Public Programs


Ellie brings historical characters to life through her unique blend of humor, costumes and food. She believes that costumed living history is the closest we can come to time travel…so far.  ElliePresents will highlight three eras within the last century. Delicious and authentic foods for each program will be taken from an actual Benton Harbor and St. Joseph event menu with Ellie providing culinary history tastings with each course.

Please join us as we travel back in time to experience this culinary adventure. You are encouraged to dress according to the period!

May 15, 2019    6:00-7:30 p.m.      ElliePresents the Depression Years

Last day to purchase tickets is May 10, 2019

July 10, 2019     6:00-7:30 p.m.     ElliePresents the 1950s

Last day to purchase tickets is July 5, 2019

Tickets are $16.00 per person per event

Please call The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center at 269-983-1191 for tickets.

Special Thanks to our Generous Sponsor KitchenAid



Nationally known actor Terry Lunch specializes in historical portrayal to meet the needs of the young at heart who are never too old to learn something new about history’s most interesting, inspirational figures. His one-man interactive presentations give audiences a new, first-person perspective on the people and events that make up our history and culture. Join us for an entertaining evening of history brought to life!

September 11, 2019     6:30 pm      Hysteria in Salem: Magistrate John Hathorne

December 4, 2019     6:30 pm     A Tale with A Twist: Charles Dickens

This Living History Series is free with a suggested donation of $5.00.



They Shall Not Grow Old

Join us at The Heritage Museum for a screening of this amazing World War One documentary, showing the Great War as you’ve never seen it. Using state of the art technology to restore original archival footage more than a 100-years old, Academy Award winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) brings to life the people who can best tell this story: the men who were there. After months immersed in the BBC and Imperial War Museums’ archives, narratives and strategies on how to tell this story began to emerge. Using the voices of the men involved, the film explores the reality of war on the front line. Jackson and his team have also used cutting edge techniques to make hundred-year-old images appear as if they were shot yesterday. Reaching into the mists of time, Jackson aims to give these men voices, investigating the hopes and fears of the veterans which represented a generation changed forever by a global war.

Thursday, May 30, 2019  6:00 pm. to 8:00 pm.

The movie is sponsored by Lest We Forget and free to the public.


For Each and All: America’s Constitution and the Antislavery Movement

Today most scholars agree that before the Civil War, the United States Constitution allowed, and perhaps even protected slavery. The majority in antebellum America, both North and South, also held this view. Yet a vocal minority believed that the Constitution was a charter for political actions against slavery. Frederick Douglass came to this conviction, and later, Martin Luther King, Jr. worked from the same tradition. Lesser known abolitionists before the Civil War – some from Michigan – laid the foundation for this interpretation. Essential to this movement was an answer to the question: who is meant by “We the People?” How are the agency, participation, and the voices of each and all necessary for creating a republic set in motion by our founders? Reverend Dr. Christopher Momany, author of “For Each and All: the Moral Witness of Asa Mahan,” and a graduate of Adrian College, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Drew University, brings this fascinating and often overlooked story to life and points to its relevance for our time.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019  6:30 pm. to 7:30 pm.

Admission is free with a suggested $5.00 donation.