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Thank you for visiting our website.  Please explore our web pages to learn more about the Society, the exciting projects that are underway, our programs / events, and the historical information available in Arenac County.

Arenac County is situated along the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron in the Great Lakes. It is rich in Indian history because of its abundance of hard chert and flint for arrowheads. It is rich in logging history as a part of the logging industry developed around Michigan's white pine and hardwoods as well as being a conduit to the lake for shipping the lumber produced here. The County also was the location of a 19th century summer resort hotel to which customers arrived by ship. Its history was gradually reshaped due to the disastrous wildfires that eventually destroyed the logging business in the area.


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Programs at the Museum in Au Gres

Please join us for our 2018 programs:


Tuesday, August 7th, 7 pm:

Dave Rogers: "Early Indians in the Saginaw Valley"

Click here to download the program flyer.


Wednesday, August 22nd, 7 pm:

Sandy Proulx: "The Sinking of the Sultana"

Click here to download the program flyer.


Programs are held monthly from June to September at the museum,
304 East Michigan Avenue in Au Gres.


All are open to the general public.  Please join us!

Monthly programs are co-sponsored by the Iosco-Arenac Public Library

No Admission Charge
(Donations are encouraged to support museum programming)

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Events at the Museum in Au Gres

Please join us for these 2018 events:


The Museum will be open on February 22nd
Our latest book:
"A Point to Remember" - A Pictorial History of Point Lookout, Michigan
will be available for purchase - $30.00
11 am to 2 pm

* for mail orders, please add $5.00 for postage and packaging


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Events at the Ye' Olde Courthouse & Masonic Hall in Omer

Please join us for these 2018 events:


The NEM Baseball Museum is now open for the summer

Call 989-876-6399 if you would like to visit it. We will return your call.

Ahead of your visit, take a virtual tour of our baseball museum, and the courthouse.


Join us for a free program:

Sands of Time: Fly Fishing in Northern Michigan, by Josh Greenberg

Thursday, October 20th at 7 pm


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News and Announcements:

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Give Local Bay Fundraiser - May 1, 2018

In 2017, The Ye Olde Courthouse Endowment Fund received $13,011 in donations and incentives during the 24 hour Give Local America fundraiser run by the Bay Area Community Foundation. With your continued support on May 1, we hope to surpass last year's total.

Every donation received will be eligible for additional incentive funds and the more our non-profit raises, the more incentive funds are added. It's a great way to leverage your gift and help our continuing efforts to preserve our Courthouse for future generations to enjoy. Donations can be made by credit card on May 1 by going to Give Local Bay.org. You can also call 989-893-4438 on May 1st and donate by phone.

If you prefer to give by check, you can date your check for May 1st, make it payable to Bay Area Community Foundation and mail it to: Joann Gulau, 2274 Bay Ridge Drive, Au Gres, Michigan 48703 before April 25th.

Get Ready - Give Generously. Please click the flyer below for information.


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Museum Hours:

Winter Hours:  The museum in Au Gres is open by appointment.  Call the museum at 989-876-6399 and leave a message.
We will return your call - or call Sandy 989-876-7834, or Joann 989-876-6468.

Summer Hours (late May to September):  The museum in Au Gres is open the 2nd and 4th weekends each month, on Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 pm Memorial Day weekend though Labor Day. 
Other times by appointment.  Call the museum at 989-876-6399 and leave a message.


Our History:

Each week, the Arenac County Historical Society presents here:

Arenac County Memories - early photos and historical moments
from the museum collection.  Check back often.

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Some content is reproduced with permission from the archives of the Arenac County Independent.

Click here to view an album containing more of the society's historical photos.

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Last updated: 09/03/2018.   Content 2005-2018 by the Arenac County Historical Society.   Privacy Policy
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