News and Events


Museum Will Open in May

The Gardner House Museum will open for the season the weekend of Mother's Day (May 13).  Visit the Victorian home on Saturdays and Sundays, 2-4 p.m., through the end of September.  If you are interested in a private tour during the week, please call the museum well in advance for accommodations at (517) 629-5100.

Register Now for Mother's Day Tea

     You are cordially invited to celebrate Albion's most significant event as it impacts the world--Mother's Day!!
     Created by Albion resident Julia Calhoun Blakely (1818-1920) to honor hard-working mothers everywhere, the Albion Historical Society carries on the tradition with a high tea for mother.  Light fare and hot tea will be served with a few extra surprises.
     This event is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, at the Gardner House Museum.  Admission is free but requires reservations.  There are two seatings--11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  To RSVP, please call Dolores Manthei at (517) 629-3041 as seating is limited.  This event is open to all ages.  The Gardner House Museum is located at 509 S. Superior Street in Albion.


Brenda Leyndyke Talks About “Yankees Trekking the Trail to Calhoun County”

Yankee migration is a rich part of Michigan and Calhoun County history and will be the topic of discussion at the final event in the Albion Historical Society's speaker series to be held on Wednesday, May 10, at 2 p.m.  Speaker Brenda Leyndyke will give a talk entitled "Yankees Trekking the Trail to Calhoun County."  Leyndyke will provide attendees with the reasons for this migration, the effects this migration had on the state, the modes of transportation taken to get here, and the influences New England had in South Central Michigan, and more specific information relating to Calhoun County.

Brenda Leyndyke is the president of the Calhoun County Genealogical Society and a board member on the Michigan Genealogical Council.  For the past seven years, Brenda has written an award-winning blog, "Journey to the Past," a two-time winner of Family Tree Magazine's 40 Best Genealogy Blogs.  She started researching her family ancestry ten years ago and has traveled to ancestral homes throughout the Midwest and on the East Coast.  She has also presented at various genealogical societies in Michigan.

This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Naomi Lane Room at the Albion District Library.  For more information, contact Jennifer Wood in the Local History Room at the Albion District Library at (517) 629-3993.


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Golf Open Coming June 24

The 2017 Gardner House Museum Open will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 24, 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 drawings, 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.