Beaver Island Historical Society Welcomes You to Our Past

In Response to the COVID-19

Sadly, the BIHS annual events that we all look forward to are cancelled this year this includes most Museum Week events including the Art Show and Blacksmiths. We anticipate a better outcome in 2021.

The museums are closed for the season. Please call the Print Shop Office for a scheduling an after season tour of our properties.

All public health precautions will be observed. Members of the community can make a reservation to tour the museums outside of our regular hours by calling the Print Shop 231.448.2254. Please be patient with us as we navigate through these uncertain times and know there will be more time for fun in 2021. The safety of visitors, members, staff, and volunteers is our top priority, and we will continue to monitor new developments closely.

When visiting our sites please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at the entrance.

Sincerely,
Lori Taylor-Blitz
BIHS Executive Director
email: bihistory@tds.net

Our New Online Store is Now Open

Our store features over 50 items including our very popular Cook Book
Visit the Store Here

Beaver Island Cookbook ORDER YOUR NEW EDITION OF THE BIHS COOKBOOK NOW!

The cost $20.00 plus tax and $3.50 for shipping and handling.

Cookbooks are also for sale at the museums.

More information and order form here

Carl D Bradley Exhibit at the Marine Museum

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

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Please call 231.448.2254 for more information.

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Online community reveal day 2.

Over the years many people visited the Print Shop Museum and admired the Helen Collar sketches of island settlers, many of whom were Irish. This year the Broder family donated the original sketches and we commissioned Karl Heller to frame her art. The exhibit is stunning!
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Online community reveal day 2.  

Over the years many people visited the Print Shop Museum and admired the Helen Collar sketches of island settlers, many of whom were Irish.  This year the Broder family donated the original sketches and we commissioned Karl Heller to frame her art.  The exhibit is stunning!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Beautiful.

Looks great!

I can’t wait till next summer to check it out.

So beautiful!

Last weekend the Beaver Island Historical Society hosted a community reveal of the Print Shop Museum addition Members of the community were invited to schedule private tours throughout the weekend. Now that those are complete, over the next few days we will share images of our new addition.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members and friends for supporting our efforts. The dream began over 20 years ago with longtime director Bill Cashman. Sadly Bill passed in 2014 before seeing the museum work completed.

The first post in our series recognizes our community, friends & supporters with sincere gratitude.

Pierre, our mascot beaver welcomes you to this preview beginning with the Zolton Sepeshy WPA era mural: Hauling in the Net along with a WPA banner exhibit about the artist, the Fine Arts Program wherein this mural was commissioned, WPA folk music and Beaver Island WPA specific projects.
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Enjoyed viewing the new addition to the museum.

What a beautiful new addition. We enjoyed our tour. Congratulations to the island for this wonderful gift to all.

Congratulations BIHS!!

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Greetings to our Island community! We are excited to show you our new Print Shop Museum! It's our way of thanking you for your help and support of our new addition.

Our Board members will be giving tours of our new Print Shop Museum during the weekend of October 16. Following virus protocol, a maximum of 9 people wearing masks will be given an exclusive 30-minute tour. Some of our exhibits will be on display and you'll hear about our plans for other exhibits.

Tours are offered every 30 minutes 11am to 3:30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday-- October 16,17 and 18. Call the Print Shop during business hours M-F to reserve your time slot. 231-448-2254
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Congratulations

I love your island so much

That's the weekend we're coming.. excited to see the museum!

Congratulations on the re-opening! Next time on the island I’ll be in!

Many congratulations and good wishes from Arranmore.

Looking forward to seeing it.

Congratulations!! Look forward to seeing it!!

Congratulations!

Congrats and God’s blessings!

Is the mural back?

What is the latest date the Print Shop will be open this year?

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Photography by Frank Solle / Stillpoint Photography