Photo by the Harbor Springs Historical Society

Harbor Springs History Museum

History has a home in Harbor Springs: the Harbor Springs History Museum. The facility offers a unique look at the history of the community and is housed in the restored building that was once City Hall and the first Emmet County Courthouse. The museum looks at the area’s first residents, the Odawa, and the Local History exhibit transports visitors through time. Stories of the first Catholic missionaries are followed by those of homesteaders, loggers, and resorters.

Wrapping up the experience is a look at how the town and waterfront progressed, the development of the ski resorts, and a celebration of Harbor Springs’ traditions. In the Discovery Gallery, kids of all ages will be introduced to inventor Ephraim Shay, light keeper Elizabeth Whitney Williams, and postmaster Andrew Blackbird.

Visitors also will meet merchants from Harbor Springs early days and step inside a fish shanty for a fun look at wintertime activities. Throughout the exhibits, guided interactive displays allow youngsters to experience topics from Shay’s locomotive to the Odawa language.

The Harbor Springs History Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-4pm.

For more information on the Harbor Springs History Museum:

349 E. Main St., Harbor Springs, MI, 49740

(231) 526-9771

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