News and Events


Gardner House Golf Tournament Set For June

The annual Gardner House Golf Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Tomac Woods Golf Course.  This is the big yearly fundraiser for the Albion Historical Society! The cost for golfing in this event is $50 per person and is a four-person scramble format. This cost includes 18 holes of golf, door prizes, prizes for first and second place, hole-in-one prize, 50/50 split, and a great lunch! All donations are tax deductible. Contact Andy Zblewski at (517)629-9974 if you would like to enter a team or if you would like to join a team. 

If golfing is not your thing, hole sponsorships are available for $25 per hole.  A sign with your business name will be prominently displayed at the golf course that day, listed in the program, and included in all our advertising (350 newsletters, on-line media, and multiple print ads).  That's an advertising bargain!  Donations of prizes are also appreciated.  Hats, shirts, gift certificates from your business, etc., are all good forms of advertising for you and make terrific prizes for the golfers who participate.

Help us preserve Albion's history for future generations!

Shirley Gage Hodges Will Talk About Using Township Records for Historical Research

Popular genealogy and local history speaker Shirley Gage Hodges will be the final speaker in the 2018-2019 Albion Historical Society Speaker Series on April 1 at 1:00 p.m. in the Naomi Lane Room at the Albion District Library. She will present a talk on the wide variety of records and documents to be found in Michigan township hall collections. Many researchers are familiar with the resources to be found in places like libraries and museums, historical societies, court houses, and registers of deeds offices. However, township halls often contain record types one would not ordinarily think of. School censuses, draft eligibility lists, and even dog license registers--data that can shed light on individuals and events--are records that sometimes fall between the cracks of more common historical sources.

Shirley Gage Hodges has been actively doing genealogical research since 1967. She has taught genealogy classes in community education programs at various high schools and has also been a guest lecturer for Michigan State University, the Union Institute, and Davenport College programs. Shirley has presented lectures and seminars in both the United States and Canada since 1994. Sharing her interest and love of genealogical research and her sense of humor always delights her audiences. Shirley served as president of the Genealogical Speakers Guild from 2006-2010. Her memberships include the Association of Professional Genealogists, the National Genealogical Society, and numerous state and local societies, including the Calhoun County Genealogical Society and the Eaton County Genealogical Society. She was recently honored with the Eaton County Heritage Award and the Library of Michigan Genealogy Appreciation Award. Many of Shirley’s articles are available online at Global Genealogy’s online magazine.

Although Shirley specializes in tracing female ancestors, she covers a wide variety of topics for both the novice and advanced genealogist. Researchers interested in many other aspects of local history will also find her presentations interesting and helpful.

The Albion Historical Society partners with the Albion District Library to present a history speakers series, a regular program of free talks exploring subjects relating to the history of Albion and Calhoun County. The library is located at 501 S. Superior Street in Albion. This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Events

Garden Party at the Gardner Coming in June

The annual Garden Party at the Gardner will be held Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a rain date the following week on June 15.  We're planning to have crafts, antiques, collectibles, plants, food, a petting zoo, and lots more.  If you would like to rent space for a booth, please contact organizer Dolores Manthei at (517) 629-3041.

How to Contact Us While We Are Building Our New Web Site...

The Albion Historical Society is currently building a new website.  The current one has been around for ten years already, which means it is from the dark ages.  In fact, due to its age, the "Contact Us" link had to be removed.  In the interim, please know that you may still reach us at info(insert the "at" sign)  We hope to have the new site in operation by late spring.

We're Now on Facebook

Visit us at  Visit our page for updates on events being held at the museum, special features, recent artifact donations, and much more.

Local History Room Needs You

Interested in helping out in the Local History Room but feel like you don't have time for a regular volunteer commitment?  We have many individual short-term projects, some of which can be completed in as little as an hour or two.  Preserving and organizing local history materials is a long-term endeavor, but every little bit helps.  Email, call, or visit Local History Archivist Jennifer at the Library at (517) 629-3993, ext. 210 /