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 provide monies for the repair and maintenance of the Harsha House, Museum and Railroad Depot.
Museum at the Harsha House Proposed Renovation Plans
Exterior repairs are planned for 2016/2017, once sufficient funding is secured. These include a new roof, gable fascias, dormer wood shakes sheathing and masonry.
On the interior, additional office space is planned by converting the area which was previously a kitchen. This will include new flooring and a storage closet. Additionally, plumbing repairs and renovations are planned in the main bathroom to remove an unused shower stall to make room for a utility tub. The toilet will also be replaced. To make a donation, you can go to our Become a Member section of the website.
2016-2017 Board of Directors & Curators
- President: Denise Fate
- Vice-President: Chuck Cleland
- Secretary: Kay Heise
- Treasurer: Steve Paterka
- Finance Chair: Craig Mann
- Term ending 2017: Ginnie Cash and Jamie McLane
- Term ending 2018: Edward O’Neill and Amanda Wilkin
- Term ending 2019: Phyllis Elzinga and Robert Molter
- 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!