Street Address
28616 Main Street U.S. 12
Edwardsburg, MI 49112
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 694
Edwardsburg, MI 49112
phone: 269-663-3005
e-mail: edwardsburgmuseum@yahoo.com
web: Edwardsburgmuseum.org
Hours
Mid-May through Mid-December
Tuesday - Friday1 PM - 4 PM
Saturday11 AM - 2 PM
Sunday - Mondayclosed
Admissions
Free. Donations Accepted.
Museum Type(s)
Services
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Sally Dalrymple, Chair
phone: 269-684-8600
Barbara Dempsey, Vice Chair
phone: 269-663-2866
Shirley Andrews, Secretary
phone: 269-663-2686

Description

This historical museum is housed in two houses that were once part of a hotel. The houses are joined. A third connecting house burned in the 1980s, and was reconstructed and dedicated in 2006. The exhibits typify the history of the area and include several collections. There is a main gallery, the original house, and a schoolroom with historical artifacts from Edwardsburg Public School alumni.

Mission

The mission of the Edwardsburg Area Historical Museum is to preserve and protect the history, heritage and ancestry of the Edwardsburg area by establishing a permanent collection of artifacts, memorabilia, heirlooms and publications for public enjoyment, information, appreciation, and education.

History

The museum was founded in 1998 by Jo-Ann Boepple, who served as its chairman until her death on March 9, 2017. The museum house was donated to the museum by the children of the late Charles and Vera Pabreza in 2000. It covers the area within the boundaries of the Edwardsburg Public Schools as well as all of the 49112 zip code area.

Artifacts Collections

There are artifact collections for the areas of churches, clubs, schools, businesses, railroads, lakes, toys, the military, and historical furniture. the museum has a digitalized inventory of its holdings with photographs.

Research Collections

The museum houses several historical files for not only organizations and government, but also education, individual families, photography, and property items such as plat books, abstracts, and historical books of the area and county.

Educational Programs

The museum volunteers annually are hosts for tours of all second grade classes in the Edwardsburg Public Schools, and welcomes classes, students, and other educators by appointment. It provides four exhibits throughout the year as well as lectures and interviews with longtime residents. Its major fundraisers are the perennial plant sale the last two weeks in May, and the U.S. 12 Garage Sale the second weekend in August.

    Facilities

    Three connecting buildings.

    Governance

    The museum is a private not-for-profit (501(C)(3) organization that is governed by a 11-member Board of Directors. An annual meeting, open to the public, is held every year on the first Wednesday in December

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No

    Publications

    The museum publishes an annual four-color newsletter.

      ADA

      The museum is handicapped accessible with a wheelchair ramp.

      Wheelchair Accessible

      Parking

      Restrooms

      Services

      Educational tours, special exhibits, speakers available for organization programs. An all-volunteer staff operates the museum, and museum members serve as docents during the museum season.

      Special Event Rental

      Group Tours