Charlevoix Historical Society Events Calendar

Charlevoix Historical Society Events Calendar 

Following are the scheduled programs and events of the Charlevoix Historical Society for 2018. (Subject to change.) If you need additional information, contact the Charlevoix Historical Society, 231- 547-0373 or

2018 Calendar of Events






Tuesday, April 10, 7:00pm,  Train Depot, 307 Chicago Avenue

“Bragging Rights – or, What Makes Charlevoix so Unique?”  A program by Curator David L. Miles


Tuesday, May 1, 7:00pm, Train Depot, 307 Chicago Avenue

Program by Curator Trevor Dotson with Jennifer Harsha Carroll

“Beautiful Charlevoix: The Art & Influence of Irene Harsha Young”

The Charlevoix Historical Society is showcasing the art and influence of Charlevoix native Irene Harsha Young both in a program and exhibit. The illustrated program will be presented by historical society curator Trevor Dotson and guest curator Jennifer Harsha Carroll, grandniece of Irene Harsha Young. 

Irene Harsha Young was a talented landscape and map artist who began capturing the natural beauty around her as a young child in one of Charlevoix’s most historic neighborhoods.

“Beautiful Charlevoix: The art and influence of Irene Harsha Young,” shares the story of her appreciation of the area’s scenic beauty, dedication to art, writing and collaboration with Earl.

Sunday, May 27, 2-4:00pm:  Museum at Harsha House, 103 State Street

Grand Opening of new exhibit:  “Beautiful Charlevoix:  The Art & Influence of Irene Harsha Young”

The exhibit includes rare art and personal family history, including several of Irene’s original paintings, creative writing and her three hand-drawn and painted historic area maps that grace hundreds of homes nationwide.

The exhibit also includes stories and photos of the Harsha and Young families in the three front formal parlors of the 1892 home on State Street.

Members of the Harsha and Young families will be at the opening to share their recollections.
Three of Irene’s granddaughters are offering insights and loaned art for the exhibit: Connie Gardner of Interlochen, Kitty Gill Warner of Boyne City and Gretchen Olsen of Petoskey. Irene’s grandniece Jennifer Harsha Carroll is serving as guest curator.

Open to the public and free admission, donations appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, June 5, 7:00pm,  Train Depot, 307 Chicago Avenue

“Then & Now:  Images of Charlevoix”, A program by Curator Trevor Dotson

As a  major component of this year’s theme of the importance of photography to Charlevoix’s history,  Trevor  will present a glimpse at what our town used to look like, and what has taken the place of so many vanished parts of our past.   He will be use some vintage photos from our upcoming exhibit, “150 Years of Photography” in Charlevoix, plus many more, juxtaposed against up-to-the-minute photos taken around town, with commentary along the way.  

Monday, June 25, 5:00-8:00pm Charlevoix Cultural Corridor

Block Party – Charlevoix Circle of Arts and Museum at Harsha House open 5:00-7:00pm

Lots of activities for the family indoors and out!   Horse-drawn wagon rides between venues.

SummerFolk Concert at the Charlevoix Public Library 6:30pm



Sunday, July 1, 4-6pm Museum at Harsha House, 103 State Street

Private Reception for Ralph Hamilton Circle members of the Society by invitation only

Private Showing of the exhibit: “150 Years of Photography at the Charlevoix Historical Society” with guest Curator Ole Lyngklip of New York City

Monday, July 2, 12-4 pm Museum at Harsha House, 103 State Street 

Exhibit Opens to the public:  “150 Years of Photography at the Charlevoix Historical Society”

The theme of this exhibit is the continuum of six important Charlevoix professional photographers who left their work behind, and often to each other, from the 1880s up to the 1960s, concluding with the work of Bob Miles.  Replicated at the museum will be an 1880s photo studio complete with vintage backdrop and props where visitors will be able to take photos galore.  On exhibit will be actual vintage cameras from the early era—wood box cameras ca. 1885, a stereoscopic (side by side images for 3-D effect) camera ca. 1888, and two antique Kodak cameras from the 1880s and 1890s.  

