Harbor Springs Area Historical Society

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society History's home in Harbor Springs, Michigan. Our museum features family-friendly interactive exhibits and the society hosts year-round programs and special events celebrating our area's unique heritage.
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Historical Society of Michigan
01/22/2020
Historical Society of Michigan

Historical Society of Michigan

Shipwreck fans, unite! Have you heard of this new interactive map to locate Michigan's shipwrecks?

The Michigan Shipwrecks StoryMap makes it easy to learn about the mystery and tragedy surrounding these ships. The Michigan Shipwrecks Public Web App goes even further, offering users a closer look at shipwrecks as well as the locations of lighthouses and boating access sites. Users can search for shipwrecks by name or location or customize and print their own PDF maps.

Like history? We do too. Learn more at http://hsmichigan.org/

01/16/2020
Moose Jaw Snowmobile Safari Slideshow

Enjoy this video slideshow of historic Moose Jaw Snowmobile Safari images and stop by our lecture tonight to learn more!

Photographs from the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society's Collection. Taken by the late Virgil D. Haynes.

2020 marks the 55th Anniversary of the Annual Moose Jaw Snowmobile Safari, a beloved Harbor Springs tradition! To celebrate we are sharing some wonderful ima...

This postcard may be from 1909 but it still has the perfect message - Happy New Year! Our offices will be closed New Yea...
01/01/2020

This postcard may be from 1909 but it still has the perfect message - Happy New Year! Our offices will be closed New Years Day to celebrate. #harborsprings #historicpostcard #2020 #ringinthenewyear #historymuseum

Thank you to everyone who attended our Winter Open House this past weekend!
12/30/2019

Thank you to everyone who attended our Winter Open House this past weekend!

Our Winter Open House is today from 11 am to 3 pm. #harborsprings #crafts #harborhistory #ShayHouse #museum
12/28/2019

Our Winter Open House is today from 11 am to 3 pm. #harborsprings #crafts #harborhistory #ShayHouse #museum

12/26/2019
Save the Date! Our 8th Annual Blessing of the Fleet set sails on June 25, 2020.
12/20/2019

Save the Date! Our 8th Annual Blessing of the Fleet set sails on June 25, 2020.

Petoskey News-Review
12/20/2019
Petoskey News-Review

Petoskey News-Review

Before Christmas, the Aha is expected to make the move to Onaway and the Industrial Arts Institute so a possible restoration can be investigated.

12/19/2019

We are excited to be partnering with the Industrial Arts Institute to explore saving Ephraim Shay’s historic boat the AHA. Today the AHA moved to Onaway where the Institute can evaluate it further. We will keep you posted as we navigate this exciting project. #harborhistory

Hafner Family Snow Day at the Museum! #harborsprings #harborhistory #learnlocal #snowday #museum #localhistorymatters
12/18/2019

Hafner Family Snow Day at the Museum! #harborsprings #harborhistory #learnlocal #snowday #museum #localhistorymatters

A big thank you to our volunteer handyman Richard Babcock for installing these awesome skis in our Local History gallery...
12/12/2019

A big thank you to our volunteer handyman Richard Babcock for installing these awesome skis in our Local History gallery at the museum.

The skis were donated by the Stebbins family and are from roughly the 1940s or 1950s.

Our final genealogy session of 2019 will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 5-7pm. We hope to see you there. #LearnLocal #...
12/12/2019

Our final genealogy session of 2019 will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 5-7pm. We hope to see you there. #LearnLocal #HarborHistory

The crafts are ready and the museum is open! Stop by the history museum and the Shay House for crafts, games, exhibits a...
12/07/2019

The crafts are ready and the museum is open! Stop by the history museum and the Shay House for crafts, games, exhibits and fun from 11am to 3pm today. #harborhistory #winteropenhouse

Purchase these beautiful cards during our Winter Open House this Saturday, December 7! #HarborSprings #ShopLocal
12/05/2019

Purchase these beautiful cards during our Winter Open House this Saturday, December 7! #HarborSprings #ShopLocal

Join us this Saturday, Dec. 7 for our annual Winter Open House! Here is a sneak peek of the Christmas trees on display a...
12/04/2019

Join us this Saturday, Dec. 7 for our annual Winter Open House! Here is a sneak peek of the Christmas trees on display at the Shay House.

A big thank you to Sue Regenold Conlon and Amelie Trufant Dawson for decorating two of the trees this year!

