Mason County Historical Society

Board Members:

James Jensen – President

John Morava – Vice President

Dr. Connie Schwass – Treasurer

Joan Killion – Secretary

John Holcomb

Caryl Ferguson

Sheriff Kim Cole

Debbie Nellis

Kathy Bromley

Staff:

Rebecca Berringer – Executive Director

email: rebecca@mchshistory.org

Michelle DeKuiper – Village Site Manager

email: michelle@mchshistory.org

Eric Harmsen – Maritime Site Manager

email: eric@plmmhistory.org

Heather Zwick – Program Coordinator

email: heather@mchshistory.org

Lori Sutherland – Administrative Assistant

email: admin@mchshistory.org

The Mason County Historical Society is a private, non-profit educational organization, formally organized on November 30, 1937.

THE SOCIETY’S MISSION AND PURPOSE IS:

  • To foster a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Mason County history.
  • To collect, preserve, and present for viewing historically important artifacts, archives, and buildings of the inhabitants of Mason County.
  • To stimulate and encourage the interpretation of Mason County’s past through publications, educational programs, and related historical activities.
  • To cooperate with appropriate individuals, organizations, and institutions on the local and state level in projects and activities which promote and sustain a general interest in history and preservation.

THE SOCIETY’S VISION FOR 2013-2018 IS:

Over the period 2013-2018, the Society will strive to develop a particularly vibrant and interactive relationship with our community and visitors. In pursuit of this goal, the MCHS will:

  • Open the new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum with its professionally designed, interactive exhibits portraying the development of the harbor as an important and continuing force in the social and economic development of the county.
  • Develop an expanded array of programs and attractions at Historic White Pine Village to significantly enhance the visitor’s awareness of all the diverse experiences, occupations, hopes and dreams of county residents, thereby awakening visitors to the importance of being involved in their community.
  • Market both of the Society’s venues so that they become destination attractions for which people will travel at least 50 miles and stay overnight. The Society’s goal is 100,000 visitors to the Society’s two sites over the next five years.
  • Gain national recognition for both Historic White Pine Village and the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum by pursuing American Alliance of Museums accreditation.
  • Insure the financial security of the MCHS by increasing its Endowment to at least $500,000.

The Mason County Historical Society is committed to engaging its community and visitors with experiences that can enhance understanding of our county’s past and help build a better future.


THE MASON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY:

  • Operates Historic White Pine Village
  • Hosts the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame
  • Is developing the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum
  • Maintains an extensive Research Library
  • Maintains Ludington Mural Society murals

Board Members:

James Jensen – President

John Morava – Vice President

Dr. Connie Schwass – Treasurer

Joan Killion – Secretary

John Holcomb

Caryl Ferguson

Sheriff Kim Cole

Debbie Nellis

Kathy Bromley

Staff:

Rebecca Berringer – Executive Director

email: rebecca@mchshistory.org

Michelle DeKuiper – Village Site Manager

email: michelle@mchshistory.org

Eric Harmsen – Maritime Site Manager

email: eric@plmmhistory.org

Heather Zwick – Program Coordinator

email: heather@mchshistory.org

Lori Sutherland – Administrative Assistant

email: info@historicwhitepinevillage.org

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