Although school is back and life is returning to it's more structured pace, it's not too late to join us for a beautiful weekend of autumn color and a leisurely Michigan pace.  The Region of of Three Oaks Museum welcomes you to visit us and take advantage of the beautiful season, the crisp autumn air, and the slower welcome of October in Harbor Country.  Post-Labor Day is the perfect time to peruse local shops and restaurants, and the museum, open every Thursday through Sunday from 12 to 5, is no exception.  Winding down from the bustle of this summer's Sesquicentennial events, we at the museum look forward to several more weeks of visitors, ongoing Saturday Children's programs, and then--a winter filled with plans of new seasons, exciting new displays and more opportunities to mingle with visitors and volunteers alike at programs and events.  It's not too late--join us for Autumn in The Region!



July 22 was a busy part of a bustling sesquicentennial weekend here at the museum as well as the beautiful downtown Vickers theatre.  The pioneer village was buzzing with activities for visitors, and we were excited to open the museum doors to local neighbors, visitors from abroad and returning friends alike. Our film preview event was a rousing success--Nick Bogert and his special guest, Professor John Low, entertained the audience with Nick's latest film, More Than a Casino, as well as a fascinating q&a on Pokagon history and life. Thanks to the LaPorte Historical Society, The Vickers Theatre, and musical performers from the School of American Music. What a weekend!  Make sure to stop by the museum to view Nick's films, EK Warren, Father of the Featherbone, and More Than a Casino: The Pokagon Band.  DVD's of both films and Professor Low's book, Imprints: The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the City of Chicago are available for purchase in the museum gift shop.   




Join museum volunteers Saturday, July 8th for a special tour of historical buildings of Three Oaks.  As part of the summer-long celebration, museum volunteers will be taking visitors on a walking tour of the many historic buildings and landmarks of the area.  The tour kicks off at the museum at 12 and is sponsored by McKenna and Associates.  See you there!



Saturday, July 22nd will be a busy day for all of us here at the museum.  First, We will be having a Pioneer village here on the grounds of the museum in conjunction with the Three Oaks Sesquicentennial celebration going on all summer long (visit the museum and other local organizations and businesses for pamphlets listing all the terrific events planned).  The pioneer village will include costumed interpreters and demonstrations of various crafts and skills, including a lacework demonstration by one of own board members. The pioneer village runs 11am to 3pm.

Head over to the Vicker's Theater at noon to catch a special preview of national broadcast journalist Nick Bogert's documentary film on the Pokagon experience.  Nick will speak about the making of the film and the event will also feature live music from the soundtrack performed by musicians from The School of American Music.  Books and DVD's will be available for purchase.  Don't miss this very special sneak peek event!


The Region of Three Oaks Museum welcomes the region's youngest visitors for a summer of fun and learning.  Extending the museum's mission to preserve the historical heritage of the region, the summer kids' program will offer once-a-month activities aimed at preschool and elementary-aged children and focusing on a wide variety of museum topics.  The summer program kick-off--Animals of the Galien--will be Saturday, June 10th at 11 am (min.3, max. 10 participants).  Participants must contact the museum at trotommuseum@gmail.com to register by June 5th.  This is not a drop-off event, but parents are welcome to explore the museum as their children play.  Future activity days may include old-fashioned games, Bread and Jam for Francis (and You!), Christmas in July, and making dolls


The Region of Three Oaks Museum is proud to be working once again in our 2017 season with national broadcast journalist Nick Bogert to bring you a documentary film on the Pokagon people, their story and their impact.  Nick's contributions to the museum and our understanding of our area shone last season through a wonderful documentary on E.K. Warren, the "Father of the Featherbone", which was premiered to a standing-room only crowd at the beautiful Vickers Theatre in downtown Three Oaks.  

This season Nick will bring a look at the Pokagon people--Leopold Pokagon--a brilliant orator and chief who devised a strategy to keep the US government from forcing his followers out of Michigan. Simon Pokagon, celebrated as "the Red Man's Longfellow", who spoke before 70,000 people at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.  This is the recounting of the Pokagon's decades-long struggle, first to be paid for land taken from them and later for formal recognition as a tribe.  

Join us this summer as we premiere this story of the area's first people.  You can find details about the premiere, along with DVD's for purchase, both here at our website and on our Region of Three Oaks Museum facebook page in the upcoming weeks.  We look forward to seeing you!



US 12 HERITAGE SALE:  flea market finds, antiques and collectibles AUGUST 11, 12, 13

Join The Region of Three Oaks Museum this summer at the annual US 12 Heritage Sale August 11, 12, and 13th. This Heritage Sale follows the historic US 12 Trail all through the State. The Museum will be renting vendor space the surrounding the Three Oaks Elementary School campus, rain or shine, for the event weekend, as well as selling food and beverages. Contact Julie Sittig for information on renting a table or submit an inquiry on our website.  You can also send an email to:  trotommuseum@gmail.com

Come join the fun, perhaps get a piece of history!

 Region Raffle 2017

The Region of Three Oaks Museum will once again be selling tickets this season for our annual raffle.  Tickets will be $4 for one or $10 for three opportunities.  This year the usual Flag Day raffle is extended throughout the entire summer season--tickets will be available at the museum during our open hours as well as at most of this summer's sesquicentennial events and museum programs.  Prizes will be generously donated by local businesses and winners will be drawn during the Sesquicentennial parade in August.  Good Luck!