The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center We are a non-profit museum that offers free public programming about twice a month. Our exhibitions are always free, and we can offer archival research assistance to those digging into local history! We are also a rental venue for your special events!
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05/14/2020
PBS LearningMedia | Teaching Resources For Students And Teachers

Who loves PBS? We do! We believe it is one of the best programs ever started by a President! (This is an entirely separate post!)

Educators, Parents, Grandparents, here is a great resource to compliment education at home! We have been collecting resources for this purpose and have been researching different ways to most efficiently make them available to you. If you have any specific needs or questions please feel free to email us! [email protected]

For now, familiarize yourself with this wonderful collection:
Stay home, stay safe, stay healthy! Be kind!

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More primary sources regarding the Pandemic of 1918...
05/14/2020
The Flu Pandemic of 1918

More primary sources regarding the Pandemic of 1918...

Red Cross workers make anti-influenza masks for soldiers, Boston, Massachusetts. (National Archives Identifier 45499341) Before COVID-19, the most severe pandemic in recent history was the 1918 influenza virus, often called “the Spanish Flu.” The virus infected roughly 500 million people—one-t...

A local link to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic:Unfortunately, pandemics are not unique and occur periodically throughout ti...
05/07/2020

A local link to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic:

Unfortunately, pandemics are not unique and occur periodically throughout time. Perhaps the deadliest in recent history was the 1918-1919 Influenza Pandemic. An important collection at the HMCC, the Louis Ueck photographs and papers, sheds light on what it was like to live through that worldwide health crisis just over one hundred years ago. Ueck was born and raised in Stevensville, MI and he was a significant contributor to HMCC’s archive collection.

He and his daughter, Gwen Schadler, donated his photo albums, diaries, letters and local archaeology collection to HMCC many years ago. They have since been an integral part of many of our exhibits and research collections. Below are some of his photographs and letters from Camp Funston, Kansas, and later Europe, during 1918 that speak to his service in World War I as well as his experience during the pandemic.

Many of the photos are from Camp Funston, now Fort Riley, in Kansas. America’s sudden entrance into the war meant that the camp, like many others, had to be rapidly constructed. This massive training facility prepared soldiers for combat in Europe. With mass mobilization, soldiers poured in from recruitment centers and were packed into cold tents in the overcrowded military installation during a harsh winter. Poor sanitation proved to make Funston the perfect breeding ground for sickness. Even though this deadly strain of influenza came to be known as the Spanish Flu in the United States, rural Kansas was the likely source of this deadly strain. The earliest known large-scale outbreak was at Camp Funston.

On March 4, 1918, a private at the camp reported ill with an extremely severe case of influenza. He soon died. Just three weeks later so had 1,100 other recruits. Louis was stationed at Camp Funston at this time. As soldiers completed training and left Camp Funston, taking crowded trains to various destinations, they spread the illness to civilians along the way as well as to numerous other military posts around the country. Even worse, when those troops boarded packed troop ships that later disembarked in Europe, they brought with them this vicious Influenza strain that found fertile ground in the bodies of foreign troops, both allied and enemy, weakened by the harsh conditions associated with trench warfare. Those infected soldiers, in turn, spread influenza to their home communities, eventually causing a global pandemic.

Another major contribution to the subsequent waves of infection was Armistice Day. With the ending of WWI 'The Great War to end all Wars' people naturally wanted to celebrate and welcome soldiers home. The crowded gatherings enabled huge resurgences of the disease in most communities who held large parades and parties.

Also, during this pandemic, a local doctor, from the Stevensville area, and then an elderly man, Dr. John S. Beers overworked himself caring for local victims. As a result, he suffered a stroke and never fully recovering, died in 1923. It was just ten years later when John Beers Road, located in Lincoln and Royalton Townships was named in his much deserving honor. Have you driven on this road, wondering where it's name came from?

Louis was extremely fortunate that he escaped death from influenza during his time at Camp Funston, KS. In the end, 'LaGrippe, or the Spanish Flu' claimed more lives than WWI and WWII combined, with an estimated 50 - 100 million deaths worldwide. In addition to the danger he faced from influenza, he also survived brutal combat on the front lines of the war (close to 120,000 other Americans did not). His letters describe this harrowing reality.

