Charlevoix Historical Society Events Calendar

June 2019

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Lakeshore Club Meeting
  • Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce Enhanced Business After Hours
  • Depot 127: A Celebration of our 1892 Colors - Paint Out and Wet Paint Sale
  • Program - 160 Years of Charlevoix Bridge History
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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

2019 Calendar of Events



Saturday, Feb. 2nd, from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Click the Shadow Fest logo for all downtown events! 

Cultural Corridor Shadow Fest Scavenger Hunt

Each Cultural Corridor location as well as the hot cocoa and coffee stand in East Park will be participating in a groundhog scavenger hunt. At each location Children can pick up a form that contains questions about groundhogs. Each location will have two Shadow Fest groundhog logos that contain the answers. Children who complete the form with the correct answers will be given a prize! Children can begin and end the scavenger hunt at any location.

Free horse-drawn wagon rides between venues.

At the Charlevoix Public Library, families can enjoy storytime at the top of each hour starting at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Patrons can drop in anytime between 1-4pm in the youth department to partake in S.T.E.A.M Station activities to measure their shadow, play a scientific marmots of the world game, and make a puppet craft to tell their own groundhog story. The groundhog scavenger hunt will be in the Youth section.

To learn more about Groundhog Day and why this little marmot has become so famous, stop by the Charlevoix Historical Society at 103 State Street on the half hour for a special history lesson at 1:30pm, 2:30pm or 3:30pm. Take a picture with “Smokey Joe” the groundhog. The groundhog scavenger hunt continues in the museum.

Visit the Charlevoix Circle of Arts anytime between 1-4pm to be inspired by the traveling exhibit of children’s illustrations from Central Michigan University in the gallery. Learn how to draw your own groundhog-inspired illustrations. While taking in the beautiful artwork, don’t forget to look for the Shadow Fest logos as part of the groundhog scavenger hunt!




Program: Charlevoix Family Legacies, Researching Your Roots

An illustrated Power Point program by Charlevoix Historical Society Museum Curator Trevor Dotson and Jennifer Harsha Carroll will cover Charlevoix Families that have deep roots in the area as well as how to research your own ancestors with resources available at the Harsha House Museum and Charlevoix Public Library.

Monday, May 20th @ 7:00 p.m.
Charlevoix Historic Train Depot
305 Chicago Ave.


Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce Enhanced Business After Hours

The Charlevoix Golf Club will be hosting the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce Enhanced Business After Hours (EBAH) at the Pro Shop. A small exhibit installed at the Pro Shop by the The Charlevoix Historical Society and The Charlevoix Golf Club will feature the history of the municipal golf course and other athletics in Charlevoix. For more information on EBAH please visit the Chamber’s website.

Wednesday, June 5 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Charlevoix Golf Club Pro Shop
400 Fairway Drive Charlevoix, MI 49720


Depot 127: A Celebration of Our 1892 Colors – Paint Out & Wet Paint Sale at the Depot 

Come celebrate the restoration of Charlevoix’s historic train depot. In 2018, the Historical Society completed needed restoration work on the exterior of the Depot. In the fall the depot was repainted to it’s original 1892 color scheme.

To celebrate, the Society, in partnership with the Charlevoix Circle of Arts, is holding a Paint Out & Wet Paint Sale. Come watch artists as they paint the newly restored Depot. Finished artwork will be for sale on site.  
In addition, there will be guided tours of the depot with the history of the railroad, and visitors can view the interior exhibit panels and photographs. Light refreshments will be served.
Saturday, June 8th from 12 – 5:00 p.m.
Charlevoix Historic Train Depot
305 Chicago Ave.
Program: 160 Years of Charlevoix Bridge History
An illustrated program by Charlevoix Historical Society Curator David Miles covering the history of the five bridges that once crossed the Pine River Channel and the present day Memorial Bridge. This presentation coincides with the lighting of the bridge organized by the Charlevoix Bridge Lighting Project.
Tuesday, June 18th @ 6:30 p.m.
Charlevoix Public Library
220 W. Clinton St.


Program: 150 Years of Photography in Charlevoix: 19th Century Photographers

In conjunction with its current exhibit of “150 Years of Photography in Charlevoix” at the Museum at Harsha House, the Charlevoix Historical Society is presenting a fully illustrated program on the town’s first four professional photographers whose work is known.   Presenting the program will be exhibit sponsor and guest curator Ole Lyngklip of New York City.  Lyngklip will begin the program with a brief mention of the beginnings of photography, the types of photos popular in the 1870s-1890s era and how they evolved,  the first photographers who came to Charlevoix or the immediate region in those years, then concentrate on the four whose local work has survived from the late 1800s.  All of them produced a remarkable visual record that captured Charlevoix’s early history during the years it was moving from a provincial backwater into national and even international recognition.  Almost all the photos that will be shown are originals from the Society’s Bob Miles Photo Collection that now numbers over 20,000 scanned and digitized. The program will take place in the Charlevoix Public Library’s Community Room on Tuesday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m. Call (231) 547-0373 for more information.  There is no admission charge.

Tuesday, July 2nd @ 6:30 p.m.
Charlevoix Public Library
220 W. Clinton St.


Cultural Corridor (CuCo): Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration

The Cultural Corridor (CuCo) will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing and Charlevoix’s involvement with NASA’s Apollo missions.

Event is for all ages: activities and games, and historic information about the Apollo missions and Charlevoix’s link to these momentous journeys into space and to the moon. Check back for more details.

Thursday, July 18th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
Charlevoix Historical Society – 103 State Street
Charlevoix Circle of Arts – 109 Clinton Street
Charlevoix Public Library – 220 W. Clinton Street.


Northern Michigan Railroad Club Model Train Show

Come out to the Charlevoix Historic Train Depot to see the Northern Michigan Railroad Club’s model train show! Various gauges of trains will be in motion through model villages. The event is fun for all ages.

Friday, July 19 – Sunday, July 21 – Times TBD.
Charlevoix Historic Train Depot
305 Chicago Ave.


Charlevoix Photography Club 11th Annual Juried Photography Exhibit

Description: Come to the Depot and enjoy some of the areas finest photography at the Charlevoix Photography Club 11th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition.

Friday, August 9th – Monday, August 12th – Hours TBD. Please check back.
Charlevoix Historic Train Depot
305 Chicago Ave.

The Charlevoix Photography Club, Inc. (CPC) is pleased to accept submissions for its Eleventh Annual Juried Photography Exhibition. For more details visit the Club’s website 


Program: Why the Road Curves: A C&O Club Real Estate History

How does a half mile of Lake Charlevoix shoreline transform from barely touched wilderness to industry and then to a residential community?  Jeff Lipshaw, professor at Suffolk University Law School and long-time Charlevoix summer resident, traced over 100 years of legal transfers of the land underlying the present C&O Club, culling a rich history of typewriters, railroads, fisheries, deeds, easements, and real estate speculation.  Just why does the road curve at the end of Cherry Street?  Find out during this presentation.

Tuesday, August 13 @ 7:00 p.m.
Charlevoix Historic Train Depot
305 Chicago Ave.





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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