History Posts

Sep 25, 2017
Visit a local farmer’s market, broaden your palate, and taste some history! The new Washtenaw Heritage Foodways Story Map blends historical time periods with points of interest across the county and representative recipes of many cultural ethnic groups present in our community over time. Find ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: FoodHistory
Sep 04, 2017
You’ve probably heard of Rosie the Riveter, that iconic figure of American spirit. Many people may also know that Rose Will Monroe traveled from rural Kentucky to Ypsilanti, Michigan to work among thousands of others during World War II. But what about where she worked and what she made? Find ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
May 25, 2017
Sharon Mills County Park is a historic, natural wonderland located near the village of Manchester - just a short drive from Ann Arbor. History buffs, outdoor adventurers, wildlife enthusiasts, picnickers, canoers and others enjoy this destination of historical significance, which is open each year from ... Read more and see comments!

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May 08, 2017
If you know anything about Ypsilanti, you know that the automobile industry is a big part of its history. Guest blogger Emma Schulte shares how you can experience the pivotal role Ypsilanti played in the automotive industry.  Ypsilanti has been home to many memorable automobiles from different ... Read more and see comments!

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Mar 22, 2017
Have you ever taken a drive out on the back roads of western Washtenaw County? They traverse some of the most picturesque rural landscapes in the region, and contain one of Michigan’s first and largest German settlements. Many of its houses, barns, outbuildings, roads, and farm fields remain visible ... Read more and see comments!

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Feb 14, 2017
In honor of Michigan’s 180th birthday this year, below are six quick bits of knowledge about Washtenaw County’s early settlers you may not have known. For more information on the early pioneers, check out Washtenaw County’s newest Heritage Tour online.  Pioneering: Good Luck ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: History
Dec 02, 2016
Washtenaw County's Driving Tour of 19th Century historic homes gives you the backstory on places you’ve likely noticed – and maybe some you’ve not yet discovered. You can take a driving tour for yourself, check out an individual site, or visit the tour virtually by clicking ... Read more and see comments!

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Nov 01, 2016
One of the best ways to enjoy winter in Michigan is by planning a post-holiday, relaxing getaway to Chelsea, Mich. This picturesque community just west of Ann Arbor is a resplendent mid-winter escape, complete with renowned restaurants, award-winning theatre, and downtown shopping. Take a weekend to ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: HistoryMember Spotlight
Nov 01, 2016
Manchester, Michigan may just be one of the most charming historic towns in the Midwest - with a rich history, enchanting architecture, lovely parks, exciting outdoor recreational opportunities, and family-friendly events. Historical societies all over the country are seeing a boost in interest from ... Read more and see comments!

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Sep 23, 2016
Washtenaw County's Driving Tour of 19th and 20th Century Barns opens your eyes to beautiful structures that have stood the test of time. You can take a driving tour for yourself, or visit the tour virtually by clicking here. Keep reading to learn more about Washtenaw County's Historic Barns.        1. ... Read more and see comments!

Posted in: HistoryOutdoor Recreation
Oct 29, 2015
The Ann Arbor area is home to extraordinary historic buildings. Have you visited the Kempf House in Ann Arbor, the Hack House in Milan, or Gordon Hall in Dexter? All three of these homes were built between 1841 and 1888 and represent fascinating stories from Washtenaw County’s history. The Hack ... Read more and see comments!

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