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Event: Annual Pittsfield Township Harvest Festival
Date: Sun 17 Sep 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: Please join us at this annual family event that celebrates the history of our community! Put on by Pittsfield Township and the Society, there will be historic displays, a petting farm, entertainment, hay rides, games, and tours of the historic buildings. Don't miss the bake sale fund-raiser to benefit the Pittsfield Township Historical Society.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: August 3rd Sunday House Tour
Date: Sun 20 Aug 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: Come find out more about the 19th century Sutherland-Wilson farm house. These docent-led tours are free and open to the public. We will especially welcome members of the Daughters of the American Revolution to view our commemorative bricks honoring Revolutionary War soldiers who lived or died in Pittsfield Township.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: July Board Meeting
Date: Wed 19 Jul 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: Quarterly board meeting of the Society. Everyone welcome!
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: July 3rd Sunday House Tour
Date: Sun 16 Jul 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: Come find out more about the 19th century Sutherland-Wilson farm house. These docent-led tours are free and open to the public.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: June 3rd Sunday House Tour
Date: Sun 18 Jun 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: house_front_facade_painted.jpgCome find out more about the 19th century Sutherland-Wilson farm house. These docent-led tours are free and open to the public.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: May 3rd Sunday House Tour
Date: Sun 21 May 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: Third Sunday house tours return! Come find out more about the 19th century Sutherland-Wilson farm house. These docent-led tours are free and open to the public.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Clean up morning at the Farm
Date: Sat 20 May 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: To get the Farm ready for summer events, please help us on clean up morning. We'll be cleaning the house, raking the yard, sweeping the barn and planting flowers. If you can help, please join us!
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: pittsfieldhistory@yahoo.com
 
