals and other books for purchase. Additionally, we host many events throughout the year to promote the Island’s history.

Explore our history, find out about the king, fishing, shipwrecks, island life, natural history, our Irish heritage, and much more.

For an overview of Beaver Island History please visit: http://www.beaverisland.net/beaver-island-history

Museum Hours

Closed for the season and will reopen May 2019.  Please call 231.448.2254 for more information.

Construction Update

Mormon Print Shop ConstructionThe Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that a legacy benefactor, George Bisbee of Jackson MI, provided the Society just over $500,000, which will be used for financing the Print Shop Addition, including some of the exhibits. The Board is also grateful to the many Island benefactors who have supported the expansion concept and contributed to the capital campaign already and to those future benefactors who will continue to support the Society in fulfilling the vision to share the unique historical stories of the Archipelago through the renovated and expanded museum.

Architectural services are being provided pro-bono by Ebersoldt + Associates Architects, and its owner, Vince Ebersoldt, a long-time Island visitor, Island property owner and benefactor, as well as a BIHS Trustee. The Board of Trustees are extremely grateful to Vince and his team for the work they are doing on behalf of the Society, helping to keep Island History Alive!
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Paying homage to the past BIHS director for many many years. File caption "Bill Cashman at Wojan's Bait Shop," date not noted. Enjoy! ... See MoreSee Less

Paying homage to the past BIHS director for many many years.  File caption Bill Cashman at Wojans Bait Shop, date not noted.  Enjoy!

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Great picture!

Let the sunshine in. Welcome Spring! Beaver Island Historical Society Photograph Collection #634 ... See MoreSee Less

Let the sunshine in.  Welcome Spring!  Beaver Island Historical Society Photograph Collection #634

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Remember the quote " I don't do windows ". well there you go...men do with a little prodding by those who don't. 🙂

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Beaver Island Historical Society Photograph Collection #133

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The former Arnold ferry Mackinac Islander right in front of her. Was used as a package freighter on the lakes and then sold to a west coast company who used her as a crabbing boat until she sank with all lives lost mid 1980s.

O I remember that boat

Russell Green on the bottom right.

I know who set it on fire! Joe McPillips saw it!

South shore?

6 days ago

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I'm the cutie with the dark jacket in the center standing next to my grandmother, Mary "Bert" McDonough.

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Beaver Island is Calling!

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Great photo! What does it say above Beaver Island?

Many recognizable faces!

Julie

Bet its Homecomming

1959

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Photography by Frank Solle / Stillpoint Photography