The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center Every community needs a remembering place … A place that tells our stories, through our artifacts, through our dreams; a place that shares how our community came to be what it is today and why we live the way we do.

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
07/03/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Happy 4th of July! We're closed this evening, Wednesday July 3, for the fireworks. Be sure to join us this weekend, Friday and Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sunday 12pm to 4, weather permitting! See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
07/01/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Meet Alexis Snead from Milwaukee! She's the 1,000th person to climb to the top of the lighthouse in the 2019 season! Alexis and her family were visiting from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 30. What a perfect way to end the month of June. Be sure you see the lighthouse in the month of July! Be an Alexis and make the climb or join the over 2,000 people who have visited the first floor exhibit this year alone. See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/30/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

We're open today, Sunday June 30, from 12pm to 4pm! The first floor is free, and it's only $5 to climb to the top. See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/29/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

We're open today, Saturday, June 29 from 10am to 2pm, waves permitting! It's beautiful out, but the waves are predicted to pick up around noon so we may have to close early. The first floor exhibit is free, and it's just $5 to climb to the top!

If you'd like to join us at 10am for an hour long tour down the pier, come to the parking lot end of Tiscornia. No reservations required. It's $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. You see inside the outer light and climb to the top of the inner light. See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/28/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

What a day for being by the water! Come join us at the lighthouse for open hours from 10am to 2pm today, Friday, June 28. The first floor exhibit is free, and it's just $5 to climb to the top. We also have an hour long tour that leaves from the parking lot end of Tiscornia Beach at 10am. No reservations needed. Just join the tour! Cost is $10/adult and $5/child 12 and under. It includes a look into the outer light and a climb to the top of the inner light. See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/26/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Come see the sunset tonight, Wednesday, June 26, from 7pm to dusk! We'll be open as long as the weather permits. First floor is free, and it's just $5 to climb to the top!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/22/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Last night's sunset was not to be missed! Don't miss a beautiful day at the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouses today, June 22! We're open from 10am to 2pm. First floor is free, and it's just $5 to climb to the top. Want more maritime history of the area? A one-hour tour leaves from the parking lot end of Tiscornia beach at 10am. No reservations required. It includes a look in the outer light and a climb to the top of the inner light! $10/adult and $5/child 12 and under. See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/19/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

WE HAVE TO CLOSE! The tide is high! Okay, we don't have a tide on Lake Michigan, but we do have lots of waves tonight. We had to close (Wednesday, June 19) due to the water level. Please visit us on Friday (weather permitting) for the solstice! We'll be open 10am to 2pm and 7pm to dusk!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/19/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Check out the sailboat in the window of the inner lighthouse! Come see one tonight! We're open as long as the weather holds and the waves don't rise from 7pm to dusk tonight, Wednesday, June 19. See you at the lighthouse!

Thank you for these beautiful shots of Shepard Hall, Amy Bosma Photography! We love how you captured the natural lightin...
06/19/2019

Thank you for these beautiful shots of Shepard Hall, Amy Bosma Photography! We love how you captured the natural lighting that our large windows provide.

We love these shades of pink and ivory too! They compliment the Hall so nicely.

We have dates available September-December. Contact our Event Manager Katie today for more details.

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St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/16/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Happy Father's Day! Think of all the metaphors between a father and a lighthouse. A father is a lighthouse: a guide for your life! A father is a lighthouse: a beacon in the rough seas of life. You get the idea!
Guide him through the St. Joseph lighthouse today, June 16, from noon to 4pm, weather permitting. First floor is free or treat Dad to a climb for only $5!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/15/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Aaargh, Mateys! Are you hooked on the lighthouse? We're open today, June 15, from 10am to 2pm, weather permitting. It looks like the chance of rain increases as the day goes on so come early if you can! A tour will leave at 10 am this morning from the parking lot end of the pier. No reservations required. $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. It includes a tower climb! Not interested in the full tour? Come enjoy the first floor exhibits free. It's just $5 to climb to the top! See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/14/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Looks like today, June 14, is a good day to visit the lighthouse! We'll be open 10am to 2pm. The wind increases as the day goes on, so come early in case we need to close! During these open hours the base exhibit is free and it's only $5 to climb to the top. See you at the lighthouse!

