The History Center at Courthouse Square

The Berrien County Historical Association was established in 1968 to save and restore the historic 1839 County Courthouse as a historical museum, in partnership with Berrien County. 

Since then, the BCHA has expanded its mission to preserve and interpret the history, heritage and culture of Berrien County and the surrounding areas. To do so, the organization serves as the stewards to the History Center at Courthouse Square, which includes the Courthouse, the 1830 Murdoch Log Cabin, the 1870 Sheriff’s Residence, the 1860 Records Building and Bennett’s Forge.


Residents and visitors to Southwest Michigan can explore the storied past through a host of permanent and temporary exhibits, engaging programming for all ages, and within the pages of the research library. From the infamous Pickle Festival to the Passport to the Past lecture series, history lovers of all ages have a chance to explore their passions or find new ones.

Donations to BCHA ensures we’re able to meet the needs of our guests throughout the year by supporting continued staff development, funding renovation projects that bring history to life, and to ensure the grounds and buildings remain safe and welcoming for all. In short, your donation creates a magical experience like none other and by giving directly to this endowment, you are helping the BCHA open a door to Berrien County’s past that helps shape its future.

Be a part of history and donate to the History Center today!