BCHA Collections


The BCHA seeks to preserve the physical history of Berrien County through many objects, including but not limited to textiles, art, furniture and household goods, and more.  Our collections vault is home to pieces of the county’s history dating back more than two hundred years and helps to tell our story.  Guests have opportunities to explore and view these items through various physical and digital exhibits throughout the year.

At this time, we do not have digital access to our collections pieces, however as part of our long term preservation project, we hope to create an accessible online database that allows for researchers to view our collections from their home.

For those interested in using our collections for research, in-person sessions are free and available by appointment only.  Copies and other related services are available for a small fee.  Parties interested in doing research but are unable to come on-site can pay an hourly fee to have one of our staff pull the information for you.  Preliminary research requests are always free.  

Parties interested in using our artifacts for media purposes should review our Image Reproduction Permission Form.  Questions about this form should be directed to our Curator at jmoga@berrienhistory.org

The BCHA is a collecting institution and as such, accepts donations of artifact materials into our collection.  However, to ensure your item meets our policy guidelines, please visit our Research & Donation page.