History Center (The Old Schoolhouse)

130 Center Street in Douglas, Michigan

After a $1.3 million restoration, this Civil War era school once again serves the community as a history center. Indoors or out, the Old Schoolhouse offers several attractions.

History and Learning

The 1866 Old School House (built as the Douglas Union School), is a landmark as the oldest multi-classroom school building in Michigan and regarded as one of the finest examples of 19th century school architecture in America.  The building is listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places.

Along with its six city lots of lawn and gardens, it has been transformed into a “History Center” campus where Saugatuck-Douglas citizens and visitors to the community can benefit in a multitude of ways from the area’s rich history and culture.

 

Current History Center Attractions:

Life Boat Exhibit & Back-In-Time Garden
• Interactive Supermap and History Room
• Society Archives and Tech Center
• Local Art Gallery
Meeting & Event Rental Space


For More Information, Click Below

Historical Society Website

(SDHC) Calendar of Events

May 24th: Monthly Meeting at 7pm in the Back In Time Garden. The SDHC Landscaping Committee is presenting the Back In Time garden at the Old School House.

May 28th: The History Museum at Mount Baldhead opens for the summer

June 17th: Pruning and Fertilizing Seminar at 10am at the Old School House. Two master gardeners will be presenting on how to properly care for broad leaf evergreens and perennials.

June 26-29: Root Camp: an interactive history and nature day camp for children ages 6-11, will be at the Old School House. Registration is now open! Visit http://sdhistoricalsociety.org/current/rootcamp/index.php for more information.

June 29th: The first Douglas Social of the summer will be held at 5:30pm the Old School House.

July 11th: Tuesday Talk Presentation at 11am at the Old School House.

July 18th: Tuesday Talk Presentation at 11am at the Old School House.

July 22nd: Concert at 2pm at the Old School House: Singer/Songwriter and Folk Musician Chris Vallillo will be performing.

July 25th: Tuesday Talk Presentation at 11am at the Old School House.

August 1st: Tuesday Talk Presentation at 11am at the Old School House.

August 8th: Tuesday Talk Presentation at 11am at the Old School House.

August 15th: Tuesday Talk Presentation at 11am at the Old School House.

August 22nd: Tuesday Talk Presentation at 11am at the Old School House.

August 29th: Tuesday Talk Presentation at 11am at the Old School House.

September 13th: Monthly Meeting at 7pm at the Old School House with a presentation on the cars of the 1950’s and 60’s.

September 24th: Family Fun Day from 1-4pm at the Old School House. Carnival games, old fashioned games, and the Critter Barn will be providing an afternoon of fun and entertainment with fun for the whole family.

Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society

P.O. Box 617
Douglas, MI 49406
Phone: 269.857.5751

Tech Center

The Old Schoolhouse
130 Center Street
Douglas, Michigan

Phone: 269 857-7901

History Center

The Old Schoolhouse
130 Center Street
Douglas

Museum

735 Park Street
Saugatuck, Michigan
Phone: 269.857.7900