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Used first as a print shop the area known today as the Old Mormon Print Shop Museum was made by the followers of King James Jesse Strang. This was the same place where the first newspaper in Northern Michigan was published. Moreover, Strang?s followers used this printing shop to produce thousands of religious tracts and articles about their Mormon beliefs.

King James Jesse Strang created a religion where he is crowned king by his followers and he ruled their lives. During his reign as their king, he married 5 women in as little as 8 years. Later in 1856, Strang was killed in a mishap with his former followers. Later on the Mormons where forcibly removed out of the island by mobs who wished to gain control of the area. A special room in the museum is dedicated to him that features his life, his doctrines, and the religion that he built. The print shop museum is now being managed by the Beaver Island Historical Society and can be visited together with other museums on the island that the society looks after.
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