Battle Creek Regional History Museum

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


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

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.

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
Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday Noon. - 5 p.m. 

January 19th Third Saturday Program

Dr. Michael Nassaney

The Battle Creek Regional History Museum (BCRHM) is beginning its 2019 Speaker’s Series with a program presented by Western Michigan University Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Michael Nassaney. He will be speaking about an archeological ‘dig’ that he led at Battle Creek’s oldest brick home, back in the 1990’s.

In the last decade of the twentieth century, the Historical Society of Battle Creek owned the Warren Bronson Shepard home on Riverside Drive. Along with being an early settler to the area, in 1834, Shepard was Battle Creek’s first public school teacher. After teaching for only one year, he became a farmer and helped start a brick making business.
Shepard built a Greek revival home on his Coldwater Road (later Riverside Drive) property, near the intersection of the Territorial Road, between 1852 and 1854. He lived in the home until his death in 1875.
The ownership of the home changed hands many times until it became the property of the historical society. They sought documentation of the home’s historical significance, so along with research into Shepard’s life, Dr. Nassaney was asked if he could assist the group in researching its archeological history.

In April 1996, the Western Michigan University (WMU) archeological field school commenced with a research goal of finding information unavailable in historic records.

Dr. Nassaney’s team included eighteen undergraduate and graduate students that did above-ground research and dug exploratory pits. They also used ground-sensing radar to determine probable sites before any digging began. Several thousand artifacts were unearthed and clues to former foundation walls were discovered.

Using modern technology, Dr. Nassaney and his team, continued their research through 1998, and opened a whole new area of knowledge about our local history.

Dr. Nassaney’s program, titled ‘Who is Warren Shepard and What Can Archeology Tell Us About Him’, will be held at the BCRHM on Saturday, January 19, at 3:00 PM. The museum is located at 307 West Jackson Street.

There is no admission charge for the entrance to the museum, but donations are appreciated. Light refreshments will be available.

Our Mission

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

Featured Museum Exhibit

Doing manufactured-in-Battle-Creek

It wasn't all cereal.
Battle Creek was a significant producer of other products.
They ranged from small exercise items up to jet bomber sections, threshers, pumps, and many other items.

Visit the Battle Creek Regional History Museum now for a view of what Battle Creek produced.

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.