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.
The Battle Creek Regional History Museum's 2018 Battle Creek History calendar, featuring photos and history of the BC Sanitarium is now available at the museum's gift shop, and will soon be available at Lakeview Card and Gifts on Columbia Avenue, downtown at Battle Creek Books and possibly the Federal Center's gift shop. The price is $10 each.
307 W. Jackson Street
Battle Creek, MI. 49037
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon. - 5 p.m.
1981 Battle Creek’s 150th Birthday Celebration.
Hosted by Kurt Thornton
Back in the late 1970’s, Thornton was part of the City of Battle Creek’s Historic District Study Commission, tasked with the job of determining if the city should adopt a Historic District plan, by looking at houses, buildings, and historic sites within the city limits.
While looking at many of the historic sites and monuments, the group realized the city’s 150th anniversary of the community’s first permanent settlement (in 1831) was quickly approaching, and started talking about plans for recognizing that event.
By 1980, a Sesquicentennial Steering Committee was formed with local businessman Kermit Krum (the owner of Krum’s Photographic Store and Studios) as the chairman. Local historian, Bobbie Wilson, was chosen as the Sesquicentennial Coordinator. The Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce provided office space for the group.
Thornton will use photos he took during that year to tell the story of the city’s unique anniversary celebration, which was recognized by a letter from President Ronald Reagan.
You don’t want to miss this program!
Note: Thornton’s program is a change from the originally scheduled talk planned with former Battle Creek Mayor, Maude Bristol. That program will be rescheduled at a later date.
Kwanzaa is a week-long connection to African culture to honor the heritage of African-Americans. Kwanzaa has seven core principles.
Kwanzaa was established to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage. Kwanzaa gives people a holiday in addition to existing ones, a celebration of community, family and culture.
Visit the Battle Creek Regional History Museum during January to learn more of Kwanzaa, the 7 core principles of Kwanzaa, African-American contributions to American society, and African-American cultural items.
On January 20, at 3 PM, Sam Gray will speak about Kwanzaa, open to the public.
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.