World War 1 Exhibit
Northeast Michigan's Role in the War

Opening Reception & Presentation

Saturday, April 29th
3pm - 5pm

Upcoming Events:

Tim Kuehnlein

Instructor at Alpena Community College

Tuesday, April 11th, 7 pm - 9 pm:  Symposium of Readings

Students of Tim Kuehnlein’s History class at Alpena Community College will do a Symposium of Readings at the Besser Museum from 7pm to 9pm.  Student papers will cover the topics of what WWI was about, why America got involved, and the modern-day implications of the war.  This ACC presentation will be free to the public. 

Free to the public.

Kamila Mazurek

N.E. Michigan Genealogical Society

Saturday, April 29th, 3:30 pm:  Opening reception of the WWI Exhibit at the Besser Museum, featuring:  “Les Terribles Go to War!  Michigan in World War I” by Kamila Mazurek with an introduction by Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society President, RoseMarie Guthrie.

Presented by the Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society and the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan.

Born and educated in Poland, Kamila Mazurek is a linguist, teacher, author, speaker, and translator. She has over a decade of experience in Eastern and Central European research. Her special interests are also genetic genealogy, Polish-American research, and multiculturalism in pre-war Poland. Kamila Mazurek is an active member of several American and European genealogical societies. 

General Admission applies.

WWI Trench

Saturday, May 13th, 3:30 pm: Military Issued Gear with Jon Dove

Director of Dove Museum


Jon will be taking questions from the audience about the WWI military artifacts on exhibit. This conversational style presentation will provide some insight into brave young WWI soldiers

General Admission applies.

Jon Dove has been a military collector and historian since the early 1980’s.  

Jon is the founder and director of the Dove Museum established to collect, preserve, and interpret military artifacts. Jon feels all veterans’ items should be given equal care whether the serviceman was a private or a general.  Every service person played an important role in preserving our freedoms.


Jon’s favorite part of operating the Dove Museum is having the opportunity to interact with the different military veterans and their families. “I find it enjoyable to see the young people look first hand at the items that many of their family members used during the wars” 

Linda Pletcher

Director of Leer Historical Society

Saturday, July 1st, 3:30 pm:  WWI As We Knew It with Linda Pletcher

The history of the war from the ground level of the community.

I loved hearing my grandparents and other older people tell stories of the past, and I found that others really enjoyed my retelling of them also.  I majored in history and I learned how history was built with both primary and secondary sources.  When I retired and moved back to the area, I worked to create a little local history museum, and to present programs in which I shared family and community stories.  With the upcoming 100 year anniversary of our entry into World War I, I decided to develop a program concerning our community's involvement in the Great War. Because I know many of the family stories, I am able to share the war experience both at home and abroad through their voices.

General Admission applies.


Our mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit authentic articles and artifacts of art, history, and science to 

inspire curiosity, foster community pride, and cultivate personal legacy.

Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan


Monday - Saturday  -  10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday  - 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.



491 Johnson Street

Alpena, MI 49707