The Washtenaw County Historical Society was founded on December 17, 1857, when 19 citizens of Ann Arbor called for "a county convention for the purpose of forming a County Historical Association" to be composed of anyone from the townships who cared to attend. 165 years later, the WCHS exists to educate and inspire our community to engage in the preservation and presentation of area history. We invite you to join!

THE Rock - at Washtenaw and Hill

Historic footage of mining and transporting "The Rock" in WPA era Ann Arbor. Eli Gallup, Ann Arbor's Superintendant of Parks from the 1920s through early 1960s appears in the footage, overseeing the work. Narrated by Eli's son, Al Gallup.

Women on the Warpath" B-24 Liberator

In January of 1940, the Roosevelt administration asked Ford Motor Company to manufacture components for the B-24 Liberator bomber. It happened in Washtenaw County at Willow Run.

A Walk with Wystan in Forest Hill Cemetery

Wystan Stevens conducting Forest Hills Cemetery Tours, which he gave for over 30 years.

Ypsilanti Water Tower  A short documentary by Eastern Michigan University students gives a great history.

Washtenaw County Historical Society

PO Box 3366

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Museum on Main Street

500 N. Main Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-662-9092

wchs-500@ameritech.net

Open Saturdays & Sundays

12 Noon - 4 pm

The Argus Museum

525 West William

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-769-0770

cchidester@onealconstruction.com

Open Monday-Friday

9am - 5 pm

Ann Arbor, Michigan, circa 1910. "Michigan Central railroad station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company (loc.gov)
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, circa 1910. "Michigan Central railroad station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company (loc.gov)