News from the Director of MCHS

As we embark on the holiday season I would like to take a moment to thank you for your continual support throughout this past year. We are truly grateful for your commitment to our mission!

2018 has been a busy and exciting year for both museums.

Historic White Pine Village saw a 12% increase in admissions this year and a 40% increase in gift shop sales compared to two years ago. The Village was bursting with excitement as our first person interpreters entertained our many visitors. Our visitors were also able to enjoy our newest village exhibit — The Mason & Oceana Railroad exhibit which opened in July — thanks to our amazing donors, members, and volunteers. As visitors returned to the admission building on their way out they shared delightful stories of their time spent out on the grounds, taking in the nostalgia of our area’s past.

Port of Ludington Maritime Museum enjoyed its second year of operation and brought in a steady flow of visitors. In addition to the spring and fall hours, the museum was open seven days a week from Memorial Day – Labor Day thanks to the dedication and hard work of our staff and volunteers. Our volunteers shared their wealth of maritime knowledge with the thousands of visitors that walked through our doors. We opened the SS Badger exhibit on the third floor and are in the process of installing the U.S. Coast Guard exhibit. We have also begun exhibit design work on multiple exhibits that will portray the rich history of the lumbering, life saving, salt manufacturing, boat building, and commercial fishing industries that helped innovate our beautiful area. Thanks to the support of our generous donors and members all three of these exhibits will enhance the visitor experience as we share with them the remarkable history of our community.

I hope the news of our successes gives each of you a sense of pride. Your commitment to our mission pays honor to those that have gone before us who worked tirelessly to create what I like to call “majestic” Mason County, Michigan.

Thank you again for your support of our organization. We take great pride in our mission and our accomplishments, and thanks to your support we will be able to continue sharing the remarkable history of “majestic” Mason County, Michigan!

Happy Holidays,

Rebecca Berringer

Executive Director

Historic White Pine Village will host trick-or-treaters on Saturday, October 20th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. This family-friendly event is geared toward children of all ages. 


This event has become a huge hit with families!  Each year the Mason County Historical Society gives out over 15,000 pieces of candy to over 500 kids.  Admission prices are kept low so that families can afford to come and safely trick-or-treat.

We are in need of sponsors and/or donations of candy to hand out to the many trick-or-treaters and their families.  Sponsors are recognized on our Daysheets, social media pages, and website. Each family receives a Daysheet with a map of the Village on it.

Donations can be delivered to the Village on Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

To make other arrangements or for more information call 231-843-4808 or email us at

MCHS Sets Sail

Members of the Mason County Historical Society (Ludington, Michigan) and the Manitowoc County Historical Society (Manitowoc, Wisconsin) will enjoy free daily admission* at each other’s historic villages during the 2018 S.S. Badger sailing season.

The Badger will set sail for its 2018 season from May 11 to October 14, joining our historical villages with a route on a National Historic Landmark.

*Free admission upon presenting your membership card.

Historic White Pine Village:

1687 S. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington, MI 49431; (231) 843-4808

Pinecrest Historical Village:

924 Pinecrest Road, Manitowoc, WI 54220; (920) 684-4445

Share your trip photos with us!

Whether you are enjoying the crossing on the historic S.S. Badger, or taking in an adventure at a historical village-we want to follow your journey. We encourage you to share your photos with your local historical society or #MCHSsails on social media.