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SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 - You are invited to the Museum on Main Street's Open House. At 2 PM there will be a short program about the house, its history and what it means to the community. Guests can enjoy the Farmer’s Market Centennial exhibit and appreciate the simple beauty of this historic house built in 1835. House tours showcase special features and you can even have a peek at the doorway to the attic where the Greiner family wrote their names in pencil in the year 1901. You'll get a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum the newly re-organized collections room and see for yourself why the museum needs a new high density storage unit.
There will also be a month long sale of deeply-discounted items from the Museum store including new and gently used books, jewelry, maps, warm winter throws, mugs, ceramic tiles and more. All proceeds and donations will go towards the purchase of a new high-density storage unit on the lower level. The Museum needs this stewardship solution to properly house the community's growing collection (Some sections of the house are not ADA accessible.) Light refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.
The Museum on Main Street is open Saturdays and Sundays, 12 Noon-4pm and weekdays by appointment. Call 734-662-9092 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located at 500 N. Main at the corners of E. Kingsley, Beakes and N. Main Street in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor Farmers Market 100 Years - September 11-29, 2019. We are located at 500 N. Main at the corners of E. Kingsley, Beakes and N. Main Street in Ann Arbor.
The original market started as a curb market outside the old courthouse on Main Street where farmers would back their horse drawn wagons or trucks against the sidewalk and sell their produce.This exhibit was on display at the Ann Arbor District Library this Summer and will now be at the Museum on Main Street for the month of September. Through photographs and text, "Ann Arbor Farmers Market 100 Years" tells the story of how Ann Arbor’s relationship to food has changed over the years, how farming in Washtenaw County has evolved, and how people have come to appreciate what they eat and where it comes from. The WCHS has added some farm and market artifacts from our collection.
There will also be a month long sale of deeply-discounted items from the Museum store including new and gently used books, jewelry, maps, warm winter throw, mugs, ceramic tiles and more. All proceeds and donations will go towards the purchase of a new high-density storage unit on the lower level. The Museum needs this solution to properly house the community's growing collection.
The Museum on Main Street is open Saturdays and Sundays, 12 Noon-4pm and weekdays by appointment. Call 734-662-9092 or email email@example.com.
Click here to Register Now for the Argus Museum/Argus Collectors Group (ACG) Annual Fall Conference, Thursday October 17-Sunday October 20.
Donate to the Argus Museum!
John & William Geddes Letters The Geddes Letter Web Site is a collection of over 100 letters written between early Washtenaw County settler John Geddes and his brother William in Pennsylvania. The letters begin in 1825 and end in 1844 when William moved to a farm in Pittsfield Township. The letters were found in abandoned house in Groton, Massachusetts in the late 1990s. A cooperative project between the Ann Arbor District Library, The Bentley Historical Library, and the Washtenaw County Historical Society.
Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide by Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley. The Essential Guide to Ann Arbor's Rich Architectural History.
Where notables lived in Ann Arbor, A tour by Dale Leslie
The History of the Dixboro United Methodist Church
2013 Dixboro Cabin Reunion
Ann Arbor Historic Preservation Awards -- Each year, the Ann Arbor Historic District Commission presents Historic Preservation Awards to property owners who have shown dedication to preservation by rehabilitating or maintaining their historic property. Recent award winners include WCHS members Judy Chrisman (2015), Pauline Walters (2014), Holde and Robert Borcherts (2012), Susan Wineberg and Lars Bjorn (1997)
Artifacts The Washtenaw County Historical Society has over 7,500 artifacts in its collections. Most items are only occasionally displayed in our rotating exhibits. Explore this list and discover the historic--Ann Allen Bible as well as the odd--Elisha Townsend's hair clippings.
A Step Back in Time - A Walking Tour of Historic Ann Arbor A downloadable MP3 podcast walking tour of the historical locations and people who have lived in Ann Arbor. The route starts at the Museum on Main Street and takes walkers to Kerrytown, UM Central Campus, Downtown Ann Arbor, the Old West Side, and Lowertown.
Watchman of the Tracks - WCHS Board member, Dale Leslie, remembers the people, places, and events in over 50 years living and working in the Ann Arbor community. For Dale's You Tube video interviews and tributes to local personalities, click here.
Impressions Newsletter Digital Archive View 1943-2017 issues of Impressions newsletters as searchable PDF documents.
Washtenaw Impressions Newsletter Online Index A searchable list of Impressions newsletter articles and authors from 1943 through 2013
New in the Gift Shop Argomania DVD & Classic Argus Camera Films DVD.
ATTENTION TEACHERS! - WCHS offers traveling exhibits for elementary and middle school children featuring artifacts from our collection and lesson materials.
WHAT IS IT - A traveling collection of odd and obscure items from the 19th and early 20th century. Entertaining and educational. Perfect for the classroom or adult groups.
Washtenaw County History from A to Z A sampling of Washtenaw County History on-line from Ann Arbor Architecture to Zwerdling.
Washtenaw County Historical Consortium The Washtenaw County Historical Consortium is a volunteer organization representing over 25 museums, libraries, and historical attractions in and around Washtenaw County, Michigan. Links to area events calendar and member web sites.
Heritage Tourism Map Project Take A Tour Through History! Four distinct themed driving or riding routes throughout Washtenaw County's cities, townships and villages German Heritage Tour, the Greek Revival Tour, the Historic Barns, and the Esek Pray Trail.
History in the Making - Washtenaw History on the Web
Washtenaw County is fortunate to have an active local history scene on the web. Here is a sampling of blogs, columns, and web sites dedicated to telling our history.
Missed a Sunday WCHS lecture? The Ann Arbor District Library has archived lectures and interviews of past events co-sponsored with WCHS. Click HERE for a list of available lectures & interviews.
The "Local History Blog" at the Ann Arbor District Library for local history buffs, written by local history buffs!
Long-time local businessman and WCHS Board member Dale R. (for Radio) Leslie's You Tube channel of interviews and tributes to local history makers, Watchman of the Tracks. See his amazing photo collection at the Ann Arbor District Library's pictureAnnArbor. Contact Dale at firstname.lastname@example.org
Local historian and past WCHS President Wystan Stevens's collection of online history and photographs is at Wystan's Photostream on Flickr. Treasures from e-Bay and other musings at Wystan's Wanderings.
Local author Laura Bien wrote a biweekly column "In the Archives" for the former Ann Arbor Chronicle. Her work can also be found in the Ypsilanti Citizen, YpsiNews.com, and the Ann Arbor Observer. She is the author "Tales from the Ypsilanti Archives" and writes the historical blog "Dusty Diary." Laura may be contacted at email@example.com.
George Wieland has written "Celtic Germans: The Rise and Fall of Ann Arbor's Swabians." George's companion website is here Ann Arbor's Germans: Swabians and tells about the culture and traditions these German immigrants brought to Ann Arbor. Contact George at firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Washtenaw County Historical Society is to educate and inspire our community to engage in the preservation and presentation of area history.