The Heritage Museum’s collections reflect the history of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor and its place in Michigan and Great Lakes regional history. Our archives and storage areas provide a professional environment for the long-term care of a wide range of artifacts and archival resources. Object and archival collections are shared with the public and other preservation organizations through changing exhibitions and a museum loan program.

Our research library is open to anyone interested in historical research. Please allow us to better serve you by calling ahead with your research request. Available resources include:

  • photographs and postcards
  • books
  • reference volumes
  • periodicals
  • maps
  • manuscripts
  • business records
  • slides
  • oral history tapes
  • vintage films

The research library is open from Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. We are happy to assist visitors. For best service, please call 269-983-1191 to make an appointment. You are welcome to browse the library with collections of local history books on your own during public hours. A reading table with books on the Civil War is also available.

Research fees range from $15-20 per half hour and vary according to the type of service required. Research fees are waived for members of the Heritage Museum. Additional fees apply for photocopies, digital scans, and commercial use/publication rights.

To make an appointment or for additional information, please call (269) 983-1191.

The Heritage Museum