Join us for the museum's April Program, about Michigan's first state prison in Jackson, on Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM.
Judy Gail Krasnow will share the incredible stories of life at Jacktown, replete with sadistic wardens, crafty escapes, Prohibition's Purple Gang, a chaplain who ran a brothel and influential reformers.
Competing with the likes of Detroit and Ann Arbor, Jackson won the battle to build Michigan's first state prison in 1838.
Krasnow is the founder and director of Jackson Historic Prison Tours, leading groups through the history and tales of Jackson's State Prison.
There is no cost to attend, and everyone is welcome!
Join us on Saturday, March 24 at 2pm
Laurie Perkins will be giving a presentation at the Lenawee County Historical Museum about the first commercial cheese factory in Michigan.
Perkins is an education historian at the Michigan Historical Museum, Lansing, and also a Ph.D candidate in American Studies at Michigan State University. Her power point presentation, Cheese Fever is about the first commercial cheese factory in Michigan, located in Fairfield Township, Lenawee County.
Built in 1866 by Rufus Baker, the Michigan Soft Cheese industry grew by 1900 to cover most of the counties of southern Michigan. This presentation examines the growth of the industry as well as the social, cultural, economic and political opportunities the industry provided to the dairy farmers of this state.
There is no cost to attend and the community is invited.
Journey from Marion County, Alabama
Adrian Arbor #3
Adrian Dominican Sisters
Adrian Garden Club
Adrian Morning Rotary
American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 97, Adrian
Care Pregnancy Center
Catherine Cobb Safe House
Chapter DK, PEO
Clever Ideas Marketing
GFWC Lenawee Woman's Club
Lenawee Christian School
Lenawee District Library
Lucy Wolcott Barnum Chapter, DAR
Maple City Men's Garden Glub
Zonta of Lenawee
At the Lenawee County Historical Museum we our thankful -- to all of our donors who provide us with the fiscal means to continue to preserve Lenawee’s rich history. Thanks to your continued support we have:
- Made significant strides in restoration work to the exterior of the 1909 former Carnegie library including painting windows, preventative maintenance to the handicapped entrance and work on the masonry.
- Installed UV light filtering window coverings on the second floor.
- Acquired additional storage and shelving in the archives.
- Developed new exhibits in the Ted Durst Special Exhibits Room like “History of Technology” and “History of Agriculture in Lenawee.”
As the year ends, and the calendar turns from 2017 to 2018, the Lenawee County Historical Society board of directors seeks to ensure that the building and collections will be viable for years to come. This means a new roof for the facility (last done in 1993) at an estimated cost of $80,000 and work to update the public restrooms.
Updates are needed within the Museum as well. In the first of many planned upgrades to permanent exhibits, the board is working with a design firm to create a first floor exhibit honoring the work of anti-slavery leaders in the Lenawee County community. The newly envisioned exhibit would showcase the work (and artifacts) of Elizabeth Margaret Chandler, Laura Haviland, Asa Mahan and Fitch Reed as well as others who worked tirelessly and often at great peril to end slavery in America. Such an exhibit would be an asset to the Museum and would complement the statue of Laura Haviland and our new “bench by the road” which was installed this October.
To make our visions for the Museum a reality, we NEED you. You share with us the stories, donate the artifacts, and provide us the financial means to continue our operations. The Lenawee County Historical Museum receives no governmental support. Your donation of $25, $100 or even $500 helps us to teach our history to thousands of visitors every year and develop new exhibits like the upcoming anti-slavery exhibit.
We hope to see you soon at the Lenawee County Historical Museum!
Businesses, groups, service clubs and individuals invited to participate
A special evening setup event will be held on Thursday, November 30 at 5PM with live entertainment and refreshments.
Participants are welcome to set-up and decorate Christmas trees between Friday, November 17 and Friday, December 1 during the museum’s regular business hours - Tuesday-Saturday and 10 AM - 2PM. Additional times can be arranged for set-up by contacting the museum at 517.265.6071.
There is no charge to display a tree.
The trees will remain on display until early January.
- Trees can be live or artificial.
- Trees, stand and decorations provided by the individual/group.
- No lights or lit candles.
- You are welcome to set-up the tree on the first or second floor, first come first served.
- Trees must be taken down by January 15th.
3 tour times available:
8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 PM
Limited tickets available, $25 per person.
Reservations are required and must be made online - click here.
Join the Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits (ORBS) for a paranormal investigation of the museum.
ORBS, founded in 2007, perform scientific based investigations in Ohio and Michigan at various sites. The group and their research have been featured on various television programs on Animal Planet, Biography Channel, and the History Channel. The team has investigated the Museum and the collections and will share findings while allowing participants to draw their own conclusions.
Adrian has a rich history dating back hundreds of years. Interesting events and places have been hand-selected from Ray Lennard, LCHS board member, for this bicycle tour. The cost is $5 and includes a buffet lunch provided by Smoke Signals BBQ. Only 50 tickets will be available and a link is provided in this Facebook event. You are responsible for providing your own bicycle, safety equipment, and bike locks.
Our journey starts at Adrian Locksmith and Cyclery at 12:45pm with a meet and greet. Our departure starts at 1:00pm sharp. Those living in or near Adrian are welcome to ride your bikes to the Cyclery. Those coming from further away can park at the Cyclery (overflow parking will be available at the Lenawee County Courthouse parking lot, too). We'll bike around Adrian with stops at several locations including stops at the former Training School, Dutch Hill, and Monument Park to name a few. A final stop will be at Cotton Brewing Company for a buffet lunch. Craft beer and craft soda will be available to purchase, as well. It will be a self-paced return back to Adrian Locksmith and Cyclery.