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. We anticipate a better outcome in 2021.
But, the museums will open! The Marine Museum will open on July 1 and the Print Shop will open soon after, but the actual date is still to be determined. The museums will be open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11-5. The Protar Home will be open on Wednesdays beginning July 1., 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.
BIHS Executive Director
The Beaver Island Historical Society is putting together an art exhibit: June 21-September 12 focused on the Island’s unique environmental biodiversity. We are calling artists to participate in Expressions of Nature- Beaver Island. The exhibition is open to all artists – professional or amateur – who wish to submit their own original works. Entry Deadline May 1, 2020 - View Details & Entry Form
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.
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
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.
Photography by Frank Solle / Stillpoint Photography