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Thank you for visiting our website.  Please explore our web pages to learn more about the Society, the exciting projects that are underway, our programs / events, and the historical information available in Arenac County.

Arenac County is situated along the Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron in the Great Lakes. It is rich in Indian history because of its abundance of hard chert and flint for arrowheads. It is rich in logging history as a part of the logging industry developed around Michigan's white pine and hardwoods as well as being a conduit to the lake for shipping the lumber produced here. The County also was the location of a 19th century summer resort hotel to which customers arrived by ship. Its history was gradually reshaped due to the disastrous wildfires that eventually destroyed the logging business in the area.


Programs and Events:

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Watch this space for news of upcoming programs and events

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Programs at the Museum in Au Gres

Please join us for our 2017 programs:


Thursday, June 8th, 7 pm:

Ric Mixter and his program "Search for the Tuskegee Airplane"

Click here to download the program flyer.


Programs are held monthly from June to September at the museum,
304 East Michigan Avenue in Au Gres.


  All are open to the general public.  Please join us!

No Admission Charge
(Donations are encouraged to support museum programming)

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Events at the Museum in Au Gres

Please join us for these 2017 events:


The Museum will be open on February 22nd
Our latest book:
"A Point to Remember" - A Pictorial History of Point Lookout, Michigan
will be available for purchase - $30.00
11 am to 2 pm

*  for mail orders, please add $5.00 for postage and packaging

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Events at the Ye' Olde Courthouse & Masonic Hall in Omer

Please join us for these 2017 events:


Join us for our Winter Junque Sale!
Friday, Saturday and Sunday - January 13, 14 and 15
9 am to 4 pm

Lots of "new" (to us) merchandise.


Join us for a free program:

Sands of Time: Fly Fishing in Northern Michigan, by Josh Greenberg

Thursday, October 20th at 7 pm

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News and Announcements:

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Update on the Olde Courthouse in Omer:

The contractors are busy installing the new windows. They have 9 in the lower level. Now they are working in the baseball museum room, had to raise the ceiling so they could get at the one window that is so ugly from the outside. They are doing a great job! We have lots of "wavy glass" for sale. If you need some let us know. They use it for picture frames, in cupboard doors, re-doing vintage china cupboards etc…?

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Give Local Bay


The Arenac County Historical Society will again participate in this year's "Give Local Bay" fundraiser in support of the Ye Olde' Courthouse Endowment Fund.

The event is sponsored by the Bay Area Community Foundation.

In 2016, the Fund received $10,302 in donations during the 24 hour fundraiser.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 2nd. With your continued support, we can surpass last year's total.

Download our flyer here for further information.

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Museum Hours:

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.

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, or Joann 989-876-6468.


Our History:

Each week, the Arenac County Historical Society presents here:

Arenac County Memories - early photos and historical moments
from the museum collection.  Check back often.

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Some content is reproduced with permission from the archives of the Arenac County Independent.

Click here to view an album containing more of the society's historical photos.

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