There is an hour long tour that leaves at 10am from the parking lot end of Tiscornia. No reservations required.
$10 for adults/$5 for children 12 and under. Climb included in tour.

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/11/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Sail in this Thursday, June 13, to The Livery to support the lighthouse! $1 from every pint sold between 5 and 8 will go to the lighthouse. Dress like a pirate! The best costume wins a free tower climb. Tell a pirate joke! The best joke gets a free tower climb. Hear a little bit about the history of the lighthouses and sing along with some sea shanties. This is family friendly so bring the kids and get some amazing Livery food! See you there, matey!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/09/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Even though we love the lighthouse, we're going to have to close today, Sunday June 9. Look likes we have rain coming and going all day. Be sure to join us on Wednesday, June 12, from 7pm to sunset! Want to support our lighthouses? Join us at The Livery in Benton Harbor on Thursday from 5 to 8 for Pirate Night. Dress like a pirate and bring your best pirate joke. There will be things for the kids to do as well! Questions? email [email protected].

Better than the door to Narnia!
06/08/2019

Better than the door to Narnia!

Come through this door for an amazing view of St. Joe/Benton Harbor! We're open Saturday(June 8) 10 to 2, Sunday (June 9) noon to 4, weather permitting. If you'd like an hour-long tour of the maritime history of our harbor, meet us at the beach end of the pier at 10am on Saturday. No reservations required. $10/adult and $5/child 12 and under. First floor of the lighthouse is free, and it's only $5 to climb to the top. Join us!

Join us!
06/06/2019

Join us!

Looks like a great weekend to visit the lighthouse! We're open Friday and Saturday 10 to 2, Sunday noon to 4, weather permitting. If you'd like an hour-long tour of the maritime history of our harbor, meet us at the beach end of the pier at 10am on Friday or Saturday. No reservations required. $10/adult and $5/child 12 and under. First floor of the lighthouse is free, and it's only $5 to climb to the top. Join us! Questions? Email [email protected]

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
06/05/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Join us at the lighthouse tonight, June 5, from 7pm to sunset as long as the weather and waves cooperate! The first floor exhibit is free, and it's just $5 to climb to the top.

See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
05/30/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Last night's Sunset Wednesday was spectacular! Join us every Wednesday from 7pm to dusk to enjoy the lighthouse. Join us Friday, May 31, from 10am to 2pm. The first floor is free, and it's only $5 to climb to the top.

Want more history? There will be an hour-long tour leaving from the beach at 10am. No reservations required. $10/adult and $5/child under 12

What a beautiful reception! 😍These stunning chiavari chairs from Taylor Rental ~ Party Plus brightened up Shepard Hall e...
05/29/2019

What a beautiful reception! 😍

These stunning chiavari chairs from Taylor Rental ~ Party Plus brightened up Shepard Hall even more than normal. We can't get over the beautiful floral arrangements from Park Place Design, and what an awesome cake from Burt's Bakery!

We were so happy that the rain held off for this one! A perfect Memorial Day weekend. Congrats, Cassie and Andrew!

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St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
05/28/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Tomorrow is our first SUNSET WEDNESDAY!

Take this long and winding road to the lighthouse tomorrow night, Wednesday, May 29, from 7pm to sunset! Be sure to check here for weather updates. When the wind comes from the west/northwest, it can blow over the stairs and make it unsafe to enter.

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
05/27/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Happy Memorial Day! We're closed so our volunteers can enjoy the day. Join us Wednesday from 7pm to sunset for our first sunset Wednesday!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
05/26/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Sail on in and visit the lighthouse today, May 26! We'll be open from 12pm to 4pm as long as the weather holds out. Our first floor is free and it's only $5 to climb to the top and get a gorgeous view!

Come to the lighthouse today!
05/25/2019

Come to the lighthouse today!

We're open today, May 25, as long as the weather holds out! Join us from 10 to 2 at the Inner Light. First floor is free. There is a $5 fee to climb to the top (and you get a cool sticker!)

We have a tour leaving the beach end of the pier at 10 if you'd like a guided tour! $10/adult and $5/child 12 years and younger.

Happy Prom to all of the Juniors and Seniors in town! You all looked stunning these past couple of weeks, especially the...
05/13/2019

Happy Prom to all of the Juniors and Seniors in town! You all looked stunning these past couple of weeks, especially these two 😍

We're now booking Homecoming events for this Fall and 2020 Proms! Call or message for more details.

