Category: News

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...

July 13, 2021July 30, 2021

Northern Michigan Park to be home of “Aha”

Harbor Springs – 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. Once the work is done, the vessel is expected to be...

March 9, 2021March 9, 2021
City Council Approves Plan

City Council Approves Plan

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. And now, that vessel will likely find a fitting home– Shay Park, which is located beside the intersection of Main, Judd and Bay Streets in...

March 5, 2021March 5, 2021
Restoring History Begins at the Ephraim Shay Hexagon House

Restoring History Begins at the Ephraim Shay Hexagon House

Last week, the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society began its work to “Save the Shay.” The Historical Society, which was gifted the Shay Hexagon House in late 2016, is in the first stages of a campaign to restore this historic treasure for the enjoyment of generations to come. The Shay House, built by Ephraim Shay...

February 1, 2020February 5, 2020
Regatta History in Harbor Springs

Regatta History in Harbor Springs

It’s Ugotta Regatta weekend in Harbor Springs and our town is filled with boat enthusiasts and community members eager to watch the racing. Did you know that this annual tradition dates back to 1891 when the Little Traverse Boat Club (now the Little Traverse Yacht Club) was first established? An article in the Daily Resorter...

July 26, 2019February 5, 2020
HSAHS Board Hires New Executive Director

HSAHS Board Hires New Executive Director

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society’s Board of Trustees has selected Kristyn Balog to serve as the organization’s Executive Director. “After an extensive search, the Board of Trustees is excited to welcome Kristyn Balog to lead the Historical Society into the future,” said David White, President of the Board. “Kristyn has been with the Historical...

May 24, 2019February 5, 2020
Zorn Park Cannon

Zorn Park Cannon

Imagine the excitement local residents experienced in December 1909 when an authentic Civil War cannon arrived by rail in the Village of Harbor Springs. For over a century, the cannon in Zorn Park has stood sentinel along our historic waterfront yet it speaks little of its own history.  The IX-inch Dahlgren cannon saw service in...

May 18, 2018February 5, 2020