Note: Mr. Ueck was lucky to have avoided influenza during the period, while James Logue, the great-grandfather of HMCC’s Executive Director, Dr. Brian Carroll, was not so fortunate. An immigrant, married and a father of five young children, he died from influenza in Boston in early 1919.

Credit: Heritage Museum Archives' Louis Ueck Collection
Credit: Robert Myers, "Greetings from St. Joseph"

Although our aerial lighthouse photo installation by John Wagner, which has adorned our main exhibition gallery these pa...
04/12/2020
Lake Michigan Is So Clear Right Now Its Shipwrecks Are Visible From the Air

Although our aerial lighthouse photo installation by John Wagner, which has adorned our main exhibition gallery these past two years, is currently on its way back to the original lending institution, we are reminded of the power of our Great Lake Michigan and what a shift in perspective can do with these images captured in flight:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sunken-ships-lake-michigan-are-visible-ghostly-blue-180955108/

A Coast Guard patrol spotted the wrecks in shallow waters that are only clear after the lake's ice melts and before summer sediment swirls and algae blooms

What do you think all these folks are lined up to do? Post your best guess below!What did you think of the fog this morn...
04/02/2020

What do you think all these folks are lined up to do?
Post your best guess below!

What did you think of the fog this morning? It reminded us of the beautiful "Maids of the Mist Fountain" located in our city. The fountain originally stood in Chicago where it served as a centerpiece for the Inter-State Industrial Exposition Building. (Edited: earlier typo of World's Fair, thank you Sue Gunderman!) The Exposition Building was built by prominent Chicago businessmen as a way to showcase the city's recovery after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. (Side note: the lumber needed to rebuild the city was logged in SW Michigan, in cities such as St. Joseph, Benton Harbor and South Haven, greatly increasing the infrastructure and development of these smaller communities.) Built by the J.W. Fiske Iron Works of New York City and shipped to Chicago in 1873.

The Industrial Exposition Building proudly held three domes, with fountains set beneath each dome. The Maids of the Mist fountain held an honorable spot beneath the center dome. The building was located on Michigan Avenue, near Grant Park, however, Chicago chose to clear this area to allow for the construction of buildings to be used for the 1893 World's Fair Columbian Exposition. The Maids were moved to a new residence, a storage building. This is where Herbert E. Bucklen, a real estate broker, owner of the Whitcomb Hotel as well as a Chicago patent medicine manufacturer finally purchased the beautiful fountain and shipped it to St. Joseph. Finally arriving via train in the summer of 1892, it was an obvious choice to place it close to his hotel. The local government happily accepted the beautiful addition to the bluff and installed the stone foundation, with surrounding basin and plumbing system. The fountain first misted it's guests on a warm August 27, 1892.

After the turn of the century, around 1939, Calvin "Tad" Preston, a local poet and historian claimed he had dreamt the discovery of the maiden's names. The first maiden, facing our vast Lake Michigan to the west, was named Constance. Her fellow maiden, Hope, faced east looking over St. Joseph's business district. Years later, in 1952, the Maids had their first major restoration, and again in 1974. Due to costly repairs, there was a time when the city considered removing the Maids of the Mist. Public outcry for their beloved maidens eventually ensured their spot on the bluff, where they may continue to keep watch.

Sources: Myers, Robert C. "Greetings from St. Joseph" 2008. Berrien County Historical Association, www.berrienhistory.org.

Folks, we miss the hustle and bustle of town this time of year, but we know that if we continue to work together as a co...
03/26/2020

Folks, we miss the hustle and bustle of town this time of year, but we know that if we continue to work together as a community to keep one another safe, we will weather this state of emergency--emerging changed yet built upon a strong foundation much like our town's beautiful historic landmarks.

Enjoy a shot of Silver Beach: Then & Now!

Woman who later pitched for the House of David team here in Michigan was one an early pioneers of women in sports! Had a...
03/05/2020
The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

Woman who later pitched for the House of David team here in Michigan was one an early pioneers of women in sports! Had a career in professional baseball and struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig!

