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 Winter Program Series
The 2017 Winter Program Series is themed around the Wisdom Seekers exhibit, now on display at Courthouse Square. The Wisdom Seekers tells the story of Andrews University, located in Berrien Springs. Join us to hear vibrant speakers tell different aspects of the university’s history. You will learn how the university ended up in Berrien Springs, what student life was like then and what it is like now, and the role it plays in our community.
From College to University, Meredith Jones Gray
Meredith Jones Gray, author of the campus history book, “As We Set Forth”, chair of the Department of English at Andrews University, and daughter of Andrews faculty members, has spent her entire life in the Andrews community. She will share recent research about the campus transition from Emmanuel Missionary College to Andrews University back in 1959, as well as some of her wealth of personal experience at Andrews.
Edward A. Sutherland, Ronald Knott
Edward A. Sutherland was an administrator and faculty member at Battle Creek College (historical “grandparent” of Andrews University). Sutherland worked closely with John Harvey Kellogg as an educational reformer and was the driving force in moving the institution to Berrien Springs. Ronald Knott is director of Andrews University Press, housed in Sutherland House (the oldest campus building in existence). Knott will provide an overview of Sutherland’s unique contribution to this town and to Christian education philosophy.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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