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 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.
When visiting our sites please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at the entrance.
BIHS Executive Director
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
Photography by Frank Solle / Stillpoint Photography