Tri-Cities Historical Museum Inc

Creating Connections to Local History

GRAND HAVEN, MI   |  www.tri-citiesmuseum.org

Mission

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum creates connections to local history. We collect, preserve, display, and interpret the cultural and historical record of northwest Ottawa County for the benefit and education of area citizens and visitors.

Ruling year info

1971

Transitional Manager

Ann White

Main address

200 WASHINGTON AVE

GRAND HAVEN, MI 49417 USA

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Formerly known as

Tri-Cities Historical Society

EIN

23-7070227

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Local History Exhibits

A combination of permanent and ever-changing temporary exhibits acquaint our visitors with how the history of the Tri-Cities fits into broader state, national, and world contexts. On the first floor, visitors discover a chronological history of northwest Ottawa County, told through immersive exhibits on Native American history, the fur trade era, early settlers and agriculture, industry, early tourism and commerce, and daily life during the Victorian era. The second floor features gallery space for temporary exhibits that are changed twice a year, always offering new topics to explore. On the third floor, there is additional space for temporary exhibits and a fascinating display on the role the Coast Guard has played in the history of the Tri-Cities.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

TCHM offers a wide variety of tours, in-classroom programs, and teaching kits for students in grades Pre-K-12, with fully customizable options for educators:

What is a Museum? - Introduces the concept of a museum, museum artifacts, and ways to learn at a museum. For Pre-K and K students.

1st Grade Tour - Introduces Michigan's history through the museum's first floor exhibits and hands-on activities.

2nd Grade Tour - Focuses on different components of Michigan's history as outlined in state curriculum standards, including Native American life, the fur trade, the lumbering era, pioneers, farming, and the Victorian era.

2nd Grade Classroom Visits - A six-week hands-on series featuring deep dives into each of the topics covered in a 2nd Grade tour. Virtual options are available.

3rd Grade Tour - Focuses on a more detailed history of Native Americans, the fur trade, pioneers, and the Erie Canal.

4th-12th Grade - Staff works with educators to customize museum experiences as needed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students
Teachers
Children and youth
Students
Teachers

Located on a small campus in Grand Haven Township, the Community Archive & Research Center (CARC) and the Collections Warehouse together house TCHM's collection of nearly 70,000 artifacts and archival documents. The buildings provide professional, climate-controlled storage for the museum’s collection as well as a space for community members, students, and researchers to engage with museum staff and access our historical collections to learn more about our area’s history.

Researchers regularly utilize the CARC by contacting staff for historical information, making appointments to do their own on-site research, and by utilizing the museum's database of historical information about its collection.

TCHM also offers tours of the CARC and Collections Warehouse for both K-12 classes and community members, with the goal of sharing our collection with our community.

Periodic workshops are also offered to the public, including the popular "Caring for Your Collections" workshop.

Population(s) Served
Researchers
Students
Teachers
Adults

TCHM offers seasonal programming aimed at drawing families to the museum to explore the exhibits and learn about local history in fun, interactive ways. Annually, the following programs are offered:

Ice Cream Socials - Two socials, one at the historic 1223 train engine in downtown Grand Haven and one at the historic DeWitt School House in Spring Lake Township, are held each summer. These free events offer rare access to historic spaces in our community that are normally not open to the public. Free ice cream, games, and music are also provided.

Haunted Halloween - This free event invites families to visit the museum in costume for educational Halloween fun. With "spooky" artifacts on display from the museum's collection and a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt through the museum's exhibits, families can learn while they play.

Holly Jolly Family Day - This free event invites families to celebrate the season and learn about how holiday traditions were celebrated in the past.

Population(s) Served
Families

TCHM offers a range of programs to engage adults in exploring our local history:

Lectures - We offer both in-person and virtual lectures on a variety of locally-relevant historical topics. Speakers include highly regarded authors, professors, and local historians.

Walking Tours - Our most popular series, our summer walking tours feature subjects such as pub history, downtown Grand Haven architecture, the local cemetery, and Grand Haven in the 1870s.

Workshops - Occasional history skills workshops are offered, including the "Caring for Your Collection" workshop, which teaches participants how to properly store, handle, and display their family heirlooms.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email, other,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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Tri-Cities Historical Museum Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rebecca Hopp

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District; City of Ferrysburg

Term: 2020 - 2020

Marsha Peterson

Grand Haven Historic Conservation District

Gay Cole

Gracious Grounds

Jennifer Crouse

Stifel, Inc.

Cathy Feyt

Retired, Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Edward Grafton

Attorney

Rebecca Hopp

Ottawa Area Intermediate School District

Gail Krug

Retired, Grand Haven Public Schools

Tom Puleo

Grand Haven Public Schools

Ernie Petrus

Independent Contractor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/21/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/21/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.