This summer the Beaver Island Historical Society in cooperation with the Michigan Humanities Council will host "Water/Ways," a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program.

"Water/Ways" will be on view June 23, 2018 through August 5, 2018 at the St. James Township Hall

The Beaver Island Historical Society has developed local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition. Free events include four exhibits: Water/Ways, The Michigan Water Heritage Project, Changing Waters: Research in the Great Lakes and the M.V. Chippewa Research Vessel owned by Central Michigan University, and a four day visit from The Madeline owned by the Maritime Heritage Alliance.

Beaver Island Water/Ways Event Programming
Exhibit 1: Water/Ways - offered by the Smithsonian
Exhibit 2: Water Heritage Project - offered by: Michigan Humanities Council, Office of the Great Lakes, Cranbrook Institute, Kalamzoo Nature Center, and Michigan State University
 St. James Township Hall
 Monday - Saturday 11am - 5pm
 Sunday 1-4pm
 Admission: Free


Exhibit 3: Changing Waters: Environmental Research in the Great Lakes - Current and ongoing research from the Central Michigan University Institute for Great Lakes Research and the CMU Biological Station. Tour the boathouse, research facility and the M.V. Chippewa
 Thursday - Saturday 11am-5pm

Exhibit 4: Visit the Madeline
 June 22 & 23, 2018
 1-4pm in the St. James Harbor
 Admission: Free
 Madline is a reconstruction of a mid-19th century Great Lakes schooner and is an official Michigan tall ship. 



Summer 2018 Event Schedule

Premiere Water/Ways Opening, Keynote Address by Dave Dempsey
 Friday, June 22, 2018
 7-8:30pm
 Beaver Island Community Center, BIHS reception to follow on the deck of "The Madeline" 


Pirate Party at the Point with an on-deck reception of "The Madeline"
 Saturday, June 23, 2018
 Open to the public 


Picnic at the Point - a 6 week series.  Join us on Wednesdays, 12-1:15pm and Monday, July 2 for a "Picnic at the Point." Bring your own lunch and enjoy a weekly speaker series about various Water/Ways topics.
 June 27, 2018 - CMU Ferry Study, using the BIBCO ferry to monitor water quality in northern Lake Michigan
 July 2, 2018 (Note, this is a Monday, NO event is planned for Wednesday July 4th) - Chris Lechner: Paddle boarding the Archipelago
 July 18, 2018 - Beaver Island Coast Guard History presented by Frank Hacket, stationed on Beaver Island 1968-1970 
 July 25, 2018 - CMU - REU Student Presentations 
 August 1, 2018 - Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council: Eli Baker.  Topic: Beaver Island School Project & Leadership Charlevoix 2018 "Beetle mania" 


Museum Week "Maritime Events" Schedule
 July 14, 2018 - CMU Scientific Cruise on the M.V. Chippewa TBD
 July 15, 2018 - "This Place Matters" Picnic event at the Beaver Head, 1-4pm
 July 17, 2018 - CMU Open House - Inside of Great Lakes Research at Whiskey Point Boathouse, 10am-4pm
 July 17, 2018 - Bishop Baraga History Talk and Pilgrimage to Baraga Landing, 2-4pm
 July 17, 2018 - History of Beaver Island Maritime Music, Dedication to Bary Pischner at the B.I. Community Center, 7-9pm
 July 19, 2018 - CMU Children's Field Trip to Miller's Marsh, 9am-12pm 
 July 19, 2018 - Meet the Fishing Families of Beaver Island at the Marine Museum, 1-4pm
 July 20, 2018 - Water Carnival @ Jewell Gillespie Beach, 11am-3pm
 Frank Mays - If I Make it to Daylight: Survivor of the Carl D. Bradley at the B.I. Community Center, 7-8:30pm
 July 21, 2018 - CMU Field Trip to the Inland lakes, 9am-12pm 
 July 26, 2018 - Beaver Island Big Mac Party. Come out and meet the captains
 July 26, 2018 - Water Ways Symposium, CMU Biological Station, TBD
 July 28, 2018 - CMU Scientific Cruise on the M.V. Chippewa, TBD