Welcome to the Flat River Historical Society and Museum


We look forward to seeing you in 2022 - our 50th anniversary year. Watch for special events all year long. 

We will observe current Covid protocols to protect staff and visitors. Keep checking website or Facebook for updates.



Help us celebrate our 50-year anniversary this year

The Flat River Museum and Historical Society turns 50 this year, making it your "Golden Opportunity" to support our exhibits and events!


Plan to attend our 50-year Re-Dedication Event

Monday, October 10th at 6:30 pm.

Dignitaries, Awards, Time Capsule, Rededication, Refreshments, Tours.

Come help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary in this very special way!


NEWS FLASH !!!!!  


We are very pleased to announce that the Flat River Historical Society is recipient of several State History Awards from the Historical Society of Michigan. Awards were presented at their annual history conference in Albion September 23rd.



The 2022 State History Award

for Local Societies makes our       

50th Anniversary very special!




One of our board members, Robin Walter, was selected for the 2022 Outstanding Educator Award. We are proud of her and all she does to make our Flat River Museum successful!





Come to the museum to purchase 50th Anniversary Commemoratives items and add to your collection!

Here’s “Cheers” to 50 years! A fifty-year anniversary definitely deserves a toast! Thanks to Fran Schuleit for sharing her exquisite artwork of historic landmarks to view again and again as you celebrate our local community. The Baldwin Lake Bridge glass celebrates our newest exhibit titled, “Postcards from Baldwin Lake,” and the Flat River Historical Museum glass commemorates the Golden Jubilee Anniversary Year of the museum established in 1972.


Start your day with your own custom museum logo mug filled with coffee, tea or hot cocoa. Use it at home or use it at work. It’s is a great way to show your support of the museum, and practical, too!



Commemorative coins celebrate and honor American places, events, and institutions. Patches can be sewn on a hat, shirt, vest or coat.

We present a Flat River Historical Museum logo coin and patch to commemorate our 50th anniversary. Come to the museum to purchase commemorative items and add to your collection!

We are also selling two booklets filled with interesting history:

“Pioneer Life in the Big Dane Settlement” is a collection of newspaper articles written by August Rasmussen for the Greenville Independent in 1902. These memoirs include his account of the journey from Denmark to Gowen and the achievement of his dreams with wife Anne in their new Danish settlement in America.

“Celebrating Women of Early Greenville” is a collection of short biographies of local women, who each in her way, devoted her life to the interests of home, church, and various organizations which contributed to the betterment of the Greenville community.



Open Saturdays and Sundays  from 2:00 to 4:30 pm,


Can't visit the museum in person right now?

Take a Virtual Tour:

(Pick a floor and click on blue circles in tour

to move to different areas)

Main Floor Timeline of Greenville History

Meander "Main Street Greenville" Upstairs

Home and Work Life in the Lower Level

(Thanks to Mike Pfaff for creating the videos)  





Congratulations to Erin (Smith) Gaddy who received a Pioneer Certificate in honor of her pioneer ancestors, “The Niels and Ane Margrethe Jensen Family”, both having been born in Bregnige, Holbaek, Denmark and arriving in Montcalm County, Michigan in the 1860s.

(Visit "Helpful Links" below to see how YOU can get a Pioneer Certficate!)

Plan a Visit

OPEN Saturdays and Sundays 2:OO-4:30 pm or by appointment.




INSIDE- Three floors of exciting displays
OUTSIDE- A Victorian garden with waterfall


Find Us

213 N. Franklin Street
Greenville, Michigan

Next to river and trail, Across from Tower Riverside Park and Splash Pad

John Green - Founder of Greenville
Central School

Looking for information?

Flat River Museum archives are available for historical or genealogical research.
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