Christmas in July for Kids at the Museum

The Region of Three Oaks Museum continues its summer children's program with a special Christmas in July program highlighting Christmas crafts and traditions of the past.  The one-hour program starts Saturday, July 8th at 11 am (min.3, max. 10 participants).  Participants must contact the museum at to register by July 3rd.  This is not a drop-off event, but parents are welcome to explore the museum as their children play. 


Sesquicentennial Historic Buildings Tour

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!

Save The Date!

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 a documentary film on the Pokagon experience produced by national broadcast journalist Nick Bogert.  This year's special film event is the successor to a sold-out event on E.K. Warren last year at the Vickers.  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!




Spectacular Saturdays Summer Kids' Program

     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 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

A Sneak Peek

This week the Region of Three Oaks Museum opened an evening early to host a sneak peek night for those who serve as volunteers and docents, keeping your museum open and running.  Local volunteers gathered Wednesday evening to mingle, nibble, and get a first look at new exhibits for the 2017 season.  Artifacts head Judy Jackson led the group through a tour of both our established and new displays, noting artifacts of interest, answering questions, and providing information which will help our docents better help patrons.  Thanks again to everyone for a lovely evening and the kick-off of another exciting season!

Our 2017 Season awaits....

     It may be cold and gray outside, but our museum volunteers and Collections staff are looking towards spring.  Our 2017 Season kicks off this year on May 4th.  New hours will make it easier than ever to pop in for a visit, and the whole family will be sure to enjoy our established exhibits, special events and new displays all summer long.  The museum will be open Thursday through Sunday through October, and we're excited to be a part of this year's Three Oaks sesquicentennial celebration, with new exhibits highlighting the town's 150th anniversary as well as its centennial celebration, along with demonstrations and events to be held throughout town and at the museum.  In addition to the sesquicentennial, we will be featuring an historic--and eclectic--look at hats and walking canes and a newly-designed children's play-and-learn area.  This season promises something for the everyone, and we can't wait to see you there!

The three oaks of Three Oaks

We hope you had an opportunity to ready our Sept, 2016 posting on the three oaks of Three Oaks and the testing done by Dr. Robert Tatina, PhD.  He did an ebonizing test on the specimen found in our museum artifacts and determined our specimen to be white oak.  His findings were included in an article co-authored by him and Nancy Baird in the "Chronicle", a member magazine of The Historical Society of Michigan in their Fall 2016 publication.  The article, "The Three Oaks of Three Oak"s, gives details of his investigation of determining which type of oak tree our original trees actually were.  Pictures were included and the process of determining the oak type is explained.  The Region of Three Oaks Museum was mentioned within this article.  It is an interesting story of our regional history.

The Final Opened Days for our Successful 2016 Museum Season

October 30th, 2016 is the final opened day for The Region of Three Oaks Museum for our 2016 season.  It has been a very successful season with many new and repeat visitors.  We hope you were able to visit and browse our displays and they brought back some good memories of days gone by.  We are just about ready to begin the creation of 2017 displays. We will still be open today, Monday, Oct 24 (11 – 3), Wednesday, Oct 26 (10am – 12), Saturday, Oct 29 (10 – 4) and our final day Sunday, Oct. 30 (noon to 4pm)  Happy Fall!

2016 Season for The Region of Three Oaks Museum ends October 30, 2016

If you haven't taken the opportunity to visit our museum, please try to do so before our doors close for our successful 2016 season.  Those who have visited this year, have given positive comments regarding the displays.  The Lintner Chevrolet display has brought memories of car models we used to own or wish we had not traded it for another model and year.  Oh, how we wish we could have that car back (when we actually long for the times of our youth they represent). The hundred year old WWI original posters still look as if they could have been printed last month.  The story they tell of our nations history is of a generations' battle plan to keep this great nation great.  The museums church display gives a small history of our area immigrants - Swedish, German, Greek, Slavik and others. These hard working families of the 1800s gathered together within their respective church groups and impacted the formation of our towns and villages.  Some built the church buildings that still stand, but may or may not be used as places of worship today. Our area was rich in fruits and vegetable growing soils and many farms grew. Some immigrants labored within the many factory's that grew along the lake. Others fed the workers with restaurants and bakeries that still feed many area residents and visitors. Today with the very mobile culture we now have, these church groups are adapting in different ways, but always with their regional communities welfare in mind. 

These are just a few examples of "stories" our 2016 displays tell.  Regional towns of New Buffalo, Sawyer, Union Pier, Lakeside, Harbert, Three Oaks and more are mentioned within in our displays as The Region of Three Oaks tells this areas' story.  Come, see, reminisce.



Three Oaks Original Oak Trees Determined to be White Oak

Original Three Oaks Trees Now Determined to be White Oak


In August 2016, TROTOM received a request from Dr. Robert Tatina, PhD,  Editor, Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science and resident of Sawyer, Michigan, to run a chemical test on a portion of the three oaks of  Three Oaks wood specimens held by our museum. His purpose was to determine “1. What type of oak were they, red oak, white oak, black oak, pin oak, etc.?”  To date, through much research reading old articles from The Three Oaks Press (predecessor of The Acorn) and other historical articles regarding our area, he had been able to determine “where they we located and what happened to them, but not when.”  He had also been able to reduce the list of possible oak species to two—red oak and white oak.”  His information would be used “as part of a historical research article” after which a copy would be given to the Museum.   After completing two simple, non-obtrusive tests on our artifact,  the following findings were presented to TROTOM: 

“The three large oak trees that are the namesakes for Three Oaks are gone. As important as they were, no one wrote their epitaph.  What species were they?    After reviewing records of the kinds of oak trees that were found most commonly in and about Three Oaks, we narrowed the species down to white oak or red oak.   But how do we decide between them?  Fortunately, someone thought the oaks were significant enough to save several pieces, and these can be seen at the Museum.  When these were examined recently, we determined that they were pieces of tree root.  And when we performed an “ebonizing” chemical test, we found them to be from a white oak.  And so the three oaks of Three Oaks were most probably white oaks.”                   


It is interesting to note that The Region of Three Oaks Museum logo has white oak leaves within (as determined by the rounded leaves), as if we knew something! We appreciate the time and interest Dr. Tatina gave so we have another piece of history verified.