Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Fabulous Heftones

We are very excited to have The Fabulous Heftones playing for us on February 19th. They are charming and personable and play terrific renditions of great classic songs.
The duo consists of Brian Hefferan and Lynn Hershberger Hefferan.

Brian has been known in the Lansing area for many years as a fine instrumentalist (primarily on ukulele and banjo).  Brian’s brilliant ukulele playing makes this act a real favorite at ukulele gatherings from Michigan, to Indiana, to the Pocanos of Pennsylvania and even New York City.

Lynn was a classically-trained singer “in a previous life” but has always loved the sweet, love-infused songs that were so common to generations before hers.  Lynn plays a Heftone bass, a five-stringed upright acoustic instrument played just as one might play any other upright acoustic bass. However, it might reasonably be called a bass banjo rather than a bass violin. The instrument was invented and built by Brian’s father, Larry Hefferan.

More information about the Fabulous Heftones is available at their website,

The concert will be held inside the Museum Mansion on February 19th and begins at 3:00pm. Admission is free for all this year, thanks to the generosity of our members. Donations are always accepted and welcomed. Refreshments are available. Please invite your friends to come along with you.

"Ourselves" play St. Pat's Concert at the Museum Church

We'll be celebrating Sunday, March 19th at 3:00 PM. And what would  St. Pats’ day be without our very own “Ourselves” performing.  With musician’s names like “Schlichting” you know it has to be Irish. They are always a fun “foot stomping” group.  You can’t help but get in a festive mood when they play.

Again this year included in the ticket price, we will be serving a corned beef sandwich lunch with Beer or root-BEER, not sure it will be green, but if you miss this you will be green with envy! Tickets $20.00 adults, $10.00 Students

Note as this group is popular you may want to purchase tickets in advance by calling the Museum.

Mysteries of the Historical Museum

If you missed this lecture you may listen to the audio by clicking on this link.

On Sunday, January 15th, our administrator Jeffrey Pollock will be speaking about The Mysteries of the Historic Village and Museum.  Come find out about some of the Museum’s best stories and most interesting items!  Jeff will regale guests with the small gems that make the Sanilac County Historic Village and Museum the Thumb’s greatest treasure! 

The lecture begins at 3:00pm.  Admission is free, but donations are accepted and welcomed!

This lecture will be held in the Loop Mansion.  Hope to see you there, and please invite a friend.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Rails Around the Thumb

On Sunday, October 16th, Mr. T.J. Gaffney will be presenting on Rails Around the Thumb.

T.J. Gaffney was born and raised in the Port Huron, Michigan, area. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in history from Denison University, he studied at Clemson University, where he received his Master’s Degree in American transportation history. He returned to the Port Huron area in 1999 and joined the staff of the Port Huron Museum as the Curator of Collections in 2000. In 2006, he authored his first book, Port Huron, 1880–1960, based in large part on the postcard collection his father, Thomas John Gaffney, had collected for over 40 years. During this time, he also became an adjunct professor at Baker College.
In late 2006, Gaffney became the executive director of the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso, Michigan, a position he held until 2011. That same year, Gaffney opened up an antique and historical consulting and appraisal business known as Streamline Historic Services, and authored his second book Images of Rail: Rails Around the Thumb.

The lecture begins at the Museum Church, at 3PM. Refreshments are available.  
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Haunted Village and Spook Walk!

Meet the unexpected residents of our creaky old buildings.
See what's in our Halloweeny Woods.
Warm Your Cold Tootsies at The Bonfire.
Goodies at the Food Booooooooth.
Saturday, October 15th
Saturday, October 22nd. 
Both nights 7-9 PM
Spookiness Level Geared for Families with Young Children. 
Tickets $3.00 
(Children MUST be accompanied by a Parent)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gales of November Concert at the Museum Church

Each year the blustery November winds remind us of the toils and dangers facing our Great Lakes sailors and freighters.

Residents of the Thumb live so close to the lakes that this maritime heritage is a part of us. Many have relatives who worked the ships, or pulled in the fishing nets of a once-thriving commercial fishery. Off the coast of Sanilac County the wreck of the freighter Regina and other Great Lakes victims are preserved in the Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve. We love the lakes, and more than any other time of year, November reminds us to respect the power and fury of these great bodies of water around us.

The Sanilac County Historic Museum & Village recognizes this season with a special Gales of November concert Sunday November 13, from 3 to 5 pm. Blue Water Ramblers, a veteran Michigan touring band, featuring Bear Berends, the multi-talented Banjo Jim Foerch and Grand Rapids Dutch fiddler extraordinaire Marten Van Eyk, roll out a rollicking set of their favorite watery songs and ballads. Local band Ourselves opens with a set of songs from the Great Storm of 1913 and other work, wreck and comic songs of the lakes.

All attending the concert will have the opportunity to enter a free drawing for an autographed print of the Port Sanilac light house, sketched by noted marine artist Robert McGreevy.

The event takes place in the Museum Church at the Historic Village and Museum in Port Sanilac. Admission is only $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for students. There will be refreshments available. If you haven’t visited before, or in a while, take time before or after the concert to walk the grounds and look at the buildings that have been assembled here. Each one came from somewhere in Sanilac County, and a sign in front of each building explains that building’s history. Bringing each building here required a major investment. The larger buildings, the School, the Church and the Depot, required tens of thousands of dollars to move here. You can help support the preservation of your history by attending our events. Hope to see you at the concert.