Events

  • Sat
    23
    Jun
    2018
    10:00am-3:30pm

    Parents and children of all ages delight in participating in pioneer children’s games and activities from yesteryear, while Civil War re-enactors provide a revealing and exhilarating glimpse into that most defining moment in US History – our Civil War!  See soldier and civilian camp life up close and personal – experience hair-raising cannon fire.
    Hours: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; event concludes at 3:30 pm
    Pricing - Senior: $11, Adult: $12, Child (6-17): $9, 5 & Under: Free

  • Fri
    29
    Jun
    2018

    Members have the opportunity to bring a friend to tour the Village and they will receive half off their admission and 20% off all Gift Shop purchases.

  • Sat
    30
    Jun
    2018

    The Mason County Sports Hall of Fame Committee inducts its annual class of famed athletes from Mason County into our Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Sat
    14
    Jul
    2018

    Mason County Residents will receive free admission with a valid driver’s license only. All other visitors will receive 50% off admission from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm.

    10:00 am – Village Opens:

    10:30 am – 4:00 pm Ludington Mariner’s Old Time Base Ball Tournament:

    Teams: Ludington Mariners, Sidney Stars, & Fallasburgh Flats

    https://facebook.com/LudingtonMarinersOTBB/

    “Batter Up!” Old Time Base Ball and the Ludington Mariners are a rich part of Mason County Historical Society’s and the storied history of our area. We are proud to host an Old Time Base Ball game, replete with uniformed players in America’s favorite pastime, in original form.

    10:00 am – 3:30 pm – Crazy Bubble Lady https://www.facebook.com/Crazybubblelady/

    10:00 am – 3:00 pm – Ice Cream Sundae’s $5.00 ea. (two scoops of ice cream with choice of toppings)

    11:00 am – 3:00 pm – First Person Interpreters on site.

    1:30 pm – Mason & Oceana Railroad Dedication

    2:00 pm – 3:30 pm 1905 Port Huron Sawmill operating

    3:30 pm – Event ends

    5:00 pm – Village closes

  • Fri
    27
    Jul
    2018

    Members have the opportunity to bring a friend to tour the Village and they will receive half off their admission and 20% off all Gift Shop purchases.

  • Fri
    24
    Aug
    2018

    Members have the opportunity to bring a friend to tour the Village and they will receive half off their admission and 20% off all Gift Shop purchases.

  • Sat
    29
    Sep
    2018
    10:00am-3:30pm

    Commemorate the lives of our forebears during a day of hardy celebration.  Enjoy a lumberjack flapjack brunch, cooked and served by a local Boy Scout troop with flapjacks, sausage, juice or milk and 100% real, local maple syrup.  Play a game of pumpkin tic-tac-toe, watch a horse log-pulling demonstration or take a tractor hay ride while visiting the Pioneer past!

    Pricing - Senior: $11, Adult: $12, Child (6-17): $9, 5 & Under: Free

  • Sat
    20
    Oct
    2018
    3:00pm-6:00pm

    “Sweets for the sweet!” Children of all ages love to tour the Village and fill their Halloween sack with goodies! 

    Pricing - $3/person, 2 & Under: Free

  • Sat
    15
    Dec
    2018
    4:00pm-7:00pm

    Come memorialize Christmas as your ancestors celebrated this blessed and festive season over 125 years ago!
    Pricing - $5/person

  • Sat
    04
    May
    2019
  • Thu
    09
    May
    2019
  • Thu
    16
    May
    2019
  • Thu
    23
    May
    2019
  • Thu
    30
    May
    2019
  • Sat
    01
    Jun
    2019

    Mason County Residents will receive free admission with a valid driver’s license only. All other visitors will receive 50% off admission from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm.

  • Fri
    28
    Jun
    2019

    Members have the opportunity to bring a friend to tour the Village and they will receive half off their admission and 20% off all Gift Shop purchases.

