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.

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.

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

Upcoming Events


Water/Ways Exhibit June 23 - August 5, 2018

Beaver Island Historical Society is pleased to present 4 Water Exhibits

Where: WHISKEY POINT: St. James Township Hall & CMU Boathouse
When: Mon. – Sat. 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. Sunday 1-4 P.M.

More details and schedule


Beaver Island Historical Society Museum Week

Museum Week July 15 - July 21, 2018

38th annual event provides a week of fun, entertainment and education

Where: Various locations on Beaver Island
When: Times vary by day

More details and schedule


Museum Hours

*The Museums are open Weekends and will return to daily operations beginning June 16, 2018 and close Labor Day Weekend.

Summer Hours
Monday - Saturday 11-5
Sunday 1-4

Phone
231-448-2254

King Strang

King Strang


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

From Our Facebook Page

On this day in 1789, Congress approved an act for the establishment and support of Lighthouse beacons, buoys, and public piers. Happy National Lighthouse Day to the Beaver Island Harbor, Squaw Island, and the Beaver Island Head Lighthouse! Thanks for guiding us home.
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On this day in 1789, Congress approved an act for the establishment and support of Lighthouse beacons, buoys, and public piers. Happy National Lighthouse Day to the Beaver Island Harbor, Squaw Island, and the Beaver Island Head Lighthouse! Thanks for guiding us home.
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#lighthouse #lighthouseday #beaverisland #beaverislandmichigan #historicalsociety #history #bihs #puremichigan #michigan #lakemichigan #lakemi #upnorth

 

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I loved having the privilege of living in and working at the South lighthouse in 1978. Beaver Island is truly a very special place.

Beacons of hope⚓️ then and now⚓️

Some count that as the CG Birthday, instead of the 4th of Aug 1790 when the Revenue Cutter Service was started by Alexander Hamilton. Not sure why it isn’t universally accepted. Semper Paratus!

We know that one of them is haunted👻

The wife and I have been out to Squaw Island Light.

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Beaver Island Historical Society

Tomorrow at 3!Please join us on AUGUST 5 for one last Water|Ways event. The Beaver Island Community Center will be showing Blue Planet in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater.

Please ignore the July 30th date. The showing was rescheduled for August 5 @ 3 p.m.
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Tomorrow at 3!

Ivan (one of the Gerrish family bunch) is
Bringing his trio to Beaver Island for a concert,
Tuesday, August 7 @ 7:30 p.m.
BEETHOVEN, MOZART, KODALY
at the St. James Episcopal Church.

The three masterful young men:
Ivan Suminiski, Violin
Joe Skerik, Viola
Kyle Stachnik, Cello

Donations will benefit the Historical Society
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Please join us on AUGUST 5 for one last Water|Ways event. The Beaver Island Community Center will be showing Blue Planet in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater.

Please ignore the July 30th date. The showing was rescheduled for August 5 @ 3 p.m.
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Please join us on AUGUST 5 for one last Water|Ways event.  The Beaver Island Community Center will be showing Blue Planet in the Robert Gillespie Memorial Theater.  

Please ignore the July 30th date.  The showing was rescheduled for August 5 @ 3 p.m.

Today, we say farewell and good luck to the Naponts as their journey takes them away from Beaver Island. Their family has been on High, Garden, and Beaver Island since the 1800's, and we are very grateful for our time with them.
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Today, we say farewell and good luck to the Naponts as their journey takes them away from Beaver Island. Their family has been on High, Garden, and Beaver Island since the 1800s, and we are very grateful for our time with them. 
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This family have been our special family for all my life, as well as my dad’s and grandpa’s...so much loyalty there.

Will miss them.Melvin has been friend of our family for over 70 years....See you in East Jordan guys.

End of an era. Best to the Naponts on their new chapter...

RitaNapont. Your cousin Emily Menary Feathers would like to her from you.

My mother was born in this house on High Island , Mary Nanigaw Keshick 1928 .

Say it isn’t so! Hopefully it won’t be permanent!

Will miss you here on the island. Many blessing on your new life in East Jordan.

I am sure they will miss this beautiful island♥

Spirit be with them on their journey, knowing them is such a blessing

Ba ma pi

Why are they leaving?

Did Rita move?Anyone know where she is?

Good luck 🍀 Melvin

Wow god bless them.

Where they going?

Good luck!

Happy Trails!

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