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:

Museum Hours

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Please call 231.448.2254 for more information.

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Sadly, Frank passed recently. Here is a video we taped in 2018 the last time he visited the island. RIP Mr. Mays. ... See MoreSee Less

Sadly, Frank passed recently.  Here is a video we taped in 2018 the last time he visited the island. RIP Mr. Mays.
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Photography by Frank Solle / Stillpoint Photography