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 Washtenaw County History from A to Z
Washtenaw County History from A to Z
A small sampling of local Washtenaw County History online. Did I miss something? Please E-mail me with your favorites - Jan Tripp


Ann Arbor Architecture Archive - Historic Buildings Ann Arbor, Michigan by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg.

Ann Arbor City Council Meeting Minutes - Fully searchable Ann Arbor City Council meeting minutes from 1891-1930.

Ann Arbor Cooks Collection of historical cookbooks from the Ann Arbor District Library.

The Ann Arbor Police Department Online History Exhibit - An ongoing collaboration between the Ann Arbor District Library and the Ann Arbor Police Department. Features photos, documents, artifacts, and history of the department.

The Ford Gallery of Ann Arbor Founders - Who are the people who made Ann Arbor the city we all know and love? Here are the stories of businessmen and women, visionaries and artists, educators and entrepreneurs, doctors, ministers, and mayors.

The Making of Ann Arbor - The history and development of the Ann Arbor Community.

pictureAnnArbor - Patron contributed photographs of Ann Arbor at the Ann Arbor District Library web site.

Ann Arbor Township Birth Records - Township birth records from 1906 to 1942 . Ann Arbor Township death records from 1897 to 1943. Bentley Historical Library.

Ann Arbor - a Woman's Town, 1900-1975 - A series of interviews of African American women by Lola Jones and her daughter Carole Gibson from their documentaries " Ann Arbor: A Woman's Town" and "A Change Was in the Air."

Annarbour - How Ann Arbor was named, a footnote from the Pictorial History of Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor District Library, 1957-2007 - A history in pictures the public library in Ann Arbor beginning in 1866 with the establishment of the Ladies’ Library Association .

Ann Arbor Historical Signs - A collection of photographs taken by the Ann Arbor Sign Inspector. Mostly taken in the 1970's, the collection gives a rich picture of the businesses and goings-on in Ann Arbor 35 years ago.

Ann Arbor Postcards - Collection of over 260 postcards of Ann Arbor dating from 1890.

Argus Camera - Argus, Inc. popularized the modern 35mm camera in the United States with the introduction of the Model A in 1936.


Barn Driving Tour - Historic Barns Driving Tour of 19th and 20th Century Barns in Washtenaw County.

Bentley Historical Library - Bentley Historical Library was established in 1935 by the University of Michigan Regents to to serve as the official archives of the University and to document the history of the state of Michigan and the activities of its people, organizations and voluntary associations.


Cobblestone Farm - The restored 1844 home of Dr. Benajah Ticknor. Now a city park located on Packard Road.

Consortium - Washtenaw County Historical Consortium. Interactive map of over 30 historical attractions and groups in Washtenaw County.


Decade of Dissent: Student Protests at the University of Michigan in the 1960s - Teach-ins, the draft, war research, ROTC, John Sinclair and more are found in this online exhibit at the Bentley Historical Library.

Detroit Observatory - An 1854 astronomical observatory on the University of Michigan campus with two original operating telescopes.

Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program - The Downtown Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program is a series of permanent sidewalk exhibits at sixteen landmark sites throughout downtown Ann Arbor. Each exhibit has a theme.

Dolph Funeral Home Records - The Dolph Funeral Home operated in Ann Arbor between 1937 and 1952.


A Brief History of EMU - Founded in 1849 in Ypsilanti as the Michigan State Normal School.

Eastern Michigan University Archives - Located in the Halle Library, the archives has yearbooks, regents minutes, class schedules, student newspapers, catalogs, and theses and dissertations.

Eastern Michigan University Historic Tour - Learn about the history of EMU through a virtual, chronological, and walking tours.


Forbes, Jortin, House - Located at 211 North Ann Arbor Street in Saline, the 1860 Jortin and Matilda Forbes house is one of the few brick residences in the city and one of the longest surviving homes.

Friend-Hack House - Home to the Milan Historical Society, located at 775 County Street in Milan. The house was originally designed for Olive Friend, an important figure in the short lived Electric Sugar Refining Company. The company, organized to capitalize on Henry Friend's process of refining sugar electrically, collapsed in 1889 after discovering the process was a scam. An fine example of Eastlake/Stick style design. Also known as Hack House.


Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County - The society was founded in 1974 to help members in their genealogy studies, to encourage the preservation and collection of genealogical records, and to promote the to promote the exchange of genealogical information.

German Heritage Tour - A driving tour of 19th and 20th Century Settlement and Farms in Washtenaw County.

Greek Revival Architecture Tour - Driving tour of 19th Century Greek Revival Structures in Washtenaw County.


Historical Markers - Over 50 Washtenaw County historical markers with photos, descriptions, and maps.

Historical Societies and Museums - A list of Washtenaw County historical societies and museums from the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

History of Ann Arbor, Michigan - Wikipedia's history of Ann Arbor.

Huron River - An on-line Huron River exhibit at the Bentley Historical Library .


Impressions - Enjoy over 25 years of local history articles from the Washtenaw County Historical Society's newsletter.


Jewish Cemetery - The first first Jewish cemetery in Michigan was established in 1848-49 in Ann Arbor across the street from where the Power Center for the Performing Arts is now located.