Event: April Board Meeting
Date: Wed 19 Apr 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: Quarterly board meeting of the Society. Everyone welcome!
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Sunday Program: Photo Genealogy
Date: Sun 26 Feb 2017
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Pittsfield Township Community Center, 701 W Ellsworth Rd, Ann Arbor
Description: Come learn more about old photographs from historians and antique dealers Bill and Glenna Jo Christen. They'll explain the different types of photographs of the 19th and early 20th centuries and how you can recognize the varieties. Bring old family photos, especially ones you need help dating! (Please bring the original and, if possible, a scan on a flash drive.) This event is free and open to the public.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: January Board Meeting
Date: Wed 18 Jan 2017
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Pittsfield Township Community Center, 701 W Ellsworth Rd, Ann Arbor
Description: Quarterly board meeting of the Society. Everyone welcome!
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Annual Meeting
Date: Wed 19 Oct 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: All members are encouraged to attend the meeting to hear officer and committee reports and help make plans for the coming year. There will be a presentation by PTHS Vice President Al Paas, Populating Pittsfield: What brought folks to our community. The meeting is open to the public.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Sutherland Wilson Farm House Tour
Date: Sun 16 Oct 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: house_porch_columns_restored.jpgFree docent-led tours of the 1850s Sutherland-Wilson farm house. This will be the last open house of the year.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Date: Sun 18 Sep 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: Mark your calendars for this fun, family-friendly annual event!
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Tour of S W Farmhouse
Date: Sun 21 Aug 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Description: The farmhouse at the Sutherland-Wilson Farm will now be open for docent-led tours on the 3rd Sunday of the month May-October. The house has been restored to the 1850s-1900s era. The tours are free and open to the public. While only the house will be open, a hand-out will be available directing people around the grounds and out-buildings for self-guided tours.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Farmhouse Tour
Date: Sun 17 Jul 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Description: The farmhouse at the Sutherland-Wilson Farm will now be open for docent-led tours on the 3rd Sunday of the month May-October. The house has been restored to the 1850s-1900s era. The tours are free and open to the public. While only the house will be open, a hand-out will be available directing people around the grounds and out-buildings for self-guided tours.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Summer Board Meeting
Date: Wed 13 Jul 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: All members are invited to attend the quarterly meetings. This is one week earlier than usual due to travel schedules.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Tour of Sutherland Wilson Farmhouse
Date: Sun 19 Jun 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Description: Spend part of Father's Day on the Farm! The farmhouse at the Sutherland-Wilson Farm will be open that day for docent-led tours. The house has been restored to the 1850s-1900s era. The tours are free and open to the public. While only the house will be open, a hand-out will be available directing people around the grounds and out-buildings for self-guided tours.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Sutherland Wilson Farmhouse Tour
Date: Sun 15 May 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: house_northeast_facade_painted.jpgThe farmhouse at the Sutherland-Wilson Farm will now be open for docent-led tours on the 3rd Sunday of the month May-October. The house has been restored to the 1850s-1900s era. The tours are free and open to the public. While only the house will be open, a hand-out will be available directing people around the grounds and out-buildings for self-guided tours.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Spring Board Meeting
Date: Wed 20 Apr 2016
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: All members are invited to attend the quarterly meetings.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Winter Board Meeting
Date: Wed 20 Jan 2016
Time: 6:30 AM
Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W Ellsworth Rd, Ann Arbor
Description: All members are invited to attend our quarterly board meetings.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: 200th Anniversary of Survey and Annual Meeting
Date: Sun 18 Oct 2015
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Pittsfield Twp Administration Building, 6201 W Michigan Ave, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: Come see a program about the first survey of Pittsfield Township in 1815. Surveyor reenactment members will be there with old equipment and stories about the life of a surveyor 200 years ago. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge to attend. Following the program, the Pittsfield Township Historical Society will hold its annual business meeting and elect officers for the 2015-17 term. Everyone is welcome to participate.
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Seventh Annual Harvest Festival
Date: Sun 20 Sep 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 Textile Rd, Ann Arbor MI 48108
Description: 2015hfflyer.jpgDon't miss this wonderful family event-- petting farm, games, food, music, hay rides, crafts, tours of the house and more!
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Summer Quarterly Meeting
Date: Wed 15 Jul 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 787 Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Description: Quarterly board meeting. Everyone is welcome!
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Spring Quarterly Board Meeting
Date: Wed 15 Apr 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 787 Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Description: Quarterly board meeting. Everyone is welcome!
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Spring Quarterly Board Meeting
Date: Wed 15 Apr 2015
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 787 Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Description: Quarterly board meeting. Everyone is welcome!
Contact: Emily Salvette, President
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Harvest Festival at historic Sutherland Wilson Farm
Date: Sun 21 Sep 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Description: Save the date for this fun, family event! There will be farm animals, craft demonstrations, hayrides, entertainment, old-fashioned games, tours of the historic farm house, and more.
Contact: Emily Salvette
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Washtenaw County Historical Society Annual Meeting
Date: Sun 18 May 2014
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Description: The WCHS annual meeting will be held at the Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum to mark the new WCHS exhibit "Farming in Washtenaw County." Preservationist Ina Hanel will give a presentation at the meeting. Tours of the Sutherland-Wilson farmhouse will be offered. RSVP by calling 734-662-9092 or email wchs-500@ameritech.net
Contact: Emily Salvette
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Sutherland Wilson Farm Spring Clean up Day
Date: Sat 10 May 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108
Description: Come help us spruce up the farm! We will be sweeping the barn, tidying up the yard, and cleaning the house. Stop by as your schedule allows--we really appreciate any help you can give.
Contact: Emily Salvette
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Pittsfield Historical Society Sunday Program
Date: Sun 2 Mar 2014 - Sun 2 Mar 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 West Ellsworth, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Description: Virginia Watson, a local weaver, will talk about narural fibers in historical textiles.
Contact: Emily Salvette, 734-668-2607
Email: salvette@umich.edu
 
Event: Sunday Program: Natural Fibers in Historical Textiles
Date: Sun 2 Mar 2014
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Pittsfield Twp Community Center, 701 W Ellsworth Rd, Ann Arbor
Description: Join us for a talk by Virginia Watson, a local weaver and historian. The four basic fibers used in textile production throughout history will be displayed, with samples for participants to examine and handle. Brief demonstrations of fiber preparation will be presented with comments on recent manufacturing influences. Free and open to the public.
Contact: Emily Salvette
Email: esalvette@gmail.com
 
Event: Pittsfield Harvest Festival
Date: Sun 22 Sep 2013
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 797 West Textile Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Description: A family event with petting farm, food, music, historical displays, corn shelling and grinding and picking pumpkins from the garden.
Contact: Mary Ellen Wall 734-434-4074
Email: mew_42strat@yahoo.com
 
