Annual Dinner


Celebrate Bay View With Us!

Join us for a night of music, socializing and dining overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan. Help us raise funds to continue our mission of over 40 years of providing resources to preserve, share and connect to history!

Saturday, April 27, 2024 at the South Shore Yacht Club
Social/Silent Auction/Wine & Spirits Pull 5:30pm • Dinner 6:30pm

Featuring a Presentation By:
Bradley Wiles, author of “For What We Do Today Becomes the History of Tomorrow”: A History of the Bay View Historical Society, 1979-2015”.

Bradley J. Wiles, Ph.D., presents a discussion of his recently completed dissertation detailing the emergence of the Bay View Historical Society as part of a wider elevation of history and heritage activity in the wake of the 1976 American Bicentennial celebration. Since its creation in 1979, the BVHS has assumed numerous roles related to preservation, documentation, education, information provision, social interaction, and public appreciation around the neighborhood’s history. Wiles’ dissertation examines how a modern local historical society assumes and approaches its role within the community it seeks to document, preserve, celebrate, and enrich. Wiles’ central contention is that such institutions are given life when a range of conditions are conducive for the streams of historical consciousness within a community to converge with the structures and instruments of the historical enterprise. The analysis and narrative tracks internal and external developments that influenced the BVHS’s creation and growth over four decades (1979-2015), focusing on its primary activities, goals, and pursuits, and how it communicated its self-assigned or assumed roles. During this time, the BVHS assumed a position of authority on the neighborhood’s history by emphasizing both physical symbols and historical storytelling that inspired its membership and engaged the wider community. Wiles’ was also interested in bringing together the BVHS story to provide a resource that current and future members can refer to, critique, and expand as the organization continues its mission in an era where public perceptions of history are contested and fragmented.

Music by Michael Bootzin


Tickets may be purchased in the shop. Registration open March 15th – April 15th (or until full).


Dinner Choices:

  • Braised Short Rib
  • Salmon Picatta
  • Mushroom Napoleon (Vegetarian)

**Make sure to note any dietary restrictions when purchasing.


Wine & Spirits Pull!*

Love a game where you are guaranteed to win? Time to try your luck at the 2024 Annual Dinner.
For a $20 donation, you are guaranteed to take home a wine or spirit valued at or over $20.
Sprinkled in will be bottles valued well over your donation amount. Don’t miss this exciting
opportunity to support BVHS! *Participants must be 21 or older. Cash payment preferred.

We look forward to seeing you! 



Check out some photos from our 2023 Annual Dinner

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