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.

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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!


Kreigh Collins, Artist in Ada

We are eager to share with you our new temporary exhibit on Kreigh Collins, Artist in Ada.  If you haven’t lately, why don’t you stop by and see us some time?

For more information click here and check out this story on the Ada Historical Society’s newest exhibit.


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 $30.00 for non-members, $25.00 for members.  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.


Coming Soon: Music on the Lawn 2016!

musiconlawnWe’re working hard on crafting a fantastic musical experience for the summer.  Details and a full schedule will be out soon.  Most concerts take place June, July & August on Tuesday nights 7 p.m. at the museum.  We will have a few special Friday evening concerts at the Ada Covered Bridge in partnership with Ada Township and Gravel Bottom Brewery.  Get that lawn chair and picnic basket ready!


Upcoming Events

April 14, 2016 – Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. at the museum.  Open to all.

April 30, 2016 – “Spring Into the Past” Tri-River Small Museums Tour
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  The theme for this year’s event is “Quilts: A Stitch in Time,” featuring quilts from area small museums.  AHS is a member of the Tri-River museum network.  For more information, stop by the museum to pick up a pamphlet with directions to the various locations, check out http://www.ioniahistory.org/tri-river-group.html or find Tri-River on Facebook.

May 1, 2016 – “Spring Into the Past” Tri-River Small Museums Tour
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m..  The theme for this year’s event is “Quilts: A Stitch in Time,” featuring quilts from area small museums.  AHS is a member of the Tri-River museum network.  For more information, stop by the museum to pick up a pamphlet with directions to the various locations, check out http://www.ioniahistory.org/tri-river-group.html or find Tri-River on Facebook.

May 12, 2016 – Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. at the museum.  Open to all.

May 14, 2016 – Arts in Ada
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. along Bronson Street between Ada Drive and the covered bridge.  AHS will have a booth at the festival celebrating the fine and performing arts.  Enjoy a bite from various vendors, stroll the craft booths down lovely Bronson St., hear a concert or experience dance performances from area groups.

June 9, 2016 – Board Meeting
1:00 p.m. at the museum.  Open to all.


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