The material in our Archives focuses on the Saugatuck-Douglas area, roughly from Pier Cove/Ganges/Fennville to the south, west to New Richmond/East Saugatuck, and north to Laketown Township.  Our notable collections include:

  • Local art
  • Burr Tillstrom of “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” fame
  • Singapore – Michigan’s imaginary Pompeii
  • The Forward Movement Camp/Camp Gray/Presbyterian Camps
  • Nautical history
  • Property files – collected information about individual street addresses
  • Postcards and tourism memorabilia
  • Saugatuck-Douglas at Mid-Century – 6000 photos by William Simmons
  • Carl Hoerman architectural drawings
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Location & Contact

2nd story, History Center, Douglas
Current Hours: Monday afternoons, 1:00 – 5:00pm and by appointment.

Email [email protected] ‭or call 269-857-7901‬ for an appointment.

More Resources!

As well as the Archives, there are several other ways the History Center can help you engage with our local history.

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Online Hub

The “CatalogIt HUB” provides easy access to an inventory of our collections. Most entries include images; many have extensive descriptions.

Access Catalog


Explore the historic maps in our collection as well as outside resources.

Access Maps

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Research family history using material from our Archives as well as external resources.

access Resources

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Learn about current and past exhibitions at the History Center and Museum.


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Take a look at the kinds of projects that have kept the History Center busy.

Explore Projects

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Additional Items

Resources that fall outside the other categories of the website.

Browse the Resources

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The Commercial Record

Access past issues the local newspaper.

Commercial Record

Become a Member

Your membership supports our exhibits and educational opportunities which contribute to the health of our tourist-based community. The History Center is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization with membership open to all.