11/27/2019

The Harbor Springs History Museum will be open on Saturday, Nov. 30th from 11am to 3 pm. Stop by to learn more about the history of our community. Admission is by donation. #HarborHistory #LearnLocal

The newest addition to our museum store - historic plat maps! These make wonderful gifts and will be on sale tonight for...
11/16/2019

The newest addition to our museum store - historic plat maps! These make wonderful gifts and will be on sale tonight for only $10 at the Market at the Shay. #ShopLocal #HarborHistory

Stop by the Market at the Shay during the Chamber’s Ladies Night Out event on Saturday. We will be open from 5-9 pm with...
11/14/2019

Stop by the Market at the Shay during the Chamber’s Ladies Night Out event on Saturday. We will be open from 5-9 pm with great merchandise from a variety of vendors. #harborsprings #shoplocal

If you are out and about in this winter wonderland be sure to visit the museum. We are open every Friday and Saturday fr...
11/08/2019

If you are out and about in this winter wonderland be sure to visit the museum. We are open every Friday and Saturday from 11am to 3pm. #harborhistory #winter❄️

New in our museum store - Harbor Springs note cards featuring original winter scenes by artist Cynthia Lyle. #ShopLocal ...
11/06/2019

New in our museum store - Harbor Springs note cards featuring original winter scenes by artist Cynthia Lyle. #ShopLocal #HarborSprings #WinterIsHere

Harbor Springs downtown Halloween Parade has been a tradition for decades. In honor of the parade, enjoy this truly "spo...
10/31/2019

Harbor Springs downtown Halloween Parade has been a tradition for decades. In honor of the parade, enjoy this truly "spooktacular" image from the November 3, 1949 issue of the Emmet County Graphic. #HarborSprings

This winter the Historical Society will feature themed Christmas trees inside the Shay House. We are seeking volunteers ...
10/29/2019

This winter the Historical Society will feature themed Christmas trees inside the Shay House. We are seeking volunteers to create a tree (or a wreath!) for this display.

Interested individuals or groups should contact Beth Sylak at 231.526.9771 or [email protected].

Today seems like an appropriate time to share this postcard from our archive with the tagline "Before a Storm." #RainRai...
10/23/2019

Today seems like an appropriate time to share this postcard from our archive with the tagline "Before a Storm." #RainRainGoAway #HarborHistory

The baked goods are ready, the coffee is on and we have seats open for tonight’s presentation with Tom Bailey of the @lt...
10/17/2019

The baked goods are ready, the coffee is on and we have seats open for tonight’s presentation with Tom Bailey of the @ltconservancy. The talk begins at 5:30 pm. Walk-ins welcome.

Great news! In partnership with Greenwood Cemetery and the Harbor Light Newspaper over 1,500 historic newspapers from ou...
10/11/2019

Great news! In partnership with Greenwood Cemetery and the Harbor Light Newspaper over 1,500 historic newspapers from our Collection have been scanned and published online. The papers are available to view and search here: https://www.gwood.us/research/newspaper-research/.

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society's cover photo
10/02/2019

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society's cover photo

We had a wonderful time this weekend as a venue for the annual Harbor Springs Festival of the Book. #HSFOTB2019
09/29/2019

We had a wonderful time this weekend as a venue for the annual Harbor Springs Festival of the Book. #HSFOTB2019

Did you see us in Traverse Magazine? A big thank you to MyNorth for featuring the Historical Society inside the "Inspire...
09/24/2019

Did you see us in Traverse Magazine? A big thank you to MyNorth for featuring the Historical Society inside the "Inspired Life" section of their Fall 2019 issue. #KeepersOfTheCulture #HarborHistory

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Harbor History Talk last night with Kerri Finlayson about the archaeological...
09/20/2019

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Harbor History Talk last night with Kerri Finlayson about the archaeological excavations at the historic King House. What a great crowd! #HarborHistory

09/13/2019
Congratulations to our friends at the Harbor Springs Library on their milestone anniversary! Here's to another 125 years...
09/11/2019

Congratulations to our friends at the Harbor Springs Library on their milestone anniversary! Here's to another 125 years. #HarborSprings #WeLoveOurLibrary

Did you know that 2019 marks 125 years of the Harbor Springs Library on the corner of Spring and Main?

Did you know that our entire collection is searchable online? You can browse hundreds of years of history without leavin...
09/06/2019
Harbor Springs Area Historical Society : Online Collections

Did you know that our entire collection is searchable online? You can browse hundreds of years of history without leaving your home. Explore our archive here. #LearnLocal #HarborSprings #PastPerfectOnline

The Keyword Search button allows you to perform a general search across multiple fields for any catalog records online. Keyword searches use OR as the default connector between words (e.g. a search for Harbor Point will return records associated with Harbor OR Point). If you want to find records whe...

