The Romeo Historical Society
was founded in 1961. The purpose of our
society is to preserve, document and promote the history and heritage of the
Village of Romeo and its surroundings.
The Society operates three museums:
Clyde Craig Blacksmith Museum located at 301 N. Bailey Street.
The Craig shop was first a
carriage barn. In 1881, it became a tinsmith shop owned by Fritz Engle. In
1913, it was an upholstery shop, and between 1918 and 1920, it was an auto
repair shop. In 1920 Clyde Craig opened a blacksmith, farrier, fur-trading
station, veterinarian and wheelwright shop. When Craig died in 1970, the shop
was moved by the Society and turned into a working blacksmith shop/museum. Using
the 2,800 degree forge, smiths still use the old tools to shape metal, just as
in the past. This museum is open by appointment.
located at 132 Church Street.
This 1868 Greek revival was
used by the Bancroft and Stranahan families of Romeo. It has period settings
including furniture, clothing, kitchenware and changing displays. It also has a
collection of oil paintings by William Gibbs. This museum is open
every Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. or by appointment.
The Romeo Arts and
Archives Museum located at 290 N. Main Street.
The archives building was
the Romeo Michigan State Police Post from 1936 to 2000 when it was purchased by the
Society. It holds archives related to Romeo’s past. There is a small research
library for studying the history of your house or Romeo citizens of the past
(it contains oil paintings by William Gibbs). Changing displays interpret
Romeo’s past. This museum is open Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. or by
If you are interested in having
your group or organization tour the Romeo Museums, please call Dick Beringer at
Board Members & Trustees 2011-2012
Sue Kane, President
Anna Reiz, Vice President
Tim Billo, Treasurer
Linda Pritchard, Secretary
Richard Beringer, Trustee and Museum Curator
Doug Pritchard, Trustee
Sean McManus, Trustee
Stewart Walters, Trustee
Connie Connelly, Trustee
Joann Urban, Trustee
Joan Beringer, Curator
Romeo Historical Society Board 1895