Author: Harbor Springs History (Harbor Springs History)

Celebrating Traditions

Celebrating Traditions

Harbor Springs loves its traditions particularly those associated with holidays. In 2015, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of a community Christmas tree placed in town, a tradition started by local contractor George B. Hartung. As a young man, Hartung cut and hauled a Christmas tree into downtown Harbor Springs for the townsfolk to enjoy. Of the first...

December 22, 2015February 5, 2020
Collections Corner: Quill boxes

Collections Corner: Quill boxes

In this post we are taking you inside our archives to look at some of the most beautiful artifacts in our collections – small, handmade quill boxes. These unique Native American objects are still made today by the local Odawa people and have a rich cultural tradition that dates back centuries. Quill boxes are constructed...

December 30, 2014February 5, 2020
A Rainy Day at the Little Traverse Lighthouse

A Rainy Day at the Little Traverse Lighthouse

Despite the very wet weather throughout the day Saturday, October 4 the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society’s Little Traverse Lighthouse Tour was a big success. In fact, the cloudy, drizzly weather was actually a perfect teaching moment for Terry Pepper, the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association. Terry was on hand during...

October 9, 2014February 5, 2020
Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Are you a life-long learner? Are you always on the lookout for new opportunities for growth? The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society’s Board of Trustees and staff like to consider ourselves life-long learners. In this spirit we periodically hold training sessions to help us be the best stewards of Harbor Springs’ unique history. Recently, on...

August 14, 2014February 5, 2020
Harbor Springs Students “Learn Local”

Harbor Springs Students “Learn Local”

“History is not just something that happened long ago and far away. History happens to all of us all the time. Local history brings history home, it touches your life, the life of your family, your neighborhood, your community.” –       Thomas J. Noel The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society is thrilled to have been visited...

May 23, 2014February 5, 2020
A Sweet Service – Volunteer at the Museum

A Sweet Service – Volunteer at the Museum

Although we serve up great local history at our monthly Harbor History talks, we are also well known for our hospitality, specifically homemade goodies. Last month we had a number of requests for this amazing recipe created by one of our wonderful volunteers. These “club cracker cookies” were a hit at our last talk and...

March 4, 2014February 5, 2020
Historical Society honored by Emma 25 with lifetime account

Historical Society honored by Emma 25 with lifetime account

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society is thrilled to announce that we have been granted a lifetime of free email marketing and communications services from Emma, Inc. We were selected as part of the 2013 “Emma 25” program which annually awards charitable organizations free email marketing tools. This year, Emma received hundreds of applications, from every...

January 16, 2014February 5, 2020
The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society joins Historypin

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society joins Historypin

Here at the historical society we are always exploring new ways to make the rich history of Harbor Springs more accessible to the public. With this in mind we are proud to announce the launch of our own channel on Historypin! Historypin.com is a website that utilizes Google Maps to allow photographs, videos and other...

January 4, 2014February 5, 2020

The Harbor Springs History Museum Turns 5!

December was an important month for the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society and for the Harbor Springs History Museum which celebrated its fifth birthday on December 7! An open house was held in celebration of this special day with a chance for visitors to see both the permanent and temporary exhibits downstairs and Christmas crafts...

December 17, 2013February 3, 2020

Local World War

With the new year comes a new exhibit! The temporary exhibit case on the 2nd floor has been changed out and an exhibit of local artifacts and letters from both World Wars have been put on display. These include ration stamps and tokens, letters, and articles that pertain to our local area during World War...

December 16, 2013February 3, 2020

Winter is Here!

  Winter is here! The snow may have left us for a little while, but anyone can tell you that it will surely be back! It’s hard to imagine how people coped without snowplows and snowblowers but somehow they did. I imagine that there were some hardworking horses before automobiles and tractors became more common...

December 19, 2012February 3, 2020

Past and Present

One of the most fascinating things about going through older photographs of Harbor Springs are the glimpses of the past that they bring. You can recognize buildings and places in these old photographs and see how they were 100 years ago. Often as a child, I would look at the world around me and wonder...

November 7, 2012February 3, 2020