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Museum's 2016 Season is Over
The Gardner House Museum ended the 2016 tour season on Sunday, September 25. What this actually means is that our volunteers won't be there on weekends waiting to give tours. If, however, you would like to tour the museum, simply call 517-629-5100 to schedule a personal tour. The museum will be open again in 2017 from 2-4 p.m. Mothers' Day weekend until the last weekend of September.
Jim Jackson to Discuss "The 1st Michigan Colored Troops in the Civil War"
On Wednesday, April 26, the Albion Historical Society is excited to welcome next in its speaker series Calhoun County Genealogical Society past-president Jim Jackson as its April speaker. Mr. Jackson will be talking about the 1st Michigan Colored Troops in the Civil War.
The 1st Michigan Colored Troops, later known as the 102nd United States Colored Troops, was formed in 1863 and composed of volunteers from southern Michigan, Detroit, and Ontario, Canada. This company of courageous men--some of them ex-slaves--saw action in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. They also fought beside the famed 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry soldiers (the subject of the film Glory).
In addition to his leadership role in the CCGS, Mr. Jackson is a nationally-recognized researcher, writer, and lecturer on a wide variety of family and local history subjects including Battle Creek's Oak Hill Cemetery and Irish American, African American, and Native American servicemen in the Civil War. Area residents may also know him from his longtime involvement with the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
The talk will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Naomi Lane meeting room upstairs at the Albion District Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Wood in the Local History Room at (517)629-3993.