Museums team up for tours
Published 8:26 am Thursday, September 17, 2015
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Did you know a well-known Chicago artist, a Civil War general and one of the first women to graduate from the University of Michigan Law School are all buried at Benton Harbor’s Crystal Springs Cemetery?
On Saturday, Sept. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m., Morton House Museum and the Heritage Museum are collaborating to offer a tour of Crystal Springs Cemetery, located at 1655 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Attendees will discover several “residents” of the cemetery. Included on the tour are local legends like Charles Skalay, who was shot by one of Al Capone’s henchmen, and Jean Klock, the namesake of Benton Harbor’s lakefront park. Prominent businessmen, the cemetery’s Tower of Remembrance and several unmarked graves of House of David residents will also be highlighted.
The tour is self-guided and visitors will drive to each location in the cemetery. Each visitor will be provided with a map and guides will be located throughout the grounds. The price of the tour is $5 per person. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the Heritage Museum at (269) 983-1191.
Join the Heritage Museum in celebrating this festive season with other exciting programs and events. Upcoming programs and events include the Fall Family Festival on October 10, Haunted St. Joseph tours on Oct. 17 and Civil War Spirits on Oct, 22. Current exhibits are Sports in Southwest Michigan, Take Me Back: Photographs of the Twin Cities from the 1950s, The Big Three: Boat and Shipbuilding in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph, Lighting the Way: Fresnel Lenses from St. Joseph’s Lighthouses, and In Style: 50 Years of the Heritage Museum’s Fashion Collections.
The Heritage Museum is located at 601 Main Street in St. Joseph, Michigan. Call (269) 983-1191 or visit www.theheritagemcc.org for more information.