Battle Creek Regional History Museum

Preserving our past to give our history a future...

Welcome!

The RHM Battle Creek (RHM) is a regional history museum 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 RHM 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.

R.H.M. Capital Campaign   
The Battle Creek Regional History Museum, now known as the R.H.M., is led by a board of directions that want to develop its vision of the fledgling venue as a first class, high tech experience for future generations.

And, that is why we are launching a $3 million fund raising campaign. 

The plans are to develop exhibits and displays that tell the story of Battle Creek and the surrounding areas: to conduct "vibrant history and social educational programs for pre K-12 students in line with current curriculum
standards.

We also plan to develop a robust membership support program to market the city of Battle Creek by creating a tourist destination, fostering the "Believe in Battle Creek" message, and by having a positive economic impact on the downtown area.

Please help us reach our goal by either donating online or downloading our donation form.

Together
we can do it!

You can download the Capital Campaign form below and mail in your donation.

The Battle Creek Community Foundation is handling the fundraising. You can also donate online by clicking the button below. 

2019 BCRHM Calendar

The Battle Creek Regional History Museum's 2019 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.

BCRHM  Location: 
307 W. Jackson Street
Battle Creek, MI. 49037
Hours: 
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon. - 5 p.m. 

Saturday June 15 Program

Brett Myers

On Saturday, June 15, Brett Myers will be speaking to the Battle Creek Regional History Museum (BCRHM) about the history of the community’s horticultural treasure, the Leila Arboretum.

Myers is the executive director of the Leila Arboretum Society (LAS) that was established in 1981, when a group of local gardening enthusiasts and community supporters created the organization to help preserve, maintain and improve the arboretum, located on West Michigan Avenue.

The arboretum was originally established in 1922, when Leila Y. Post Montgomery (the widow of cereal post magnate, C.W. Post) donated the 72 acre, former Battle Creek Country Club to the city with the intention to create a park-like repository of nature for the community. The original plan was to include every type of tree that can thrive in Michigan soil inside its boundries.
In 1924, landscape architect, T. Clifton Shepherd, was hired to create and institute a master plan for the arboretum (he also worked on creating Battle Creek’s Irving Park). His plans were delayed by the advent of the Great Depression, and progress was slow at the city park for many years.

The Kingman Museum was built in 1931 as a gift to the city from the Kingman family, and was designed by local architect A.B. Chanel. The natural history museum was planned to be the first of many cultural buildings that were going to be built on the hill above the arboretum, that were to include an auditorium, along with an art and local history museum.

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The Leila Arboretum is owned and partially maintained by the City of Battle Creek as part of its parks system. LAS is under contract with the city to manage the arboretum’s more than 3,000 trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals…many of which are living memorials and/or tributes to special friends.

In recent years, the Leila Arboretum has seen many improvements to the facilities and to the plantings, that have included a beautiful pool and fountain at the park’s entrance gate, a Peace Labrynth, a Children’s Garden (that includes the cupola from the Battle Creek Sanitarium’s Fieldstone Building along with a hot air balloon replica), greenhouses, sculptural artwork, a ‘magical garden’ created by artists carving stumps of trees into works of art, a performance shell, and large meeting pavilion.

Fundraisers for the LAS have include plant sales, entrance fees to the Children’s Garden and even a Leila Arboretum Calendar in 2008 that featured tasteful photos of naturally clad (nude) members of the society…along with membership dues and donations.

The Battle Creek Mustache Society has teamed up with the LAS to hold an annual outdoor summer music concert named ‘Leila-palooza’ along with a yearly winter event (that includes a sled/toboggan/cardboard vehicle contest) called ‘Festivus’. These events bring new patrons to the arboretum throughout the year.

The LAS is a non-profit 501©3 corporation and has created many worthwhile projects that have included spearheading the BC Green projects, that bring the knowledge and advice of horticulture to local neighborhoods.
They also oversee and Master Gardner program and sponsor growing and gardening classes.

Myers program about the arboretum will be held at 3:00 PM at the BCRHM, located at 307 West Jackson Street, phone number 269-964-0750. Admission is free, and light snacks will be served.

Our Mission

Preserving our past to give our history a future...

Current Museum Exhibit

Henry’s Ice Cream

Henry’s Ice Cream

The Battle Creek Regional History Museum is featuring a “Henry’s Ice Cream” display. Having open its doors in 1932 at 97 Calhoun Street, Henry’s Ice Cream was a historical icon of Battle Creek for 41 years. In the early years, Henry’s offered 18 different flavors of ice creams. Favorites flavors of the locals and visitors included Black Walnut, English Almond Toffee and the Honeymoon Special.

Please stop by the Battle Creek Regional History Museum at 307 West Jackson Street, Battle Creek and experience a time from the past.
Hours:
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon. - 5 p.m. 

Join Our Mailing List

If you would like to keep informed of upcoming exhibits, events and RHM Battle Creek 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 RHM Battle Creek 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.

Explore Museum

RHM 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.

Event Schedule

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.