Lake County Historical Museum to open for season
BALDWIN — Visitors to Baldwin will have an opportunity to step into Lake County's past with exciting new exhibits and programs at the Lake County Historical Museum. The museum, located on 915 N. Michigan Ave., opens for the season from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28.
The hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday with the research library open on Wednesdays or by appointment.
"I am looking forward to our new season and being able to share new exhibits with the public," said Lake County Historical Museum Curator Jill Engelman. "There is something for everyone — people of all ages — including 1920s wool bathing suits and a mural depicting a 1935 map of the Pere Marquette River which lists important fishing spots on the river as well as lodges and clubs."
The Marlborough and the Great Northern Portland Cement Company exhibit has a new feature of iron wheels from Marlborough. There also is a Civilian Conservation Corps and Logging Days exhibits.
New exhibits include Hotel Lodging in Lake County from 1880 to 1950 with dozens of pictures and stories of local hotels through the years.
"There were at least 26 known hotels in Lake County," Engelman said.
There also is a 1903 children's nursery display.
"Our nursery display gives a sentimental depiction of being a child during the past turn-of-the-century," Engelman said.
The Idlewild exhibit has been expanded on and there is a display of Lake County Courthouse history beginning with the battle for the county seat. There also is an exhibit featuring Percy Langster, the first African-American district attorney in the U.S., who happened to be employed in Lake County.
The boat house, which connects the museum building and community building, is a new sight for last year's museum visitors. A 1948 Chris Craft Boat from Big Star Lake is on exhibit as well as a 1950 MacDougall Boat from the Pere Marquette River along with photos and antiques from local lakes and rivers.
"We invite the public to come. This is not an old, stuffy museum, but each exhibit tells a story of the life and times of people of Lake County," Engelman added.