Event: Sunday Program
Date: Sun 10 Feb 2013
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 701 W. Ellsworth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Description: Ron Koenig, Conservator, will talk about restoration work he has performed on the Detroit Athletic Club, UM's Cook Law School Library, Cranbrook Auditorium, Hack House, Albert Kahn Log Cabin plus many other projects.
Contact: Betty LeClair 734-971-2384
 
Event: Pittsfield Historical Society Meeting
Date: Wed 16 Jan 2013
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 701 W. Ellsworth, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Description: Board Meeting. All are welcome
Contact: Betty LeClair 734-971-2384
Email: donbet@comcast.net
 
Event: Program by Parks & Rec Director Dan Cooperrider
Date: Sun 19 Feb 2012
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth Rd., Ann Arbor, 48108
Description: Dan Cooperrider, Director of Pittsfield Parks & Recreation, will give an interactive presentation on the history of the Parks & Recreation Department Where we Started and Where we have Been. Public encouraged to attend. Door prizes & fun!
Contact: Betty LeClair
Email: Donbet@comcast.net
 
Event: Pittsfield Township Harvest Festival Fundraiser
Date: Sun 25 Sep 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 Textile Road, Ann Arbor, MI
Description: horse_drawn_wagon_in_cornfield.jpgA family event held at historic Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum.
  • Saline Fiddlers Restrung will perform between 2-3:00.
  • House tours between 3-4:00.
  • Wagon rides between 3-5:00
  • Harvesting pumpkins from the garden at 4:30.
  • And much more.
Contributions and donations will be greatly appreciated, and will be used for continuing restoration of historic Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum.
Directions: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum is west of State Street, on the south side of the road.
Contact: Mary Ellen Wall
Email: mew_42strat@yahoo.com
 
Event: Women of the Civil War
Date: Sun 17 Apr 2011
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: 701 West Ellsworth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Description: Susan Nenadic, lecture concerning women who participated in the Civil War.
Contact: Betty LeClair (734)971-2384
Email: donbet@comcast.net
 
Event: James Mann: February Sunday Program
Date: Sun 13 Feb 2011 - Sun 13 Feb 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 701 West Ellsworth, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Description: James Mann, author, historian, and story teller.
Contact: Betty LeClair: (734) 971-2384
Email: donbet@comcast.net
 
Event: Pittsfield Historical Society Board Meeting
Date: Wed 19 Jan 2011
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 701 W. Ellsworth, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Description: Regular Society Board Meeting
Directions: Pittsfield Community Center, corner of Ellsworth and State Street
Contact: Betty LeClair 971-2384
Email: donbet@comcast.net
 
Event: Pittsfield Township Historical Society Annual meeting
Date: Wed 20 Oct 2010
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: 701 West Ellsworth, Pittsfield Community Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Contact: Betty LeClair 734-971-2384
 
Event: Harvest Festival Fundraiser: Pittsfield's YesterYears
Date: Sun 26 Sep 2010
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm Museum, 797 Textile Road, Ann Arbor, MI
Description: This is a family event for everyone to enjoy. Baked Goods, Hay Ride, Old time lawn games, cider and donuts, pick pumpkins, harvest corn stalks, tour of the house.
Directions: East of State Street at the corner of Textile and State.
Contact: Betty LeClair, 734-971-2384
 
Event: Pittsfield Historical Society Board Meeting
Date: Wed 21 Apr 2010 - Wed 21 Apr 2010
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:25 PM
Location: 701 West Ellsworth, Ann Arbor, MI 4108
Description: Regular Board meeting
Directions: Pittsfied Community Center, corner of State Street and Ellsworth Road
Contact: Betty LeClair
Email: donbet@comcast.net
 
Event: Geological and Glacial History of Pittsfield Township
Date: Sun 8 Feb 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 West Ellswworth, Ann Arbor, MI
Description: John S. Russell will speak on the Geological History of the Pittsfield area and make some comments about the botany that developed from the time glaciers retreated and settlers arrived. John is on the Washtenaw County Natural Areas Technical Advisory Committee. He is a retired instructor from Pioneer High School where he taught Ecology, AP Biology, AC Physical Science, Photography, Earth Science and Biology.
Contact: Mary Ellen Wall 734-434-4074
Email: mew_42strat@yahoo.com
 
