The Battle Creek Regional History Museum (BCRHM) is displaying the rich and wonderful history of the region. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, which allows you to take a tax deduction for any contributions.
Governed by a Board of Directors, we have been in the process of developing this museum for over 10 years. At the present time we have open our “Museum Lite” space, the front room of the building, with small regional exhibits as well as a small gift shop and a wool room that help add support while we work on our larger space. Our main goal is to preserve the region’s rich and diverse history.
Our website will keep you informed of our progress so check in with us often. A great way to receive information is to join our mailing list so we can send you updates on events, speakers and programs. The BCRHM operates solely with volunteers. If you have a passion for history and would like to get involved, visit our get involved page or talk to one of our volunteers when you visit the Museum.
February 3, 1943.
The US Coast Guard icebreaker Escanaba, built for Great Lakes service, formerly based in Grand Haven, escorted the US Army transport Dorchester, carrying about 900 US soldiers to the war in Europe. Dorchester was torpedoed and sank. Four chaplains were among the passengers. They helped calm the others, gave up their life jackets, and helped soldiers board lifeboats. Together, they gave their lives to save others as the ship sank. One of those chaplains had studied at Hope College. A memorial was raised at the Ann Arbor VA Center.
A survivor, in 2003, urged others to pursue the dream of the Four Chaplains. Who is this “amazing” survivor? A 30 minute presentation about the Four Chaplains will be presented at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 16 at the Battle Creek Regional History Museum by Dan Boone.
The military has been part of Battle Creek since the first skirmish between Army surveyors and local residents. Battle Creek area residents served in the Civil War including in the famed Iron Brigade. Continuous military presence on a large scale began with the establishment of Camp Custer for WW I training. Since then the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines have called Battle Creek home.
BCRHM is currently displaying artifacts, replicas, and other material related to the history of the military in Battle Creek and items related to local people and organizations.
If you would like to keep informed of upcoming exhibits, events and BCRHM announcements please join our mailing list. To join please click the link below and fill out the short form. Once you hit send you will receive a conformation email that you will have to confirm before being added to the mailing list. This is done for security reasons. Our mailing list will not be shared with any third parties. Your privacy is important.
The Battle Creek Regional History Museum operates completely with volunteers. Help is always appreciated in many areas: volunteering your time and talent, donating funds to further our mission of preserving our rich history and even donating items related to our area. Click Get Involved Now to learn more.
BCRHM will be posting exhibits that are at the museum. These exhibits will feature a wide range of the area's history and cultures. If you have any suggestions please contact us. To view the exhibits click the link below.
The museum will also be hosting educational presentations on the third Saturday of every month at 3:00 p.m. Working With Wool classes will be held on the 2nd Saturday at 2:00 p.m. To view the events click the link below.