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.

But, the museums are open! The Marine Museum opened on July 1 and the Print Shop opens July 15. The museums will be open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11-5. The Protar Home is open on Wednesdays from 11-1.

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

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

The cost will be $20.00 plus tax and $3.50 for postal delivery.

Cookbooks are also for sale at the museums.

More information and order form here

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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Beaver Island Historical Society
Virtual Event
Monday, 7/20/20 @ 6:30 PM EST

THE KING OF CONFIDENCE
A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch ~ by the bestselling author of The Island of Lost Maps Miles Harvey

Please join the Beaver Island Historical Society for a special virtual event. Monday evening, we will join Miles Harvey online for an interview about his new book The King of Confidence. Hot off the press today his book tells the fascinating but largely forgotten story of James Jesse Strang, the self-proclaimed king of earth, heaven — and Beaver Island is published by Little Brown and Company.

Beaver Island — and Lake Michigan, where Strang's pirates were legendary — play huge parts in the story, but most of Michigan plays at least a role in Strang's story, from Mackinac Island to Detroit. Strang was a state legislator for years, during which he represented a quarter of the state.

Centering his narrative on Strang's turbulent twelve years in power, Harvey gets to the root of a timeless American original: the Confidence Man. Full of adventure, bad behavior, and insight into a crucial period of antebellum history, The King of Confidence brings a readable account of one of the country's boldest con men and the boisterous era that allowed him to thrive.

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Meeting ID: 816 6148 0931
Password: printshop
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Beaver Island Historical Society
Virtual Event
Monday, 7/20/20 @ 6:30 PM EST

THE KING OF CONFIDENCE
A Tale of Utopian Dreamers, Frontier Schemers, True Believers, False Prophets, and the Murder of an American Monarch ~ by the bestselling author of The Island of Lost Maps Miles Harvey

Please join the Beaver Island Historical Society for a special virtual event.  Monday evening, we will join Miles Harvey online for an interview about his new book The King of Confidence.  Hot off the press today his book tells the fascinating but largely forgotten story of James Jesse Strang, the self-proclaimed king of earth, heaven — and Beaver Island is published by Little Brown and Company.

Beaver Island — and Lake Michigan, where Strangs pirates were legendary — play huge parts in the story, but most of Michigan plays at least a role in Strangs story, from Mackinac Island to Detroit. Strang was a state legislator for years, during which he represented a quarter of the state.

Centering his narrative on Strangs turbulent twelve years in power, Harvey gets to the root of a timeless American original: the Confidence Man. Full of adventure, bad behavior, and insight into a crucial period of antebellum history,  The King of Confidence  brings a readable account of one of the countrys boldest con men and the boisterous era that allowed him to thrive. 

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81661480931?pwd=ZVdET05OZFZUYy9Rb0YrUHJIVTc0dz09

Meeting ID: 816 6148 0931
Password: printshop
One tap mobile
+13126266799,,81661480931#,,,,0#,,776800606# US (Chicago)
+19292056099,,81661480931#,,,,0#,,776800606# US (New York)

The Beaver Island Historical Society Cookbooks are for sale at the museums. The Marine Museum is open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11-5. Starting next Wednesday the Print Shop will be open the same days and hours as the Marine Museum. Also, the Protar Home is open 1-3 on Wednesdays.

When visiting our sites please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at the entrance.
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Thanks to all who put this together. Great history plus recipes. Love mine.

I would also like to thank everyone who helped with this. I am enjoying it very much.😊

Mary Moritz Boyle can u get me one of these and I’ll give you the bilos

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