Event: Geddes Town Hall School Program
Date: Sun 11 Jan 2009
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Geddes Town Hall Schoolhouse on the Eastern Michigan University campus
Description: Hannah Geddes Wright will speak to the group about the Town Hall Schoolhouse that was built on her family farm in Pittsfield Township. She will speak about her book "Down the Myrtle Path" and about attending a one room school.
Directions: The Town Hall Schoolhouse in on the campus of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
Contact: Mary Ellen Wall 734-434-4074
Email: mew_42strat@yahoo,com
 
Event: Leticia Byrd Oral History
Date: Sun 12 Oct 2008
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 701 West Ellsworth, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Contact: Mary Ellen Wall, 734-434-4074
Email: mew_42strat@yahoo.com
 
Event: Apple Day Pittsfield Union Grange
Date: Sat 27 Sep 2008
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Pittsfield Union Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor Saline Rd, Ann Arbor, MI
Description: Bring your family and enjoy making your own cider. Bring a container for your cider. You can select your apples and help put them thru the cider press and watch the cider pour into you jug. Apples, baked goods, and popcorn will be available for purchase. Pittsfield Historical Society will have craft items for sale under their tent.
Contact: Mary Ellen Wall, 734-434-4074
 
Event: Pittsfield Township Veterans Memories
Date: Sun 14 Sep 2008
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: 701 West Ellsworth, Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Description: Several veterans will attend and speak about their war experiences.
Contact: Mary Ellen Wall 734-434-4074
Email: mew_42strat@yahoo.com
 
Event: Sutherland Wilson Barn Dedication
Date: Sun 26 Aug 2007
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 797 Textile Road, Pittsfield Township (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Description: big_barn_restored.jpgThis event celebrates the restoration of the Sutherland Wilson Barn. Please join us and enjoy the many activities and exhibits that are planned. There will be archive exhibits, farm machinery, and children's activities. Harry Macomber will be there to sign copies of his book "How the Bee Got Inside My Bib Overalls and Other Farm Stories from the 1940s and 1950s".
Directions: 797 West Textile is just West of the intersection of Textile and South State Street. From Ann Arbor: Take State Street south, at Textile turn right. From Saline: Take Michigan Avenue east to Maple Road, turn left, turn right at Textile. From Ypsilanti: Take Michigan Avenue west to Old South State Road and turn right, turn left at Textile Road.
Contact: Betty LeClair 734-971-2384
Email: donbet@comcast.net
 
Event: Fashions from Second half of Nineteenth Century
Date: Sun 15 Apr 2007
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Senior/Community Center 701 W. Ellsworth Rd.
Description: Would Scarlet O'Hara really have worn her curtains? Queen Victoria and Amelia Bloomer - what do we have to thank them for? What happened to make 1851 and 1859 landmark years in the clothing industry? 1850-1900 we will take a look at what happened in society and technological development to influence fashion and clothing. Helen Welford has a background in arts and a love of 19th-20th century ballroom dancing that has set her on the path to reporduce her own vintage ballgowns.
Contact: Marcia Ticknor 734 429-4517
Email: m_ticknor@yahoo.com
 
Event: Working Women in Washtenaw County Before 1914
Date: Sun 18 Mar 2007
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Senior/Community Center 701 W. Ellsworth Rd.
Description: Susan Nenadic will share with us some of the research she has done on the working women in Washtenaw County from 1824 to 1914 including the obvious: teachers, milliners, laundresses and moving forward to the changes in education that led to law, medicine, dentistry, offices, retail, newspapers and politics.
Contact: Marcia Ticknor 734-429-4517
Email: m_ticknor@yahoo.com
 
Event: December Program -- To Be Announced
Date: Sun 10 Dec 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
 
Event: Locating Family History Locally
Date: Sun 12 Nov 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Senior/ Community Center 701 W. Ellsworth Rd.
Description: Nancy Krohn from the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County will share information about the GSWC Library and family history center located at the Saline LDS Church.
Contact: Marcia Ticknor 734-429-4517
Email: m_ticknor@yahoo.com
 
Event: Canton Township Historical Museum
Date: Sun 8 Oct 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Corner of Canton Center Road and Heritage Park Drive, Canton, MI
Description: We will have a tour of the museum and discussion about how Canton has protected their heritage as they moved from rural to urban.
Directions: Take I94 east to Belleville Rd. North on Belleville Rd which changes to Canton Center after it crosses US12. The museum is a brick one room school on the left side of the road at the corner of Canton Center and Heritage. Park behind the school.
 
