Boyne Heritage Center

Boyne Heritage Center The mission of the Boyne Heritage Center is to be the living voice of those who came before us — stewards of artifacts and a historical hub for our region.

History in the Making: Meeting our neighbors in timeBoth the "today" and "yesterday" photos of this historical overlay w...
03/11/2019

History in the Making: Meeting our neighbors in time

Both the "today" and "yesterday" photos of this historical overlay were taken from the same place on Water Street — what is now the entry to Local Flavor Bookstore. When these two young gentlemen posed for the camera however, their wicker stroller was parked in the entry to Kaden's department store.

History in the Making: Meeting our neighbors in time.Don't you just love envisioning what it would be like to step throu...
03/04/2019

History in the Making: Meeting our neighbors in time.

Don't you just love envisioning what it would be like to step through time to walk these streets of Boyne — the sounds and sights, the shops and industry, the people you might see? We do too, so we're creating a new series of historical overlays so we can stroll through history and meet our neighbors in time as they went about their daily lives — just like we do — on the same streets and sidewalks that we walk today.

02/11/2019

History in the Making: Exhibit storyline
The history of the Boyne region is traced through the gifts of land and water – formed by grinding glaciers and growing forests; nurtured by native tribal hands; consumed by booming industry and fading fortunes; renewed, shared and preserved today.

History in the Making: Inventorying the artifacts   The Boyne Heritage Center holds thousands of artifacts, historical d...
02/04/2019

History in the Making: Inventorying the artifacts

The Boyne Heritage Center holds thousands of artifacts, historical documents and photos in public trust. The goal is to take a full inventory and make the entire collection accessible to view on our future website. Every shoe, every tool, every salt shaker – each and every artifact – is being professionally photographed and recorded into an electronic catalog. Each item is then carefully packed into new archival storage containers for preservation. As you can imagine, this is a colossal project and will take many months to complete. Special thanks to little Lydia for being a patient little model while her photographer mother, Elise Freed, adjusted the camera and lighting!!

History in the Making: Our geographical area     Although we have no fixed boundaries, the Boyne Heritage Center will fe...
01/27/2019

History in the Making: Our geographical area
Although we have no fixed boundaries, the Boyne Heritage Center will feature historical content primarily from the service area of the Boyne District Library, with the addition of Boyne Falls, Walloon Lake and the area west of Horton Bay.

History in the Making: Welcome new board member Patrick McCleary!  Patrick is a fourth generation Boyne City native, con...
01/20/2019

History in the Making: Welcome new board member Patrick McCleary!

Patrick is a fourth generation Boyne City native, consummate historian, author, presenter, and President of the Charlevoix County History Preservation Society. We are so very fortunate to have Patrick join our team, and would like to share with you some of his thoughts about the future of the Boyne Heritage Center:

Patrick, why did you want to serve on the Boyne Heritage Center board?

“Over the the past year, the current board has done a remarkable job of laying the groundwork for a successful nonprofit organization. Their work with a professional museum designer will soon culminate in a modern, state-of-the-art layout as well. My main interest in serving stems from a historic aspect. I would like to see new and lesser-known stories coming to the forefront, those that have previously taken a back seat or been forgotten. Creating a historic display requires background knowledge and fact-checking. Being well-versed in both Boyne City and Charlevoix County history, I hope to bring some of this knowledge and skill-set to the table.”

What part of the project are you especially excited about?

“Most of the local community possess at least a basic knowledge of the main figures from Boyne’s past, but many have never heard the fascinating stories of so many other men and women that played major roles in our area’s development. The Boyne Heritage Center, with its broader range of topics, can highlight some of these figures alongside their more well-known counterparts. Having worked with many of the area’s history groups and organizations over the years, I look forward to seeing the new heritage center interact and be collaborative with other facilities, groups and museums in different areas in different venues. It is these types of interactions that will assist in keeping the Boyne Heritage Center viable and thriving and visible in the public eye. I am excited to see these types of relationships develop and grow in the coming years.”

Is there anything particular you’d like the community to know at this stage?

