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.

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 Islandโ€™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:

2019 Schedule and Brochure

Museum Hours

Museum opens Saturday 25, May 2019.

View Brochure for complete schedule

Please call 231.448.2254 for more information.

Construction Update

Mormon Print Shop ConstructionThe Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that a legacy benefactor, George Bisbee of Jackson MI, provided the Society just over $500,000, which will be used for financing the Print Shop Addition, including some of the exhibits. The Board is also grateful to the many Island benefactors who have supported the expansion concept and contributed to the capital campaign already and to those future benefactors who will continue to support the Society in fulfilling the vision to share the unique historical stories of the Archipelago through the renovated and expanded museum.

Architectural services are being provided pro-bono by Ebersoldt + Associates Architects, and its owner, Vince Ebersoldt, a long-time Island visitor, Island property owner and benefactor, as well as a BIHS Trustee. The Board of Trustees are extremely grateful to Vince and his team for the work they are doing on behalf of the Society, helping to keep Island History Alive!

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Image Caption noted as, Moving Coast Guard December 1961.

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That looks like the old boathouse before the newer existing one was built. I'm faintly remembering seeing it now and that it was being moved in 1961. I served there 1961-63 and if I remember correctly Charlie Martin purchased it and moved it up the road to his place.


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Have fun on BI this holiday! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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Beaver Island Historical Society

Beaver Island, MI
Who loves logs?
Professors and Dendroarchaeologists: Jim Speer (Indiana University) and Matt Bekker (Brigham Young University) will be out an about on the island to examine various log structures over the next few days.

You might be asking yourself what is a Dendroarchaeologist? They are archaeologists who specialize in study of vegetation remains, old buildings, artifacts, furniture, art and musical instruments using the techniques of dendrochronology (tree ring dating) Speer and Bekker will be out at the Protar Home on Monday evening at 7 pm to talk about the examination and process to date ancient logs and beams Stop by to meet them and ask questions.
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The Museums are ready for you to stop by and say hi! We have work going on at the Print Shop this year, but even so we have new stock in the Gift Shop and a traveling exhibit from the CMU's Clarke Historical Library. The banner exhibit is about Native American Treaty Rights and will be on display all summer.

Last fall the Nackerman family commissioned Charlie Creasser to craft a new desk for our docents in memory of their Grandfather Rod Nackerman. The desk is a beautiful piece of furniture and unfortunately was Charlie's last. One more reason to stop in for a visit.

We will be open 1-4 pm. Ruth and Max Bloomquist to be the first to try out the porch with live music 1-2:30.

The museums will have weekend hours over the next three weekends and resume regular hours after Fathers Day. Watch for tomorrow's post with pictures from the Marine Museum.
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Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see it in person. Love the desk!

This is across the street from my favorite cottage.

it looks amazing!!!

Can’t wait to see it!



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