Historical Society Opens Voices From the Vault Recording Space at History Museum

The Harbor Springs Area Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of their new Voices from the Vault recording space inside the Harbor Springs History Museum. Once this metal and brick vault on the east side of the building kept important records safe for the City of Harbor Springs; now the space has been turned into a recording area to capture and safeguard our community’s stories.

The Voices from the Vault recording space will officially open on Friday, May 26th during the museum’s regular exhibit hours of 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The community is encouraged to stop by to view the new space, which will remain a permanent part of the Historical Society’s exhibits.

The idea for the recording space came to Historical Society staff members after interactions with museum visitors kept uncovering great stories; stories that unfortunately vanished as soon as the visitors left.

“We feel that it’s an important part of our mission to find a way to chronicle and preserve these treasured memories and stories from our visitors,” said Mary Cummings, Executive Director of the Historical Society. “Reclaiming the unused vault area inside the temporary exhibit gallery seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so.” 

The Historical Society has been collecting oral history interviews from local residents for many years. Of these nearly 60 recordings, most were gathered from traditional interviews using scripts and topic suggestions. The Voices from the Vault space will provide a dedicated area for both impromptu recordings from museum visitors as well as traditional oral history interviews.

The Voices from the Vault recording space is an important tool in recording and preserving the history of the Harbor Springs area. The Historical Society hopes the community will take advantage of this unique space and is happy to answer questions or provide more information to interested individuals. Call (231) 526-9771 or email to learn more.

Voices from the Vault was made possible in part through the generous support of the Ayrshire Foundation and the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation.