NILES HISTORY CENTER


**The 2021 Silverbrook Cemetery Tour is now full.
We are planning to record the tour and have it available to view online afterwards. Also, the Silverbrook Cemetery Virtual Tour is still available on our website. Check it out to learn more about the cemetery and some of the people buried there.**

Silverbrook Cemetery Virtual Tour 

Fort St. Joseph Museum current hours:
Thursday 10am-4pm
Friday 10am-4pm 
Admission is free!

Chapin Mansion tours will take place on Fridays at 1:00pm
Cost: $5 per person; children 12 and under are free

The Niles History Center is located at 508 E. Main Street in historic downtown Niles. The Niles History Center includes the Fort St. Joseph Museum and the Chapin Mansion.  

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Join the Friends of the Niles District Library and Niles History Center! Membership Form 

Fort St. Joseph Museum


FSJ Museum

Located in the former carriage house of the beautiful Victorian period Chapin Mansion, the museum tells the story of Niles from the prehistoric era to the present.

Historic Chapin Mansion 

Porch view with doors

About the Historic Chapin Mansion

Henry and Ruby Chapin constructed their magnificent home in 1882.  Donated to the City of Niles in 1933, it served as City Hall and is now administered by the Niles History Center. 

The Mansion is now ADA accessible thanks to the completion of our North Porch Project. Funding was provided by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan-based crowdfunding platform, Patronicity, and a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Public Spaces Community Places program.

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Renovations are ongoing at the Chapin Mansion!

Future projects include:
Electrical updates
Exterior painting of window frames

You can help be a part of history! Contact Christina Arseneau, Niles History Center to make your donation today.

Virtual Tours and Field Trips

Chapin Mansion Virtual Tour

Silverbrook Cemetery Virtual Tour 











Have You Visited the Museum Lately?

If you haven't, we would encourage you to do so. Niles has a wonderful, wide ranging history that we can all be proud of. What other town can you think of that has a fort, the Underground Railroad, pictographs by Chief Sitting Bull and a railroad classification yard in its history? Not to mention Rudolph and a two-headed lamb. You'll find these stories and lots more at the museum.

See you at the Niles History Center!

Christina Arseneau, Director
269-845-4054 ext 4010
HCdirector@nilesmi.org