The Ada Historical Society is dedicated to ensure that present and future generations will not only know the significance of traditions of the area, but will learn from the past and recognize the need to preserve the historical heritage which has been bestowed upon them.
Ada Historical Society also endeavors to take permanent care of significant objects for the public good.
The society is currently preparing a project focused on promoting the sense of community and cultural heritage of Ada. Learn more about the Interpretative Panels Project here.
The Ada Historical Society and the Averill Historical Museum of Ada are located at 7144 Headley Street, Ada, MI 49301.
Music On the Lawn Survey
After a fantastic summer concert series, we would appreciate any feedback you might provide. Feel free to complete this survey and either email or mail it back to the Society. Your input will assist in planning for next year’s experience. Thank you!
Saturday, Sept. 28 – Roselle Park River Festival
10:00 am – 4:00 pm. River Festival is a family friendly day full of FREE fun. We join in on this event hosted by the Ada Parks Dept. The day begins with a 5K run/walk, then features live music, good eats, live animal presentations, hands-on activities and crafts, artists, nature walks, children’s activities, conservation displays, Monarch butterfly release and more!
Sunday, Sept. 29 – Volunteer Recognition Event
2:00 – 4:00 pm in the barn. Volunteers are our life-blood. It’s time to celebrate them! If you’ve donated your time with the Society in any way over the past year, we hope you’ll consider joining us for a social time. (You won’t have to lift a finger!)
Saturday, Oct. 19 – Autumn Door Decoration Class
2:00 pm in the barn. Bring the beautiful fall colors home with you! Master Gardener Carol Penninga will demonstrate techniques and help you create a natural masterpiece to adorn your front door. Plant materials will be provided. If you wish to incorporate a particular color ribbon, please bring along. Class is free to members, $5 for non-members. Please pre-register by emailing AdaHistoricalSociety@gmail.com or calling 676-9346. Spaces are limited, so register early! Click here to see the flyer.
Thursday, Nov. 7 – Veterans Lecture 2013
7:00 pm at the Ada Township Assembly Hall. Marine Vietnam veteran John Voshel will speak about his war-time experiences in Vietnam, particularly his involvement with Rolling Thunder, a national non-profit dedicated to publicizing the POW-MIA Issue. The event is open to all and free of charge. We extend a particular invitation to all veterans and especially Vietnam veterans. Click here to see the flyer.
1:00 at the museum. We could use a helping hand getting into the holiday spirit. Volunteers will gather to break out the boxes and the Christmas carols to get the museum dressed for the holidays. Please come and share any new decorating ideas for our old house!
Beginning Nov. 22. Please stop by our annual fundraiser and prepare to deck your halls! Lush Frazer and Douglas fir varieties are available in a range of sizes adorned with a custom-made bow. Sale hours and order forms will be available on our website and at the museum. Click here to see the flyer.
Friday, Dec. 6 – Tinsel, Treats and Trolley
5:45 – 9:00 pm in the Village. Join us for a fun‐filled way to kick-off the holiday season in Ada! This annual event begins with a bridge lighting ceremony at 5:45 p.m. at the covered bridge, followed by caroling and trolley rides with stops at area businesses from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Enjoy specials and treats as businesses open their doors to welcome visitors late into the evening. Old World Santa even makes a guest appearance! Click here to see the flyer. For more info, check out Ada Business Association’s website at www.adabusinessassociation.com
Saturday, Dec. 7 – Cookie Decorating and Santa Parade
10:00-1:00 pm in the barn, parade at 11:00 am. Santa Claus is coming to town! Grab a seat along the parade route and enjoy a winter wonderland parade. The Society will do its part to welcome ol’ Saint Nick with cookie decorating and hot chocolate in the barn. Click here to see the flyer.
Have 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!
Temporary Exhibit: Meet Me At the Grove
A century ago, Ada community life centered on a place called the Grove. Situated just behind the corner of today’s Ada and Thornapple River Drives, the forested knoll offered a place for fun, games, and relaxation. From 1886 until the event died out in the early 1930s, the Grove provided a shady home for one of Ada’s favorite gatherings: the Old Settlers Picnic.
Step back to an earlier time and imagine yourself in the shade of tall, leafy trees. Hear the excited voices of your neighbors as they gather to listen to a history of pioneer life. Savor the fragrant aroma of the delicious picnic lunch. Dance the night away. As in years gone by, we invite you to the community of Ada. We welcome you to the Grove.