New Community Decorators Featured During Holiday Tours at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site
This month, the Hackley and Hume houses will be decorated for the holidays, the Museum Store will feature the annual Christmas Ornament, and the Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws WWII exhibit continues at the Lakeshore Museum Center.
You can remember Chase Brothers Piano Company on this 2017 Keepsake Ornament. The iconic building is featured on the 2017 Holiday Ornament produced for the Lakeshore Museum Center. Purchasing or gifting this ornament is a great way to remember Muskegon’s history.
The Chase Brothers Piano Co. was built in Lakeside in 1889. It manufactured upright, grand, baby grand, and reproducing pianos. The company reorganized in 1899 as the Chase-Hackley Piano Co. and continued in business until 1930.
Above, the Chase Hackley Piano Co. Photo from the Collection of the Lakeshore Museum Center.
The porcelain ornament is the 23rd in a series and is available for $21.00 in the Museum Store and at the gift shop found in the City Barn at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site. The Museum Store in the Lakeshore Museum Center is open weekdays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. The gift shop at the Hackley and Hume Site is open during the Holiday Tour hours posted below.
New Community Decorators Featured at Holiday Tours at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site Holiday Tours
Come experience a fun family tradition of touring the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons during the holiday season. The homes are decorated by nine community organizations and businesses. The groups choose one or two rooms and bring all of their own decorations to showcase in these beautiful houses during the holidays.
Walk-through tours are offered three times in December: December 2, noon to 5:00 p.m., December 26, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and December 27, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The cost for touring the homes are $7 per person, $5 for seniors 65 and older, and kids 12 and under are free. For more information call (231) 722-0278 or visit LakeshoreMuseum.org.
See A Sketch of War before its gone!
A Sketch of War: Wally Berg Draws World War II will be on display through late February. If you haven’t yet stopped in to see the exhibit, you still have time to see this collection that traces Berg's wartime journey from Northern Africa to Europe. The war took him to Morocco, Algeria, France and many other countries across the globe.
The exhibit includes more than 40 drawings, watercolors, maps and military artifacts. Some of the artwork displayed depicts military camps and aircraft, local people Berg encountered and scenery from the cities the artist visited during his time with the U.S. Army.
Several of his works are permanently on display at the Lakeshore Museum Center, including the entryway and auditorium murals, a painting and drawing depicting lumberjacks, and several historic dioramas he co-created with William Hartman. Berg also painted the murals in the children's section of the Hackley Public Library.
The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturdays. For more information call (231) 722-0278 or visit LakeshoreMuseum.org.
December Events at the Lakeshore Museum Center Sites
December 2, noon to 5:00 p.m., Holiday Tours at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site. Step back in time with a tour of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons. The homes have been decorated by different community businesses. The Site is located at 484 W. Webster Ave. at Sixth Street.
December 6, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., Little Learners STEM-Play and Learn at the Lakeshore Museum Center. Children ages four and younger are invited to participate in a free Robot themed program designed for young minds. Call (231) 722-0278 to register. The Museum is located at 430 W. Clay Ave. at Fourth Street.
December 8, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Friday Family Fun Night: ‘Tis the Season! at the Lakeshore Museum Center. Holiday themed crafts and science activities will be featured during this open-house style program. The Museum is located at 430 W. Clay Ave. at Fourth Street.
December 12 and 13, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., Minecraft at the Museum at the Lakeshore Museum Center. Minecraft at the Museum is back! We will challenge all Minecraft players to come to the museum and test their discovering and crafting skills. Players will search the museum to find as many resources as they can, then craft them to get all the supplies they need to navigate their way through the nether! Choose either the 4:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. session. You can register on line or call the museum at (231) 722-0278 to pay over the phone. Cost is $7 for the general public, and $5 for museum members. Recommended for ages six and older. Note: there is no cost for an accompanying adult.
December 13, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Sprouts Play and Learn at Michigan’s Heritage Park in Whitehall. Children ages four and younger are invited to participate in Shapes and Patterns themed activities. The park is located at 8637 N. Durham Rd.
December 26, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., and December 27, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., Holiday Tours at the Hackley and Hume Historic Site. Step back in time with a tour of the homes of Muskegon’s most well-known lumber barons. The homes have been decorated by different community businesses. The Site is located at 484 W. Webster Ave at Sixth Street.
December 28, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Cloved Orange Pomander Make and Take at the Lakeshore Museum Center. Stop by this Make and Take open house and create your own Pomander, also known as cloved orange, to add the smell of the holidays to your home. The pomander is a traditional Christmas ornament and New Year’s gift. The word pomander comes for French pomme (which means apple) and ambre. Ambre derives from either ambergris, an early perfume ingredient or another one of its meanings; golden in color. Cost for the event is $2 per person.
For more information on any of the above events, call the Lakeshore Museum Center at (231) 722-0278 or visit LakeshoreMuseum.org.
Admission is free for Muskegon County residents and $3 for non-residents at the Lakeshore Museum Center Museum, located at 430 W. Clay Ave., downtown Muskegon. The museum is open weekdays 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays noon to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays. The Lakeshore Museum Center is made up of multiple sites and buildings. In addition to the natural and cultural history museum, we have the Hackley and Hume Historic Site, the Fire Barn Museum, the Scolnik House of the Depression Era, the Archives and more. Plus, Michigan's Heritage Park in Whitehall, the living history park. Call (231) 722-0278 for information or visit lakeshoremuseum.org.