Welcome

The Ada Historical Society preserves, shares, and celebrates the unique history of the Ada community.

The Ada Historical Society and the Averill Historical Museum of Ada are located at 7144 Headley Street, Ada, MI 49301.

The museum is closed for tours during January & February.  Please contact AHS with any questions.

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Read this MLive article about our fantastic new barn quilt! Stop by and see for yourself.

Read the current Uniquely Ada Newsletter!


Ada History Book is Now Available!

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Ada Historical Society has published its second book about the history of Ada. This upcoming edition is titled, The Next 50 Years in “A Snug Little Place,” Ada, Michigan, 1930-1980.  The new book is a follow-up to AHS’s 1992 book covering Ada history from 1821-1930.

Special Spring Pricing!

Regular price will be $25.00.  Books are available at the museum during open hours, Friday and Saturday, 1:00-4:00 and by appointment.  They are also available at the Ada Township offices and at Gravel Bottom Brewery.  For more information click here!


A New Face for the Museum

AHS is proud to be part of the Ada community. We have caught the spirit of renewal in the village and are in the process of completing an exterior renovation on the museum building. The project has been made possible through  partnership with the Township and the Korth Family foundation. AHS wishes to thank our partners along with Dixon Architecture, BBD Construction, Bruce Heys Builders, and the Run 4 a Cause organization for making this project a reality. We invite you to stop by the museum and see for yourself! We are working on a project to make improvements to the Averill Historical Museum.  Read about it in this MLive article.


Upcoming Events

Friday, March 3 – Museum Re-opens & New Temporary Exhibit

Regular hours are Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. or by appointment.  The museum re-opens to visitors after a short winter’s nap.  Stop by and check out permanent exhibit highlighting Ada history and a new temporary exhibit Constructive Phases: The Building of Ada. 

Thursday, March 9 – Monthly Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. at the museum.  Board meetings are open to the public. We welcome your involvement. Join us to find out ho we we’re making history! Please call or email with any question.

Saturday, March 18 – Forest Hills Community Expo
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Ada Christian School, 6206 Ada Dr.   AHS is proud to join in this community celebration.  Stop by AHS’s Booth and say hi!  The Expo highlights area businesses and organizations, local products and services.  The event features free admission, a kid zone play area, food from area restaurants, and live entertainment.

Thursday, April 13– Monthly Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. at the museum.  Board meetings are open to the public. We welcome your involvement. Join us to find out ho we we’re making history! Please call or email with any question.

Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7 – “Spring into the Past” Tri River Historical Museums Tour
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Averill Historical Museum and others.  The Spring into the Past small museums tour and open house will be May 6th and 7th.  All musuems in the Tri River group will be open that weekend and all will be FREE.  The theme this year is “Fashion Through the Ages.” Pick up the 2017 museum booklet showing all other locations at the Ada Museum.

Thursday, May 11 – Monthly Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. at the museum.  Board meetings are open to the public. We welcome your involvement. Join us to find out ho we we’re making history! Please call or email with any question.

Saturday, May 20 – Arts in Ada
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Bronson St. and Ada Dr.  The Ada Historical Society will be there to support the fine and performing arts in Ada.  Enjoy food, check out the children’s activities, visit our booth for Ada-themed gifts, take in live music and dance performances.


Change Brings Opportunity

The spirit of growth is all around Ada.  AHS too is taking part.  In 2015-16, the museum’s exterior received a refresher, breathing life into the look of our historic house.  This spring, AHS explores past phases of growth with a few key construction projects that changed the face of Ada in our new temporary exhibit.  But our biggest project is still to come.  AHS maintains the community’s archives and historic collections.  Those collections are in desperate need of space for proper storage and processing.  And so, AHS is working toward making that dream a reality.  Be on the lookout soon for opportunities to support a museum expansion project so important to our preserving our community’s story.


Wish List

Since its inception in 1974, AHS has been fortunate to receive ongoing support from members and the community.  We have benefited from countless volunteer hours, essential object donations, and financial support to aid in our programming and the preservation of this community’s archives.  We simply could not operate the museum and host events without this generosity.

We ask that you keep the museum in mind as we move into the season of giving.  Please stop by the holiday wreath sale fundraiser, shop for unique Ada gifts in our gift shop or gift a loved one with a contribution in their honor.  Below is a sampling of items on our holiday list.  Please call or email us if you can be of help.  Thank you!

  • Crank handle ice cream maker for historic demonstrations
  • Digital transfer of oral history audio tapes
  • Cider press for historic demonstrations
  • Garden bench
  • 3 hat stands for exhibiting and storage
  • Assistance with military veterans database program

 We’re In the Movies!

The Ada Historical Society has had the unique opportunity to partner with a class from the Communications Arts and Sciences Program at Calvin College.  Our goal was to create a video that served as an introduction to Ada history and to the community in general. AHS has been fortunate to benefit from the students’ advanced technological skills and fresh approach.  The finished product is a bite-sized temptation that will leave you wanting more! Click here to see Ada: Historical Momentum.

Ada Post Office

This image from the early 1900s shows the Ada Post Office when it was located at the corner of Ada Dr. and Thornapple River Dr. (the site of the current telephone building.) That building burned down in 1920.  For years after that, the Post Office was located in the Masonic Temple building on the corner of Ada Dr. and Bronson St. (now the Ada Bike Shop and Schnitz Deli.)  Students from Calvin College treated the photograph to a colorization process for inclusion in the new Ada history video, “Ada: Historical Momentum.”                                   


IMG_1009Have you seen the signs?!…  The Society is thrilled to announce the installation of six historic signs in the corners of the village.  Be on the lookout for the panels, hop out of your car, wander the village and explore Ada’s rich cultural heritage. Landscaping is slated for this spring/summer and the signs will soon be accompanied by a booklet providing a detailed historic walking tour of the village.  We invite you to come ReDISCOVER Ada!

Learn more about the Interpretative Panels Project here.

Interpretive Panels Location Map