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.

The museums are closed for the season. Please call the Print Shop Office for a scheduling an after season tour of our properties.

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

Carl D Bradley Exhibit at the Marine Museum

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:

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Please call 231.448.2254 for more information.

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A great picture taken by Cynthia Johnson. ... See MoreSee Less

A great picture taken by Cynthia Johnson.

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Mark Cross was 2nd. mate on SOUTH AMERICAN when I was crew. Hailed from Beaver Island. A fishing family then and now. sfk

This is a wonderful installation of Zoltan Sepeshy’s work that I was privileged to see in Detroit during its restoration process

Linda Gilford Have you or Alex seen this piece?

Happy Veterans Day! Below is an image of a Civil War button (among others) found during NMU excavations at the Mormon Print Shop. ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Veterans Day!  Below is an image of a Civil War button (among others) found during NMU excavations at the Mormon Print Shop.

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Where did King Strang's house stand?

Are there known Civil War vets who lived on the Island, other than John Floyd?

Mary Simmons look!

I pulled this Army button last summer from a private permitted dig. I haven't put a date to it yet.

We have located two men from Arranmore island who served in the American civil war namely Patrick Gallagher and John O Donnell. Both survived and returned to AM. Dont know if they had been in Beaver Island.

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I have family on the island..the Greens.... would like to know more about them

Cornstalk and Denemy?

There was more than one Boyle, Gallagher and O'Donnell families. Are they all being covered in this volume? And the Malloy's were omitted.

I love this! Only recently discovered via DNA/Ancestry that Peter (Black Pete) Edward McCauley and Mary Ellen Malloy are my 3rd great grandparents (my mom was adopted as a baby)! Seems there is family connection to O'Donnells as well. So want to learn more about these ancestors!

Judith Mahoney Boyle you should be a part of this.

Don’t forget the Donlevy and the Dunlevy’s

Daniel Ricksgers!

Plan to contribute something as a descendent of the "Tight" Gallaghers - my great-grandfather was Dan "Tight" and my great-grandmother was Hannah Gillespie Gallagher.

I am a granddaughter of Catherine Gallagher and great granddaughter of Don Father Gallagher. Catherine married John O'Donnell son of the Mahane O'Donnell. My grandparents lived in Escanaba MI. I love Beaver Island. We used to visit and stay with cousin Peter and Delores Doney Gallagher at Aunt Mary and Paddy Early's home. Debbie Baker Barbara Kutches Gloria Gallagher Korte Daniel O'Donnell Laura Kathleen O'Donnell. My cousins please tag other family

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