News

  • Historical Society Adds Visitor Services Director
    June 17, 2024

    The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society is pleased to announce the addition of a new fulltime staff member, Melissa Wiatrolik, as Visitor Services Director. Wiatrolik will be responsible for the customer-facing experience with the Historical Society’s physical properties, including delivery of educational programming, management of the volunteer program and revenue development.

    Read More
  • HSAHS Turns 34!
    March 5, 2024

    Thirty-four years ago, a group of local residents gathered at Hillside Apartments to talk about creating a society to preserve and share the history of the Harbor Springs area. By the end of that meeting the group had already drafted bylaws, opened a checking account and reserved a post office box!

    Read More
  • “Through the Lens” - History Museum Announces Showcase
    July 29, 2023

    The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society offered a special showcase of the late photographer Virgil D. Haynes’ collection of nostalgic Harbor Springs images during an event at the Harbor Springs History Museum on August 3.

    Read More
  • Historical Society Campaign Surpasses $2M Mark
    February 24, 2023

    The comprehensive fundraising campaign for the Harbor Springs historical corridor topped the $2 million mark in January, as the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society and its supporters push to bring in the final million dollars of the $3 million campaign by the end of 2023.

    Read More
  • Major Fundraising Campaign to Create Historical Corridor
    July 21, 2022

    To offer new insightful and entertaining interpretation of the community’s unique history, the Harbor Springs Area Historical society has embarked on a comprehensive $3 million fundraising campaign – “Bringing History to Life.”

    Read More
  • Historical Society receives two grants for building and technology improvements
    February 15, 2022

    The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society recently received two grants which will help with building repairs and technology upgrades. The first grant of $5,000 was awarded by the Great Lakes Energy People Fund and will cover the cost of repairing two widows on the historic 1884 city hall building.

    Read More
  • Two MCACA Grants Awarded to the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society
    November 16, 2021

    The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society has been awarded two grants from the State of Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). 

    Read More
  • Shay Locomotive Coming to Michigan
    October 8, 2021

    Moving operations began in early October 2021 for the 36 ton Shay Locomotive C/N 2005 located outside the Forestry Building of Stephen F. Austin State University.

    Read More
  • “Aha” Exhibit Opening in Shay Park on June 4
    June 2, 2021

    The Aha, a historic 1894 all-steel vessel built by Ephraim Shay, has been restored following a successful partnership between the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society and the Industrial Arts Institute.

    Read More
  • Northern Michigan Park to be home of “Aha”
    March 9, 2021

    A 130-year-old ship is being restored with plans to move it to a city park in northern Michigan. The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society and the Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway are working together on restoring the Aha, the Petoskey News-Review reported.

    Read More
  • City Council Approves Plan
    March 5, 2021

    The Aha, a 1891 vessel that was built by Ehpraim Shay, is currently being restored in a project partnership between the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society and Industrial Arts Institute.

    Read More