Bergland Museum & Heritage Center

Books for Sale

This ia a current listing of books we have from local Authors

Author, Brad Livingston


Fairmont Farms

Just out of High School, Ellen Fairmont is feeling the pressure of running a dairy farm on a shoestring budget. Her father's passing, leaving the farm to her and her two younger brothers, only add to the pressure. Now, the local Banker is trying to take over every farm in the small community of Selma, Wisconsin.

Just out of College, Paul Thornton stops in Selma. His first meeting with Ellen was memorable. Ellen had just put a guy on the floor for copping a feel and she was as mad as a wet Hornet.

Teaming up with the feed store owner Jim Tully, humor and sparks fly as these three try and stop a corporate takeover of Selma.


Ezrah, the legend of Silvertip.

             Before the Ottawa National Forest came to Ontonagon County, Ezrah Lightfoot was unjustly tried and convicted, a renegade Indian. So; Ezrah did the only thing he could do. He retaliated against the white man. Not just any white man, just those who persecuted him, The Judge, the Sheriff and the DNR. Ezrah knew these woods like the back of his hand, and led the many who tried to catch him so far into the forest it took them weeks to get out.                              

Amy Pickett, a reporter for her Uncle's newspaper was being forced to find some news to report. The village of Ontonagon was not that big, infact; there was only one caution light in the whole County. Going to the Courthouse, she caught her first glimpse of Ezrah. She was instantly infatuated with him. The age difference had no play in her thinking.                                 

What followed, only added to the Legend of Silvertip. The many schemes, unjust charges, blatant racist bigotry, of the White man toward the Indian will stand forever, no matter how many laws are passed to suppress it.  This is one Indian’s story. Not suited for children.


Author, Kathleen Livingston

Rightful Places

A collection of prose, poetry, artwork and memories
Kathleen Patricia Livingston


Prose, poetry, artwork and historical photos from the author's journey

from the wilds of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to years of sexual

abuse and finally healing through the written word.

Book can be purchased at:
Or hard copy at our Museum.

Author George Nilsen

A Syttende Mai Son

George's first book.   George Nilsen was born at home on May 17, 1925, In Bergland, Michigan. George is a farm boy, a student, an athlete, a hunter, a trapper, a singer, A Marine, an English professor and a dreamer. He is married, and a father, grandfather and great grandfather.

A very interesting book about his life from about age 5 to 15. The detail he goes into is amazing. How he was tought the arts of farming, harvesting, how he was tought to use a team of horses are just of the some things he learned. Most was self tought. The youngest of the family had it's trials.  I highly recommend reading this particular book. It gives an insight of the early days of growing up in Bergland.

The Luna Light Gang  SOLD OUT

A book of fiction that has raised much contraversity in the community. Concenquently, it's one of our best sellers. It is a book of what rumor and gossip does to a small town. Written about the depression era and moonshiners in the Bergland area. Aslak (Pikie) Bergland is one of the main chatacters. Personally, I loved the book.

A Cup O' Kindness

An approperiate sequel to the Luna Light Gang. This book includes two of Berglands more colorful individuals. Again, a book of fiction.

A Distant Altar

Continuing in the depression era,  This book of fiction incudes the Lake Superior Ojibwe Tribe. The ancient Altar is located on th Norwich Bluff. I am fast becomming a fan of George Nilsen.





Author Michael Genrich


Michael has eztensive knowledge of the Ottawa National Forest. You can close your eyes and almost visulaise yourself in the areas he is writing about. This book of fiction is about the murders in, and around the Kenton area. It is a very enjoyable read.



The saga of the Ottawa National Forest and ancient Ojibwa legends continues. This time Lake Gogebic and Bergland are in trouble. As in Totem, this is a page turner.

Author M. Hans Feld

My Compass Points North

No sooner did they have the deer loaded on the back of the orange Suzuki than they found themselves faced with lights in their faces and voices stating. "DON'T MOVE. CONSERCATION OFFICERS." This is one humorous book about hunting storys and violating in Matchwood Township. I can't wait until his next one comes out.

Larry Chabot

The UP goes to War

Upper Michigan and Its Heroes in World War II

At last-a book celebrating the Upper Peninsula men and women who helped win the war! Read tales of incredible bravery, daring escapes, homefront patriotism, and why Yoopers made such good soldiers. You'll meet a Navy carrier pilot saved by a bottle of ammonia, a Yooper who knew Hitler, and a rifleman who ran a jungle sawmill... stories of pilots, frogmen, a 10th Mountain Division hero, paratroopers, riflemen, shipwrecked sailors, women fliers, men in foxholes, POWs, homefront workers, and many more.

