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Arenac County Historical Museum

About the Museum:

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museum_1.jpg (42295 bytes) The Arenac County Historical Society [ACHS] was incorporated in 1970 as a non-profit educational organization to preserve history and to establish and operate a museum.

The ACHS Museum was first quartered in a rural schoolhouse and moved to its present facility in 1984, the former Au Gres Methodist Church. The building, itself, is historic [circa 1883]; many of the tools used for its construction are on exhibit in the Museum, along with other historical church documents and artifacts that have been donated by its members.

Approaching the Museum entrance a restored historic brick side walk leads you inside to find a rural schoolroom, bedroom and parlor settings, pioneer kitchen, a barber and apothecary shop, country store items and vintage apparel. A commercial fishing exhibit features a 1910 IHC stationary engine, nets and fishing equipment from long ago; the State's highest railroad bridge has been replicated in a unique scale model diorama.

New and interesting exhibits are mounted each month during the summer.

The ACHS and Museum are entirely dependent upon volunteer effort and support; donations of items, equipment or money are tax-deductible. ACHS is affiliated with the Historical Society of Michigan and the Michigan Museums Association.

Membership is open to anyone. To join, simply print out the easy to fill-out ACHS membership form and mail it in with your annual dues.

Our Museum is located at 304 E. Michigan Avenue; Au Gres, Michigan 48703.

There is no admission charge to visit.  Voluntary donations to support our efforts are always welcomed.

Winter Hours:  The museum in Au Gres is open by appointment.  Call the museum at 989-876-6399 and leave a message.
We will return your call - or call Sandy 989-876-7834.

Summer Hours (late May to September):  The museum in Au Gres is open the 2nd and 4th weekends each month, on Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 pm Memorial Day weekend though Labor Day. 
Other times by appointment.  Call the museum at 989-876-6399 and leave a message.

Take a virtual tour of our museum (click on any photo).

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Click HERE to view an album of the society's historical photos.

The Museum has a large collection of local civil, church and genealogical records. 
Click HERE for details of the museum collection.

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Arenac County Historical Society; 304 East Michigan Avenue; P. O. Box 272; Au Gres, Michigan  48703-0272;  989-876-6399

Last updated:  11/08/2020.   Content 2005-2020 by the Arenac County Historical Society