Women have always had a place in Major League Baseball, it’s just never been as actual baseball players. The Kissing Bandit was famous for smooching America’s Pastime’s superstars…

Photos from the Proclaiming Emancipation exhibition launch
03/02/2020

Photos from the Proclaiming Emancipation exhibition launch

Looking for help from the public. We have these three images of Benton Harbor in the late 1800s / early 1900s. Can anyon...
02/26/2020

Looking for help from the public. We have these three images of Benton Harbor in the late 1800s / early 1900s. Can anyone identify the streets specifically? In two of them there is a large building in the background that looks like a school or municipal building. And one shows a church spire in background.

Book Signing This Thursday!
02/25/2020

Book Signing This Thursday!

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center (601 Main Street in St. Joseph) will be hosting Anna-Lisa Cox for a talk on "Pioneers and Patriots: The Hidden Histories of MIchigan's Black Founding Citizens" at 7:00, Thursday, February 27th. (There will be a preview of the Museum's new exhibit and a reception from 5:00 - 6:45.)

Forever Books will be proving for sale copies of Professor Cox's newest book: "The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality." Copies are currently available in the store.

Meet author, Dr. Cox, this Thursday as she presents at the Heritage Museum during our Proclaiming Emancipation exhibitio...
02/22/2020
How black pioneers built lives in Michigan before the state was founded

Meet author, Dr. Cox, this Thursday as she presents at the Heritage Museum during our Proclaiming Emancipation exhibition opening.

She will be signing books available for purchase through Forever Books.

Dr.Cox was also featured on MPR's Stateside earlier this month, listen here:

https://www.michiganradio.org/post/how-black-pioneers-built-lives-michigan-state-was-founded

America’s Great Migration between World War I and II brought millions of Southerners, both black and white, to places like Michigan to escape the economic

Last weekend at the Heritage!  A Valentine's Day Wedding Ceremony & Reception! Congratulations to the newlyweds!
02/21/2020

Last weekend at the Heritage! A Valentine's Day Wedding Ceremony & Reception! Congratulations to the newlyweds!

02/12/2020

Join us this March, as we celebrate Women's History Month with a presentation on First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

Learn about St. Joseph North Pier lighthouses
02/07/2020
Learn about St. Joseph North Pier lighthouses

Learn about St. Joseph North Pier lighthouses

The Michigan Maritime Museum’s Maritime Lecture Series, Shipwrecks & Lighthouses, will feature the program “Altruistic Edifices: St.

Did you know The Heritage Museum has a library 📚 The library is open to the public for a visit, and houses a ship buildi...
01/25/2020
In 2019, more Americans went to the library than to the movies. Yes, really.

Did you know The Heritage Museum has a library 📚

The library is open to the public for a visit, and houses a ship building exhibit!

There you may also visit with our Archivist and initiate a research request on a vast array of local history.

Contact [email protected] to schedule an appointment!

https://lithub.com/in-2019-more-americans-went-to-the-library-than-to-the-movies-yes-really/

The US film industry may have generated revenues somewhere in the region of $40 billion last year, but it seems Hollywood still has plenty of work to do if it wants to compete with that most hallow…

🔥🔥🔥 Fire Sale to help you keep warm, thinking about spring, we are offering 20% off your venue booking for spring events...
01/14/2020

🔥🔥🔥 Fire Sale to help you keep warm, thinking about spring, we are offering 20% off your venue booking for spring events 😍🥰🥳 Come celebrate at The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center!

Email Jean [email protected]

01/03/2020
Shepard Hall - New Floor!

Thank you to Mattson Floor for installing a new hardwood in our ballroom.

We were sad to see the old floor go, but due to water-damage the change was necessary for the safety of our guests. We can't believe how beautiful the new White Oak looks! We went with a natural finish to let nature's beauty shine through!

Contact Jean to book your special event here [email protected]
The dancefloor awaits you!!!

🌲 Happy Holidays from inside the 🎉 Heritage Cupolas 💚
12/25/2019

🌲 Happy Holidays from inside the 🎉 Heritage Cupolas 💚

What a timely post, as our first Public Program for 2020, scheduled for February 13, is "A Piece of Love: Vintage Valent...
12/22/2019
Have a Creepy Little Christmas with These Unsettling Victorian Cards

What a timely post, as our first Public Program for 2020, scheduled for February 13, is "A Piece of Love: Vintage Valentines"

Check out our Events! More to come in the next few weeks

Anthropomorphic cats, murderous frogs, and insects dancing by the moonlight aren't exactly part of our Christmas card tradition today.

