About Us

Mission Statement

Enriching Charlevoix culture through preservation, education and engaging experiences celebrating our history.

Our values:

Our History

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.  

And Now…

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 bi-monthly, or as needed, to keep the membership informed of programs and other activities of the Society.    An eNewsletter is sent semi-monthly, or as needed, to notify subscribers 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 $290,000 through June of 2018.    Thank you to our donors in 2017 and 2018!   The funding allowed us to complete the following projects:

Exterior repairs including a new roof, wood shakes, gable fascias, sheathing and masonry were completed at the Museum at Harsha House in 2017.   All wood trim was repainted in summer 2018 in vibrant colors reminiscent of the 1890s era in which the house was built.   The new color scheme highlights the beautiful architectural details of this Victorian house.

Exterior renovations and paint restoration were also completed at the Charlevoix Train Depot during 2018.  The cost for this project was over $100,000. Renovations include new cedar shakes, carpentry and masonry repairs, and window glazing.  Architectural details and original paint colors from 1892 were restored with this work.  A historic paint analysis was performed to identify the historic colors:  dark green shakes, light green clapboard siding and light yellow trim and corbels.  Painting was completed in October of 2018.  

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.

2018-2019 Board of Directors & Curators

Our Members

A complete listing of our 2017 Patrons and Ralph Hamilton Circle members is contained in the following links.  We thank you all very much for your support and membership!

Patrons and Ralph Hamilton Circle 2017

Please support the businesses that support us:

www.castlefarms.com

www.charlevoixacehardware.com

www.kellyantiques.com

www.screenmaster.net

www.visitcharlevoix.com

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