Free with admission to the museum

April 3 – June 30: The Chine Emperor’s New Clothes (all buildings)

July 3 – September 29: My Summer at the Lighthouse (all buildings and grounds)

October 2 – December 24: The Garden We Grew (all buildings)

 

$1.00 per person and finish the hunt to receive 15% off in the gift shop!

April 3 – June 30: Spring Has Sprung (all buildings)

July 3 – September 29: Pickles! (all buildings)

October 2 – December 24: Holly Jolly (all buildings)

The 4th annual Pickle Festival returns to the History Center at Courthouse Square and  Berrien Springs Community Library on July 4th.  This year’s event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Join us for the following pre-festival events!

 

If you are a fan of history, true crime, and wine, then this is your program!  A flight of five wines chosen by Lazy Ballerina Winery are paired with five stories from author Michael Delaware’s new book Victorian Southwest Michigan True Crime to give you an evening of true crime and wine.  Registration will  be required as spaces are limited and will run through June 13.

  • June 20 at Lazy Ballerina Winery Tasting Room, St. Joseph
  • 6:30 p.m.: Mingle and arrival
  • 7:00 p.m.: programs begins
  • $40 per person and includes: wine flight, food, non-alcoholic drinks, and 20% off copies of the book

This program is open to guests 21 years and older only.  Additional glasses and bottles of wine will be for sale through Lazy Ballerina.

Check out our companion playlist on Spotify!

This event is sponsored by Jim Curran!

The 2024 Youth Fair will be out of this world with Planet Youth Fair as a theme!  Join the BCHA in Commercial Building #37 all week long!  The final schedule will be released in July 2024.  Volunteer registration will open in late June.

The BCHA is seeking stories of UFO sightings in Southwest Michigan.  To share your story, email John at jmoga@berrienhistory.org.

The BCHA’s next wine and history event is the perfect pairing for our next exhibit, “B is for Beauty: Textiles and Accessories from the BCHA Collections.”
Spend an evening at Lemon Creek Winery where we’ll discuss the history of hats, one of the most popular accessories in history. From the humble bonnet to the elaborate fascinators enjoyed by the British Royal family, we’ll see how we’ve used hats to top off our best outfits!
Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite hats during the evening, which could win you special prizes! 

  • September 5 at Lemon Creek Winery, Berrien Springs
  • 6:00 p.m.: Mix and Mingle
    6:30 p.m.: Program begins
  • $40.00 per person and includes presentation, wine flight, food, non-alcoholic drinks, and 15% off related books and items

    This event is for ages 21 years and older.  Tickets are limited and RSVPs required.  Link will go live July 29th and run through August 29th.

Garden and nature lovers are invited to join us for a weekend of workshops and talks to harvest new ideas and possibilities for your garden as we head into fall!

Presenter/Facilitator registration forms can be found HERE.

  • September 22
    • Lunch/ Social Hour begins at 12:00 p.m.
    • Sessions  begin at 1:00 p.m.
  • Ticket  prices
    • $15.00 presale (8.22 – 9.15)
    • $20.00 day-of 
    • All you can attend with no registration required
  • Lunch add on: $10.00 per person (presale only)
  • Raffle tickets: $1.00 each or $5.00 for 10 (day of sales only)

Online and phone presale will open August 22.  Day of tickets can be purchase upon arrival.

Sponsorships are available for this program, contact us to learn more!

Join the BCHA for their 6th annual Dia de Muertos community ofrenda!  You are invited to leave a picture or non-valuable/ non-perishable trinket on our altar to remember someone you love who has passed.  No trinkets?  Feel free to leave their name on our wall of memory.

  • October 2 – November 3
  • November 3: Pastry and Memories at 2:00 p.m.

Items not picked up by Thanksgiving will become the property of the BCHA and will be disposed of as staff sees fit.

Sponsorships are available for this program, contact us to learn more!

Cemeteries are a rich source of information for genealogists, but there is more to the stories they tell!  Join director Rhiannon as she takes you through two Berrien county cemeteries to learn how to read a cemetery and use it as a source of information!  Registration not required but presale tickets will be made available for those interested.  Cash payment only for day of ticket sales.  Light refreshments included.

  • October 10
    • 5:00 p.m.
    • Forest Lawn Cemetery, Three Oaks
    • $5.00 per person
  • October 27
    • 2:00 p.m.
    • Coloma Cemetery, Coloma
    • $5.00 per person

Sponsorships are available for this program, contact us to learn more!

Our 4th annual Fireside Tales and folks from Twin City Players return to the Murdock Cabin this October for another season of ghost stories!  The 2024 theme is “Funny Bones” and perfect for those who like spooky humor.  The cost is $5.00 per person and that includes stories and refreshments.  Stories are not designed for children under 8 years old.

  • October 12 & October 26
  • 7:30 p.m. both nights
  • RSVP required as spaces are limited

Sponsorships are available for this program, contact us to learn more!

The BCHA and Twin City Players invite you to join us for our first ever “dinner theater experience” featuring a soup buffet and ghost-themed performances from some of TCP’s brightest performers.

RSVP will be required and will run from September 29 – October 25 and will be available online or over the phone. 

  • October 29
    • 6:00 p.m.:  Dinner buffet
    • 7:00 p.m.: Show begins
  • Tickets: $25.00 each or $40.00 for two

Sponsorships are available for this program, contact us to learn more!

The BCHA once again opens the Courthouse Square to trick or treaters of all ages on Halloween to see what spooky treats we have to offer!  Volunteers will be needed and registration will open in early October.

  • October 31st
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (tentative, based on the village’s schedule)
  • Free to the public

Sponsorships are available for this program, contact us to learn more!

From Jello-encased ham salad to veggies smothered in Campbell’s soup, mid-century food makes us wonder: what were they thinking?  Food historian Ellie Carlson will help untangle this fascinating history just in time for the holidays with a food and wine pairing like you’ve never experienced!

  • November 14
    • 6:00 p.m.: Mingle
    • 6:30 p.m.: Presentation begins
  • Location: Local Pour, Sawyer
  • $40.00 per person and includes wine flight, food, non-alcoholic drinks, and 15% discount on Thanksgiving-themed goodies

RSVP will be required and more information will come available in early 2024.

Sponsorships are available for this program, contact us to learn more!

Join us for an afternoon of holiday songs performed in the 1839 Courthouse to help us kick off the holidays season!

  • December 1
  • Holiday cookie reception at 2:00 p.m.
  • Concert at 2:30 p.m.
  • $10.00 per person
  • Ticket presales available here
  • Member discount available!
Sponsorships available for this program, contact us to learn more!

The BCHA joins our friends throughout Berrien Springs for the annual Kindle Your Christmas Spirit on December 12, 2024!  Events will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  The event is free, but there may be fees associated with vendors.

  • Sleigh Bells inside the Forge with Dave Francis, all evening
    • $10 per bell, cash only
  • Hot Cocoa Bar inside the Cabin, all evening
    • $1.00 per cup, cash only
  • Scavenger Hunt, all evening, free
  • Vendors on the grounds, all evening
  • Trinity Lutheran School Sing-a-long Concert, information to be released in 2024

The museum turns into a battle dome this Hanukkah as the  BCHA invites you to participate in the county’s only dreidel tournament!  The tournament will require at minimum of 12 players to commence.

  • December 19, 2024
    • 6:00 p.m.: Reception & mingling
    • 6:30 p.m.: Player registration  opens
    • 7:00 p.m.: Tournament begins
  • Registration open November 19 – December 12, 2024, register here
  • $15.00 per player and includes player-only refreshments, entry fee, and swag
  • $5.00 general admission (no RSVP required, presale available)