The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum and Resale Shop Are a Must See!
The LEIHS Museum has exhibits of the islands history, maritime history, and the legacy of the Victorian era including the hotels. Those hotels that have burnt and those that are still in operation today. We also have a nice gift shop including "Don’t Give Up The Ship “ flags, clothing, and glass ware.
The Resale Shop has many historical and regular treasures. You just never know what you might find there. It is located behind the museum.
The mission of the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, located in downtown Put-in-Bay, is to preserve and educate our community and visitors to Put-in-Bay on the history of the Lake Erie Islands. Originally founded in 1975 as the Put-in-Bay Centennial Committee, the organization was renamed in 1985 when a dedicated group of Put-in-Bay residents came together to make their vision of an island museum a reality.
The original museum was opened at the site of the historical Put-in-Bay Bottling works building in 1987. A few years following in 1998, a new 6000 square foot main building was opened downtown behind the Put-in-Bay Police Department and historic Put-in-Bay Town Hall. Ample parking is available while visiting the Lake Erie Island Historical Society Museum. Put-in-Bay’s Lake Erie Islands Historical society welcomes all ages to explore and learn about the varied history of the beautiful islands of Lake Erie’s Western Basin through the many displays. The museum provides a range of activities. The society also hosts tours, lectures, and seasonal events. The museum is open daily in the summer and weekends in the spring and fall.
The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society sponsors several fundraising activities through the year including the Island Auction and the Put-in-Bay Wine Festival.
Preview Auction Items
COMING SOON: Check out some of the items in the upcoming auction and silent auction.
The Lake Erie Islands