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ANN ARBOR’S STORY - The First 50 Years   If it takes a village to raise a child… what does it take to raise a village? Raising a village takes pioneers whose stories range from inspiring to mysterious, and heroic to heartbreaking. It takes settlers who build homes, operate farms, raise families and connect with each other to form communities. And it takes home-made items, businesses, and occupations that contribute to the quality of everyday life. In celebration of the Bicentennial, this exhibit looks at one of the most curious periods of Ann Arbor’s history: the first 50 years (1824-1874). Intriguing artifacts, objects, textiles, photos, and maps from the collection will be mixed with stories and more to show what life was like for the earliest residents.The Bicentennial isn’t just a historic look back at the last 200 years. It’s understanding and appreciating the present while envisioning the best future possibilities for the next generations.

Donate, Join, Renew - This Work Really Needs You!

THE WCHS appreciates the support of members and donors. Collecting, preserving and exhibiting local history takes a community of people who care about our present and future.

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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!

Washtenaw County Historical Society

PO Box 3336

Ann Arbor, MI 48104

The Museum on Main Street

500 N. Main Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48104


Open Saturdays & Sundays

12 Noon - 4 pm

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