Trapping and Trading: The Fur Trade
Tools of the Blacksmith
1839 Courthouse Restored
Completed in 1839, Berrien County's Greek Revival-style courthouse was designed by local architect Gilbert Avery. After the county seat was moved to St. Joseph in 1894, the 1839 courthouse saw use as a community center, dance hall, militia training site, church and school. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the 1839 Courthouse and surrounding buildings in Courthouse Square is one of the oldest surviving government complexes in the Midwest.
Tools of the Blacksmith
Recreated on the site is a working forge to illustrate the importance of blacksmiths in small communities.
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.
The 2018 Summer Program Series
Liberty Tea Demonstration
Join us for a mini tea!
Volunteer Bonita Warner will host three mini-teas demonstrating Liberty Teas on Sunday, August 19, in the Murdock Log Cabin. After the Boston Tea Rebellion in 1773, Colonial women swore off King George's teas. This forced the women to become creative and they took to their surroundings (orchards, woods, and kitchen gardens) to create tea blends that became known as "Liberty Teas". Tea Times will be at 1 pm, 2 pm, and 3 pm.
Old Songs in History with the Pipestone Road Irregulars
Grab some friends and some chairs and gather at the Jailhouse Plaza for a free concert!
The Pipestone Road Irregulars return to the History Center at Courthouse Square to bring you songs from history. (In case of rain the concert will be moved inside the Courthouse.)
Rise Above Concert
Come enjoy a free, foot-stomping, hum-along, concert at the History Center!
Join the History Center at Courthouse Square for a free concert provided by the musical group Rise Above. The group's folksy, blue-grassy songs will get your feet a-stompin' and your face a-smilin'.
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.
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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