Selected Community Events
Mystery on Morton Hill; A Ghostly Whodunnit
Morton House Museum, 501 Territorial, Benton Harbor MI
Join us at the Morton House Museum in Benton Harbor for our annual mystery event. A local hotel manager thought he'd found a great way to bring in business by hiring a ghost hunter to investigate the rumors of a Victorian woman haunting the hotel. Will the hotel's claim to fame be the murder of the ghost hunter instead? Join us to find out! Tickets are $12 ahead, $15 at the door. Reservations are strongly recommended!
For tickets: Debbi 269 876 7692 or Denise 269 325 5828
Three Oaks History Day
Three Oaks, MI
On Saturday April 5th, the Village of Three Oaks is excited to once again be conducting their Three Oaks History Day celebration from 11:00am to 4:00pm. The event is a free and interactive historical walking tour that presents a variety of information and activities spanning over 150 years. Maps for the tour will be provided at each participating location. The program this year has expanded its participation with The Region of Three Oaks Museum along with 20 other businesses and organization hosting this annual event. People who attend the event will also have an opportunity to enter a drawing for prizes that will be provided by Three Oaks businesses. The prize drawings will be held at the Region of Three Oaks Museum at 4:30pm. The museum will also be the location where people will be able to find free horse and carriage rides (weather permitting) that will add to the age old feel that the event is sure to provide. Ample public parking is available in the lots near the museum and by the Three Oaks Village Hall.
The Region of Three Oaks Museum will provide a variety of displays covering a wide range of local history. People will have an opportunity to obtain the new book “Greetings from Three Oaks” which is a pictorial history of Three Oaks. The book is the fifth in a series of books about communities around Berrien County. Robert C. Myers, the author of the book and the curator of the Berrien County Historical Association’s History Center at Courthouse Square in Berrien Springs, will be in attendance for a book signing. Pastor Ron Ahrens will be on hand to explain lacemaking. There will also be a demonstration on turn of the century food preservation. The American Legion will also be present at the museum to provide information about the proud service provided by Three Oaks military veterans.
Besides the museum the following is a list of some of the other displays and activities to be provided:
The Three Oaks Professional Building, now owned by Berrien County, will be showcasing it’s banking past and will also have the Tommy Guns used in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey will also be providing a 1960 Sheriff’s Cruiser on display.
People will be able to walk through a part of the Historical Featherbone Factory that is now the Journeyman Distillery and learn about how turkey quills were turned into a clothing accessory known as “Featherbone”.
The Three Oaks Township Library, a National Historical Site, will be providing a variety of historical information. Among the displays will be information about local citizens’ service in both World Wars and the flag that was signed by President William McKinley when he attended the Dewey Cannon dedication festivities.
The Three Oaks Masonic Lodge will give people the opportunity to learn more about the Masonic life of the village and lodge founder Henry Chamberlain. There will also be a display regarding the strong Masonic history of the Drier Family.
The Vickers Theatre will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the introduction of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Tramp” character with free viewings of those silent movie classics.
Nelson’s Saloon will inform people of the various businesses that have occupied that location as well as the history of the Lintner Chevrolet dealership.
The Three Oaks Township Hall is the second oldest township hall still used for its original purpose in Michigan.
The Three Oaks Village Hall will provide a wide variety of Three Oaks history highlighted by the village being awarded The Dewey Cannon, which sits nearby.
Five of the town’s churches will also be open to greet people. Among the displays will be the organ at the St. John Congregation of Three Oaks Church that was donated to the church by the Warren Family in 1898. The United Methodist Church will be highlighting their part in the movie “Prancer” which will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary of its release. The Real Life Church will have local high school yearbooks on hand and will show people how that location once was a grocery store. The Gathering Church and the Three Oaks Church of Christ will allow people to step back in time and tour and enjoy these over 125 year old structures.
Remaining business locations, Blue Gallery, Pleasant House, REFIND Antiques, Viola Café’ and Zabel’s Auto and Tire Service will also allow people to take a peak inside the varied history and service those locations have provided to the local people for decades.
Of course no visit of any kind to Three Oaks is complete without stopping by Drier’s Meat Market, which is a National Historical Site.
For more information please contact Three Oaks Village Manager Adam Umbrasas by phone at 269-756-9221 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Fling History Event
May 11, 2007 - May 13, 2007 9 to 5 pm
71880 SR 23
Pre 1840 living history with two log cabins, smoke house, barn, school house, Irish hut, animals, picnic and play area. Period craft demonstrations, archery, black powder shoots, knife/hawk-skillet/ rollin pin toss-atlatal & fire ring
FRIDAY IS SCHOOL DAY