Our Society

Our Society

The Champion-Beacon-Humboldt Historical Society (CBHHS) was established on March 15, 2006 following approval of a Constitution and a Policy Manual. As delineated in the Constitution, the purpose of the Society shall be to seek, disseminate, and make available historical information and materials pertinent to the area, and further to encourage historical study and research as well as to educate the public about the history of the area.

Since its organization CBHHS has undertaken a variety of activities directed toward the goals basic to its founding. Some examples:

  1. A Directory of Graduates of Champion High School has been developed. It lists 982 graduates over the period 1888-1974.
  2. Oral history interviews have been recorded with about 30 individuals to date.
  3. Historical information has been gathered from libraries and archives across Michigan, as well as some in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois.
  4. A large collection of local history-related publications in the form of books, pamphlets and research papers has been assembled.
  5. Similarly, many photographs, some from the 19th century, have been gathered and digitized.

Currently, the Society has two major goals. The first is to publish an illustrated book that details essentially the first century of the history of the area. Good progress has been made to date with the writing for the planned oversized format book. A second longer range goal is to establish an archive of the collected information, consisting of both written materials and images, that will be accessible to the public.