St. Joseph County Historical Society of MI Headquarters
Come visit us! The archives and research center are open Fridays from 10 am - 4 pm.
Call 269-273-6003 for more information or to make
an appointment on an alternate day.
34 N Main St.Three Rivers, MI 49093
A state and national historic site 1831-1834
113 W. Chicago Rd.
White Pigeon, MI 49099
White Pigeon Prairie U.S. Land Office & Native Prairie Garden
Visit us at our White Pigeon Location.
2023 open house dates:
May 21 August 13
June 25 Sept. 10
July 8+9 October 8
Call 269 718-7013 for more information
or group tours
Wahbememe County Park and Gravesite
Located just south of White Pigeon MI, the Chief Wahbememe Park is at the intersection of U.S. 12 (Chicago Rd.) and U.S.131.
A Michigan and National Historic Site
Potowatomi Chief Wahbememe (White Pigeon) was a signer of the 1795 Treaty of Greenville which aimed to end hostilities between the U.S. government and an Indian confederation in the Great Lakes region.
According to legend, while attending a gathering of chiefs in the Detroit area, Wahbememe overheard of an Indian plot to attack white settlers in southern Michigan. The chief was regarded as a friend to the settlers of the area, so he immediately set out on foot to warn the White Pigeon area pioneers of the impending danger. The trip of 150 miles left him exhausted but successful in delivering his warning. The exersion lead to his immediate death ca.1830. His remains are buried on the site. In 1908-09 the Alba Columba Club, of White Pigeon raised the funds to commemorate the chief. The large granite boulder from nearby Cass Co. was erected in a day-long ceremony which was held before four thousand people. Six-year-old Willie White Pigeon, Chief Wahbememe's great great grandson unveiled the monument.
Owned by St. Joseph Co. Historical Society and maintained by the county, the park is also the home of the Veterans Memorial dedicated to the soldiers who have served in U.S. military branches from St. Joseph Co. Michigan.