News and Events
Gardner Scramble Golf OutingThe Albion Historical Society would like to thank all the golfers and sponsors of our Gardner Scramble Golf Outing, held on Saturday, June 22, at Tomac Woods Golf Course. More than forty people played. “This is our major fundraiser for the Gardner House Museum each year,” said Andy Zblewski, Albion Historical Society President. It’s a Victorian home built in the late 1800’s and houses all the society’s archives as well as being an active museum open to the public, free of charge. “The upkeep of the building is a never-ending process that unfortunately is very costly."
New Exhibit at MuseumThe Albion Historical Society has unveiled a new exhibit, Bloomers to Bell Bottoms, at the Gardner House Museum. We have pictures of clothing stores from the past on display, as well as clothes from the archives featuring styles from the 1890's through the 1970's. Enjoy clothing advertising and a sewing display. This exhibit is on the second floor.
Tour Guides Needed for MuseumThe Albion Historical Society is in need of volunteers to give tours at its Gardner House Museum. It is now and will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays, between 2-4 p.m. through the end of September. The society needs at least two guides during each of those shifts, 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.
Gardner House Museum on JTVAlbion’s own Gardner House Museum was featured on JTV’s Where We Live program. The show gives a tour of the Victorian mansion, located at 509 South Superior in downtown. Watch a short version of this video, on YouTube.
Invite a Friend to AHSThe Albion Historical Society board wishes to thank all those who helped make the "Invite a Friend" membership drive a success. We had volunteers stationed at various places in Albion on June 14, with the hopes of members renewing, new members joining and creating awareness about what we do. Thank you to Membership Chair Barb McAuliffe for coordinating this event, to the volunteers who gave their time, and to Chemical Bank, First Merit Bank, Homestead Savings Bank and United Educational Credit Union for allowing us to host this event in their lobbies. And thank you to those who joined and renewed. We appreciate your support! If you missed this, but would still like to be a part of the Albion Historical Society, you can join today.
Plant Swap and SaleAs spring finally arrived in Albion, the Albion Historical Society held its annual Plant Swap and Sale on Saturday, May 18, between noon-2 p.m. in the front yard of the Gardner House Museum. Gardeners traded, sold and swapped plants and flowers.
Model T's Rolled into AlbionApproximately fifty people in Model T cars rolled into Albion on Saturday, May 18. After stopping at Victory Park, they toured the Gardner House Museum. “Our Model T event is called the CanAM which is an annual event that includes our Michigan club, The Casual T's, and our Canadian counterpart,” said Jill McCririe, secretary of Casual T’s. “The event alternates every year between Michigan and Canada.” According to its website, The Model T Ford was built for model years 1909 through 1927. More than 15 million rolled off the assembly lines and put the world on wheels. Their durability, the availability of parts, and their simplicity make them a practical car for a hobbyist. There are many Model T’s still on the roads today being driven and enjoyed all over the world.
Mother's Day TeaThe Albion Historical Society held its annual Mother's Day Tea on Saturday, May 11, at the Gardner House Museum. There was a tea at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Guests enjoyed a light fare, cookies and other treats. Mother's Day is believed to have originated in Albion on May 11, 1877, when Julie Calhoun Blakely asked parishioners at the local Methodist church to honor mothers. Mother's Day was born. The historical society has hosted this event since 2003.
Share Your Memories with the Albion Historical SocietyWhere were you when Senator Warren Hooper was murdered? What do you remember about the early days of the Festival of the Forks? What are your memories of the Bohm Theatre, your school days, summer concerts or your favorite local stores? The Albion Historical Society wants to hear your memories. It will include them in upcoming newsletters, to share with its members. Contact us or mail your stories to: The Gardner House Museum 509 South Superior Street Albion, MI 49224 Please include your name, your contact information and how long you have lived in the Albion area, as well as any pertinent pictures if you have them.
Gardner House Museum Now Open
The Gardner House Museum is now open and will remain open weekends, 2-4 p.m. until the end of September. Tours are also available by appointment.