History Center Summer Program
The History Center’s summer program series returns with exciting presenters!
The programs are free of charge, thanks to generous sponsorships from the
Berrien Springs/Eau Claire Rotary Club and Indiana Michigan Power.
All programs are on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
History Center, 313 N. Cass Street, Berrien Springs, MI 49103
June 20: “Thus Fell Tecumseh”
Historian and author Frank Kuron will present a program on his new book, Thus Fell Tecumseh. The program covers the events of the Great Lakes region during the War of 1812 leading up to the death of Tecumseh, leader of the Shawnee, in 1813. He will examine how and by whose hand Tecumseh was killed in the Battle of the Thames.
June 27: “Lest We Forget: Black Civil War Soldiers and Sailors”
Author, director, filmmaker and Emmy-nominated writer/producer Jeff O’den will present a program including a film on the history of black men and women and their struggle to gain their freedom before and during the Civil War. He is the official photographer and historian of the 102nd US Colored Troop, Michigan’s only black Civil War regiment.
July 11: “Michigan’s Wild Life”
Naturalist Randy Baker will present a program about Michigan’s Wildlife. Live animals and biofacts will be used to teach about the amazing birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians found within Michigan. He will discuss how Michigan’s wildlife has changed due to human activity over the centuries, its current state, and what the future might hold for the Great Lakes region.
July 18: “Not Just a Man’s War: Michigan Women and the Civil War"
Emily Fijol, Assistant Director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, will discuss how life in Michigan changed when men left to fight in the Civil War. In addition to their regular duties, the women who remained at home assumed responsibilities previously held by men while sending supplies to support soldiers far from home. Other Michigan women moved to the frontline, serving in hospitals and, for some bold women, even on battlefields.
July 25: "1875 Great Lakes Schooner Captain"
Take a musical journey on a Great Lakes Schooner with Captain Bill Thomas as portrayed by Michael Deren. Using accordion and concertina, he shares the stories, songs, and history of the Great Lakes Region including geography, transportation, and conservation.
Call 269-471-1202 for more information.