Charlevoix Historical Society Events Calendar

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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

2022 Calendar of Events


Zoom Program: Schooners and Palatial Yachts

Thursday, January 6 at 7:00pm

This program by Charlevoix Historical Society curator David L. Miles, examines the stories of the most prominent schooners and many prominent palatial yachts that came to Charlevoix’s harbor, their backstories, construction, owners, and for some of the yachts, their ultimate fates caused by the nation’s entry into World War II.

This Zoom program is being given through North Central Michigan College’s Lifelong Learning Club. Please visit there website for free registration.


Zoom Program: The Coming of the Railroad (& How it Transformed Charlevoix)

Wednesday, February 2 at 7:00pm

Charlevoix was the last of the principal municipalities of northwest lower Michigan to receive a railroad. It sat so close to the Lake Michigan maritime lanes that many inhabitants thought one was unnecessary. But months-long winters with an ice-packed Lake Michigan sometimes threatened Charlevoix’s survival, so gradually sentiment began to shift. The announcement that a railroad would finally arrive in the early 1890s was met with not a little skepticism, but mainly overwhelming joy and relief. Find out more about Charlevoix’s Railroad history through this Zoom program presented by Charlevoix Historical Society Curator David L. Miles.

This Zoom program is being given through North Central Michigan College’s Lifelong Learning Club. Please visit there website for free registration.


Zoom Program: The Photographic Work of Bob Miles by curator David L. Miles
Tuesday, March 29 @ 6:30pm

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Bob Miles had the longest career as a professional photographer than any other that came to Charlevoix—42 years.   From 1931 to the end of 1972, he recorded an enormous amount of history not only in Charlevoix but throughout the region.  His work helped build the museum extension that attaches to the Historical Society’s home, the Harsha House, at 103 State Street, and his name went around the world.   After he retired, Bob donated his entire photo archive and equipment to the Historical Society, thousands of priceless prints, negatives, slides, cameras, photo equipment, etc.   His son, museum curator David L. Miles, will narrate a fully illustrated history of Bob Miles’  life and works on Tuesday, March 29 on Zoom at 6:30 pm.  The program will emphasize his growth and development as a photographer with classic examples of his unique artistry along the way. 



May 18 @ 7pm, Charlevoix Train Depot, 305 Chicago Avenue

Program by David L. Miles, “The History of the Charlevoix Historical Society”

On the exact day that 50 years ago (May 18, 1972) the reorganized Charlevoix Historical Society was incorporated, Dave Miles will present a fully-illustrated program recounting the development of the Historical Society and its contributions to preserving the history of Charlevoix, Michigan.   The program will start at the very beginning of the Society in 1879 and what it meant to interested citizens of the town through the early 20th century, then focus on the decades between 1972 and the present.  Thanks to a group of forward-thinking individuals, including Ralph Hamilton and Bob Miles, much of the city’s photographic history and archives were saved and have been preserved, and with the support of the community, the Society has thrived over the years.  Admission to the program is free to members of the Historical Society.  Donations are appreciated from non-members.  


June 16 @ 4:30-7 pm, Charlevoix Train Depot, 305 Chicago Avenue

Golden Jubilee – Fundraising event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Charlevoix Historical Society being re-formed and incorporated.   Exhibits with interpreters, hors d’oeuvres, wine & beer.  Ticket Cost:  Individual:  $50  Sponsor level:  $143, includes entry for two people and name included as a sponsor.


July 12 @ 4 pm, Charlevoix Train Depot, 305 Chicago Avenue

Annual Business Meeting of the Charlevoix Historical Society

Members are welcome to attend.   Officers and Directors for upcoming terms will be elected. 

July 22 @ 7 pm, Charlevoix Train Depot, 305 Chicago Avenue

Venetian Picnic

Members and their guests are invited for a picnic in Depot Heritage Gardens, then to stay and watch the Venetian Fireworks at Depot Beach.   Hot dogs and condiments will be provided.  Bring a dish to share with family and guests, along with your favorite beverage.   Tables and chairs will be set up in the garden.






Tuesday, December 6

Cocktails @ 6 pm  |  Dinner @ 7 pm

Holiday Dinner at Grey Gables

The Society invites you to join us for a festive holiday celebration to kick off the season at the Grey Gables Restaurant, 308 Belvedere Avenue.  A holiday cheer cash bar and social hour will precede dinner at 7 pm.   Cost:  $60 per person, includes tax and gratuity.   A portion of the proceeds benefits the Historical Society.   RSVP by Thursday, December 1 by calling 231-547-0373.  Menu choices:  Broiled Whitefish, Dijon Glazed Chicken or Honey Mustard Glazed Pork Roast.

Bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Charlevoix Community Food Pantry and you will be entered to win a holiday gift basket as a door prize.  Food suggestions include pasta or rice packages, canned goods, cereal, peanut butter and jelly.   Visit for more details.

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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