Local history is the collective memories and stories of a community that engage and connect us and provide a common bond to all members of the community - from those whose ancestors settled here generations ago, to those who have lived in the area for just a short while, to those who have visited the area each summer.
Become a Member
Your donations help keep the lights on, the snow shoveled, and the Museum in tip-top condition. Become a member and/or give your special donation. Join other community members who share your interest in Benzie County history.
-Receive a years subscription of our quarterly newsletter "Benzie Heritage"
-Advance notification of special Museum events and tours
-Invitation to members-only events including exhibit previews and member parties
All donations are welcome
The Benzie Area Historical Society has various levels of donor societies:
Contributors Society (up to $100)
Archivists Society (up to $250)
Curators Society (up to $500)
Historian Society (up to $1000)
Patron (up to $2500)
Benefactor (above $2500)
Become a Volunteer
Our volunteers time and talent are critical to the success of the Benzie Area Historical Museum! As a volunteer you can:
Catalog museum objects, photos, and postcards into our computer-based catalog
Design and create exhibits
Perform small repairs to artifacts i.e., sewing repairs to fabrics, cleaning small motors/guns/leather items
Greet museum visitors during the summer
Research and write about local history/events/places/place names
Help with school groups visiting the museum
Host/docent at Drake School during the summer months
Set up and work at programs and exhibits
Design and update our website
Join our team today!
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 231-882-5539
Join a Committee
Active committees are the lifeblood of the museum and new participants are warmly welcomed!
Volunteers: Chiefly responsible for helping recruit, train and scheduling of museum docents and event hosts.
Programs and Exhibits: Plan and recruit speakers for the yearly schedule of the Benzonia Academy Lectures Series; plan, organize and help set up programs and exhibits.
Collections: Provides oversight of Museum artifacts--help preserve and store artifacts, determine what we accept and keep for our collections.
Fundraising: Plan, organize and direct fundraising events.
Building and Grounds: Prioritize, oversee and help with repairs and physical improvements to both the museum and Drake School.
Short-Term Task Groups:
Education Task group: To determine how the Museum and its resources can best meet the needs of teachers and local schools.
Feedback Task group: To determine how best to gather feedback from events, programs, exhibits and lectures.
Strategic Plan: Begin the strategic planning process for the Museum and Historical Society.
Publications: Set up guidelines for local authors who wish to write historical books/pamphlets for the museum.