“If only the walls could talk!”
Welcome to the PIGEON HISTORICAL SOCIETY website. Comprised of the Woelke Historical Research Center, Depot Museum, and Berne Junction Mercantile, we endeavor to preserve, promote, and distribute the history of the Pigeon area, Here you find museum location, hours of operation, links to the quarterly newsletter, membership information as well as special events.
The Depot Museum, as it is often referred to, occupies the former Pigeon Depot which was built in 1908 as a joint venture of the Pontiac, Oxford and Northern and the Pere Marquette Railroads. Today it contains over 2000 artifacts from past Pigeon businesses and the people who lived here. See the clothes they wore, the tools they worked with and how their homes may have looked. There is something of interest for all ages. Please continue to visit this website for more information.
The Woelke Research Center is a “Library of Local History” within itself. Years of researching Pigeon and the surrounding area has been compiled and documented. It is the work of the late local historian Arthur Woelke, that we have thousands of pages of documentation of our heritage all compiled in books of three-ring binders. The collection of scanned photos, including past businesses, local families, churches, schools, newspaper articles, and more is a dream come true for any history buff. This Historical Library is also the home of the Progress – Progress/ Advance dating back to 1897.