Washtenaw County Historical Society
 
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History of the Washtenaw County Historical Society
Alice Ziegler Papers
The Naming of Ann Arbor
The Story of Ann Allen
Dear Brother - Letters from John Geddes
Mystery Artifact
The History of Our Name
WCHS Presidents
Wystan's Wanderings

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 How We Became the Washtenaw County Historical Society
History of the WCHS Name

1857

WASHTENAW HISTORICAL SOCIETY. The Society lapsed during Civil War.

1873

PIONEER SOCIETYOF THE COUNTY OF WASHTENAW. Organized as called for by Ann Arbor Pioneer and Historical Society.

1883

PIONEER AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WASHTENAW COUNTY. Name changed by June 6 resolution.

1883

On December 5, Rev. Mr. Holmes of Chelsea advocated changing name from Pioneer Society to Historical Society of Washtenaw County so it might live long. It apparently continued to be known familiarly as Pioneer Society. That group became dormant in 1920's.

1929

WASHTENAW HISTORICAL SOCIETY. The Society was re-organized. President Guthe said "pioneer" and "county" should be dropped. The Society should preserve the history of Washtenaw district.

1967

President Boston suggested adding "county" to the name. The action was approved 10-1 on July 13. Secretary Mrs. Groomes was against. The change apparently didn't "take."

1975

WASHTENAW COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY. "County" was added back in the name in the revised constitution.

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