Historic Wedding Dresses and the Local Women They Adorned

On exhibit in our Upper Gallery  ~  February through August 2019

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 classical 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, Museum 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.





Stephen Byrns will be leading a historic neighborhood walking tour on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 10:00 am. Stephen is an architect and preservationist based in New York City since 1978. He was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to be a NYC Landmarks Preservation Commissioner from 2001-2010. He is a native of St. Joseph, the son of Chester and Priscilla Byrns, and a graduate of Princeton and Columbia Universities. This special tour will last about an hour and a half and emphasize architecture and local history. The cost is $15.00 per person with only 30 tickets available. The tour will begin at the southwest corner of State Street and Market Street.  For more information, please call the museum at 983-1191.




Please join us for our fall fundraiser!

Tickets are $45.00 per person.

ElliePresents and cast will perform a tribute to this historical event in honor of its 50th anniversary. Bring your dancing shoes to enjoy the music of Woodstock and the 60s after the show. Dress to impress as there will also be a contest for best male and best female costume. The ticket price includes food and one drink ticket. Join us to support The Heritage Museum and enjoy an evening of peace, music, and love!

Tickets are limited and must be purchased by September 3, 2019.

Cash bar will be available.


Save the date!

November 1, 2019   Day of the Dead 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For additional events scheduled throughout the year, please visit our programs page.