Pioneer Christmas – Thank You!

During this season of giving, I would like to say thank you to our donors, members, and volunteers. Your generous donations of time, talent, and treasure supports the various programs that we offer at both Historic White Pine Village and the Port of Ludington Maritime Museum.

Thanks to your continual and generous support we were able to host the 1st Annual Pioneer Christmas this past Saturday. This event merged the past and the present traditions that we all cherish and spread “Christmas Joy” to almost 800 people.

Visitors to the Village were able to partake in many
festive activities such as:

• Writing letters to Santa & the Story of the Christmas Tree by Myrtle Grouver in the Marchido School House
• Reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mr. Burns in the Burns Family Farmhouse
• Make & Take crafts in the Artisan Center
• 16th Century Carolers performing in the Caswell Courthouse
• Reading of the birth of Christ and caroling in the White Pine Chapel
• Festive Pomanders craft in the Trapper’s Cabin
• Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus in the Cole’s General Store
• Cookies, milk, hot cocoa, & coffee in the Pere Marquette Town Hall
• Fellowship Fires for warming up throughout the Village

Thank you for supporting the Mason County Historical Society. Thanks to your generosity we are able to provide educational programming opportunities such as Pioneer Christmas! We are grateful for your generosity, trust, and most importantly your commitment to our mission.

Rebecca Berringer
Mason County Historical Society
Executive Director

Visitor Comments:

• This is awesome! The true meaning of Christmastime!

• It was wonderful! I loved just walking around among all the lights and the fire pits – the little street organ playing. The caroling and all the authentic historical touches, like the wild, imperfect Christmas trees, roaring fires, Victorian decorations, clove ornaments …

• Great night. Looking forward to next years Christmas at White Pine Village.

• Had a great night with our family there,thanks to everyone that made this possible. Looking forward to next year and Merry Christmas!

• It was magical! Thank you to all those that made it such a fun night.

Event Sponsors

• Country Dairy – milk for the Town Hall and volunteers
• Walmart – cookies for the Town Hall and sponsored the General Store providing decorations and volunteers to help Santa
• Sue & Charlie Hansen – Christmas trees
• Toni & Shel Larson – decorations
• Girl Scouts & Boy Scouts of Mason County – tree decorating
• Ned Nordine – Christmas lights

Thank you for partnering with us on this fun festive event!

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