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:

2019 Schedule and Brochure

Museum Hours

Museum opens Saturday 25, May 2019.

View Brochure for complete schedule

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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The Medusa

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My Dad spent many years on this ship..always enjoyed getting invited to eat lunch or dinner..great food

My Dad, Jim Willis, and my brother Don, worked on the Medusa Challenger. My Mom went on some of the trips.

My uncle Edwin McCann was a captain for Medusa Cement.

My Grandfather retired from the Medusa Challenger. Gerald Left.

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Beaver Island Tour Bus 1970s (?) ... See MoreSee Less

Beaver Island Tour Bus 1970s (?)

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I remember bouncing around in the back of my Uncle Perry Crawford’s van. It was empty, but we had folding lawn chairs to sit on. Just remember laughing so hard, we were unsure if it was the rutted roads or just our laughing that kept tumbling our seats over! Bet we were probably doing 10mph.

Is that the Teeter Bus?

Wow, never seen this before. That bus sat in our back yard for years, and was quite the playhouse for all us kids.

I wish this bus was alive and available for boodling

70's! See several familiar faces!

Do I see a.couple Cole boys? Robert Rob Cole Paul Cole Brian Brian P Cole

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