“The Boyne Heritage Center will not be ‘static’ in either its layout or its topical coverage. While singular themes may hold long-standing positions in the flow of exhibits, highlighted topics, photographs and artifacts will rotate and change over time, making interesting new things for visitors to see in repeat visits. We are also very fortunate to live in a digital age. When people come forward with their collections of photographs, documents, postcards and other family memorabilia, they can now share these items by having them properly scanned, photographed and labeled as their contribution. In doing so, the integrity of the contribution can be maintained; the Heritage Center's collection of resource material is able to grow; and contributors receive their original items back, intact and unharmed."

Board Members(L-R): John McGeorge, Tom Bernardin, Tamara Weidlich, Asuka Barden, Kecia Freed, Sara Shifrin, Gow Litzenburger, Monica Kroondyk, Patrick McCleary

History in the Making: Our pledge to do it right The Boyne Heritage Center takes very seriously our commitment and respo...
01/13/2019

History in the Making: Our pledge to do it right

The Boyne Heritage Center takes very seriously our commitment and responsibilities of being a good steward of the resources we hold in public trust. We pledge that we will follow the national ethics, standards and best practices of the American Alliance of Museums to the best of our abilities and in accordance with our resources.

Board Members:
Asuka Barden
Tom Bernardin
Kecia Freed
Monica Kroondyk
Gow Litzenburger
John McGeorge
Sara Shifrin
Tamara Weidlich

History in the Making: A big, crazy dreamWhen plans for the new City building included a space for the museum, our commu...
01/06/2019

History in the Making: A big, crazy dream

When plans for the new City building included a space for the museum, our community saw a golden opportunity. Public meetings were held, input gathered, and a vision became clear: the City should continue to house the museum, but a new nonprofit should be formed with its own board of directors to develop and govern a vibrant new heritage center for the larger Boyne area. The goal? To build a flagship historical hub that will transport visitors through time and make them say “WOW!” The Boyne Heritage Center – it’s a big, crazy dream, but dreaming big is Boyne’s heritage!

History in the Making!The Boyne City Historical Museum can now officially step into its vibrant new life as the Boyne He...
12/31/2018

History in the Making!
The Boyne City Historical Museum can now officially step into its vibrant new life as the Boyne Heritage Center! The IRS has approved our application as a nonprofit organization, and our new name reflects our mission to be the living voice and memory of those who came before us — stewards of artifacts and an engaged, collaborative history hub for the Boyne Area. New organization, new name, new leadership, new energy! We welcome the New Year and the excitement that lies ahead.

Boyne Heritage Center
12/30/2018

Boyne Heritage Center

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS!The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society (CCHPS), in collaboration with local...
11/10/2017

JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS!

The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society (CCHPS), in collaboration with local author Bob Morgridge, is proud to announce their first color, hard-cover book!

"Boyne City's Old Town Clock Tolls Again" $30

BUY YOUR BOOKS AT THESE LOCATIONS:
The Boyne District Library
Lynda's Real Estate Office
Ralph Gillett's Office
Raven Hill Discovery Center

Get your book signed by the author at the November 11th Miller program at the Boyne District Library!

DON'T MISS THIS FANTASTIC PRESENTATION TOMMORROW!“The Millers: Boyne’s First Permanent Settlers” by Bob MorgridgeS...
11/10/2017

DON'T MISS THIS FANTASTIC PRESENTATION TOMMORROW!

“The Millers: Boyne’s First Permanent Settlers” by Bob Morgridge
Saturday, Nov 11th, 1:00 pm
Boyne District Library Community Room, lower level
Refreshments will be served

The Charlevoix County History Preservation Society, in collaboration with the Boyne District Library, will present another installment in their 2017 History Speaker Series Programming.

Take an amazing journey through time, as only historian Bob Morgridge can deliver. His program, with an amazing array of early photographs, will outline how Boyne City came to be, 161 years ago!

CCHPS is also very excited to offer for sale their first hard cover book: "Boyne City’s Old Town Clock Tolls Again" by Bob Morgridge. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author!

For more information, call Georganna at 231-883-9867 or Monica at the Boyne District Library at 231-582-7861.

Always the early arrival, John Miller waits for the Boyne City State of the Community luncheon to begin.
10/12/2017

Always the early arrival, John Miller waits for the Boyne City State of the Community luncheon to begin.

The public is invited to a presentation of Phase I of the new museum/heritage center design by Joe Hines of Project Arts...
09/29/2017

The public is invited to a presentation of Phase I of the new museum/heritage center design by Joe Hines of Project Arts & Ideas. Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 7pm, upstairs in the new City Hall Commission Chambers. Refreshments will be served.