There are over 2,000 names: U.P. admirals and generals, Pearl Harbor fatalities, and our Medal of Honor winners. Learn about U.P. war industries, rationing, censorship, bond and scrap drives, overseas reunions, wartime sports, and the six U.P. confinement camps. The book was written by Larry Chabot of Marquette, who has studied and written about World War II for years.

"The veterans of World War II have often been called 'America's Greatest Generation.' Chabot's The U.P. Goes to War details the magnificent stories of the many contributions of our 'God's Country' soldiers, sailors and airmen. Some will make you cry, others laugh, and still more swell with pride, but all will make you better understand why the U.P. is 'someplace special.' "       Fred Stonehouse, maritime historian and author.

"A concise, engaging work on Upper Michigan's contribution and sacrifice during a most perilous time in our history. Chabot delivered newspapers as a youngster during the war and delivers this narrative on the war with a newspaper reporter's style-clear and to the point."      Karl Bohnak WLUC-TV meteorologist and author of "So Cold a Sky"

"1941! Britain was on her knees but still fighting! The Japanese had conquered Asia, then attacked Pearl Harbor! Upper Michigan went to war. Here's how and why we won!"  

Ben Mukkala, Michigan author, columnist and publisher


Saving our Sons

The major events of the first half of the 20th Century–The Great Depression and World War II–fully engaged U.P. residents for 16 long years. Larry Chabot’s new book from North Harbor Publishing, Saving Our Sons, recalls the U.P.’s Depression recovery through the work of the legendary Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).

Barely two months elapsed between President Franklin Roosevelt’s inauguration on March 4, 1933 and the opening of the first CCC camp in the Upper Peninsula. By years end the U.P. had 45 CCC encampments housing over 7,000 personal. Over a ten-year period 50,000 young men went through U.P. CCC camps, the vast majority being local boys who were rescued from lives of poverty and despair while saving our environment.

Readers will learn how the boys were chosen, how CCC camps were organized and managed, how the boys added muscle and weight, got their teeth fixed, finished their education, how to chop down a tree, fix a flat tire, climb a telephone pole, cook a meal, make a bed, brush a trail, build a bridge, and work together with fellow campers toward common goals. Along the way most of them learned a trade. The CCC boys wages saved their families from financial ruin.

The camps had controversies, to be sure, troublemakers, strikes, political squabbles, lots of injuries and even deaths, but the new life was overwhelmingly good with miracle makeovers and a lifelong bonding among the campers.

Saving Our Sons is illustrated with over 180 photographs and one-of-a-kind maps. Readers will experience the CCC’s accomplishments, many of which are still visible throughout the Upper Peninsula.


Author, Robert F. Reck

Boys of the brush

Of the Wild is a wild game cookbook created by a hunter for his own use.
One of the joys of taking to the field is the anticipation of the savory dish
one will create from the result of the hunt. Whether it is standing in a tree
stand during a cold November rain or getting up hours before dawn to sit in
a goose blind, the preparation of the harvested wild game completes the
hunting experience. After years of searching, experimenting and adapting
wild game recipes, the author decided to organize them into a cookbook in
order to make them easier to find and use.


The April & May meetings cancelled

 due to the Coronavirus -19. 

Will keep you posted when the next meeting will be held .

Stay Safe and Keep Healthy!

Our address

Bergland/Matchwood Historical Society

Museum & Hertiage Center

P.O. Box 403

Bergland, Mi 49910

Want to be a member?

Call or email for information on dues.

Monthly Meeting

Meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 4:30 pm est


Monthly Meeting Dates

No upcoming events

Local Authors Books For Sale

Check our link for the books for sale by local authors.

Our History & Mission

The Bergland/Matchwood Historical Society has been in existence for 30 years. We met faithfully every month and enjoyed pot luck at the Senior Center. On August 1st 2009, we finally obtained a building for our Museum. We partnered with the Bergland Heritage and Cultural center and the Ottawa National Forest.

The Historical Society and the Heritage and Cultural Society have been merged under the heading as the Historical Society, and are located at the closed Bergland Ranger Station. The Historical Society Museum is located in the old Ranger house and small garage. The Forest office is now the Forest Service Museum with a large display of earlier days gone by,including a life size stuffed Smokey the Bear.

Our mission is to preserve, document, and display every artifact of these two Townships. The items we have on display at the Museum are either donated or on loan to us. When family or old photos are brought in, people have the option of either donating or loaning the pictures. Or make a copy of the original photo they bring in. We make excellent copies.