09/03/2019

Happy first day of school to all area students. #HarborSprings #FirstDayofSchool

09/02/2019

Step back in time 110 years and see the Labor Day parade of 1909 through the lens of a local photographer named Babock.

These photographs from 1921 show the aftermath of a major flood in Harbor Springs. Called the "East Hill Washout," this ...
08/16/2019

These photographs from 1921 show the aftermath of a major flood in Harbor Springs. Called the "East Hill Washout," this flood from nearly 100 years ago undermined sidewalks and left deep trenches in the road. #HarborHistory

In honor of the Harbor Springs Car Festival later today we thought we'd show off this wonderful photograph from our arch...
08/08/2019

In honor of the Harbor Springs Car Festival later today we thought we'd show off this wonderful photograph from our archives.

In 1913 Ephraim Shay built this little car for his granddaughter Dorothy. In this image she is driving down Ingalls Street with her friend Isabel Poole. #EarlyAutomobiles #HarborHistory #IsThisTheFirstPowerWheels?

We love welcoming young visitors to the museum for the first time. Today a group from the Bay Harbor Yacht Club youth ca...
08/06/2019

We love welcoming young visitors to the museum for the first time. Today a group from the Bay Harbor Yacht Club youth camp dropped in to learn about the history of the Harbor Springs area. #HarborHistory #LearnLocal

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society
08/02/2019

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society's cover photo
08/02/2019

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society's cover photo

07/26/2019
Did you know that regattas have been held in Harbor Springs since 1891? Learn more in our newest blog post. #UgottaRegat...
07/26/2019
Regatta History in Harbor Springs

Did you know that regattas have been held in Harbor Springs since 1891? Learn more in our newest blog post. #UgottaRegatta #LittleTraverseBay #HarborHistory

It's Ugotta Regatta weekend in Harbor Springs and our town is filled with boat enthusiasts and community members eager to watch the racing. Did you know that this annual tradition dates back to 1891 when the Little Traverse Boat Club (now the Little Traverse Yacht Club) was first established?An arti...

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349 E Main St
Harbor Springs, MI
49740

General information

The Historical Society operates the Harbor Springs History Museum located at 349 E. Main Street in downtown Harbor Springs. We are open year round. Please visit our website for a list of current events and open hours.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(231) 526-9771

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The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society (HSAHS) was founded in 1990 by a small group of concerned citizens committed to preserving the history of our community. For much of our history, HSAHS was a small, volunteer-run organization with limited paid staff. Board members and community members volunteered their time to host the annual Shay Days celebration as well as to welcome visitors to the summer reading room at Jo Ford Park.

In the last ten years, HSAHS has expanded to include a full-time executive director, a diverse and full board of trustees and a reputation for hosting outstanding historically based programs and events. In addition, the organization embarked on a incredible journey to adaptively reuse the former city hall building as a local history museum.

Today, our reputation for strong historical programs continues inside the doors of the Harbor Springs History Museum where exceptional exhibits and hands-on activities will continue to tell the story of Harbor Springs' unique history.

Together the HSAHS trustees and staff are constantly working toward the organization's vision: to ensure Harbor Springs area traditions live on by creating lasting memories.

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Had a Great visit last weekend with #lilhayes we really liked the Shay home
From me, Dan, and Chris, we thank you for letting us bring my layout to run during Shay Day's! We had a lot of fun running trains and talking to visitors and telling them about shays! Here's one last shot of a Shay for now, hopefully we can bring the tables again next year!
Little Traverse Sailors. Blessing of the Fleet 2018....Much more to come.
July 7&8 and August 4&5 Twice each summer, over 100 exhibitors come together in beautiful Up North Michigan for an antiques and vintage shopping event to rival all others. whether your decorating your home, cottage, or office or stocking your store or adding to your special collection .... this is the place to be! Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4, $5 adm., food on site
This boat spent many winters in Harbor Springs.
Do you have any pictures of Walstroms that was once owned by Melchings?
Can you give us the dates for this years Ephraim Shay Days! We found out that our grandpa was Ephraim's great nephew and it would be nice to connect with history. Thank you in advance, Larry Shay
Thank you for the wonderful lighthouse tour today!
Mary, Judy, and Beth. Thank you for the lovely 50th Anniversary card. It's getting tucked in our wedding book.