Bask in the Past


Introduce your kids to the rich history of our region

Adam Lansdell


The area’s history and heritage have shaped what the Great Lakes Bay Region is today, and it never hurts to revisit it to create a better understanding of today’s culture. From the great Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe to the modern global influence of Dow Inc. the Great Lakes Bay Region continues to make its mark.

To learn more, we recommend checking out the region’s historical centers and museums for a greater appreciation of how we’ve arrived here today.


Bay County Historical Society

321 Washington Ave., bay city

The museum, which offers and extensive research library and several feature galleries, is located in a former 1910 National Guard armory, listed on the state and national historic registers. Two permanent galleries, “Bay County … Trails Through Time” and “Bay City: Seaport to the World,” recount the community’s distinctive heritage and evolution as a prosperous international port.


Castle Museum of Saginaw County History

500 Federal Ave., Saginaw

The Castle Museum was originally built as a post office in 1897 in the style of a French chateau. It is now home to the Historical Society of Saginaw County and features numerous displays on this area’s history, including archaeology, lumbering and automotive manufacturing.


AND Studio

315 Post St., Midland

Explore an oasis of mid-20th century modern architecture that inspires and entices you to think and to question. The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio is alive with dynamic color, angle light and unmatched integration of structure with its natural surroundings. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio is shared with the public through a tremendous amount of educational programming, public tours and researchers utilizing the Alden B. Dow Archives, the repository of Dow’s architectural records.