Welcome

IMG_1158The 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.

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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

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 13, December 11, January 8, February 12 – Monthly Board Meeting
1:00 pm at the museum. Board meetings are open to the public.  Please join us to find out what we’re planning for the coming year.  Please call or email with any questions.

November 6 – Veteran Event
7:00 pm at the Ada Township Assembly Hall.  Program information available soon.

November 18 – Decorate the Museum
1:00 pm 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.  Do you have any new decorating ideas for our old house?  Please join us!

November 21 – Wreath Sale Begins
Begin your holiday shopping with a stop at our annual wreath sale fundraiser.  The sale is AHS’s principal fundraising opportunity of the year.  We will have Douglas Fir and Fraser Fir wreaths with handmade bows. Order forms available here.

December 5 – Tinsel, Treats, and Trolley
AHS joins the fun, kciing off the holiday season in the village! Enjoy the anual bridge lighitng ceremony at 5:30 pm followed by trolley rides with stops at area businesses from 6 pm until 9 pm. Don’t forget to stop by the museum to see our holiday display, visit with Mrs. Claus, and check out our wreath sale fundraiser. More information available here.

December 6 – Ada Township Santa Parade
Plan to stop by the AHS barn to warm up and enjoy some sweet treats. Barn is open 10 am to 1 pm. The parade begins at 11 am. 

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 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.

Interpretive Panels Location Map