Unplug and Unwind to the Year 1900
10:00 AM10:00

Unplug and Unwind to the Year 1900

Location: Drake School

Have you ever wished your 1st through 5th grader could travel back in time to see what things were like 100 years ago? Without modern technology and transportation, large schools with hundreds of students, and fast- paced lives, it is hard to imagine what life was like way back in 1900, in a one-room schoolhouse. BAHS invites students to spend a day at a REAL one-room school– Drake School in Benzie which operated 1891-1943. Find out how they played and learned without computers, buses, cars, and big playground structures. What were the locals like back then-- and who were they? Walk on stilts, play fun games, make crafts and much more! Your authentic pail lunch and snacks are included.

This program is offered through College for Kids and registration begins April 2 through Northwestern Michigan College. Three scholarships for Benzie County students will be available through NMC thanks to the generosity of Benzie County Community Chest.

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7:00 PM19:00

Benzonia Academy Lecture: The Blantyre Malaria Project

Lecturer: Dr. Terrie Taylor. University Distinguished Professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University

Terrie Taylor’s battle against malaria,which she refers to as the”Voldemort of parasites,” has been waged since 1986. An internationally recognized scientist and physician, Terrie spends six moths of the year in the African nation of Malawi,conducting malaria research and treating patients, the vast majority of whom are children. The Blantyre Malaria Project, established by Terrie and Professor Malcolm Molyneux (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) has carried out outstanding research and patient care in the area of pediatric malaria, specifically cerebral malaria a syndrome in which the brain is involved.

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Manistee and Northeastern Old Railroad Grade and Depot Tour
9:00 AM09:00

Manistee and Northeastern Old Railroad Grade and Depot Tour

This is a  return of our popular motor coach tours of local railroad history.  In the spring of 1887, the Buckley and Douglas Lumber Company of Manistee began building a railroad to transport logs from the forest to its sawmill in Manistee.  They named the railroad the Manistee and Northeastern.  Our tour route starts at the Museum, follows the M & NE railroad grade route to Benzonia, Honor, Lake Ann, Interlochen, Karlin,  Nessen City, Platte River Junction, Copemish,  Thompsonville, and  Kaleva. A highlight will be a tour of the historic Kaleva Depot Museum, which was rebuilt in 1908.   A commemorative book, the Museum tour and lunch are included. 

This tour is a collaboration  between the Benzie Area Historical Society and the Kaleva Historical Society. 

$75 before April 15, $80 at the door.  Reservations are required - to make reservations,  either contact the Museum at 231-882-5539 or use the Buy Now button below to buy tickets using a credit card or a PayPal account.  No paper tickets will be issued, the PayPal receipt is your ticket.  Please bring a copy of your receipt the day of the tour. 

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Coat Drive

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12:00 PM12:00

Turnip Harvest

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7:00 PM19:00

Professor Eugene Thompson: Winter Sustenance Throughout History

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