The 2021 visitor season kicks off at The Region of Three Oaks Museum! Doors open at noon and close at 5 PM every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from May until the end of October.
New exhibits this year include:
- "FIRE!," a look at fires and firefighting in the area. It's the 150th anniversary of the wildfires of 1871, which not only burned Chicago but also led to much destruction and panic in Michiana. Among the items on display is equipment used by the Tempest Fire Company, Three Oaks' first volunteer firefighting force, organized in 1875. The exhibit also includes items that survived the Great Chicago Fire, and pictures of more recent fires that devastated the downtowns of New Buffalo and Galien.
- A 1935-era dental office has been set up in the museum, equipment that long-time residents may recognize, since it was used in Three Oaks for nearly 50 years. Warning: "denta-phobes" may recoil at some of the primitive-looking dental tools of the past!
- "Greetings from Three Oaks", a collection of holiday cards from years past, some more than 120 years old!
- Martin Road, the story of a Michiana family that has held reunions every summer for 157 years and counting!
Also on display this season:
- The Warren Calculating Engine, invented in Three Oaks. A device the Smithsonian says may well have been the first working calculating machine invented in the US! Learn how its inventor raced death to complete the device, and how even the Studebaker Brothers and PT Barnum couldn't help the inventor's family make a commercial success out of it after his death.
- Odd musical instruments made at the Marx-O-Chime Colony of New Troy, sold door-to-door by an army of traveling salesmen in the early and mid-1900's. You can even hear what some of them sounded like!
- We have 6 videos about local history ready for viewing.