12/18/2019
12/13/2019
If you are seeking a customizable venue, that allows you to bring in your favorite catered food from an outside vendor, ...
12/12/2019

If you are seeking a customizable venue, that allows you to bring in your favorite catered food from an outside vendor, hire any DJ or lighting professional, then contact our Event Manager, Jean, to reserve our ballroom for your next occasion!

269-983-1191 x.21
[email protected]

12/11/2019
Don't be a Scrooge! Come join us Wednesday for a glimpse into the life of Charles Dickinson.
12/02/2019

Don't be a Scrooge! Come join us Wednesday for a glimpse into the life of Charles Dickinson.

Come join us Wednesday, November 13th at 7 pm.
11/05/2019

Come join us Wednesday, November 13th at 7 pm.

Thank you to WNDU for sharing this amazing video!REMEMBER: Private Lighthouse Tours are available to groups and families...
10/16/2019
St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouse stands the test of time

Thank you to WNDU for sharing this amazing video!

REMEMBER: Private Lighthouse Tours are available to groups and families for a non-refundable fee of $50. There is a charge of $10 per person on the tour.

These are available when the lighthouse is not otherwise open. If you are interested in booking a private tour, please call The Heritage at 269-983-1191 or e-mail [email protected]

From being a key role in shipping to its decline, and then revival in recent years, the lighthouse has stood the test of time, guiding residents home.

Boo! Get spooky, its almost Halloween! This Saturday 4-9 PM! Spooky St. Joe Cemetery Tour. $10 adults / $5 kids. Can pur...
10/04/2019

Boo! Get spooky, its almost Halloween! This Saturday 4-9 PM! Spooky St. Joe Cemetery Tour. $10 adults / $5 kids. Can purchase tickets at the event. Tours start every 15 minutes.

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
09/15/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Here's to the last of summer! We'd like to thank the over 7,000 people who visited this season. Open hours will return Memorial Day 2020, but remember to check out the beauty of the lighthouses in all seasons!

See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
09/08/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Join the 6,916 people who have visited the lighthouse this season! Today is our final day for open hours. We're open Sunday, September 8, from 12pm to 4pm.

See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
09/07/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Going to the lighthouse is for the birds! Literally. It's too windy to open today, Saturday September 7. We're disappointed as this is the last weekend, but we'll open tomorrow, September 8, from 12pm to 4pm.

Hope to see you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
09/06/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

We'll be open today, Friday, Sept. 6, from 10am to 2pm as long as the waves don't get too high. Come join us on our last weekend of the season! First floor exhibit is free, and it's just $5 to climb to the top.

There is an hour-long walking tour down the pier beginning at 10am. No reservations needed, just look for the guide in the blue shirt. $10/adult and $5/children 12 and under. This includes a look in the outer light and a climb to the top of the inner light.

See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
09/04/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

The wind is creating some big waves today! The lighthouse will be closed, but enjoy the beauty from the shore tonight.

Join us this weekend for our last weekend of lighthouse visits this season: Friday and Saturday 10am to 2pm and Sunday12pm to 4pm.

See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
09/01/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

Today (Sept. 1) at the lighthouse: free sailboat viewing with the purchase of a $5 climb! We'll be open at 8am and coffee will be served until it's gone. We're open 8am to 4pm.

See you at the lighthouse!

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours
08/31/2019

St. Joe Lighthouse Tours

We're open today, Saturday, August 31, from 10am to 2pm! Come to the lighthouse and enjoy the first floor exhibit for free. It's just $5 to climb to the top and enjoy the view. We have guides to answer your questions!

At 10am you can enjoy an hour-long tour down the pier, learning the maritime history of our area. This includes a look inside the outer light and the climb to the top of the inner light. No reservations required. We meet near the donor wall by the Tiscornia parking lot. Look for the guide in blue! $10/adult and $5/child 12 and under.

See you at the lighthouse!

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601 Main St
Saint Joseph, MI
49085

Opening Hours

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

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Every community needs a remembering place …

We all need a place that tells our stories, through 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. We also need a place that inspires us to keep our story going.

