Trapping and Trading: The Fur Trade
Tools of the Blacksmith
COMING IN AUGUST 2016 - The story of Andrews University: From Battle Creek…to Box Cars…to Berrien Springs
Andrews University has been an integral part of our community for more than one hundred years. Generations of local residents and students, as well as students from around the world, all share in its vast history. This exhibit traces the founding of the university from its early days as Battle Creek College in the 1870’s, to the big move to Berrien Springs in 1901, to the impact that Andrews University has on the community today.
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
Recreated on the site is a working forge to illustrate the importance of blacksmiths in small communities.
Thursdays at Courthouse Square
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.
Theodore Roosevelt and the American West - Gilbert Young
Gilbert Young is considered one of the best Theodore Roosevelt impressionists. Besides his physical resemblance to Theodore Roosevelt – circa 1915 – Mr. Young reproduces to an astonishing degree the voice patterns and physical movements of his subject. Come watch as Gilbert Young portrays Roosevelt and tells of his adventures in the Wild West and his subsequent federal conservation programs.
Welcome to the History Center's New Gift Shop
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