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Wisdom Seekers

Wisdom Seekers

COMING IN AUGUST 2016 - 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

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

Tools of the Blacksmith

Recreated on the site is a working forge to illustrate the importance of blacksmiths in small communities.

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Programs

Thursdays at Courthouse Square

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.

Locomotives Along the Lakeshore

Locomotives Along the Lakeshore

Presented by History Center curator Bob Myers. Railroads, beginning with the Michigan Central in 1848, spread a transportation network across Berrien County in the 19th century. This program examines the history of the railroad lines that operated in Berrien County, including the Michigan Central, Pere Marquette, St. Joseph Valley, Cincinnati, Wabash & Michigan, and the electric interurban lines. Myers has authored two books on the history of local railroads: “Locomotives Along the Lakeshore” and “Autotram, Clark Equipment Co. Aluminum Railcar” both of which are available at the museum store at the History Center.

Laura Whidden

Laura Whidden

Singer/songwriter Laura Whidden, a Berrien Springs native, will share her music and information about her work with the humanitarian aid organization World Vision. Her albums include Love’s Pure Light, Flow, Awaken Me and You Are. Co-sponsored with the Berrien Springs Community Library.

A Killing In Capone’s Playground

A Killing In Capone’s Playground

Presented by author and historian Chriss Lyon. “Bloody Chicago” was the name given to America’s most corrupt city after the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929 when Al Capone’s gang murdered members of the rival Bugs Moran gang. The killers who carried out the St. Valentines Day Massacre escaped. Ten months later, Police Officer Charles Skelly, working a routine traffic stop in St. Joseph, Michigan, was gunned down by Fred Burke, a suspect in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The “backwash of bloody Chicago” had made its way into the rural neighborhoods of southwestern Michigan. Using never before published police reports, interviews with family members of key witnesses, and leading experts, historian Chriss Lyon establishes the foundation for what would develop as a haven for gangsters, including Fred Burke. Book sales and signing.

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Gift Shop

New Gift Shop

Welcome to the History Center's New Gift Shop

Currently you may place an order by downloading and mailing the attached Order Form , or by phone for credit card orders. We accept Visa and MasterCard.

Looking forward, we invite you to check back soon if your prefer to order directly online as our new online payment system will be finished as soon as possible.

Greetings from Benton Harbor

Greetings from Benton Harbor

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