Free with admission to the museum

January 3 – March 31: Citizen Baby (Courthouse and Sheriff’s Residence only)

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!

January 3 – March 31: Cozy Winter (Courthouse and Sheriff’s Residence only)

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

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

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

Join us for an afternoon of love songs, old standards, and more with the Michiana Metro Lighthouse Chorus!

This concert is sponsored by The Berrien Springs – Eau Claire Rotary Club!

Do you have what it takes to wrangle an Easter bunny?  Twenty-four (24) rabbits are looking for a new home and yours can be one of them!

  • March 30 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • RSVPS required, digital link opens March 1st and phone registration will be accepted
  • This event is free to the public

There is  a limit of one (1) rabbit per family.  If not all spots are RSVPed for, the additional rabbits will be made available for sale at $5.00 per rabbit.

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

Get out of the house and join the BCHA as we tour two communities this April for our first ever architecture walks!  These tours, designed for teens and older, begin at 2:00 p.m. and will include refreshments.  Presale and day of tickets both available!

  • April 14: St. Joseph (meet at the Krasel Art Museum)
  • April 21: Niles (meeting location TBA)
The cost is $10.00 per person and online registration/presales will open March 14.  Day of ticket sales will be cash only.
 
Sponsorships are available for this program, contact us to learn more!

In April 2024, the BCHA will celebrate its 49th anniversary and you’re invited to join us all month long as we celebrate online and in-person.  We’ll also be raising funds to support the museum’s operations before ending the celebration with a birthday party – complete with cake!

  • April 28 at 2:00 p.m.

More information to come in March 2024!

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

If you’ve been looking for a sign to become a member of the museum, this is it!  Whether you’re renewing or joining us for the first time, we’re celebrating our love for museums with this drive!  More information to come in April 2024.

  • May 1 – May 31, available in person, online, and via mail

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 open April 9.

  • May 9 at Lazy Ballerina Winery Tasting Room, St. Joseph
  • 6:00 p.m.: Mingle and arrival
  • 6:30 p.m.: programs arrives
  • $40 per person and includes: wine flight, food, non-alcoholic drinks, and 15% 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.

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

The BCHA and the Village of Berrien Springs invites you to spring into summer on the grounds of the Courthouse Square!  Food, music, activities, and more will let you enjoy a balmy Michigan summer evening with friends, family, or solo.  Schedule to be released in May 2024.

  • June 2nd, 4:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
  • Free to the public, vendor prices vary

Interested vendors can begin registering for spots beginning in early 2024.

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

The grounds of the Courthouse Square transform this June into a lumbercamp celebrating the long history of southwest Michigan’s wood industry!  Vendors, artists, and re-enactors let you enjoy the warmth of wood from its time as a tree to its various places in our lives.  The full schedule will be released in spring 2024.

  • June 22 & 23, times to be announced
  • $5.00 per person, vendor prices vary
  • Art contest entries to open in late May 2024.

Vendor spots will be available in March 2024 and are $15.00 per 10′ x 10′ spot.  Larger spots may be available.  Food trucks will be required to handle all requirements by the Berrien County Health Department and the Village of Berrien Springs.

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

The 4th annual Pickle Festival returns to the History Center at Courthouse Square.  While the full schedule will be released in spring 2024, the following is currently confirmed.

  • Berrien Springs Pickle Festival Royalty
    • Crowning: June 15
  • In a Pickle 5K
    • June 16
  • Pickle Festival Scavenger Hunt
  • Pickle Festival Tasting Contest
  • 4th Annual Berrrien Springs Pickle Festival
Sponsorships are available for this program, contact us to learn more!

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 hosting its first ever fashion show. in September in conjunction with our fashion-themed exhibit.  While more information will come in 2024, mark September 14 on your calendar!

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

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!

  • September 21 & 22
    • Lunch begins at 12:00 p.m.
    • Sessions  begin at 1:00 p.m.
  • Ticket tiers
    • $15.00 AYCA day ticket (presale and day of tickets available)
    • $20.00 AYCA weekend ticket (presale only)
  • 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 15  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 to be announced shortly
  • $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)