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.


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

Read the current Uniquely Ada Newsletter!

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

November 20, 2015 – Wreath Sale Fundraiser Begins
Our annual sale of fresh evergreen wreaths is in full swing!  Let us help you with inspiration in decorating for the holiday season.  Know that you will help preserve our community’s history as you get into the holiday spirit.  More information and an order form are available here and at the museum.

December 4, 2015 – Tinsel, Treats and Trolley
AHS joins the fun, kicking off the holiday season in the village!  Enjoy the annual bridge lighting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. followed by trolley rides with stops at area businesses from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  Don’t forget to stop by the museum to see our holiday display and check out our wreath sale fundraiser.

December 5, 2015 – Santa Parade
The Ada parade begins at 11:00 a.m., and AHS will have cookies and hot chocolate in the barn from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. while they last.

December 10, 2015 – AHS Board Meeting
We invite you to join in helping preserve, share, and celebrate Ada’s history. Open to all. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Ada Historical Society.

January 2016-February 2016 – Museum Closed
The museum is closed for visitation during these months. Please contact AHS with any questions.

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

The Book Will Soon Be Available!

Ada Historical Society is publishing 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.

Regular price will be $34.95 plus tax.  Orders purchased on or before December 15 will be $29.95 plus tax.  Members-only discounts will apply.  Books will be available for pick-up beginning December 18th during museum open hours, Friday and Saturday, 1:00-4:00 and by appointment.  Use this form for pre-publication orders.

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