In 1883, the Courthouse cornerstone was placed in the center of town square where it remains today. In 1885 the courthouse officially open to the public. The courthouse was operational for 10 years before a fire gutted much of the inside. The building was reconstructed and operational until 1976 when the county relocated to the current county complex located at 1045 Independence Blvd. one mile north of downtown Charlotte. CSA officially took over the maintenance and care of the building and grounds (as well as the 1845 Courthouse and 1873 Sheriff's Residence) in November of 1993. Since then our goal has been to preserve and share the history of Eaton County with everyone. Currently the upper two floors of the 1845 and 1885 Courthouse are a public museum and rental venue. Located on the 1885's ground floor and in the 1873 Sheriff Residence are office and retail spaces.
Julie Kimmer - Museum Manager
Julie serves in the community in various ways from managing Courthouse Square to assisting the Historical Commission. She also loves history and has been with the museum for over 15 years filling in various roles from planning major events to even the dirty job of cleaning the bathrooms. She handles more of the administrative/day-to-day running of the museum but isn't afraid to get her hands dirty and get right to work, whether its painting or fixing the boiler.
Sarah Buckmaster - Collections Manager
Sarah came on board as a student intern in the summer of 2012. After finishing her degree in May 2013, Sarah came back as a volunteer helping in a variety of ways from leading tours, planning events to various other jobs. She was hired in February 2015 as the Collections Manager.
We also have many volunteers and without them we could not do what we do! Thank you to our Wednesday men and our Thursday ladies who come in and fill in the various roles/jobs that need to be done on those days.
Board of Directors
We couldn't do what we do with out the support of our amazing Board of Directors. Thank you to each and every one of you!
Christi Dutcher - Board President
Jeannette Sommer - Vice President
Linda Smith - Secretary
Gary Colles - Treasurer
Sherry Copenhaver Tom Potter
Leila Klaiss Lisa Jackson
Sandy Maatsch Paul Tomasek
Rod Weaver Robert Robinson
Dave Smith Cassidy West