Bergland Museum & Heritage Center

Our oldest member

Bergland/Matchwood Historical Society member turns 100!

It isnít often one makes history while being a member of any Historical Society.  On August 26th, 1910 Irene Osier entered this world.  Born to Leon Osier and Margaret Heinz Osier, Irene spent her life in Matchwood. On November 1st. 1928, Irene married Sigurd (Sig) Hokens. Born to them are daughters Marguerite and Carl Barthels, Audrey and Louis Wagner, and son Sigurd Jr. who married Mary Grant.

Irene spent her life on the family farm. She was her husbands right arm. Working along side him, they made a life for their family. Itís well known, behind every successful man, there is a great woman. Irene was that woman.

It would take a book to tell of all the stories and accomplishments of Ireneís life. Iíve known her all of my life, and have never heard a word against her. Being a member of our Historical Society, she was always at every meeting and function. Just seeing her there made one feel good. I had
the privilege of attending her 100th birthday party. Arriving, I noticed a lot of cars parked along both  sides of the road, not to mention her driveway. people were everywhere. All I can say is itís a good thing she had the party at her farm! She needed the farm to accommodate all of the guests. Her eyesight may be failing, but she sure remembered who was who! Guest count was over 130 people, but I think there was at least that many in her yard. One thing I can say for sure is both Bergland and Matchwood township was well represented.

Irene, all of us that know and love you wish you many more fruitful years to come. I must admit, it would take a calculator to add up all the grandchildren. May God continue to bless you.

August Meeting Speaker


 Thanks Jerry for sharing  memories of your family history. 

Monthly Meeting Dates

Wednesday, Nov 1 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday, Dec 6 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday, Jan 3 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday, Feb 7 at 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Monthly Meeting

 Meetings are April thru December 

at the Lake Gogebic Senior Center

 First Wednesday of the month 4:30pm (est).

We welcome all ..

Want to be a member?

Annual Membership ( Jan 1st to Dec.31.)

Student: $1.00

Adult: $10.00

Lifetime membership: $150.00

Free membership : for 85 and older


Book Exchange

We now have a Book Exchange available to the public.

 Come during our regular museum hours and browse thru our collection or call the numbers listed.

Local Authors Books For Sale

For shipping  please call the listed phone numbers on home page or email us.

Brad Livingston

  1. Ezrah- The Legend of Silvertip    $12.50
  2. Fairmont Farms                          $12.50

M.Hans Feld

  1. My Compass Points North            $12.50
  2. A Return To The North                $12.50

George Nilsen

  1. A Syttende Mai Son                    $15.00
  2. A Distant Altar                           $15.00
  3. A Cup A' Kindness                       $15.00
  4. The Serpent Stick                      $15.00

Michael Genrich

  1. Tottem                                      $12.95
  2. Interior(a Novel)                        $12.95
  3. Megis                                        $12.95

Larry Chabot

  1. Saving Our Sons                         $19.95
  2. The U.P. Goes to War                $19.95

Joseph R. Papineau

  1. The Norwich Mine                    $15.00
  2. Old Victoria                             $18.00

Kathleen Livingston

  1. Rightful Places                        $10.50

Robert Beck

  1. Boy of the Brush(cookbook)       $19.95

Donald Williams

  1. Lumbering Towns                       $10.95

      (on the Choate Branch of CNWR)