Mason County Historical Society

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

Our website is a work in progress, please check back later or give us a call if you have any questions.

Visit Our Museums

Mason County Historical Society offers visitor-rich, Family-friendly experiences with its museums.  Historic White Pine Village is an immersive experience of the history of Mason County, Port of Ludington Maritime Museum is an interactive experience of the area’s maritime history,  and the Mason County Research Library is an extensive online database that will help you research the many items housed by MCHS in its various locations.

Historic White Pine Village

Historic White Pine Village is a community of 30 buildings uniquely located on twenty- three acres of land, which depicts the history of Mason County through the use of artifacts and archives appropriately displayed in each building.

Mason County Online Research Library

The Mason County Historical Society’s extensive research library covers West Michigan and Mason County history, containing archival photos, newspapers, obituaries, and more.

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum

Maritime history is brought to life through a variety of diverse, family-friendly, interactive exhibits at Mason County Historical Society’s new Port of Ludington Maritime Museum.

2018 Membership Drive

Become a Member or renew your Membership TODAY to help preserve our past and anchor our future!

Society News: 2018 Membership Drive Your Membership support is crucial to Mason County Historical Society’s continued ability to achieve its mission–collecting, preserving, and interpreting historically important artifacts, archives, and buildings of the inhabitants of Mason County.  MCHS has a critical financial need as we add a second major museum to our organization and enhance the visitor experience at Historic White Pine Village.  Please consider becoming a member and enjoy the benefit of unlimited visits to both Historic White Pine Village and The Port of Ludington Maritime Museum.

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Volunteers Needed!

We’re seeking volunteers to help history come alive for school groups and special event days! There are also volunteer opportunities in the Research Library and on the grounds throughout the year. Give us a call at (231) 843-4808 or email:

New This Year!

We’re proud to announce new exhibits for the 2017 season- A Native American Exhibit in the 1857 Caswell Courthouse, Opening of the Children’s Quarters on the second floor of the Burns Farmhouse, and a hands-on Quilting Exhibit in the Artisan Center!