2012-09-27 / Community

Huron County Museum Weekend

BY JOHN BONKE
Staff Writer • 810-452-2668 • jbonke@mihomepaper.com


Elkton's Ackerman Memorial Park, located just off of M-142, is home to the Elkton Log Cabin Museum and Blacksmith Barn. It's just one of the many museums that will be open for the Second Annual Countywide Museum Weekend, Sept. 29-30. 
Courtesy photo Elkton's Ackerman Memorial Park, located just off of M-142, is home to the Elkton Log Cabin Museum and Blacksmith Barn. It's just one of the many museums that will be open for the Second Annual Countywide Museum Weekend, Sept. 29-30. Courtesy photo HURON COUNTY - The Huron County Historical Society invites everyone to the Second Annual Countywide Museum Weekend - at a museum near you. Many of the museums open are located along or close to the major state highways: M-19, M-25, M-53 and M-142.

The Huron County Historical Society announces this year's Museum Weekend will be Sept. 29- 30 at many of the local museums from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. both days. Most museums are free, but some museums have admission fees.

The weekend is a time for Huron County residents to visit their local museum and learn more about local history. It's also an opportunity for mom and dad to take the kids to see how grandma and grandpa made butter or fished or farmed and what they used around the house or barn.

Some of the industries represented at the various museums include lum- bering, mining for salt, fishing and even shipbuilding.

Some museum buildings include log cabins and a lighthouse. The weekend's activities, depending upon the museum, is planned to include croquet, fishing stories, horseshoe game, Native American artifacts, old-fashioned kid's games, old farm equipment and stick pen writing.

Here are some details:

• In Caseville, the main activity at the museum in Maccabee Hall will be a "What Is It?" contest, which consists of 15 items. and is a fun and challenging event for guests of all ages.

• Sebewaing historians will offer tours of the Charles W. Liken House, a Victorian-era home built by John C. Liken for son Charles. A complimentary beverage will be available. Not far from there, tours also will be available at the Old Sebewaing Township Hall, which dates back to the late 1800s. Both museums house historical artifacts from around the local Sebewaing area.

• In Elkton's Ackerman Memorial Park, located just off of M-142, history lovers can find the Elkton Log Cabin Museum and Blacksmith Barn. On the grounds, visitors can see a 1916 Case Steam Engine and a new addition, a windmill, which was used on the local area farm of Clarence Krohn. At the Log Cabin, folks can see antiques and memorabilia including bottles, books, photos, advertising items, trophies and uniforms. Nearby in the Blacksmith Barn are several items such as hand tools, saws, sharpening stones, farm items related to hay, wool and corn, as well as farm implements going back to the horsedrawn era including a mower, cultivator and a plow. Activities planned for the weekend include a horseshoe pitch, a hoop roll, Chinese checkers, corn shelling and a straw bail pull.

• Located on the sunrise side of the Huron County just off of M-25 in Harbor Beach, the Grice House Museum, at 864 North Lakeshore Road near the U.S. Coast Guard Station and the Harbor Beach Marina, will have several activities for visitors to enjoy. On Saturday, Annette Sweet will play the dulcimer in-concert from noon till 2 p.m. Then, from 2 p.m. till 3:30 p.m., the music group "Sonas" will sing out with sea shanties, Celtic music and a variety of tunes. For those who also enjoy reading, authors Bob McGreevy and Janis Stein, who collaborated on "Lost Legends of the Lake," will be present for book signings and a presentation. Janis Stein will be available from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m. on Saturday and Bob McGreevy will be available from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m. on Sunday. McGreevy will give a presentation at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Wayne "Skip" Kadar, who has authored several maritime-themed books, will be available from 1 p.m. till 4 p.m. on Sunday for book signings. Kadar will give a presentation on the Harbor Beach Lighthouse. The grounds include a barn, with antique farming implements and historical artifacts, as well as The Adams School, a one-room school house, which is undergoing some refurbishing. Guided tours of the home and barn will begin on the hour. Food concessions will be available onsite.

• In Pigeon, local historians will be demonstrating a wood crate jig and make a few wood crates. Some wooden crates will be available for sale. The depot museum's early American Kitchen is a highlight of the many items offered for viewing. Light refreshments will be served.

• At the Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse, the tower will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. The Museum will be open with all the history of the Lighthouse, Life Saving Service as well as some about Huron County.

• The Port Austin Area History Center tells the story of the area and its people. Two recent displays include the Walter Murawski cutter and the Pauline Strozeski's rug loom.

• Just off of M-19 in Ubly, The Ubly Area Historical Society has many items of interest at the Ten Cent Horse Barn. The building, moved from the Hoover Farm area, houses a variety of Ubly area memorabilia as well as farm implements, tools, and household items.

It also has on display a combination refrigerator stove as well as an old organ. The museum is located at the south Ubly Village limits, just off of South Washington Street (M-19) on Longuski Lane (look for the museum sign).

Call your local museum for their participation details and admission fees. For basic information about each museum, see www.thehchs.org/huron_ county_ historical_ museums.htm.

TAT Buses will be available on Saturday only; call 800-322-1125 to catch a ride. Riders need to have the exact change and they may carry on one or two grocery bags, but a rider will be charged for more.

Policies prohibit smoking and the consumption of alcoholic beverages and other substances. Rules also prohibit the transport of hazardous items.

Huron County Museums include:

• Allen House Museum, 303 N. Pt. Crescent St., which is both M-53 and M-142, Bad Axe, badaxehistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.

• Bay Port Museum. (Please note: the Bay Port Museum will not be open during the Huron County Historical Society Museum Weekend.)

• Caseville Museum, Maccabee Hall, 6733 Prospect St., Caseville, 989-856-9090.

• Charles W. Liken House, 325 N. Center, Sebewaing, 989-883-2391 or 989-883-2341.

• Elkton Log Cabin Museum, Ackerman Memorial Park, Elkton, 989-375-2598.

• Frank Murphy Museum, Harbor Beach. (Please note: the Frank Murphy Museum will not be open during the Huron County Historical Society Museum Weekend.)

• Grice House Museum, 864 N. Lakeshore Rd., Harbor Beach. 989- 428-4327.

• Harbor Beach Lighthouse. (Please note: Harbor Beach Lighthouse tours will not be available as the dock has been removed.)

• Old Sebewaing Township Hall, 29 S. Center, Sebewaing, 989-883-2391 or 989-883-2341.

• Pigeon Depot Museum, 59 S. Main St., Pigeon, 989-453-3242 or 989-453-2214,

• Pioneer Log Village, 210 S. Hanselman St., Bad Axe, badaxehistoricalsociety@yahoo.com.

• Pointe aux Barques Lighthouse Museum, 7320 Lighthouse Rd., inside Lighthouse County Park, Port Hope, 989-428-3035.

• Port Austin History Center, 1424 Pointe aux Barques Rd., 1 mi. e. of the Pt. Austin traffic light, Port Austin, 989-550-5532.

• Port Hope Railroad Depot. (Please note: the Port Hope Railroad Depot will not be open during the Huron County Historical Society Museum Weekend.)

• Ten Cent Horse Barn Museum, Longuski Ln. off M-19 at south village limit, n.w. of Ubly Dragway, Ubly, 989-553-4892.

• White Rock School Museum, 10 mi. s. of Harbor Beach on M-25, then half mile w. on White Rock Rd.

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