Join the Niles History Center for these upcoming programs and events! 

November 8, 6:30pm - Service and Sacrifice: Contributions of  Local World War I Nurses, presented by Sandra Sager,  Rebecca Dewey Chapter, NSDAR 

World War I banner


On Thursday, November 8, at 6:30pm, the Niles District Library and Niles History Center will co-host a program called “Service and Sacrifice: Contributions of World War I Nurses,” presented by Sandra Sager. 

Red Cross nurses played a crucial role during World War I. From 1917-1919, the American Red Cross recruited over 23,000 nurses to serve in the United States Armed Forces. The nurses provided aid to soldiers at military hospitals in Europe throughout the war. On the home front, the Red Cross worked to train nurses for active duty, organized supplies to send to troops overseas and even provided aid to families of service personnel.

Sandra Sager, a member of the Rebecca Dewey Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and an avid genealogist, will discuss the important role nurses played during World War I, placing special emphasis on women from southwest Michigan who courageously volunteered for active duty. One of the women Sager will highlight is her great-great aunt, Julia Stahl. Born in Cass County in 1875, Stahl graduated from the University of Michigan Nursing School in 1898. In the summer of 1917, she was sworn in as a nurse with the Red Cross. Stahl traveled to New York for training before heading to Europe where her medical unit set up hospital facilities in Vittel, France.

The program will take place at the Niles District Library, 620 E. Main Street. Admission is free, though donations will be accepted to help support the program. For more information, please call the Niles District Library at 269-683-8545 or the Niles History Center at 269-845-4054.

November 17, 10:00am-2:00pm: Holiday Open House and Live Reindeer 

Family Sitting Room, decorated in 2017 by the Niles Piecemakers Quilt Guild

Chapin Mansion Family Sitting Room - decorated in 2017 by the Niles Piecemakers Quilt Guild 

On November 17, Santa will make his annual visit to the Niles District Library. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will join Santa next door at the History Center. 

New this year! Rudolph will  bring two friends with him. Visitors will meet live reindeer, courtesy of Reindeer Ranch in Kalamazoo. 

Mr. and Mrs. Chapin will welcome visitors to the Fort St. Joseph Museum and Chapin Mansion, all dressed up for the holidays by various community groups and businesses in our theme for the year: "Believe in the Magic."

Admission is FREE! 
Please call 269-845-4054 for more information.

December 15, 4:00pm - 7:00pm: Holiday Evening Open House 

evening open house

Join the Niles History Center from 4-7pm on Saturday, December 15 for a special evening open house. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Fort St. Joseph Museum and Chapin Mansion all dressed up for the holidays decorated by various community groups and businesses in our theme for the year: "Believe in the Magic."

At 5:00 pm Mary Ellen Drolet, a Niles native and active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, will present a special program on the history of holiday traditions in the United States. Drolet will take attendees on a visual tour of the Period Rooms at the DAR Museum in Washington D.C. The Period Rooms range from a 1680s New England colonial home to a 1940s parlor and showcase how the Christmas holiday has moved from a simple celebration to an elaborate family-oriented affair. 

Admission is free
Please call 269-845-4054 for more information.