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With the new year comes a new exhibit! The temporary exhibit case on the 2nd floor has been changed out and an exhibit of local artifacts and letters from both World Wars have been put on display. These include ration stamps and tokens, letters, and articles that pertain to our local area during World War I and World War II.

We also have our first Harbor History Talk of 2013 this week. Join local resident, artist and author Jane Cardinal as she delves into the history of the Good Hart area and its transition to a resort community.

Cardinal recently published "The Place Where the Crooked Tree Stood" with co-author Connie Cobb after years of research on Good Hart and its long history.

The talk will begin at 5:30 pm (please note the new, earlier time) in the second-floor Anton Library at the Harbor Springs History Museum, 349 E. Main Street. Admission is $5 per person and free to current Historical Society members. Cookies and coffee will be served. The Harbor History Talks are presented ten months out of the year by the Historical Society. Special thanks go to our 2013 sponsors: Harbor Springs IGA, Graham Real Estate and John Demmer.

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Winter is here! The snow may have left us for a little while, but anyone can tell you that it will surely be back! It's hard to imagine how people coped without snowplows and snowblowers but somehow they did. I imagine that there were some hardworking horses before automobiles and tractors became more common in the snow removal industry.

Winter Toboggan

Harbor Springs Winter Bay

Our Holiday Open House is taking place on Saturday, December 29 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. The 20 man bobsled pictured above will be out and we will be showing a slide show of other historic winter photos from Harbor Springs and surrounding areas.


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One of the most fascinating things about going through older photographs of Harbor Springs are the glimpses of the past that they bring. You can recognize buildings and places in these old photographs and see how they were 100 years ago. Often as a child, I would look at the world around me and wonder how it looked in the past, without paved roads, cars, or houses. What activities went on in these familiar places that I knew nothing about? This is the reason that photographs of recognizable places are so exciting to me, it shows how they looked in the past and I can reconcile the difference in my mind.

Ingalls and Main Street

Here are two photographs I came across in the Berry Ratliff collection of the Shay Family. The first shows Ingalls St. in Harbor Springs with Dorothy Shay in her little car in 1913. The two houses are still standing so the street looks much the same as it did in this photograph 100 years ago. The second photograph is of East Hill coming into downtown Harbor Springs. One thing I notice between the older photograph and the modern one is the lack of trees in the past. The bay was clearly visible whereas now there are trees that somewhat block the view. The differences and similarities in both pictures show just how much has changed as well as the things that have not.


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Hello everyone!

My name is Talia and I have been working as an archivist and collections manager at the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society since June. I grew up in Harbor Springs but I have never been so aware of the history of the town as I have been going through the archives. There are so many great things here on a large array of subjects that I can’t wait to show them all to the town!

Backus Republican Caucus

Recently, in honor of the upcoming presidential election in November, I gathered together interesting items from the archive on the subject of older elections in Harbor Springs and put them on a temporary display on the second floor. Items include an instructional ballot from the 1900 election with vote tallies for each candidate and the Republican Caucus poster pictured as well as other items from Harbor Springs election history. Please come to the museum and view these fascinating pieces from the archive!

Our Museum hours are Friday and Saturday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and our Office hours are Tuesday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.


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