Enriching Charlevoix culture through preservation, education and engaging experiences celebrating our history.
- Accessibility: We provide programs and events for a broad and diverse audience. Our historical archives and structures are made available to the public.
- Authenticity: We are a primary source of information on the history of Charlevoix.
- Resourcefulness: We acquire, protect and maintain objects, images and archives of historical value.
- Relevance: We are innovative in our approach to creating both educational and entertaining experiences about Charlevoix’s heritage.
- Trustworthiness: We are responsible stewards of our historical and financial assets.
The Charlevoix Historical Society was first organized in November of 1879. It was active from 1893 to 1903, then active again in 1911. The Society reorganized into a determinedly active organization on May 11, 1972, with 17 charter members. It has been recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by the Federal Government since 1986.
The Society provides several programs during the year for the membership and the community pertaining to local history and other activities of a historical nature.
Donations, membership dues, and user fees provide funding to carry out the work of the Society.
A newsletter is published and mailed quarterly to keep the membership informed of programs and other activities of the Society. An eNewsletter is sent out monthly, or as needed, to notify membership of our events and programs.
Proceeds from special fundraisers also provide monies for the operations of the Society, including the Museum at Harsha House and Train Depot as well as personnel costs for staff.
Our capital campaign, Embrace.Preserve.Cherish. started in 2017 and raised over $275,000 through the end of 2017. Thank you to our donors!
The funding allowed us to complete the following projects:
Exterior repairs including a new roof, wood shakes, gable fascias, sheathing and masonry were completed in 2017. Painting will follow in 2018.
Exterior renovations at the Train Depot are planned for 2018. The estimated cost for this project is $100,000.
To make a donation, select the Donate button from the home page or visit Charlevoix County Community Foundation at http://www.c3f.org and click the ‘Giving’ tab and choose the Charlevoix Historical Society Preservation Fund.
2017-2018 Board of Directors & Curators
- President: Denise Fate
- Vice-President: Chuck Cleland
- Secretary: Kay Heise
- Treasurer: Jamie McLane
- Finance Chair: Craig Mann
- Term ending 2018: Edward O’Neill and Amanda Wilkin
- Term ending 2019: Phyllis Elzinga
- Term ending 2020: Ginnie Cash and Tom Darnton
- Museum Curators: David L. Miles and Trevor Dotson
A complete listing of our 2016 Patrons, Ralph Hamilton Circle, Annual and Lifetime members is contained in the following links. We thank you all very much for your support and membership!