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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.


Programs and Events:

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Programs at the Museum in Au Gres

Please join us for our 2019 programs:


Wednesday, September 18th, 7 pm:

Pam Dawson presents: "The Early Life of Mary Todd Lincoln"

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
 
GiveLocalBay Annual Fundraising Event for the Museum & Courthouse
 

Mark your calendar! "Give Local Bay Day" 2022 fundraising challenge for Arenac County Historical Society and Ye Olde Courthouse! Every donation made during May 3rd's 24 hours is eligible for incentive pool funds, which means either the museum, the courthouse or both can receive part of the pooled donations received during the 24-hour fundraising window.

MUSEUM
Your tax-deductible donations make money available for our future projects that preserve Arenac County historic buildings and history for future generations.
You can donate online, over the phone or by mail. Using a debit/credit cards requires a minimum donation amount of $10.00:
- ONLINE *on May 3rd* starting at 12:01 AM until midnight, go to the "Arenac County Historical Society - Jennings Family Fund" page https://www.givelocalbay.org/organizations/arenac-county-historical-society
- PHONE *on May 3rd*: (989) 893-4438 on May 3rd between the hours of 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
- MAIL *by April 27*: date your check May 3rd, 2022 and make it payable to Bay Area Community Foundation, THEN mail it to the Sandy Proulx, 1400 Santiago Rd., Turner, MI 48765.

COURTHOUSE
Every donation made during May 3rd's 24 hours is eligible for incentive pool funds, which means we can receive part of the pooled donations received during the 24-hour fundraising window. Your tax-deductible donations make money available for our future projects that preserve Arenac County historic buildings and history for future generations. For more information call Phyllis 898-653-2762 or Brenda 989-846-0501.
You can donate online, over the phone or by mail. Using a debit/credit cards requires a minimum donation amount of $10.00:
- ONLINE *on May 3rd* starting at 12:01 AM until midnight, go to the "Arenac County Historical Society Jennings Family Fund" page https://www.givelocalbay.org/organizations/ye-olde-courthouse-arenac-county-historical-society
- PHONE *on May 3rd*: (989) 893-4438 on May 3rd between the hours of 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM
- MAIL *by April 27*: date your check May 3rd, 2022 and make it payable to Bay Area Community Foundation, THEN mail it to Phylllis Klender, 423 W Huron Rd, Omer MI 48749.

 

Monthly Meetings


at Arenac County Historical Society Museum

Each 3rd Thursday @ 7:00 pm

For more information call 989-876-6399 to leave a message with your name and phone number (we don't have caller ID) and a brief message.

 

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News and Announcements:

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Give Local Bay Fundraiser - May 5, 2020

In 2019, The Ye Olde Courthouse Endowment Fund received $14,959 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 5th, we can 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 5th by going to Give Local Bay.org. You can also call 989-893-4438 (8:30 am to 8 pm) on May 5th and donate by phone.

If you prefer to give by check, you can date your check for May 5th, make it payable to Bay Area Community Foundation and mail it to: Phyllis Klender, 423 West Huron Rd., Omer, Michigan 48749 before April 23rd.

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


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Museum Hours: We have summer hours again!

Summer Hours (Memorial Day weekend though Labor Day) are the the 2nd and 4th Saturday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

During the rest of the year, call 989-876-6399 for an appointment.

For more information call 989-876-6399 to leave a message with your name and phone number (we don't have caller ID) and a brief 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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Arenac County Historical Society; 304 East Michigan Avenue; P. O. Box 272; Au Gres, Michigan  48703-0272;  989-876-6399

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Last updated: 03/19/21. Content 2005-2021 by the Arenac County Historical Society.   Privacy Policy
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