Call for tickets: 231-526-9771 Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour October 1 - 2, 2021

Harbor Springs Area Historical Society

History in the making in Harbor Springs! Once a center for local government, a grand old building in the heart of Harbor Springs is now a center for local history. Our museum serves as the home of the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society and features exhibits documenting the unique history of this area.

Full Steam Ahead – Shay Days 2021

Full Steam Ahead – Shay Days 2021

Trains, games, crafts and other activities take center stage during the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society’s annual Shay Days event on Friday and Saturday, July 16 and 17. Held almost every summer since 1998, Shay Days is a family-focused, two-day event honoring the life and innovations of one of Harbor Springs most illustrious early residents – Ephraim Shay. “We’re very excited to be hosting Shay Days again this year after taking 2020 off,” said Bob Laakman, Historical Society trustee and chair of the Shay Days committee. “In addition to our traditional events recognizing Mr. Shay’s inventiveness and ingenuity, we’ll also...

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Harbor Springs Historical Society Events

The Historical Society hosts numerous history talks and special events throughout the year. From our popular monthly Harbor History Talks to Shay Days to special tours, our events bring the history of this area to life.

Harbor Springs Historical Society Museum Exhibits

The Harbor Springs History Museum features dynamic and interactive historical exhibits designed to educate the young and young-at-heart. Changing temporary exhibits feature a variety of topics of local interest.

Harbor Springs Historical Society Become Member

Join the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society! We invite you to become a member of our growing organization. Your membership will help us ensure that Harbor Springs area traditions live on!