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Please join us May 15th for an evening taking place in the 1930s. We will enjoy a delicious tasting dinner from this era...
04/17/2019

Please join us May 15th for an evening taking place in the 1930s. We will enjoy a delicious tasting dinner from this era and period attire is encouraged! Please purchase tickets by May 10th.

Saturday's beautiful Spring weather made the perfect lighting in Shepherd Hall for Tim & Julie's wedding! Congratulation...
04/09/2019

Saturday's beautiful Spring weather made the perfect lighting in Shepherd Hall for Tim & Julie's wedding! Congratulations you two!

Looking for a venue to hold your ceremony? We have several dates available in July and September of 2019. Contact our Event Manager, Katie, today for rates and availability.
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We hope to see you tomorrow! 11:30am-11pm
04/04/2019

We hope to see you tomorrow! 11:30am-11pm

Mother's Day is right around the corner! They say that when you first step out on a beach, your brain may be receiving i...
04/02/2019

Mother's Day is right around the corner!

They say that when you first step out on a beach, your brain may be receiving instant benefits. There's a reason you feel so relaxed - serotonin is released. That's the feel-good chemical in your brain that is almost immediately released when you step into the sunshine, or on the beach. Hearing the sound of the waves crashing will lull you into a relaxed state. It has been found that simply staring at the water can actually change our brain waves’ frequency, meaning this may put you into a mild meditation.

What a great way to gift your Mother on her special day! Only $5 for a spectacular view of St Joe and Lake Michigan.

Call or email Kate with the St. Joe Lighthouse Tours today for more information on this special and 2019 tours.

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04/01/2019

One of our pianos being tuned for Monday Musical 🎼🎶🎵🎹🖤

What a weekend! We were so thankful the rain held off Saturday making for a beautiful Spring day. A big thanks to Patty ...
04/01/2019

What a weekend! We were so thankful the rain held off Saturday making for a beautiful Spring day.

A big thanks to Patty and her team with Catered Creations, Inc. for doing such a great job with dinner and decorating the buffet so nicely. Dinner was delicious!

We really enjoyed working with Evan & Megan at Pauken Photography, Jeremy with True Entertainment, and Amanda with Amanda Marie's Bakery. Phenomenal desserts!

Thank you for spending your special day with us, Jon and Kim! Congratulations!

Join the fun!What is contra dance?In the late 1600s the French adopted popular English country dances, consisting of lon...
03/22/2019

Join the fun!

What is contra dance?

In the late 1600s the French adopted popular English country dances, consisting of long lines of dance couples. These dances originated from early English and Scottish country dances. The French referred to these dances as 'contradanses' or contra-dances, which basically translated to “opposites dance.” Over time, the French contra-dances returned to England and later spread to the United States.

Eventually the French form of the name became synonymous with American
country dances or folk dances. These dances were most fashionable in the
United States in the late 1700s, but were not regularly referred to as contra-
dances until the 1780s.

Henry Ford had a special role in preserving contra and American folk dancing.
As a response in opposition to the modern jazz movement, in the 1920s, he
requested his friend and dancer, Benjamin Lovett, come to Michigan to start a
dance program. Lovett wasn’t able to do this, as he was under contract at an
inn in Massachusetts. So, Ford bought the property rights to the inn and then
had Lovett come to initiate a dance program in Dearborn, Michigan.

Happy first day of Spring!We are ready for sunshine, blue skies, and enjoying our Founders Garden! 🌞💐Getting married? Me...
03/20/2019

Happy first day of Spring!

We are ready for sunshine, blue skies, and enjoying our Founders Garden! 🌞💐

Getting married? Message us today for availability and information.
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The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is looking for event staff to set up and take down. It would be 8 to 10 hours a ...
03/11/2019

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is looking for event staff to set up and take down. It would be 8 to 10 hours a week at minimum wage. It fluctuates with number of events and season.

Please contact Lila Burns. 269-983-1191 or e-mail [email protected].

It's not too late to join us this Wednesday! Come enjoy authentic foods and two 1908 signature cocktails with Ellie. Tic...
03/11/2019

It's not too late to join us this Wednesday! Come enjoy authentic foods and two 1908 signature cocktails with Ellie.

