Beaver Island Historical Society Welcomes You to Our Past

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.

For an overview of Beaver Island History please visit: http://www.beaverisland.net/beaver-island-history

Upcoming Events


Water/Ways Exhibit June 23 - August 5, 2018

Beaver Island Historical Society is pleased to present 4 Water Exhibits

Where: WHISKEY POINT: St. James Township Hall & CMU Boathouse
When: Mon. – Sat. 11 A.M. – 5 P.M. Sunday 1-4 P.M.

More details and schedule


Beaver Island Historical Society Museum Week

Museum Week July 15 - July 21, 2018

38th annual event provides a week of fun, entertainment and education

Where: Various locations on Beaver Island
When: Times vary by day

More details and schedule


Museum Hours

*The Museums are open Weekends and will return to daily operations beginning June 16, 2018 and close Labor Day Weekend.

Summer Hours
Monday - Saturday 11-5
Sunday 1-4

Phone
231-448-2254

King Strang

King Strang


Explore our history, find out about the king, fishing, shipwrecks, island life, natural history, our Irish heritage, and much more.

From Our Facebook Page

Frank Hacket talking Coast Guard at Picnic at the Point today. Join us next week for Third Coast Conversations with our very own Lori Taylor-Blitz!
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Join us in Heritage Park Monday and Tuesday from 12-4, with blacksmith grilled hot dogs and paper dragon origami for the kids from 12-1 and interact with the Michigan Blacksmith Artist association, 12-4. They will also be working up a sweat there Wednesday from 2-4.
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3 days ago

Beaver Island Historical Society

Many thanks to everyone who came to the This Place Matters picnic at the Beaver Head Lighthouse. Event attendance confirms #ThisPlaceMatters A group photograph in front of the Lighthouse and will be posted soon. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great work everyone ⚓️👍🏼

Great event. Thank you for all your hard work

Great turnout

Thought you would enjoy this was on our visit

Great support it looks like!

so awesome!

Super, super day!!

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5 days ago

Beaver Island Historical Society

Thank you Chris Lechtner for sharing your video with the Smithsonian Water|Ways exhibit

The Lake Michigan Archipelago 2018
The Smithsonian Waterways program is designed to increase public awareness of clean water. Here is my video contribution to that effort. Thank you Clean Water Act of 1972 and all subsequent efforts to clean up this once dead lake and give it back to us. Continue the effort!❤️🏄🏻‍♂️💦

www.sites.si.edu/s/topic/0TO36000000L5MjGAK/waterways
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This Sunday, July 15 join us for a picnic at the Beaver Head Lighthouse. The activities will include music, games, and a community picnic. Join us for an Island group photograph in front of the lighthouse featuring “This Place Matters” signs by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 1-2 will be food, 2-3 will be lighthouse talk, 3-5 island photographs, games and music! ... See MoreSee Less

This Sunday, July 15 join us for a picnic at the Beaver Head Lighthouse. The activities will include music, games, and a community picnic. Join us for an Island group photograph in front of the lighthouse featuring “This Place Matters” signs by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 1-2 will be food, 2-3 will be lighthouse talk, 3-5 island photographs, games and music!

 

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Wonderful event. Kudos to Laurie Taylor- Blitz, and all who made today another great milestone for The Beaver Island Histiricsl Society‼️

Wishing I could be there!

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Photography by Frank Solle / Stillpoint Photography