When the First United Methodist congregation decided to raze the Parsonage in 1985, the Historical Society was left without a home.
On October 17, 1985, the Pigeon Historical Society was reorganized as an entity of the Village of Pigeon under new leadership.
In March of 1986, a 99~year lease for the use of the renovated depot as a museum (now owned by the village) was negotiated.
Although preparing the depot for a museum was a formidable task, with the encouragement of donations by several civic organizations and individuals, and financial support from the village and the township, Society members and other volunteers met the challenge.
The Grand Opening of the museum took place on June 2lst 1987, and dedication ceremonies were conducted July 23, 1987.
The museum now displays over 2000 historical items – many dating back to the mid-1800s.
On October 8, 1989, the Depot Museum was designated as a historical site by the Michigan Historical Site Commission. Al “Butch” Robinson was in charge of the celebration. Butch was an outstanding, dedicated member who gave countless hours of his time and knowledge of local history to the museum.
The Depot Museum is open to the public during the summer months.