Kellogg--Warden House - Also known as Museum on Main Street at 500 North Main Street, Ann Arbor. A short history of the house by Susan Wineberg. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994

Kempf House Museum - The 1853 Greek Revival style home is now the home of the Kempf House Museum. Visitors to the Kempf House Museum will delight in seeing how a busy German-American family lived and worked in the 1890s. Trained guides will lead you through restored rooms, including the music studio where the 1877 Steinway Concert grand piano remains as it has for over 100 years. You will also hear about how Ann Arbor has grown into a prosperous city, a cultural center, and the home of the University of Michigan.


Lima Township birth records - Until well into the 20th century, Michigan township clerks were responsible for recording birth and deaths that occurred in their townships. Lima Township death records.

Lost Street Names of Ann Arbor - "California Avenue," "New Jersey Avenue," and "Territorial Road" were all once streets in Ann Arbor. Learn about these and other streets now lost to time in a 2002 article by Don Callard.


Manchester - Here is what Wikipedia says about Manchester. Learn about the "Flying Dutchmen," the Michigan Lutheran Seminary, and Cub Koda.

Manchester District Library Local History Room - Visit the Claire Reck Local History Room (by advance appointment) where you will find a material on the history of the Village of Manchester and the surrounding townships of Bridgewater, Freedom, Manchester, and Sharon. The collection includes old issues of the Manchester Enterprise on microfilm, published area histories, old photographs, original typed or handwritten records, and newspaper clippings.

Michigan County Histories and Atlases - The project is comprised of 428 digitized titles published before 1923. The collection offers free keyword searching and page-by-page access to digitized reproductions of Michigan county histories and atlases for historical and genealogical research. Of special interest to Washtenaw researchers are digital versions of Chapman's 1881 History of Washtenaw County, Beakes' 1906 Past and present of Washtenaw County, Michigan, and the 1891 Portrait and biographical album of Washtenaw County, Michigan.


National Register of Historical Places - Washtenaw has over 80 places on the National Register.

Naturalization - Did your ancestor become a U.S. citizen in Washtenaw County? Here is a list of over 5,000 names of individuals who appear in Washtenaw County Circuit Court naturalization records 1833 to 1920.


Other Genealogical Collections - A list of area repositories that contain genealogical materials related to Washtenaw County.


Penny Postcards from Washtenaw County - Joy Fisher's penny post card collection.

Esak Pray Trail - Driving Tour of 19th and 20th Century Settlements and Farms in Washtenaw County.


Quirk - A biography of Daniel Quirk, Ypsilanti businessman, from Chapman's 1881 History of Washtenaw County.


Risdon - A short history written in 1883 by Bessie Carven Collins on Orange Risdon, early Michigan survey and founder of the city of Saline, Michigan in 1824.


Saline Historical Photos - Over 700 photographs of Saline, Michigan. This collection covers a time span of more than 100 years, from the 1860s to the late 1900s, and includes images of historic homes, buildings, people, and other subjects.

Saline Valley Farms - Saline Valley Farms was an economic experiment in cooperative living and farming developed by Harold Gray in 1932. Detailed in the 150 photographs, the farm was a thriving cooperative that lasted until 1953.


Tour of Ann Arbor's History - A work in progress, this web site features a 3-D city map and significant events in the city's history.


University of Michigan Facts and Histories - Everything you ever wanted to know about UM history from the Bentley Historical Library.

University of Michigan Campus - A virtual historical tour of the UM campus with 1860, 1907 and 1940 maps.

USS Washtenaw - The USS Washtenaw (LST-1166) was a tank landing ship that saw duty in during the Vietnam War and was the only Navy ship to bear the name of our county.


Villages, Towns, Cities, and Hamlets - Spike and Urania are just two of the many extinct villages in Washtenaw County.


Washtenaw County History - Here is the answer to where the word "Washtenaw" came from. (eWashtenaw).

Washtenaw County Web Links - Washtenaw 1884/19894 census facts, cemetery listings, funeral home listings from the Bentley Historical Library.

Washtenaw County - This article by Roger L. Rosentreter was part of a series entitled “Michigan’s 83 Counties.” It first appeared in the September/October 1991 issue of Michigan History. (currently not available until mid Dec 09)

Washtenaw County Historical Society - Home on the Internet of the oldest historical society in Washtenaw County, founded in 1857.

West Liberty Heights - A history of the West Liberty Heights neighborhood by Judith Marks.

Wystan - A collection of over 240 historic photographs, postcards, and commentary by local historian, Wystan Stevens.


Xylophone - No, the Allmendinger Organ Company didn't make xylophones but click here for a 1907 photograph of the Ann Arbor Organ Company at the corner of Washington and and Ashley.


Ypsilanti - Here's what Wikipedia has to say about Ypsilanti.

Ypsilanti Gleanings - The official publication of the Ypsilanti Historical Society. Searchable on-line archive of nearly 40 years of articles, photographs, and accounts of Ypsilanti history.

Ypsilanti Chronology - A timeline of Ypsilanti settlement from 1809 to 1824.


Zachmann - Gustave Zachmann was an early 20th century Ann Arbor monument maker and the son of a German immigrant.

Zwerdling - Osias Zwerdling was merchant and member of Ann Arbor's Jewish community. Photo and commentary of the restored Zwerdling Fur Shop sign in downtown Ann Arbor.

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