We are pleased to present our 2015 exhibit, “Boats, Beds, and Baths of Benton Harbor. The exhibit is opening Saturday, June 13 from noon to 3 p.m The opening event will also include an illustrated talk on early Benton Harbor tourism by local historian Chuck Jager at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children.
The exhibit covers the time period of 1880 – 1925 when travelling to the area by boat was at its peak. It presents photographs and artifacts from the boats owned by the Graham & Morton line, which ferried passengers to the Twin Cities area during the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The exhibit also shows the “beds” available – ten prominent hotels that served the downtown Benton Harbor area during that time period. There is also representation of the “baths” - the popular mineral baths and hotels that people would use, believing they would heal various ailments. The exhibit will be displayed at the Morton House through October.
A companion book, “Boats, Beds and Baths, Tourism in Benton Harbor, 1880 - 1925,” researched and compiled by Morton House Museum members, will be available for sale at the Morton House for $10. All proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the museum.
The exhibit will be open until October 31 during regular museum hours (Saturdays, noon-3 PM) or by appointment. Please call 269 876 7692 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.