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.
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.
Tools of the Blacksmith
Recreated on the site is a working forge to illustrate the importance of blacksmiths in small communities.
Join us for these educational events
"Thursdays at Courthouse Square" is over for this season. But, we still have many other programs coming up. See all these free public upcoming programs / events here as they become available.
Free Blacksmithing Demonstrations All Day
An Eagle Scout project to benefit the Bennett Forge Blacksmith Shop on Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Live blacksmithing demonstrations, hand-forged items for sale, food vendors on site. Free admission!
Kindle Your Christmas Spirit
Join Berrien Springs in welcoming in the Christmas season.
The History Center at Courthouse Square is proud to participate in this community-wide event. Here at Courthouse Square you can listen to Christmas music in the Courthouse, hear Curator Bob Myers tell of early Christmas traditions in the Log Cabin, and watch blacksmith Dave Francis create sleigh bells in Bennett's Forge.
Schedule a Program or Service Today!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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!
See more... Books for Sale ...here.
Historic Walking Tour of St. Joseph
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