News and Events


Golf Open Coming in June

The 2016 Gardner House Museum Open will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at Tomac Woods golf course.  This is a major fundraiser for the Albion Historical Society.  Enjoy 18 holes of golf, door prizes, a delicious lunch, 50/50 drawing, and much more!  The cost is $50 per person or $200 per team.  The format for the tournament will be 4-person scramble.  If you're not a golfer but would like to support the museum, please consider sponsoring a hole.  For more information or to sign up, please contact Andy Zblewski at (517)629-9974.

Stop and Smell the Roses at the Garden Party

Save the date June 25 on your calendar so you remember to attend our annual Garden Party.  Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.  If the weather is too harsh for the party, our rain date will be July 9.

Stroll along West Elm as you visit vendors' booths, enjoy summertime food and beverages, see all the attractions, and smell the flowers in the garden.  More details to come soon...

Tour Guides Needed for Museum

The Albion Historical Society is in need of volunteers to give tours at its Gardner House Museum. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays between 2-4 p.m. from Mother's Day weekend through the end of September. The society needs at least two guides during each weekend day to showcase the Victorian house from the late 1800’s. Guides will learn the highlights of its three floors as well as the basic history of Albion.  If you are interested in becoming a docent, please call the museum at (517)629-5100.

Upcoming Events

Jim "Deacon" McGuire Subject of New Biography

Albion's James "Deacon" McGuire (1863-1936), a long-time major league player during the great age of vintage baseball, is the subject of an upcoming biography by Washington, DC, baseball writer Jim Flack.  Mr. Flack will be coming to Albion in June to do additional research.  If you have knowledge of or memories of McGuire, please contact either Jennifer Wood at the Albion District Library History Room or send an email to the Albion Historical Society.

"Deacon" McGuire was born in Youngstown, Ohio, but moved to Albion when he was a young man.  He began playing baseball professionally in 1883.  He played 26 seasons in the major leagues, mostly as a catcher.  After retiring from baseball, McGuire returned to Albion and pursued a variety of business interests, among them the McGuire Brothers Saloon.  In 1926 he also coached the Albion College baseball team.  Having called Michigan home for most of his life, as well as coaching and scouting for the Detroit Tigers later in his career, McGuire is eligible for induction into the new Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame.

To see some rare photographs and memorabilia of "Deacon" McGuire, visit the Gardner House Museum during our weekend visiting hours.

New Exhibit Honors Albion Police and Fire Fighters

The finishing touches are being done to a new exhibit which highlights the history of Albion's police and fire fighters.  "Unsung Heros" will feature photographs and artifacts from our collection of rescue worker memorabilia.