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Washtenaw County Historical Society

To educate and inspire community engagement in the preservation

and presentation of area history.

The Museum on Main Street and

The Argus Museum are  located in

historic buildings and neighborhoods

Are you curious about a house or building or an early pioneer?

Click here to submit your question.

First published in 1941, the issues of the WCHS newsletter Impressions  digitized and online.


The Women's March to the Ballot Box is about the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. It was originally planned as a physical exhibit at the Museum on Main Street. And until we can welcome you back to Main Street, be our virtual guests and we hope you enjoy the visit.

JOIN, DONATE or RENEW - 2021  

For 163 years membership dues and donations (private and public)  have been, and continue to be our most essential  financial support. When you join the Washtenaw County Historical Society your contributions allow all of our exhibits and programs to remain free and open to the public. Your contributions helped fund a mew high density storage unit for collections and to maintain the largest artifact we have in the collection - the house that serves as the Museum on Main Street.

November News

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Pauline Walters Memorial Award

This award grants financial support to an individual or
organization that fulfills our mission to educate and inspire our community to  engage in the preservation and presentation of Washenaw County history.


The award was established in memory and honor of Pauline who served the Society for many years in various capacities from board member to President. From the moment the Museum opened she was present every weekday. Pauline truly loved history, helping people, volunteering and the Museum on Main Street.The maximum award amount is $500. A link to apply online for toe 2021 award will be posted when the 2020 winner is announced!

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the office of the Washtenaw County Historical Society and The Museum on Main Street are temporarily closed to the public for the safety of visitors, members, staff and volunteers. 
But the work of the Society continues. Our mission is to educate and inspire our community to engage in the preservation and presentation of area history.

The Washtenaw County Historical Society believes that history has a powerful impact when it connects the people, events, places, stories and ideas of the past with people, events, places, stories and ideas of today.

"Women on the Warpath" B-24 Liberator - 1943   In January of 1940, the Roosevelt administration asked Ford Motor Company to manufacture components for the B-24 Liberator bomber. Charles Sorensen, Vice-President of Production for Ford traveled to San Diego to observe Consolidated Aircraft's operations. On that visit he conceived the Willow Run bomber plant that eventually manufactured 8,800 of the B-24 Liberator bombers.




"Stories of the University Library": A Bicentennial Exhibit is a compilation of photographs and news articles that show a few of the stories surrounding the University of Michigan Library and how it has grown throughout the University’s first 200 years.

19th Amendment Centennial - Online Exhibits


We Miss

Seeing You...

Our museum is closed but our website is always open.Voicemails and emails are answered. We can't wait until we are all safe enough to open our doors and welcome you back.

The Washtenaw County

Historical Society

P.O Box 3336

Ann Arbor, MI 48106-3336

734-662-9092  wchs-500@ameritech.net

The Museum on Main Street

500 N. Main Street - Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-662-9092    wchs-500@ameritech.net

The Argus Museum

525 West William - Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-769-0770    cchidester@onealconstruction.com


(L) Unidentified subject of Ann Arbor photographer Obadiah A. Kelley, David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography

(R) Daniel L. Quirk Jr. started the “Ypsilanti Players” in 1915 and played many roles during the early years of the theatre,, (Ypsilanti Historical Society)