  • Fri
    26
    Jul
    2019

    Members have the opportunity to bring a friend to tour the Village and they will receive half off their admission and 20% off all Gift Shop purchases.

  • Fri
    23
    Aug
    2019

    Members have the opportunity to bring a friend to tour the Village and they will receive half off their admission and 20% off all Gift Shop purchases.

  • Tue
    10
    Sep
    2019
  • Mon
    30
    Sep
    2019
    6-8PMLincoln Hills Golf Course

    Come enjoy an entertaining evening with friends for a good cause. Your Celebrity Wait Staff will ensure that you fun. Enjoy a game of trivia, see artifacts from our collection, and take in an evening of music by famed maritime artist Lee Murdock.

    Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. There is an amazing timelessness to this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard work, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in.

    The music is grounded in the work song tradition, from the rugged days of lumberjacks and wooden sailing schooners. Murdock comes alongside with ballads of contemporary commerce and revelry in the grand folk style.

    Murdock has been compared to the late Canadian songwriter, Stan Rogers, with a singing voice and a respect for musical traditions that is reminiscent of the great Burl Ives. Indeed, his repertoire is a seamless blend of the old work songs, mixed with his own original compositions and the work of songwriters such as Shel Silverstein, Woody Guthrie, Pat Dailey, Larry Penn and others.

    Tips for your Celebrity Wait Staff will go to further the mission of preserving and presenting the vast history of Mason County.—from our agricultural heritage to our rich maritime heritage.
    We are grateful for your generosity, your trust, and most importantly your commitment to our mission. We look forward to seeing you on September 23rd, 2019.
    Cost: $25.00 per person
    Dinner Choices: Beef short ribs, chicken, vegetarian stir fry
    RSVP: to rebecca@mchshistory.org by August 19th

  • Sat
    19
    Oct
    2019
    3:00pm-6:00pm

    “Sweets for the sweet!” Children of all ages love to tour the Village and fill their Halloween sack with goodies! 

    Pricing - $6.00 per person, 2 & Under: Free

  • Fri
    13
    Dec
    2019
    Sat
    14
    Dec
    2019
    4:00pm-7:00pm

    Come out to celebrate the traditions of Christmas in the past as well as the present! Enjoy strolling through our Historic buildings, hearing Christmas music, seeing Christmas lights, and then stop in the Town Hall for Christmas snacks!
    $8.00 per adult
    $6.00 for ages 3 - 17
    2 & under free

  • Thu
    23
    Jul
    2020

    Cost: add $2.00 to admission.
    An Abraham Lincoln first person interpreter will be mingling with the visitors and giving short presentations throughout the day. Ron Carley, who has been appearing as Abraham Lincoln for over five years, calls himself a Lincoln presenter, a living historian who brings the 16th president to life.

  • Tue
    04
    Aug
    2020
    Fri
    07
    Aug
    2020
    12:00pm-3:00pm

    $95 per person covers the cost of the entire camp.

  • Thu
    13
    Aug
    2020

    Cost: add $2.00 to admission.
    Come out and enjoy the musical talents of long-time visitors Suzanne & Jim! These highly talented musicians will share songs from their “Little House” collection - old-time favorites you are sure to recognize!

  • Sat
    10
    Jul
    2021
    11AM - 3PM

    Come help us find these tricky artifacts. I hope you have been sharpening your investigative skills.

    Here is a clue: 

    I'm not very pretty; I'm plain as can be.
    I'm a small thing that's made from the wood of a tree.
    You'll be happy to have me, and quite a few spares,
    Because when you need me, it's often in pairs.

    Take a step back in time while solving fun riddles that will lead
    you to a time gone by!

    Come hunt for unique pieces of our collection and help the Society continue our mission of preserving and presenting history for generations to come. This is a great way for families to take in history in a fun and engaging way. Children of all ages will enjoy!

