Trapping and Trading: The Fur Trade
Tools of the Blacksmith
COMING IN 2016 - ENDING OCT. 2017 The story of Andrews University: From Battle Creek…to Box Cars…to Berrien Springs
Andrews University has been an integral part of our community for more than one hundred years. Generations of local residents and students, as well as students from around the world, all share in its vast history. This exhibit traces the founding of the university from its early days as Battle Creek College in the 1870’s, to the big move to Berrien Springs in 1901, to the impact that Andrews University has on the community today.
The Courthouse Museum: Featured Left, The Fur Trade
Trade in pelts such as beaver, muskrat, mink and otter was Michigan's first industry. Despite popular belief, almost all the trapping was done by Indians, not Europeans. English and French Traders exchanged goods for pelts, but did little trapping themselves. Furs, especially beaver were extremely valuable in Europe for clothing and hats. A trader could easily make his fortune with a few canoe loads of furs. Come see all our museum exhibits.
Tools of the Blacksmith
Recreated on the site is a working forge to illustrate the importance of blacksmiths in small communities.
The 2017 Summer Program Series
The History Center's summer program series returns with exciting presenters! The programs are free of charge thanks to generous sponsorships from the Berrien Springs/Eau Claire Rotary Club and Indiana Michigan Power. All programs are on Thursday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the History Center.
"World War II Navy Aircraft Recovery from Lake Michigan", Taras Lyssenko
Taras Lyssenko, the “T” of A. and T. Recovery, has worked locating and recovering the lost Navy airplanes for the past thirty years. He has retrieved nearly four dozen aircraft that are now on display in museums across the county. Taras will present his unique perspective of the nearly thirty year effort to recover these important aircraft built and used by the “Greatest Generation” to preserve America’s and the world’s freedom and liberty. Most of the aircraft have been restored and are now presenting their important history to the American public. Along with the aircraft A and T Recovery has located many shipwrecks, including the German World War I U-Boat UC-97, and an early Holocene forest.
Schedule a Program or Service Today!
Outreach programs are available for either day or evening presentations, depending on staff availability. To schedule a program for your organization, call the Berrien County Historical Association at (269) 471-1202, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program fees: Outreach programs are $60 each. Multiple programs on the same day and location are $60 for the first program and $30 for each additional program. Mileage is charged for programs presented at locations outside of Berrien County.
Welcome to the History Center's New Gift Shop
The Museum Store carries a varied selection of local and regional history books, children’s books, American Girl books, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, home décor, and much more!
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Historic Walking Tour of St. Joseph
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