The Heritage Museum at the Priscilla U. Byrns Center is our remembering place in St. Joseph, Michigan. This carefully preserved and beautifully appointed museum presents our area’s history, stories, artifacts, archival collection, and research library all within our classical building along Main Street; offering an interactive setting for your trip to the past. Not only does it present our stories in spacious exhibit halls, but it allows you to create new memories in the elegant Shepard Hall.

Every person’s story is important and because we believe sharing these stories is just as important, Museum admission is free to everyone. Come journey into our past, gain a deeper understanding of our present and thrill at the possibilities for the future. There is a fundamental human need to understand the past in order to relate to the present and plan for the future. We are responsible to provide the resources to meet that need for everyone.

The mission of the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center is to engage the public in a vibrant organization that promotes historical preservation, education and research that relates to Benton Harbor, St. Joseph and the surrounding region. We seek to inspire our visitors to make a personal and emotional connection to the past by providing on-going historical exhibits and programs that enable all persons to see their present and future more clearly. The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center will become a model for historical research, preservation, and education.

The Heritage Museum’s Archives & Collections reflect the history of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor and its place in Michigan and Great Lakes regional history. Our archives and storage areas provide a professional environment for the long-term care of a wide range of artifacts and archival resources. Object and archival collections are shared with the public and other preservation organizations through changing exhibitions and a museum loan program.

Museum Services Include:


  • Public programs and events

  • Museum exhibits and education programs for schools, homeschoolers and scouts

  • Research library and archives- please call for an appointment so we can better serve you

  • Frederick S. Upton Fellowship Program in Public History

  • Support for the preservation of historical buildings and neighborhoods
  • Whether you’re a visitor or a long-time resident, let the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center take you on a journey through the history of Michigan’s lake frontier.

    The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center proudly presents historical tours around our community!

    Spooky St. Joe Cemetery Tours [We regret this tour is unavailable for 2018] The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center and the History Center at Courthouse Square are teaming up to offer historical walking tours of St. Joseph this fall, for the fifth consecutive year. In October 2018, two separate tour programs will be presented in the City Cemetery and through the Old St. Joseph Neighborhood. Reservations are strongly advised; reserve a tour time by calling the Heritage Museum at (269) 983-1191. A $5 donation per person is requested to support the ongoing historical programs of both non-profit organizations.

    The City Cemetery on Lakeview Avenue is the final resting place for hundreds of the town’s residents, including settlers who helped found the village in 1834, war veterans, lake captains, and entrepreneurs. Tour Guides will show grave monuments and share incredible but true stories of shipwrecks, mysterious deaths, and other local incidents. Groups will also be taken inside the cemetery’s beautiful mausoleum, dedicated in 1914, for a closer look at the names inside and amazing stories from the past about those individuals.

    Haunted Historic Neighborhood Tours [We regret this tour is unavailable for 2018] Houses in the Old St. Joseph Neighborhood date from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century and many of them have witnessed tragic and mysterious events over the last 160 years. For example, ship Captain Cornelius McNeil took his wife, Persilla, and their three children with him aboard the bark Sunshine in 1859. The ship capsized on Lake Erie during a storm and only Persilla survived. The house from which they left on their ill-fated voyage still stands on State Street—one of the oldest in St. Joe. At another home, the John F. Duncan House built in 1892, various people claim to have seen the ghost of a teenaged girl.

    North Pier Walking Tours and Lighthouse Open Hours [2018 Season Closed] Public Walking Tours of the St. Joseph North Pier Lighthouses are offered seasonally (Memorial Day through Labor Day) by the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center. The City of St. Joseph took ownership of our Lights from the federal government in 2013 and has restored them through support from the Lighthouse Forever Fund. In addition to walking tours, the first floor of the Inner Light and Fog Signal Building will be open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays, free of charge, weather permitting. The goal of the expanded programing at the Lighthouse is to make the tours more flexible and accessible to the public. “These are such iconic structures,” said Lighthouse Tour Manager, Claire Herhold. “Everybody has a story about their experience on the pier or at the Light. We’re so excited that even more people will have a chance this summer to come inside and learn about the incredible history here!” All tours and open hours are subject to last minute cancellations due to weather or lake conditions, and all visitors will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability. “The public’s safety is our number one priority,” added Herhold. More important information is included below about Lighthouse Tour policies and advisories.