    While visiting the Village, enjoy:
    • Demonstrations in our Artisan Building.
    • Watch our 1905 Port Huron Sawmill operate.
    • Street organist Grinder Gordie
    • Free Ice Cream Sundae @ the P.M. Town Hall.
    • Enjoy first-person interpreters as they share their life as early Mason County settlers.

    Ticket Prices:

    • $15 Adults
    • $14 Seniors
    • $11 Children 4 & up
    • Free - 3 & under

     

General Tour Information

Reservations need to be made in advance. See below for rates and a reservation form. At the village we offer the following tours: History in Action Days, One Room Schoolhouse Tours, and our Light Lunch Tour.

History in Action Days and the One Room Schoolhouse Tours are each $6 for students and chaperones while teachers are free.

History In Action

History In Action Days

Thousands of area school children from around West Michigan take a thrilling step back in time and relive the hardscrabble existence of their intrepid ancestors in a stimulating, immersive, hands-on experience.  History in Action Days are educational and fun-filled days, providing students with a chance to encounter our pioneer past.  Visitors may meet a blacksmith as he fires up his forge, view cooking in the farmhouse kitchen, glimpse historic good being sold in the old General Store, watch candles being made, learn about earlier medical remedies in the Doctor’s office, climb aboard an authentic turn-of-the-century steam locomotive, and behold a sawmill cutting logs into lumber.  Mini-school sessions are held throughout the day in an authentic 1898, One Room School.  Students and their chaperones have an opportunity to talk with interpreters at most of the 30 sites as they share their own insight into village life.

Spring HIA Days: Thursdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th

Fall HIA Days: Thursdays October 3rd, 10th, & 17th

Admission Fees - Students & Chaperones: $6, Teachers: Free

Email heather@mchshistory.org to make a reservation for your group or call 231-843-4808

One Room Schoolhouse

One Room Schoolhouse Tours

Each spring we have hundreds of students attend our One Room School Experience. The One Room School Experience provides an actual day of school for individual classrooms in our Marchido School, which is an original one-room school from Mason County, built in 1895. Students attending actually study lessons, read from the McGuffey’s Reader and experience recess, as it would have happened over one hundred years ago. We provide an abundance of materials and support, as well as an on-site assistant, and the teacher is free to cater the program to their classroom. We also provide a short artisan demonstration and a partial tour of the village. Students normally arrive around 10:00 A.M., and leave at 2:30 P.M.. Scheduling for these days is done on an individual classroom basis, so please call for details.

Admission Fees – Students & Chaperones: $6, Teachers: Free

Email heather@mchshistory.org to make a reservation for your group or call 231-843-4808

Self-Guided Tour

 

Group Tours

Group pricing and tours are available for organizations wishing to bring a group of 15 or more to the museum, such as:
Tour Companies
Bus tours
Retirement communities
Churches
Scout groups
After-school programs
Links for more information located immediately below:

Group Tour Reservation Form

For more information please contact Rebecca Berringer at 231-843-4808 ex.103

Light Lunch Group Tour

The Mason County Historical Society at Historic White Pine Village would like to welcome groups to travel to our village for a very enjoyable tour of  30 historic exhibit buildings, including the original 1849 Mason County Courthouse (on the National Register of Historic Places ) and an authentic turn-of-the-century steam locomotive, tender car, and flat car loaded with logs and headed toward the Village’s working sawmill.  Visitors come face-to-face with early settlers: first-person interpreters with scripts carefully prepared by staff and historians, they interact and improvise with visitors in the persona of historical characters and recreate actual personages from Mason County. The package also includes a delicious light lunch, which will be served in our Town Hall.

Light Lunch Group Tour Form

Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Below are a couple of geo-caches located in Mason County. We hope these caches will  inspire a deeper appreciation for the region’s rich maritime & lumbering history. Have fun and happy hunting!

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC76807_plmm

https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC765QP_white-pine-village

The Abbie” and “Sport Fishing Sculpture” by Doug Coldwell are licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0