Special Exhibits and Popular Attractions

The Courthouse Museum:   Featured Left, The Fur Trade

The Courthouse Museum: Featured Left, The Fur Trade

Trade in pelts such as beaver, muskrat, mink and otter was Michigan's first industry. Despite popular belief, almost all the trapping was done by Indians, not Europeans. English and French Traders exchanged goods for pelts, but did little trapping themselves. Furs, especially beaver were extremely valuable in Europe for clothing and hats. A trader could easily make his fortune with a few canoe loads of furs. Come see all our museum exhibits.

Tools of the Blacksmith

Tools of the Blacksmith

Recreated on the site is a working forge to illustrate the importance of blacksmiths in small communities.

1839 Courthouse Restored

1839 Courthouse Restored

Completed in 1839, Berrien County's Greek Revival-style courthouse was designed by local architect Gilbert Avery. After the county seat was moved to St. Joseph in 1894, the 1839 courthouse saw use as a community center, dance hall, militia training site, church and school. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the 1839 Courthouse and surrounding buildings in Courthouse Square is one of the oldest surviving government complexes in the Midwest.

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Free Public Programs

The 2017 Summer Program Series

The History Center's summer program series returns with exciting presenters! The programs are free of charge thanks to generous sponsorships from the Berrien Springs/Eau Claire Rotary Club and Indiana Michigan Power. All programs are on Thursday Evenings at 6:30 p.m. at the History Center.

Educational Programs and Services

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Educational Programs

Outreach programs are available for either day or evening presentations, depending on staff availability. To schedule a program for your organization, call the Berrien County Historical Association at (269) 471-1202, or email us at info@berrienhistory.org.

Program fees: Outreach programs are $60 each. Multiple programs on the same day and location are $60 for the first program and $30 for each additional program. Mileage is charged for programs presented at locations outside of Berrien County.

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Gift Shop

New Gift Shop

Welcome to the History Center's New Gift Shop

The Museum Store carries a varied selection of local and regional history books, children’s books, American Girl books, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, home décor, and much more!

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Historic Walking Tour of St. Joseph

Historic Walking Tour of St. Joseph

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New Hours for 2017

  • March 6 - April 30  Mon -Sat [10 a.m. - 5 p.m.]
    May 1 - September 30  Tues - Sat [10 a.m. - 6 p.m.] - Sun [12 - 4 p.m.]
    October 1 - December 23  Tues - Sat [10 a.m. - 5 p.m.]

    Closed major holidays

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