Beaver Island Historical Society Welcomes You to Our Past

WEEKEND OF NEW DEAL-ERA ART AND MUSIC
PLEASE JOIN US ON APRIL 17 & 18, 2020

IN ANN ARBOR & DETROIT

Mural 4-17-18-2020

View the Events Schedule & Details

TICKETS:
$50 APRIL 17- JAZZ CONCERT ONLY (Kerrytown Concert House concert tickets only: Kerrytownconcerthouse.com Phone: 734-769-2999)
$150 APRIL 18- ART TOUR ONLY
$200 BOTH EVENTS
*$500 PATRON TICKETS INCLUDES TICKETS TO BOTH EVENTS AND A SHARED DONATION TO BOTH ORGANIZATIONS)
**$1000 SPONSOR – DONATION TO ORGANIZATION OF CHOICE OR EQUAL SPLIT (Please note choice at checkout)

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY AT BIHISTORY@TDS.NET OR (231) 448-2254 OR EMAIL THE CULTURAL ARTS ASSOCIATION AT INFO@BICAA.ORG
RESERVED TICKET SALES ARE AVAILABLE ON THESE WEBSITES:
https://www.beaverislandhistory.org
https://www.baroqueonbeaver.org
https://www.bicaa.org

BEAVER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY P.O. BOX 263 BEAVER ISLAND, MI 49782
(231) 448-2254 | BIHISTORY@TDS.NET | WWW.BEAVERISLANDHISTORY.ORG

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Beaver Island Historical Society

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

The Print Shop is closed until May.
The Marine Museum can be toured until Nov 15 by appointment.
In the spring: May 1 - June 20 by appointment.
Museums will open for regular hours on June 21, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

Please call 231.448.2254 for more information.

Construction Update




Please note on your donation for which project you would like to apply it to or it will be applied to the general fund. Read about our various projects below.

Construction Update 12-19-2019

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This month the Charlevoix County Community Foundation highlights legacy donor and longtime summer resident Henry Hill (1915-2018) "... a champion of organizations that provide for people on the island, such as the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, the Beaver Island District Library, and the Beaver Island Historical Society. With his legacy gift, Henry is able to continue supporting these organizations now and for generations to come."

Henry holds the claim as the longest-visiting BI summer resident, marking almost 100 summers spent here. He wrote about his childhood years on the Island's South End in his book, 'Tales From the Other End of the Island', available from BIHS. BIHS salutes Henry's decades of generous support of the island in so many ways.Henry Hill was a longtime visitor to Beaver Island. He was a champion of organizations that provide for people on the island, such as the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, the Beaver Island District Library, and the Beaver Island Historical Society. With his legacy gift, Henry is able to continue supporting these organizations now and for generations to come. Read his full story here: www.c3f.org/whats-new/legacy-features/henry-l-hill.html

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This month the Charlevoix County Community Foundation highlights legacy donor and longtime summer resident Henry Hill (1915-2018) ... a champion of organizations that provide for people on the island, such as the Beaver Island Rural Health Center, the Beaver Island District Library, and the Beaver Island Historical Society. With his legacy gift, Henry is able to continue supporting these organizations now and for generations to come. 

Henry holds the claim as the longest-visiting BI summer resident, marking almost 100 summers spent here. He wrote about his childhood years on the Islands South End in his book, Tales From the Other End of the Island, available from BIHS. BIHS salutes Henrys decades of generous support of the island in so many ways.

The snows of yesteryear: A 1980 photo by the late Phil Gregg of wind-sculpted snowdrifts on the lakeside curve of Donegal Bay Road, with kids-at-heart posing within them. Phyllis Gregg Moore recalls "If I remember correctly, the snow babies were Skip McDonough, Lil Gregg, Gretchen McDonough, and Joy Green." ... See MoreSee Less

The snows of yesteryear: A 1980 photo by the late Phil Gregg of wind-sculpted snowdrifts on the lakeside curve of Donegal Bay Road, with kids-at-heart posing within them. Phyllis Gregg Moore recalls If I remember correctly, the snow babies were Skip McDonough, Lil Gregg, Gretchen McDonough, and Joy Green.

