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Every community needs a remembering place …

We all need a place that tells our stories, through artifacts, through our dreams. A place that shares how our community came to be what it is today and why we live the way we do. We also need a place that inspires us to keep our story going.

The Heritage Museum at the Priscilla U. Byrns Center is our remembering place in St. Joseph, Michigan. The museum houses our area’s history, its artifacts and archival collections and a research library in a historic building along Main Street. Carefully preserved and beautifully appointed, it presents our stories in spacious exhibit halls and creates new memories in elegant banquet facilities.

Every person’s story is important and because we believe sharing these stories is just as important, admission is free to everyone. Come journey into our past, gain a deeper understanding of our present and thrill at the possibilities for the future. If we can become part of your life’s special events, please contact us. We would be privileged to weave your chapter into ours.

The Smithsonian is Coming to the Twin Cities!

Join usHometown Teams postcard 001 between April 15 and June 5 as we host the Smithsonian traveling exhibit Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.  This dynamic and exciting exhibit explores the role organized sports have played in communities across America.

Those six weeks will also feature lots of exciting programming at our museum and partner institutions around town. See our Public Programs Page for more information.
This exhibit has been made possible by the Michigan Humanities Council with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Hometown Teams is a part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

The Heritage Museum