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










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.

Consistent with the Society’s theme for 2018 of exploring the origin and development of photography as an important part of the study of history, our program on August 7 at the Depot will feature Dr. Stephen McBride who is chief archaeologist for the Camp Nelson National Historic Site near Lexington, Kentucky. 

Camp Nelson was a Civil War Era federal supply and recruiting depot for the western front which, among other claims to fame, recruited and put into uniform many newly freed  black men who were instrumental in winning the war for the Union. 

During the summer of 2017 Dr. McBride’s excavations revealed the remains of a photographic studio that contained information and artifacts about how pictures were taken, developed, and mounted at the very cusp of the invention of photography. 

Dr. McBride’s fascinating presentation will be illustrated with photos from his excavations and the many artifacts he recovered that tell us so much about the development of photography itself. 

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.


Sunday, September 2, noon-5pm,Train Depot, 307 Chicago Avenue

Photo Discovery Day and Michigan Historical Photographic Society

Bring your historic photos from Charlevoix and Charlevoix County to learn more about them!  

Individuals are invited to search through their own private collections of old and antique photographs relating to Charlevoix and greater Charlevoix County, and its people, places and history, and bring them to the depot.  There local history experts will be on hand to help individuals learn more information about their photographs – such as the type of photo it is – for example is it a daguerreotype, ambrotype or tintype? Where and approximately what year it was taken?  Who was the photographer?  Ole Lyngklip, Guest Curator for the Museum at Harsha House photography exhibit, is an expert in local 19th century photography and Charlevoix Historical Society Curator David Miles has vast knowledge about local historic photos.  They will draw on their local knowledge and photographic expertise to help answer these questions.  Is there a remarkable relic of Charlevoix history in your attic just waiting to be discovered?

You could get lucky and have one of your antique photos featured in a Charlevoix Courier “Looking Back” column. 




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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