Welcome to The Region of Three Oaks Museum

OUR MAY 1 RE-OPENING IS HISTORY,
SO WE'RE BRINGING OUR HISTORY HOME TO YOU!

UPCOMING PROGRAMS
 

PROGRAMS ON-LINE ALREADY

A Tribute to Three Oaks Flag Day
Sunday, June 14, 12:30 PM, WNDU-TV, Channel 16

Sadly, the Three Oaks Flag Day Parade-- a local favorite since 1953-- is

being canceled this year, due to public health concerns. Fear not---

TROTOM and the Flag Day Committee are producing a half-hour TV 

special about the rich history of the parade and what it has meant

to the village and its people, over the years.

Be sure to tune in-- you might see yourself or someone you love

in a past parade (we're using hundreds of photographs and old

home movies).

"Three Oaks Department Stores"

In 1910, the Charles K. Warren & Company store opened with giant wagonloads 
of shoppers coming to Three Oaks. The village's big company store soon passed

to the Hunerjager family, who ran the store and staged village fashion shows
for decades. See the program by clicking
HERE.

"The Booms and Busts of Frontier New Buffalo"

New Buffalo careened from good times to bad with astonishing speed in the days after
its founding by Captain Wessel Whitaker. Watch the 40-minute Power Point talk put 

together by TROTOM Board Member Nick Bogert by clicking HERE.

 

Watch TROTOM documentaries online
 

"E.K. Warren: Father of Featherbone"  
TROTOM's 2016 look at the industrialist who changed the face of Three Oaks. 
Warren brought prosperity, nationwide attention for patriotism, and prohibition 
to the the town, and left behind lasting legacies of nature we still enjoy.
See it by clicking
HERE



"The Pokagon Band: More than Just a Casino" 

Michiana Potowatomi successfully resisted US government efforts to move them from Michigan to Kansas, thanks to their chief, Leopold Pokagon. The tribe, however
 didn't win recognition from Washington for about 160 years!
Click 
HERE
 to see our 2017 documentary.

"Gridder, Grappler, Hustler, Spy:

The Amazing Life of Joe Savoldi" 

TROTOM's 2018 documentary recounts the saga of the athlete who starred in four sports at Three Oaks High, was a national sensation playing  for Knute Rockne's Notre Dame football teams, played briefly for the Chicago Bears, and then became a globe-trotting pro wrestler who won a world championship under shady circumstances.

In World War II, Savoldi spied for the American OSS in his native Italy.

See this sweeping saga by clicking HERE.

Museum Open May-October
DELAYED DUE TO COVID-19

Friday through Sunday

12 noon-5 PM

From the first peoples to the pioneers to the early industrialists to the present day,

the region of Three Oaks, Michigan has a fascinating history.

The Region of Three Oaks Museum was created in 2004 to tell that story in artifacts, pictures,
words and video. 
Come visit us and discover it all for yourself!

Several new or greatly augmented exhibits will debut during the 2020 museum season.

Details coming soon to our "Exhibits" page.

 

 

Now at The Region of Three Oaks Museum

Discover how local athlete Joe Savoldi got kicked off a national championship football team and became a champion wrestler under scandalous circumstances, and then a spy before he got into the beverage business.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chuck Sittig, Chair

Harold Russell

Janet Hayes

Julie Sittig

Nick Bogert
Randy Miller

Chris Mitchell

Daniel McDonough

 

The Region of Three Oaks Museum

PO Box 121

5 Featherbone Ave.

Three Oaks MI

49128

269-336-9688

The Region of Three Oaks Museum is a nonprofit,

501 (C) (3) organization. All contributions are tax-deductible

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