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To help reduce the spread of COVID 19, the Washtenaw County Historical Society has cancelled the Spring Educational Programs. The next exhibit at the Museum on Main Street, "The Women's March to the Ballot Box" will open later in the year. For more information call 734-662-9092 or email wchs-1000@ameritech.net.
The Argus Museum located inside the Argus Building, is also closed until further notice. For information call (734) 769-0770 or email cchidester@onealconstruction.com.
Apply Now for the Pauline Walters Memorial Award that grants financial support to an individual or organizational project that educates and inspires our community to engage in preservation and presentation of Washtenaw County history. The maximum award amount is $500. All submissions must be emailed and/or postmarked by July 31, 2020.Click here to apply online!
"How Far Have We Come?" Enter the Photo Contest to celebrate 100 years of women voters. There will be a juried photograph exhibition at the Argus MuseumClick here to enter the contest.
The Women's March to the Ballot Box. Celebrate the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote, and discover how strong leaders and passionate groups worked to gain long-overdue rights and recognition for women in Michigan and around the nation. The Museum on Main Street hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 Noon-4pm and weekdays by appointment. Call 734-662-9092 or email wchs-1000@ameritech.net.

We are located at 500 N. Main at the corners of E. Kingsley, Beakes and N. Main Street in Ann Arbor.

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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.

NEW! 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 daleleslie@comcast.net

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 ypsidixit@gmail.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 gwieland@umich.edu

Mission Statement

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.

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