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Margaret Blackbird Boyd

Margaret Blackbird Boyd

Welcome to the third installment of our blog series celebrating Women’s History Month. In this blog you can learn more about teacher and Odawa leader Margaret Boyd. Margaret Blackbird Boyd (pictured at right as portrayed by local artist Jane Cardinal) was born in Harbor Springs around 1817. She is best known for her role as...

March 16, 2017February 5, 2020
Alice Clementina Erwin

Alice Clementina Erwin

Welcome back to the second installment of our blog series celebrating Women’s History Month. In this blog you can learn more about conservationist and author Alice C. Erwin (pictured at right).  Alice Clementina Erwin was born in 1880 in Athens County, Ohio to Albert and Ellen Young. Later in life she married Charles Fayette “Fay”...

March 7, 2017February 5, 2020
Elizabeth Whitney Williams: A Child of the Sea

Elizabeth Whitney Williams: A Child of the Sea

“On the end of the Point stands the lighthouse with its red light flashing out at night over the waters, looking like a great red ruby set with diamonds as the electric lights are shining around the bay and harbor. What more is needed of nature’s beauty to make the picture complete?” Elizabeth Whitney Williams...

March 2, 2017February 5, 2020
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