Tickets are available until 5pm tomorrow. Call us today! 269.983.1191

#HMCC talked with Jeremy D. Bonfiglio & Paul Mow about our upcoming fun! Have a listen. Thank you, as always, to both me...
02/20/2019
Breaking Character: The Podcast

#HMCC talked with Jeremy D. Bonfiglio & Paul Mow about our upcoming fun! Have a listen. Thank you, as always, to both men for the laughs and conversation. 🙏😊

After a week hiatus, Episode 85 of Breaking Character: The Podcast is finally here! In this week’s episode, Jeremy D. Bonfiglio and Paul Mow talk with Larie Underwood of The GhostLight and Debbie Boyersmith of Eden Springs Park at House of David about “Benton Harbor’s Forgotten Garden,” which is part of a new series at The Phoenix Coffeeshop; Lake Michigan College Music Director Kris Zook about LMC’s Fire & Ice Choir Concert in The Hanson Theatre at The Mendel Center at Lake Michigan College; and Lana DeFrancesco and Kate Ulery of The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center about the new exhibition, Historic Wedding Dresses and the (local) Women They Adorned and their new Living History Series. Thanks, as always, to our sponsors The Livery, Krasl Art Center, Twin City Players-St. Joseph, MI and The Mason Jar Cafe.

We thought it a fitting time to remember the Blizzard of 1978, exactly 41 years ago! And we’re asking you to share your ...
01/30/2019

We thought it a fitting time to remember the Blizzard of 1978, exactly 41 years ago! And we’re asking you to share your own snowy photos here in the comments of this post. ❄️

Max snowfall amounts from the Blizzard of '78 were in the 30-40"+ range, with drifts to 20+ feet!

Police asked citizens who had four-wheel-drive vehicles or snowmobiles to transport doctors to the hospital. From January 26 to 27, 1978, the entire Ohio Turnpike was shut down for the first time ever. The total effect on transportation in Ohio was described by Major General James C. Clem of the Ohio National Guard as comparable to a nuclear attack.

More details from a 2013 Channel 16's Article:
The storm began on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and ended two days later on Jan. 27 with an average of three feet of snow throughout the region.

Many people lost power as the snow piled up outside their homes. Much of Michiana was stuck digging out of their homes and neighborhoods for several days. South Bend police and firefighters at the time had a difficult time responding to emergency calls because of the significant accumulation.

Yetzke Photo from S.Bend:
Photo of John Yetzke and Heather Yetzke Metz standing across M-140 from their house in 1978. To put things in perspective, John is 6' tall. Front end loaders were needed to move all the snow.

Be sure to find our new Insta-home, @theheritagemuseumsj! 🎉 Head over and give us a follow. We’re excited to share eye c...
01/30/2019

Be sure to find our new Insta-home, @theheritagemuseumsj! 🎉 Head over and give us a follow. We’re excited to share eye candy with you about local history, our programs and the beautiful celebrations we host.
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#firstpost #hmcc #stjoemichigan #localhistory #weddingvenue

We will be closed and all private events are canceled for Monday, Jan 28. As a reminder for the rest of this week, it is...
01/28/2019

We will be closed and all private events are canceled for Monday, Jan 28. As a reminder for the rest of this week, it is our policy that we close the HMCC when St. Joseph Public Schools are closed.

So please stay safe and warm and pray that it doesn’t get too much worse.🤓

Photo credit unknown, Alaska.

Come see us Saturday at Wedding World! There’s a bridal fashion show, gobs of give-aways and a cash bar, for which to wa...
01/26/2019

Come see us Saturday at Wedding World! There’s a bridal fashion show, gobs of give-aways and a cash bar, for which to warm up with, my dear! 🍸💕
11am-3pm at LMC Mendel Center

Helloooo history buffs! A little memo to let you know we will be closed from JAN 26 through FEB 11 for winter maintenanc...
01/25/2019

Helloooo history buffs! A little memo to let you know we will be closed from JAN 26 through FEB 11 for winter maintenance! We will reopen to the public on FEB 12 ~ JUST in time for our new Historic Wedding Dress exhibit opening on FEB 14, check out the details here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/393869058026979/

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601 Main St
Saint Joseph, MI
49085

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Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(269) 983-1191

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