Event: How Does Your Garden Grow
Date: Sun 10 Sep 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Sutherland Wilson Farm Museum
Description: Jo Ann Marshall from Trilliam Landscape Design, LLC will explain what types of plantlife would have been growing on the grounds of the farm during the 1850-1900 era.
Contact: Marcia Ticknor 734-429-4517
 
Event: June Program -- To Be Announced
Date: Sun 11 Jun 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
 
Event: Field trip to the Ella Sharp Museum
Date: Sun 21 May 2006
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Ella Sharp Museum, 3225 4th Street,
Description: Ella Sharp Museum, Jackson, Michigan. Cost $4 per adult. If you go to the Ella Sharp website you might be able to print a coupon good for one free adult admission with a paid admission, if it has been updated from 2005. Besides the house there are other buildings, a one room school, exhibition of carriages, woodworking shop, printers office, Dr.s Office, general store. We need to be there before 2:00 for the tour. For car pooling meet at the township community center at 1:00.
Directions: Exit #138 off I94 and follow the green trailblazer signs to the museum.
 
Event: The History of Quilts-CANCELLED
Date: Sun 9 Apr 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
Description: This event has been cancelled due to not finding an available authority on quilts.
 
Event: Public Safety Director Phillips and Dep. Dir. McGuire
Date: Sun 12 Mar 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W Ellsworth, Ann Arbor
Description: Director of Public Safety John Phillips

Emily Salvette will be conducting an oral history interview with

  • Director John Phillips and

  • Deputy Director Elizabeth McGuire

  • about the history of Pittsfield's Department of Public Safety.

     
    Event: Pave the Path Legacy Brick Program
    Date: Wed 1 Mar 2006 - Fri 30 Jun 2006
    Description: engraved_bricks.jpg

    Help the Pittsfield Township Historical Society and Commission pay lasting tribute to individuals those currently living here, those who lived here in the past, and those who have their roots here and organizations and businesses that are or have been part of our heritage.

    This lasting tribute will be engraved into a path of time. Please purchase and/or help sell one or more engraved bricks to be incorporated into this path which initially will cover the sloping ramp to the main floor of historic Sutherland-Wilson Barn
    See Pave the Path Brochure: Front | Back

    Contact: For additional information, please contact us
     
    Event: Reenactment of Everyday Life in the 1830s
    Date: Sun 12 Feb 2006
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth Rd.
    Description: reenactor_early_1800s_kyle_detail.jpg

    Can you envision this? It is mid 1830's. You are settling in this new township called Pitt.

    Join us for Hugh & Nancy Davidson's costumed presentation on the day to day activities of the normal everyday life of early Pittsfield Township residents. What did they wear? What did they eat? How did they survive in this wilderness. Hugh will have his Brown Bess Musket and tomahawk to show.

    Contact: Marcia Ticknor 734 429-4517
    Email: m_ticknor@yahoo.com
     
    Event: Visit to the David R. Byrd Center
    Date: Sun 8 Jan 2006
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: David Byrd Center, 3261 Lohr Rd. Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1746
    Description: Letitia Byrd will present the history of the David Byrd Center and the historical home in which it is located. The home is a Greek revival landmark in Pittsfield Township. A restoration expert, Mr. Byrd was a charter member of the faculty at Washtenaw Community College and a renowned entrepreneur.
    Directions: On Lohr Rd near I-94.
     
    Event: Holiday Potluck
    Date: Sun 11 Dec 2005
    Location: Home of Karen and Doug Kettlewell
    Description: horse_and_sleigh.jpgSociety members are invited to celebrate the holidays and the accomplishments of a very busy year. During the year, work commenced on restoration of Sutherland-Wilson barn. The Society received a grant from the state of Michigan to assist with this project. Much work also was accomplished on Sutherland-Wilson house.
     
    Event: Pittsfield Union Grange Holiday Party
    Date: Fri 9 Dec 2005
    Time: 6:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Union Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road
    Description: Pittsfield Union Grange. Join us for an evening of good fellowship to begin the holiday season. Potluck supper; ham provided. Bring the family. (Parents with young children should bring a present for Santa's helpers to present.) Gift grab bag: to join in, bring a $5.00 wrapped gift.
     
    Event: Exhibit - Winter in Pittsfield Township
    Date: Thu 1 Dec 2005 - Fri 31 Mar 2006
    Location: Pittsfield Township Administrative Building, 6201 West Michigan Avenue
    Description: Ice skating, a winter activity in historic Pittsfield Township.

    Photos and aretifacts from previous winters are on display. These include ice skates from about 1900, which were donated to the Society by local resident, Harold Sole. The display also includes Doug Woolley's old ice-fishing sled (which transported supplies and doubled as a bench) -- and many other items.

     
    Event: The Local Food Movement
    Date: Wed 16 Nov 2005
    Time: 6:30 PM
    Location: PITTSFIELD UNION GRANGE, 3337 ANN ARBOR-SALINE ROAD
    Description: 6:30 pm -- Potluck dinner
    7:15 pm -- Speaker: Joan Miller, of the Washtenaw County Extension Service will speak about the Local Food Movement
     
    Event: Potluck with Ernestine Wilson Meenan
    Date: Sun 9 Oct 2005
    Location: Suhterland-Wilson Farmstead
    Description: Come share experiences of Ernestine Wilson Meenan who grew up at the Sutherland Wilson Farm. This meeting will be held sometime the week of October 9th. As soon as we have a date we will email those for whom we have email addresses.
     
    Event: Apple Day: Pittsfield Union Grange
    Date: Sat 24 Sep 2005
    Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Grange, 3337 Ann Arbor - Saline Road
    Description: pittsfield_grange_sm.jpgPress cider, help make apple sauce and apple butter, taste a variety of different apples. Fun for the whole family. Participants can bring apples and jugs to press their own cider; a local farmer will be selling apples suitable for cider. Apple baked goods will be available for purchase.
    Directions: 1/2 mile south of I-94
    Contact: (734) 769-1052
     
    Event: Harry Macomber: Growing Up on a Farm
    Date: Sun 11 Sep 2005
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: 701 W. Ellsworth.
    Description: Harry Macomber will share stories of growing up on a farm in the 1940's and 1950's
     
    Event: Exhibit - Historic Sutherland-Wilson Farm
    Date: Fri 1 Jul 2005 - Wed 30 Nov 2005
    Location: Pittsfield Township Administrative Building, 6201 West Michigan Avenue
    Description: Historic Sutherland-Wilson Farm.

    Historic Sutherland-Wilson Farm was in the same family from 1832-2000 - nearly 170 years. In 2000, it was acquired by Pittsfield Township to become a heritage farm museum.

    Now leased to the Pittsfield Township Historical Society, it is undergoing extensive restoration.

     
    Event: Potluck Dinner at Pittsfield Union Grange #882
    Date: Wed 15 Jun 2005
    Time: 6:15 PM
    Location: Saline-Ann Arbor Road.
    Description: pittsfield_grange.jpgPittsfield Grange members have invited Pittsfielf Township Historical Society members to join them at their regular June meeting. A potluck dinner will start at 6:30, followed by a program. The program will consist of brief presentations by the two groups and discussion among their respective members.
     
    Event: Cobblestone Farm Tour
    Date: Sun 15 May 2005
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Cobblestone Farm, Packard Road
    Description: Join us for a field trip to the Cobblestone Farm Museum. We will meet at the Cobblestone Farm at 2:00 for the tour of their museum. At one time, Cobblestone Farm was in Pittsfield Township.
     
    Event: Assessment of Sutherland-Wilson House
    Date: Mon 18 Apr 2005
    Time: 8:00 PM
    Location: Sutherland-Wilson Farm, 797 Textile Road
    Description: farm_wide_view_exhibit.jpgAn EMU historic preservation class, under instructor Ilene Tyler, will present their findings from a semester-long evaluation of Sutherland-Wilson House.
     
    Event: Historic District Declaration
    Date: Wed 23 Mar 2005
    Time: 6:30 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: Marnie Paulus will discuss the reasons to apply for historic district declaration and what is involved.
     
    Event: Life in the 1800s
    Date: Sun 13 Mar 2005
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: Did you ever wonder what farm life was like in the 1800's on the Sutherland-Wilson Farm, or on farms and in communities generally? Ed Hoffman will give us an interactive slide and talk presentation. Ed is president of Art Assist Lectures which he started in 1991 to help patients, families and others dealing with serious illnesses. He then moved on to present his program to a wide variety of venues: retirement communities, law firms, chambers of commerce and so forth. His background is in the museum world, art auctions, writing, and teaching at the academic level.
     
    Event: Restoring Old Barns
    Date: Sun 13 Feb 2005
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: H. A. Hinz will share his expertise on restoring old barns.
     
    Event: Oral History Interview with James Aldrich
    Date: Sun 9 Jan 2005
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: James Aldrich is a former township trustee and long-time resident of Pittsfield Township.
     
    Event: Transportation of the Future
    Date: Wed 17 Nov 2004
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Location: Saline Railroad Depot
    Description: by Lloyd Baldwin, Historian with MDoT
     
    Event: Paleo Indians and Mastadons of Pittsfield Township
    Date: Wed 10 Nov 2004
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Senior Citizens Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: World-renoun authority, Daniel Fisher, will present an overview of Paleo Indian culture and the role mastadons played in it. While the evidence in this presentation is derived from many sources, Fisher's insights relate to the life experience of both hunter and prey in what today is Pittsfield Township.
     
    Event: Transportation of Today
    Date: Wed 20 Oct 2004
    Time: 7:30 PM
    Location: Saline Railroad Depot
    Description: by Aby Gladys Saborio, Chair of US 12 Heritage Trail Council
     
    Event: Plymouth Historical Museum Visit
    Date: Wed 13 Oct 2004
    Location: 155 S. Main St., Plymouth
    Description: Members of the Pittsfield Township Historical Society will visit the Plymouth Historical Museum at 155 S. Main St., Plymouth, for a tour of its facilities and collections, including their Lincoln Room and displays of Civil War era fashions. If you need a ride, call Betty at 971-2384 or Marcia at 429-4517. We plan to leave Ann Arbor around l:30 p.m. and return around 4 - 4:30 p.m.
     
    Event: Stone Indian-Arrowhead Making
    Date: Tue 12 Oct 2004
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: Flintknapping expert, Bob Love, will domonstrate the tools used by native peoples to knap stone weapons and tools. This process is called "flintknapping" because the flint-stone is frequently used to make arrowheads and other weapons and tools. However, other stone can be knapped -- stone such as chirt and obsidian. Bob will emphasize flint and chirt, but we hope to have some obsidian also available for him to work. This will be a TWO-HOUR program. Children will enjoy seeing how stone tools are made, but may not be able to sit for the full two hours. Feel free to bring children for shorter periods, and then leave early if necessary to enjoy playground equipment, etc.
     
    Event: Taylor Historical Society's Heritage Park
    Date: Sun 10 Oct 2004
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: We will meet at Taylor's Heritage Park. Details and directions will be posted soon.
     
    Event: Transportation of the Past
    Date: Wed 15 Sep 2004
    Location: Saline Railroad Depot
    Description: by Arthur Mullen, Director of MotorCities National Heritage Area
     
    Event: Wander Washtenaw - Explore Historical Attractions
    Date: Sun 16 May 2004
    Description: Tickets are $10 each, $8 if purchased in advance, $15 family. This will be an open-house tour of participating museums in Washtenaw County. Watch for additional information in "The Ann Arbor News" and flyers available at various merchants. Additional details also will be posted here.
     
    Event: Tour of Hack House Museum
    Date: Sun 18 Apr 2004
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Hack House Museum, 775 County St., Milan, MI
    Description: Pat Majher will tell us some of the history of the Hack House and how the Milan Historical Society was able to turn it into a museum. We will meet at the Hack House.
     
    Event: History of the Pittsfield Grange
    Date: Sun 14 Mar 2004
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth Rd., Pittsfield Township
    Description: Herman Koenn will share the history of Pittsfield Grange, and Granges in general. The Grange held a very important role in the life of the farmer for many years.
     
