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

2023 Calendar of Events



Zoom Program: “Charlevoix – What Makes it so Unique?”

Thursday, February 16 at 7:00 pm

This program is provided by North Central Michigan College Life Long Learning Club. Click the link below to register for this free online program.
In this class Charlevoix Historical Society curator, David Miles will highlight dates on which something of note happened in Charlevoix…for instance: How the name Charlevoix came to be recognized around the world or our connection to the Apollo Space Program and the 1969 moon landing.  We will look at the various awards and accolades the town has won, and touch on a few of the people of note who have come from Charlevoix…and the many, many who have visited here at some point in their lives (you wouldn’t believe it!).  Did you know we can claim direct descent from the Mayflower…and that the Charlevoix Historical won an Emmy?  Lots of fun facts, stories and interest!


Zoom Program: “A Few Facts I Never Knew about Charlevoix Until…”  by David L. Miles
Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm

Charlevoix Historical Society Curator David L. Miles will discuss interesting facts he has come across while doing research and writing 590 “Looking Back” columns for the Charlevoix Courier.
This is a Zoom program. The program details will be e-mailed to you one or two days before the program.




Live Program: “Ordeal On the Ice” by Geoffrey Reynolds

On February 8, 1936, Boatswain’s Mate Earl Cunningham interrupted his day off to come to the aid of two stranded fishermen after the ice they were fishing from broke loose and moved out into a Lake Michigan blizzard. Little did he know that he would soon become the only U.S. Coast Guard service personnel from the Charlevoix, Michigan station to lose their life in the station’s 122 years. Join local author and historian Geoffrey Reynolds as he gives an illustrated account of this important local event.

Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm
Charlevoix Train Depot
305 Chicago Ave.
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Live Program: Historical Shipwrecks of the Great Lakes with Chris Roxburgh

Chris Roxburgh, a renowned underwater photographer and author, has gained widespread recognition for his exceptional work capturing shipwrecks in the Great Lakes region. His remarkable photography and environmental efforts have been featured on local and national news platforms multiple times. He is the author of the highly acclaimed hardcover nonfiction book “Leelanau Underwater,” which has become the top-selling book in Northern Michigan. This book vividly showcases the shipwrecks in his hometown of The Manitou Passage, situated in Leelanau County, Michigan. Chris’s impressive work has been featured in several prominent publications, including the History Channel, Outside magazine, and The Smithsonian, among others, as he continues to document shipwrecks throughout the Great Lakes region. In addition to his artistic accomplishments, he is actively working to raise awareness about the growing problem of plastics pollution in the Great Lakes, and he is a passionate advocate for preserving and protecting our precious waters.

Wednesday, June 28 at 7:00 pm
Charlevoix Train Depot
305 Chicago Ave.
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Venetian Potluck – For Society Members and their Guests

Friday, July 21 at 7 pm

Charlevoix Train Depot
305 Chicago Ave.

Hot dogs, condiments and lemonade provided by the Historical Society.  Bring a dish to share, your own tableware and stronger beverage if you wish.  Stay for the fireworks on Depot Beach!


Live Program: “Great Lakes Steamships North American and South American” by Charlevoix Historical Society Manager Trevor Dotson

In an illustrated program complete with vintage footage, Charlevoix Historical Society Manager of Operations Trevor Dotson will cover the history of sister passenger ships the North American and South American which made regular stops in Charlevoix for nearly five decades.

Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 pm
Charlevoix Train Depot
305 Chicago Ave.
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Open to the public.  Free of charge for Society members.  Donations appreciated from non-members.  Light refreshments served.


Live Program: “A History of the Charlevoix Lighthouse” by Charlevoix Historical Society Curator David L. Miles

In conjunction with the celebration of the 75th anniversary of Charlevoix’s current lighthouse, installed 1948, David L. Miles, curator of the Charlevoix Historical Society’s Museum at Harsha House, will present a fully illustrated program on all four of the town’s lighthouses. The south pier light has been an iconic fixture of Charlevoix’s identity for decades, recognized around the world.  Using many images never seen by the public before, this program will trace the need for and creation of these structures that have protected our channel piers and guided mariners into Round Lake since 1880. 

Wednesday, September 13 at 6:00 pm
Charlevoix Public Library
220 Clinton 
Charlevoix, MI 49720


Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the South Pier Lighthouse and Support the Lighthouse Preservation 

Saturday, September 30 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Michigan Beach Park
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Family Friendly activities, entertainment

September 30, 2023 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm  Boarding Time 6:00 pm at the Beaver Island Ferry Dock

Cost:  Minimum Donation of $75

Catering by Yum & Yummer | Ticket incudes 2 drink tickets |  Historical narration by David Miles while aboard

Please note that the main deck is accessible by stairs only




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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