Our Mission

The Region of Three Oaks Museum was created in 2004 with the mission of preserving and displaying artifacts and documents relating to the historical heritage of the region for the education and enrichment of the public. The museum allows us to tell our stories and those of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, voyagers, pioneers, settlers and early manufacturers. We seek to preserve this tiny, luminous sliver of history!   

THE fog comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
— Carl Sandburg

What We've Achieved

The original Chamberlain Memorial Museum was founded in 1916 by the E.K. Warren Foundation, the first foundation chartered in the state of Michigan. The museum contained some 60,000 artifacts and filled the impressive three-story renaissance revival building which currently houses the Three Oaks Township Public Library.

In 2008, the museum committee formed a non-profit corporation, The Region of Three Oaks Museum. We are a 501(C)3 entity, relying on membership and donations.

The museum benefits the regions of Grand Beach, Harbert, Lakeside, Michiana, New Buffalo, New Troy, Sawyer, Three Oaks, Galien, and Union Pier, preserving the heritage for our children and grandchildren.