July 3 – July 5, Centennial Celebration at Castle Farms on M-66 South in Charlevoix

On July 3rd, peek into the past with an antique dress display, historical photo exhibit (supported by the Charlevoix Historical Society), guided tours and more. Join the fun on kid’s day, July 4th, with bounce houses, a petting zoo, trains, games and more. Then rock out with your favorite local bands on July 5th and end the celebration with a firework show!   Tickets and details 

Tuesday, July 17, 7:00pm  Train Depot, 307 Chicago Avenue

“Charlevoix Photographers of the 20th Century”, program presented by David L. Miles

The Charlevoix Historical Society is presenting a program on the town’s two early 20th century professional photographers, George Priest (active 1897-1936) and Bob Miles (1931-1972).  The program will take place on Tuesday, July 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Depot, Depot Beach.  Priest marked the transition from late Victorian era methods to 20th century modern ones, constructing Charlevoix’s first professional building designed for taking and processing photos using the most up-to-date photographic methodology.  Bob Miles continued in his footsteps to help create the vast photographic archives which Charlevoix enjoys today.  The program will be presented by Museum at Harsha House Curator David Miles, Bob’s son.  For more information, call 547-0373.       

Friday, July 27, 7:00pm, Train Depot, 307 Chicago Avenue

Venetian Potluck – for Society members and their guests

Hot dogs, lemonade and ice cream provided, bring a dish to share and your own tableware


Wednesday, August 1, 4-6:30pm, Depot Heritage Garden

Book Talk and Garden Reception with author Paula McLain 

Members can order tickets before they go on sale to the public on June 4 by calling the Society at 231.547.0373.  Tickets are now available to the public in the online store.  

Ms. McLain will talk about her newest book, “Love and Ruin,” a novelization of Hemingway’s stormy relationship to his third wife, Martha Gellhorn, a fiercely independent and ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century.

In keeping with places of significance to Hemingway and Gelhorn, Spanish and Cuban themed hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Tickets: $85 per person, or $140 per couple, both of which include one copy of the new book.  Ms. McClain will sign books and interact with attendees.  Event sponsor level: $300, which comes with premium reserved seating.   Call the Society for more information.  

Tuesday, August 7, 7:00pm  Train Depot, 307 Chicago Avenue

“Civil War Photography”, program presented by Dr. Stephen McBride on his discoveries of a Civil War photo studio 

Tuesday, August 14, 6:30pm Charlevoix Public Library

Reprisal of April program:  “Bragging Rights – or, What Makes Charlevoix so Unique?”  A fully illustrated program by Curator David L. Miles

The program traces how Charlevoix, current population just over 2500, has been able to achieve a reputation that now stretches around the world.   Explored will be the mysterious origin of the slogan “Charlevoix the Beautiful,” how the town contributed to the success of the Apollo Space Program and the World War II victory in Europe, its former renown as the most desirable vacation destination in Michigan, the scores of notable people who have walked its streets or lived here (such as Ernest Hemingway, MGM aquatic film superstar Esther Williams, and  the “Untouchable” Eliot Ness), the national and international records that have been set here including entry into the Guinness Book of World Records, “firsts,” “bests,” and “mosts” that have happened in Charlevoix, plus much more.


Saturday-Sunday, September 1-2, times tbd,Train Depot, 307 Chicago Avenue

Photo Show and Michigan Historical Photographic Society

Bring your historic photos to be dated and identified with Curators David L. Miles and Ole Lyngklip.  Details to follow.




All events are open to the public except the Venetian Potluck. Programs at the Depot are offered at no charge for members and $5.00 for non-members, unless otherwise noted. 

The Charlevoix Historical Society is a non-profit organization whose objective is to bring together people who are interested in the history and heritage of the Charlevoix area and in the protection and preservation of places and objects of historical value. The Society sponsors many events throughout the year to which the public is invited.

These public event dates and times are subject to change. All events should be confirmed by calling the Charlevoix Historical Society at 231-547-0373.

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