Once a center for local government, a grand old building in the heart of Harbor Springs is now a center for local history. Our museum not only serves as the home of the Harbor Springs Area Historical Society, but features exhibits documenting the unique history of this area.

Leading a journey beginning with our first residents, the Odawa Indians, our exhibits escort visitors through time stopping to visit with missionaries, homesteaders, loggers, downtown merchants and resorters. With the arrival of each of these groups, whether by foot, horse, canoe, steam ferry, train or automobile, a connection was made with this place. And with each of these connections, another chapter in our history was written.

Our History

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society (HSAHS) was founded in 1990 by a group of concerned citizens committed to preserving the history of the Harbor Springs area. Soon after its founding, HSAHS achieved 501(c)(3) status as a charitable and educational non-profit organization.

Throughout its history, HSAHS has placed a high priority on protecting our past and maintaining a legacy for future generations. We believe that conserving our history has become even more important as the area continues to experience rapid growth and change.

This commitment continues today as HSAHS welcomes visitors to the Harbor Springs History Museum. The museum offers not only exhibits and displays celebrating our shared history but also an archives to protect a growing collection of historic photographs and artifacts, a research library, a genealogy center as well as a community space for lectures and programs on Harbor Springs' history. 

For more information about becoming a member, please visit our Membership Page.