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The Dowagiac Area History Museum

201 E. Division Street

Admission: Free

The Dowagiac Area History Museum is an interactive adventure in local history and an exploration in science and technology for all ages. For information on hours, exhibits and a calendar of events, visit: www.DowagiacMuseum.info

National Heddon Museum

414 West Street

Admission: Free

The National Heddon Museum preserves the history of the Heddon family’s many contributions to the fishing tackle industry and to the City of Dowagiac.

It was in the late-1890s, when James Heddon sat along the banks of the Mill Pond whittling while waiting for a friend. When he got up to leave, he tossed the small piece of wood into the water. A bass struck at it. That seemingly insignificant event led him to build a top-of-the-water lure which he called “The Dowagiac.” By the 1920s, James Heddon’s Sons Co. was the world’s largest producer of quality fishing lures.

The centerpiece of the family's history and of the museum is the business that bore James Heddon’s name. From its inception in 1902 until its departure in 1984, the company made fishing tackle, golf club shafts, ski poles, violin bows, box kites and even radio antennae during World War II.

For hours and event information, visit www.HeddonMuseum.org

 
THEATRE

Beckwith Theatre Company

100 New York Avenue

Admission: $15 for main-stage shows or $75 for season tickets.

Come see live theatre at its best! Evening and matinee performances are held in the 1925 Neo-Gothic building. Formed in 1990, Beckwith Theatre Company is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the performing arts. Its productions include dramas, comedies, musicals and even a bit of Shakespeare.

The modern-day theatre company takes it name from Beckwith Memorial Theatre, once located at the corner of Beeson and Front streets.  Built in 1892, it was regarded as one of the finest theatres between New York and Chicago.

For show times and tickets visit www.BeckwithTheatre.com

 

Southwestern Michigan College

58900 Cherry Grove Road

Admission: Contact the Box Office

 

Dale A. Lyons Building

The Lyons Building is home to the visual and performing arts.  It features Mac labs, ceramics and art studios, individual practice rooms, an art gallery and a theater. 

Southwestern Michigan College fine and performing arts programs also host an array of events, showcasing live theater, musicals and vocal concerts featuring its Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Show/Jazz Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Community Chorale. rsz 1rsz public sculpture 037

 

Public Art

Sculptures in the City 

Admission: Free

Dowagiac is the home to 15 pieces of public art by world renowned sculptors.  The Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival began the tradition in 1995 by pairing sculptors from across the country with local donors, who commissioned unique, creative, original works of art. Each of the sculptures were private gifts to the community.  No public dollars were involved, just a love for their community, a passion to give back and leave a legacy.

 

Latest News from your Chamber

  • April 1st, 2022

    Chamber hires new staff member

    The Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce announces the hiring of Matt Money as Chamber Marketing and Event Coordinator. 

    Money brings management, operational and event planning experience gleaned from over twelve years of employment at the University of Notre Dame to this Chamber of Commerce role.   Also, as a founding member of the Young Professionals Against Poverty in South Bend, Indiana, Money helped create, and then served as event director, for that community’s On the River Festival for eight years.  The event raised over $900,000 for South Bend’s Center for the Homeless.

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  • February 27th, 2022

    Working Capital Loans Available in Cass County for Ag Businesses

    As a result of the frost and freeze that occurred last spring, Economic Injury Disaster Loans are now available to businesses, agricultural cooperatives, businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations.

    The announcement was made by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The declaration includes Cass County.
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  • February 27th, 2022

    Facade Incentive Has Been Doubled

    Downtown property owners, who are contemplating renovation of the front facade of their buildings, will receive an added boost this construction season from the Downtown Development Authority.

    “With the cost of materials increasing, the DDA and City felt it was only appropriate to also increase the amount of our incentive,” said Vickie Phillipson, DDA program director.

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  • February 27th, 2022

    New Grant Opportunity for Small Businesses

    Michigan’s small businesses are innovative and resilient, but they need added support. To answer this call, the State of Michigan is offering an exciting new grant program to provide businesses with additional financial support to help retain or create jobs and boost Michigan's economy. Grant applications go live on March 1, 2022, and totals $409- million.
     
    Under this program, eligible businesses in operation before October 1, 2019, may receive a percentage of their loss in total state sales through a grant, up to $5-million.
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