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.
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 Digital Archive – View 1943-2012 issues of Impressions as searchable PDF documents.
Washtenaw Impressions Online Index – A searchable list of Impressions articles and authors from 1943 through 2004.
New Books in the Gift Shop –Historic Ann Arbor--An Architectural Guideby Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley, Voices of the Past: The Saga of Gordon Hall by James Baldwin Parker.
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, WCHS Board member, and Annarbor.com contributor Dale R. (for Radio) Leslie writes a local history column, "Memories and Musings." For Dale'sWatchman of the Tracks YouTube channel of interviews and tributes to local history makers, please click here. 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. Contact Wystan at email@example.com.
Local author Laura Bien writes a biweekly column "In the Archives" for the Ann Arbor Chronicle. Her work can also be found in the Ypsilanti Citizen, the Ypsilanti Courier, and YpsiNews.com as well as 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 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.