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All those snow babies were/are wonderful BI residents

I certainly have many fond memories of them and their indelible imprint on my person.

Save the dates! BIHS is excited to partner with the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association in offering a very special event this April 17-18 in the Detroit area. A dual fundraiser for BIHS's Sepeshy Mural Restoration Project and BICAA's 2021 production of a new musical based on Beaver Island history, we invite you to join us in this weekend immersion into the classic art and music of the New Deal Era.

The program begins the evening of Friday, April 17 at Ann Arbor's intimate Kerrytown Concert House. There, guests will be gifted with a shimmering performance of Jazz Age legend George Gershwin's iconic piano compositions by Kevin Cole, who has been called "America's pianist" and hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the premier interpreter of Gershwin's work today. A wine reception precedes the concert.

The Saturday morning segment opens at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, where Greg Wittkopp, Director of Cranbrook's Center for Collections and Research, will give a presentation on muralist Sepeshy. This will be followed by a tour of Saarinen House, the Art Deco masterpiece where Sepeshy lived, as well as entry to Cranbrook Art Museum's vault to view other Sepeshy paintings.

From there tour participants will visit a number of Detroit locales, including lunch at the Traffic Jam & Snug, one of the city's hidden culinary treasures; a tour of the Conservation and Museum Services lab directed by Kenneth Katz, who has spent months carefully restoring the BIHS-owned Sepeshy mural 'Hauling in the Net' on view there; a trip to the Detroit Public Library to take in other renowned New Deal Era murals; and a chance to meet and converse with members of Zoltan Sepeshy's family.

Don't miss out on this rich cultural experience and opportunity to support two exceptional projects showcasing vibrant aspects of Beaver Island's unique history!

(Further details of the weekend program and ticket purchase options can be found on beaverislandhistory.org and baroqueonbeaver.org. For more information please contact the Beaver Island Historical Society at bihistory@tds.net or (231) 448-2254 or email the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association at info@bicaa.org)
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Save the dates! BIHS is excited to partner with the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association in offering a very special event this April 17-18 in the Detroit area. A dual fundraiser for BIHSs Sepeshy Mural Restoration Project and BICAAs 2021 production of a new musical based on Beaver Island history, we invite you to join us in this weekend immersion into the classic art and music of the New Deal Era.

The program begins the evening of Friday, April 17 at Ann Arbors intimate Kerrytown Concert House. There, guests will be gifted with a shimmering performance of Jazz Age legend George Gershwins iconic piano compositions by Kevin Cole, who has been called Americas pianist and hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the premier interpreter of Gershwins work today. A wine reception precedes the concert. 

The Saturday morning segment opens at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, where Greg Wittkopp, Director of Cranbrooks Center for Collections and Research, will give a presentation on muralist Sepeshy. This will be followed by a tour of Saarinen House, the Art Deco masterpiece where Sepeshy lived, as well as entry to Cranbrook Art Museums vault to view other Sepeshy paintings. 

From there tour participants will visit a number of Detroit locales, including lunch at the Traffic Jam & Snug, one of the citys hidden culinary treasures; a tour of the Conservation and Museum Services lab directed by Kenneth Katz, who has spent months carefully restoring the BIHS-owned Sepeshy mural Hauling in the Net on view there; a trip to the Detroit Public Library to take in other renowned New Deal Era murals; and a chance to meet and converse with members of Zoltan Sepeshys family. 

Dont miss out on this rich cultural experience and opportunity to support two exceptional projects showcasing vibrant aspects of Beaver Islands unique history!

(Further details of the weekend program and ticket purchase options can be found on beaverislandhistory.org and baroqueonbeaver.org. For more information please contact the Beaver Island Historical Society at bihistory@tds.net or (231) 448-2254 or email the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association at info@bicaa.org)
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