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!

During the month of September the Print Shop and Marine Museum will both be open from on Friday and Saturday only 1-4 and Protar's House will be open by appointment only.

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.

Sincerely,
Lori Taylor-Blitz
BIHS Executive Director
email: bihistory@tds.net

Our New Online Store is Now Open

Our store features over 50 items including our very popular Cook Book
Visit the Store Here

Beaver Island Cookbook ORDER YOUR NEW EDITION OF THE BIHS COOKBOOK NOW!

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: http://www.beaverisland.net/beaver-island-history

Museum Hours

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Please call 231.448.2254 for more information.

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Our summer intern this year, Matthew Swarthout, takes you around the refurbished bottom floor of the Marine Museum. His exhibit on the Carl D. Bradley is ready to be viewed, so come down to the Marine Museum and check it out! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you!

Well Done by our Marine Museum Intern Matthew Swarthout! The museum hours for September are 1-4 on Friday and Saturdays.

Very nice Matthew!

Very nicely done!

Bridget Cull Brown's grandaughter, Mary Elizabeth Brown's husband, John Freemon Fogelsonger was 2nd Mate on the Carl Bradley. Bridget was the daughter of Dennis Cull and Mary "Labley" O'Donnell Cull.

Ah Connaghan

Very impressive, well done!

Looks good Matt it was nice working with you there this summer

Matt, Great presentation & excellent exhibit

Great job

Well done Matthew! Can't wait for Frank Mays to come back and see your exhibit.

Very nice presentation Matthew. Love your enthusiasm! We will visit next year!! 🙌♥️

Awesome presentation Matthew Swarthout.

Wow wow wow. Great work, again! Are you thinking of a degree in historical museum design?

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The Sepeshy Mural has returned to the island. If you would like to sneek a peek please visit the Print Shop Museum and enter through the front entrance only. The Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11-5.

Funding for restoration was made possible by the many friends and supporters of the Beaver Island Historical Society, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Richard and Jane Manoogian, the Mike Sepeshy Family, the Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network, and an anonymous benefactor.

Conservation work was completed by Conservation and Museum Services Ken Katz.
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The Sepeshy Mural has returned to the island.  If you would like to sneek a peek please visit the Print Shop Museum and enter through the front entrance only. The Museum is open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11-5.

Funding for restoration was made possible by the many friends and supporters of the Beaver Island Historical Society, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Richard and Jane Manoogian, the Mike Sepeshy Family, the Northwest Michigan Arts and Culture Network, and an anonymous benefactor.  

Conservation work was completed by Conservation and Museum Services Ken Katz.

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Beautiful!

The difference the restoration and hanging it in this new space is remarkable.

It looks marvelous there!

When will the museums close in the fall?

And we preserve some of the history of the island’s gift: fishing!!! Very awesome!

An Island treasure!!

Congratulations!!!! I saw this in Ken Katz studio before restoration. It looks fabulous!

Can’t wait to see it...just beautiful!

This is just beautiful. It looks so nice!

It has turned out wonderful. My Dad would have loved to see it fully restored and hung in the new place. So glad he was able to make the desk for the print shop. Can’t wait to see it.

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Photography by Frank Solle / Stillpoint Photography