Welcome

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

Read the current Uniquely Ada newsletter 

We are working on a project to make improvements to the Averill Historical Museum.  Read about it in this mlive article.

Upcoming Events for May-August, 2014

May 3 & 4, 2013 – Spring Into the Past museum tour 

AHS partners with area museums for the annual Spring Into the Past Tri-River Small Museum Tour.  It takes place at all 25 participating museums which will be open from 11am – 5pm that day.  Admission is free of charge.  See how much local history you can soak in in one day!  For a listing and map, check out the brochure.

May 10, 2014 – Arts in Ada

Hard to believe it, but spring will be here!  May is time to sing and dance on the streets of Ada.  AHS will join in the fun with Ada themed gifts for sale at our booth.  Stop by from 9am – 4pm along Bronson St. near the Township Assembly Hall.

DSCN0041June 10 – Music On the Lawn begins

Let the music play!  Ada’s summer concert series is in its 14th sweet-sounding season.  The full line-up will be available soon.  Most concerts are at 7pm, Tuesday nights on the museum lawn.  Bring a lawn chair and a friend and enjoy the sounds of summer at Music On the Lawn.

June 14 – Run 4 A Cause – Our Kids!

AHS will participate in this community 5K Run/Walk event benefitting Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  8:30 am and 9:30 am starts at Leonard Field.  The museum host a water station and be open from 8:30 – 11:30 am and 1:00 – 4:00 pm that day.

July 4 – 4th of July festivities

The museum will be open special hours, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm to celebrate our nation’s birthday.  Stop by for water, coffee and caramel corn in front of the museum before & after the parade.

IMG_0654July 18 –Garden Event

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. – Luther Burbank.  Come on, get happy at our annual garden event.  We celebrate the bounty of summer in our Ada Historic Farm Garden, Dahlia garden, flower gardens and much more.  5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Check back soon for more details or grab a flyer from the museum or township offices.

August 1 – August in Ada

AHS joins in Ada’s annual children’s festival featuring free games, rides, crafts, fun, food, and entertainment. 10:00 – 2:00 pm at the village green on Headley St.  More information is available at adabusinessassociation.com or at the township offices.

August 12- 14 – Pioneer Camp

We will step back in time and live like the Pioneers did!  This Ada Parks Department summer program takes place in the museum and barn as campers experience pioneer-era toys, tools, food, games, and more.   Pre-registration is required.  Contact the Park office at 676-0520 or mfitzpatrick@adatownshipmi.com for registration forms.

August 21-30 – Art At The Barn

Ada Arts Council and AHS are teaming up for “ART AT THE BARN,” a Juried Art Exhibition.  Check out Ada’s own prized art at the exhibition in the museum barn.  For artists, welcome media includes: Acrylic, Digital Art, Drawing, Mixed Media, Oil, Pastel, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Watercolor. Entry forms and information are available below and online at www.adaarts.org. There is a $15 entry fee with $1,000 in cash prizes.  Go online for all the details, deadlines and event times.

The Not-So-Distant Past

AHS has begun research for a new volume of our Ada history book, The Snug Little Place.  The new book will highlight the growth, change, and development in Ada from 1930-1980.  It should be fun to dig into the not-so-distant past and start recording the history that has helped make Ada what it is today.  If you have any desire to 1)share stories or photos, 2) conduct some research, 3) help us connect with long-time residents to hear their stories or 4) know of anyone we might be interested in talking with, then please let us know! For more information check out this mlive article.

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.