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.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Writer's Workshop with Judy Hudson

Everyone has a book in them! Join other potential writers at the Sanilac County Museum to explore ways to become a writer. Using the inspiring backdrop of the Museum buildings, participants will be guided through writing exercises to help put their own personal story down on paper. Retired teacher, Judy Hudson, will lead this fun writing workshop. Judy will provide information on how to begin writing, what to do with your story once it is written, and will share her experiences in writing and publishing a book.

Join us Saturday, September 24th frpm 1PM-3PM for a non-threatening, enjoyable afternoon of writing at the Museum.  To RSVP call 810-622-9946.  There is a fee of five dollars, this includes not only the program but a notebook and pens.  Coffee and water will be available

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Museum Tours

Tours are available of either The Loop-Harrison Mansion or of the entire museum grounds in season.

We are regularly open for tours from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, Wednesday through Sunday, from 11am until 5pm.  Larger group may contact the office to see if a tour can be arranged outside of our regular days and hours.  Our last tour starts no later than 4PM

After our regular season tours are still available by special appointment.  There are more than a dozen buildings on our grounds, but some of them are not accessible in the winter due to weather conditions. The Mansion remains open all year.

Tour Prices

Adults are $10 for the Mansion and $15 for the entire Village
12 and under are free with a paid adult.

Groups may contact the office for discounted volume pricing.

Last Tour Starts No Later Than 4PM

Monday, June 20, 2016

Singin' the Sixties Festival

Singin' the 60's Festival 2016

"Folkies to Flower Power and the Birth of Pop"

Saturday, July 23'rd, 12pm to 6pm on the grounds of the Sanilac County Historic Village & Museum in Port Sanilac, Michigan.

Come and celebrate the songs of the 1960's at three performance areas.  There will be "The Happening" performance area under a large tent, the "Love-In" performance area in the historic Museum Church, and a "Sit-In" jam session area in the Deckerville Depot where audience participation is encouraged.

Musicians bring your instruments and feel free to set up and play for the visitors anywhere you find a spot. Perhaps the front porch of the Loop-Harrison Mansion, or The Cash General Store.  

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Admission is $10 for Adults, $5 Student. 12 & under free.

For More Info Call 810-622-9946