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 1-3.

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.

Lori Taylor-Blitz
BIHS Executive Director

Our New Online Store is Now Open

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


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

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:

Museum Hours

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Please call 231.448.2254 for more information.

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Cemetery Walk #3 at Holy Cross Cemetery

This Sunday, August 9th, we will co-hosting another Cemetery walk at Holy Cross Cemetery, 11:30 a.m. We have several families willing to share their history; the Martins, the Gatliff and Connaghan, the Greens and the O'Briens (and the connections within). We have been having awesome turnouts and great stories. Please wear masks and social distance. We have a microphone and that helps a lot! If you wish to participate feel free to jump right in with your own stories.
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I loved cemetery walk 1 But can't find 2 to watch... Is it on video.. looking forward to 3.

I will upload when the recording is released.

DeBriae/O'Brien is my family !!

Tomorrow we will be meeting in the south west section of the cemetery. We will be honoring the families that were scheduled last Sunday and was rained out.The Cemetery walks begin this Sunday! ... See MoreSee Less

Tomorrow we will be meeting  in the  south west section of the cemetery.  We will be honoring the families that were scheduled last Sunday and was rained out.

Comment on Facebook The Cemetery walks ...

I wished I could be there. Beaver Island is one of my favorite places.

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Photography by Frank Solle / Stillpoint Photography