The Mill’s 80 million dollar restoration project includes a museum that will tell the story of American beer and its role in our culture. In the early to mid-twentieth century, regional breweries built awareness with brand art like motion beer signs, back bar chalkware sculptures, factory lithographs, tap handles and more. To collectors, this memorabilia is affectionately known as breweriana—a reminder of good times, craftsmanship, regional Americana, and of course, iconic long-forgotten beers. The Museum will be a destination for serious collectors and casual visitors alike to discover one of the country’s most extensive breweriana collections.
The Museums at the Mill will pay homage to Vicksburg’s rich history and that of its surrounding communities. From The Mill’s origin in paper making to beer and brewery memorabilia to the old stoves that made Kalamazoo famous, big plans are in the works to dedicate space at The Mill to each of these traditions. Read more about the future of The Mill museums and the rich history of a village and a mill all captured in artifacts in Encore Magazine.
If you have brewery artifacts you’d like to sell or display, work directly with our curator by contacting: firstname.lastname@example.org. Examples we’re curating: Lighted, Motion & Neon Beer Signs, Reverse On Glass (ROG) & Tin Over Cardboard (TOC) beer signs, Brewery Lithographs, One-of-a-kind Items & More
Hear stories shared by prominent NABA (National Association of Breweriana Advertising) members Barry Travis, Stan Summers and Paul Cervenka as they talk beer, The Mill, breweriana and everything in between during a roundtable session held in Vicksburg, Michigan.
Our collection is growing! Take a virtual look at some of the brewery artifacts in our Online Breweriana Museum:
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The Museums at The Mill are currently in the hands of architects and construction crews. But that hasn’t prevented us from displaying brewery museum artifacts to the public! We are very active in restoring historic turn-of-the-century buildings in downtown Vicksburg, Michigan. While we work on planning, drawings and federal and state historic credit programs, we are using our buildings for work and display venues for artists and brewery history displays. Check out this website for dates of future public events.
In the early 1900’s, Vicksburg was home to one of the country’s most significant paper mills, and Michigan was one of the largest producers of antique stoves in the country. The Mill will pay tribute to these rich histories with additional collections focused on these trades.
The Mill Museum will pay homage to The Mill’s roots as Lee Paper Mill: one of the largest paper mills in the country—and, for decades, the largest employer in the village of Vicksburg.
You can go back in time to the paper milling days through old photographs, memorabilia from former employees and guided tours explaining how each section of the campus assisted in the paper-making process. The Moore family worked at The Mill for generations, including Chris’ grandfather, his father, and Chris himself during the summers of 1983–1988.
When Chris was a kid, his Vicksburg childhood home was heated by a Kalamazoo Stove Co. parlor stove. In fact, Kalamazoo Stove Co. was one of the most prominent stove-making companies in the state of Michigan in the early 1900s.
At one time, Michigan was the state with the most production of antique stoves in the country. The Mill Museum will honor this rich history in the state of Michigan and the Kalamazoo area with the restoration and preservation of hundreds of old stoves that will be put on display for all to admire.
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