Don't miss today's open house at the new Boyne City City Hall from 5-7pm! Dedication ceremony at 5:30. See our new museu...
09/01/2017

Don't miss today's open house at the new Boyne City City Hall from 5-7pm! Dedication ceremony at 5:30. See our new museum space and get a close-up look at the gorgeous fully-restored 1904 tower clock and the 1917 LaFrance fire truck.

We're happy to announce the winner of our raffle! Alexander Swartz and his family won a private ride about town on the 1...
09/01/2017

We're happy to announce the winner of our raffle! Alexander Swartz and his family won a private ride about town on the 1917 LaFrance fire truck. Congrats!

The Boyne City Fire Department purchased the thoroughly modern and powerful American LaFrance fire truck brand-new in 19...
08/03/2017

The Boyne City Fire Department purchased the thoroughly modern and powerful American LaFrance fire truck brand-new in 1917, making the leap from horse-drawn to motorized fire equipment. Remarkably, Boyne's firefighters have lovingly kept the LaFrance in beautiful working order for a century — an accomplishment almost unheard of in fire departments across the nation. The LaFrance has become a showpiece of Boyne City's community pride and interest. Photos ©2017 Michigan Barefoot Memories Photography

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Boyne City's 1917 American LaFrance fire truck! Open House at the new fire department...
08/03/2017

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Boyne City's 1917 American LaFrance fire truck! Open House at the new fire department Friday August 11th, 6-9 pm. Displays, demonstrations at Veterans Park Saturday August 12th during the antique car show.

Celebrate the 100th anniversary our 1917 LaFrance firetruck! Find one of 17 painted rocks hidden around town — bring i...
08/03/2017

Celebrate the 100th anniversary our 1917 LaFrance firetruck! Find one of 17 painted rocks hidden around town — bring it to the Fire Department Open House on Friday August 11th from 6-9 pm, and you will receive a vintage 1956 Boyne City Centennial Coin!

SEEKING FOUNDING BOARD FOR NEW HERITAGE CENTER. The City of Boyne City is excited about the community's bold new vision ...
06/22/2017

SEEKING FOUNDING BOARD FOR NEW HERITAGE CENTER. The City of Boyne City is excited about the community's bold new vision to rejuvenate the historical museum into a vibrant heritage center for the Boyne City area. The goal includes new leadership with a new nonprofit organization, board of directors and executive director. A professionally-designed exhibit space is currently underway. The next step is to find interested people to form the founding board of directors. Those with passion, vision, optimism, expertise and time available will make all the difference in these crucial formative days. If you are interested in serving on the new board, contact Kecia Freed at [email protected].

04/18/2017

Your input and ideas will help shape our new museum! To help get your wheels turning, we'll post some questions from the museum designer's pre-planning survey. QUESTION #1: What have you liked in exhibits you've visited in other museums, and what have you disliked?

03/29/2017
Welcome to Project Arts & Ideas

We are thrilled to announce collaboration with museum consultant Joe Hines, owner and principal of Project Arts & Ideas of Dearborn. Joe has designed exhibits for big hitters like the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, National Packard Museum and The University of Michigan, as well as projects closer to home in Indian River and Topinabee. Soft spoken, thoughtful and ingenious, Joe has won awards for exhibit design in Michigan, Iowa, Tennessee and South Carolina. Check out his website, www.projectartsandideas.com. Joe has facilitated two public input sessions in Boyne City so far and plans to visit every couple of weeks during this initial design phase.

Project Arts and Ideas specializes exhibit design, installation, and consultation.

03/29/2017

Boyne City's Historical Museum is at a breathtaking point of opportunity, poised for launch. With dedicated space in our beautiful new municipal building, we have a chance to transform our museum into a flagship attraction and heritage tourism center for our area. By committing to a bold, purposeful strategy, professional design and strong new leadership, our community can create a vibrant museum that will be a wellspring of stories, programming, collaboration and energy. This is our chance — join in the planning!

Boyne Heritage Center
03/29/2017

Boyne Heritage Center

Boyne Heritage Center's cover photo
03/29/2017

Boyne Heritage Center's cover photo

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Boyne City, MI
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