    The most comprehensive way to experience the Lighthouse is to attend an hour-long guided walking tour of the North Pier, which culminates in an optional climb up to the lantern room inside the Inner Light. North Pier Walking Tours are scheduled every Friday and Saturday, June 2 through September 2, at 10:00am. Anyone climbing the tower must meet the minimum height requirement of 48 inches. Following the Friday and Saturday Walking Tours, Open Hours are scheduled at the Inner Light & Fog Signal Building from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Volunteer guides will help connect visitors to the history of the Keepers who maintained the lights and the many vessels who relied on them.

    St. Joseph Walking Tours [2018 Season Closed] Presented in partnership with the Krasl Art Center. These organizations will offer public history and sculpture walking tours alternating every Thursday from June 1 through August 31. The guided tours begin at 5:30pm and run an hour in length. While both tours are free, a suggested donation of $5 will support the Heritage Museum and the Krasl Art Center.

    The tours will gather and begin inside the Whitcomb building (509 Ship Street). The Whitcomb Senior Living Community welcomes walking tour guests to enter the lobby of their historic building, constructed as a modern resort hotel in 1928. St. Joseph Walking Tours will meet in the Living Room, which features hand-painted murals depicting Pere Marquette meeting Native Americans and stunning views of the bluff.

    Beginning June 1, the Krasl Art Center presents the “Sculpture Walking Tour.” Trained docents will guide you along the Margaret B. Upton Arboretum riverfront to explore contemporary sculptures from the Krasl Art Center Biennial Sculptural Invitational, along with some staple permanent artworks in town.

    Starting June 8, the Heritage Museum & Cultural Center presents the “Historic Walking Tour”. This tour looks at our fascinating past, covering landmarks such as the Maids of the Mist Fountain and Silver Beach. A stroll on State Street will help us tell the stories of some of the most historic buildings of Old St. Joseph.

    Benton Harbor History Tours [2018 Season Closed] Presented in partnership with the Morton House Museum. A series of historical tours scheduled June through September 2017. Tours will take place on foot, on bike, and on the water, using the preserved streetscape and landscapes around the community to travel back in time. The tours will feature photos, maps, and stories from times past, collected over many years by the Morton House Museum and the Heritage Museum. Benton Harbor History Tours are free to attend, but a donation of $5 per person is suggested to support these local non-profit organizations. Guests are advised to wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather.

    The Heritage is a wonderful place to start your family’s history. Its striking balance of Victorian and contemporary elements allow you to bridge your families’ pasts with the excitement of your future — and do so as simply or elegantly as you wish. You’ll find the intimacy or spaciousness you want in each carefully appointed room or garden. The history galleries will draw your guests together to share memories and enhance your celebration. Because on your wedding day, it’s this moment in time that matters most.

    Whether you are looking for a destination wedding location along the shores of Lake Michigan or a reception hall near family and friends living in Southwestern Michigan, the Heritage Museum is a lovely place to begin your future together. Your unique space includes:

    Shepard Hall – Beautifully appointed and spacious, this room offers ample seating and dancing space for up to 200 guests. Features include a hardwood floor, chandeliers and picturesque second-floor balcony. The grand piano, scenic windows, and graceful columns contribute to the hall’s elegance.

    Parlor – This is a charming place to hold a private rehearsal meal or intimate reception for up to 35 guests. Its vintage décor includes a fireplace, chandeliers, and antique furnishings.

    Founders Garden – Beautifully landscaped, this natural setting offers a lovely backdrop for outdoor photographs or a place to dance under the stars. To mark your day in a special way, ask us to engrave a commemorative brick for the garden path.

    Museum Exhibit Halls – You and your guests will have special access to the exhibits that celebrate our area’s multi-faceted past in the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center.

    Professional Catering Kitchen – We welcome you to make your own selection of a licensed caterer.

    Wireless Internet – Available throughout the building.

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    Territorial Road was a big part in the settling of this area. At one time a plaque was on a bank building at Ship and State marking the end of Territorial. Does anyone know what happened to the plaque? This year a marker is to be placed at the beginning of Territorial outside of Detroit. It would be fitting if there was again a marker here for the end. https://books.google.com/books/about/The_Great_Territorial_Road.html?id=W7PxrQEACAAJ
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