Selected Community Events
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.
Maple Syrup Days
All day pancake and maple syrup meal. Horse wagon tours through the woods. Old Time kettle boiling. Maple marionettes. Sugar house tours.
LaGrange County Parks, 260 854 2225, Maple Wood Nature Center, 4550E 100S
St. Joseph Polish Roman Catholic Cemetery Tour
Aug 30, 2012 6:30PM
Center for History, South Bend, IN
This twilight tour of St. Joseph Cemetery features historic grave sites and grave markers and is led by Travis Childs, Director of School Programs. Meet at the cemetery’s entrance at the intersection of
Pinewood Drive and Grant Road. $2.
NNN Garden Walk 2012
Jul 21, 2012 9-6
1005 Portage Avenue, Corner of California and Portage Avenue
Thirteen unique outdoor garden spaces will be on display, reflecting the creativity and ingenuity of the residents of one of South Bend’s oldest and most distinctive neighborhoods. To learn more visit www.nearnorthwest.org.
Karen Ainsley 574-232-9182
Insights in History - Flowers, Stone, and Blood (Meal): A History of the Oliver Mansion Grounds
Aug 1, 2012 1:30pm
Center for History, South Bend, IN
Center for History Curator Kristie Erickson talks about the history of the Oliver Gardens. A guided tour of
the Historic Oliver Gardens will be offered. Admission is $3 or $1 for members, and reservations are
required by July 30.