    Event: Recovering Pittsfields History through Archaeology
    Date: Mon 9 Feb 2004
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: April Beisaw will speak about using archaeology as a framework for bringing together historical and genealogical sources to produce a more complete and engaging snapshot of the past.
     
    Event: Pittsfield Township and the Underground Railroad
    Date: Sun 8 Feb 2004
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: Carol Mull will present a slide show on Pittsfield's role in the Underground Railroad Movement.
     
    Event: Exhibit - Tales of Two Townships
    Date: Sun 1 Feb 2004 - Mon 31 May 2004
    Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Location: Washtenaw County Historical Museum
    500 N. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104-1027
    Description: Sign Promoting Exhibition of Tale of Two Townships February - May 2003: Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 4 pm
    This exhibit is located at the Washtenaw County Historical Museum.
    Docents from both Northfield and Pittsfield townships will be present. For further information, please contact Pauline Walter, president of the Washtenaw County Historical Society, at: 734-662-9092.
     
    Event: Interviews with Walt Gutekunst and Carl Thayer
    Date: Mon 12 Jan 2004
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: Emily Salvette will conduct an oral history interview of Walt Gutekunst and Carl Thayer, both long time residents of Pittsfield Township and early members of the volunteer fire department.
     
    Event: Pittsfield Township Historical Society Holiday Gathering
    Date: Sun 14 Dec 2003
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Home of C. Edward and Mary Ellen Wall, 3196 Maple Dr., Ypsilanti, MI 48197
    Description: All Society members and guests are welcome.
    Note: This event was postponed due to the death of Edward Wall's mother, and subsequently was held at the home of Don and Bettly LeClair.
     
    Event: Field trip to Saline Rentschler Farm Museum
    Date: Sun 14 Sep 2003
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Rentschler Farm Museum, Saline
    Description: After the farm visit, we will tour the Depot.
     
    Event: Archaeological Dig at Old Town Hall School
    Date: Thu 19 Jun 2003 - Sat 21 Jun 2003
    Time: 9:00 AM
    Location: Site of Old Town Hall School on Morgan Road, just east of Thomas
    Description: April Beisaw -- a professional archaeologist who specializes in rural school history -- will systematically investigate the site of Old Town Hall School. She will search for artifacts that will reveal details about the school's past. All volunteers are welcome. Bring gloves, trowles, knee-pads, and dress for protection from sun and other elements. If possible, please contact us in advance to let us know of your interest in working on the dig. Work will begin each morning at 9 am. For background information, please see the history of Town Hall School on our website. We will be working on the site of the Second Town Hall School, which served the community from 1852-1895.
     
    Event: Oral History Interview with Doug Woolley and Jack Morris
    Date: Sun 8 Jun 2003
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: Emily Salvette will conduct an oral history interview with Doug Woolley and Jack Morris, both former supervisors of the township. Both also served for many years on the Pittsfield Township Planning Commission. During their tenure as supervisors, the township evolved from a rural community into the dynamic and "busy" environment of today.
     
    Event: Field Trip to Webster Township Historical Village
    Date: Sun 18 May 2003
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Webster Township Historical Village
    Description: The Pittsfield Township Historical Society will take a field trip to Webster Township Historical Village. We will meet there at 2:00 pm. Directions: I94 to Zeeb Rd. exit. North on Zeeb to Joy Rd. Turn Right on Joy Rd. Go about 1 mile to Webster Church Road and turn left. Go about 1 mile and you will see Old Webster Church and across the road is their community hall. Next to the church is the village.
     
    Event: Oral History Interview with Mary Cruse
    Date: Sun 13 Apr 2003
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: Emily Salvette will conduct an oral history interview with Mary Cruse. Mary was born in Ann Arbor but moved to Pittsfield Township when she was two years old and has lived here since. She was a co-owner of the East Ann Arbor Hardware for 25 years. She attended Platt school and had Mary D. Mitchell for her teacher for three years. She still attends "Breakfast Club" meetings once a month with a group that used to go tobogganing down Klager's Hill in the 30's usually ending up in Mallett Creek.
     
    Event: Bread Baking in the 1800s, by Maxine Henderson
    Date: Sun 9 Mar 2003
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Pittsfield Community Center, 701 W. Ellsworth
    Description: Author Maxine Henderson will give a presentation on bread baking in the 1800s, complete with the smell of fresh baked bread and samples.
     
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