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!

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.

Upcoming Events

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

June 14-August 30, 2016 – Music On The Lawn
7:00 p.m. most Tuesday nights – and now featuring three Friday night “Beers at the Bridge” events.
We are thrilled to present the 16th season of Ada’s summer concert series, Music On The Lawn.  All events are free of charge and open to all.  One night each month we offer special ‘Beers at the Bridge’ events. Doors open for these concerts at 6:00 p.m. at the Ada Covered Bridge.  AHS, Ada Township, and Gravel Bottom Brewery partner for these special concerts.
Be sure to check out this schedule for the details about Music on the Lawn
and this schedule for information on Beers at the Bridge!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 – Book Signing
5:30-7:00 p.m.  Author Jane Siegel will be on hand to sign your copy of AHS’s newest publication, The Next 50 Years in a Snug Little Place, Ada MI 1930-1950.  At 6:00, there will be a brief “book talk.” Books will be available for sale in the museum gift shop.  Stop by and share some of your old Ada memories with us!  Tony Reynolds will be performing for Music on the Lawn directly after the signing.

Monday, July 4 2016 – Fourth of July Parade & Festivities
8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. for parade/1:00-4:00 p.m. museum open hours
Come to the village to celebrate our nations’s birthday! AHS will have coffee and water available along the parade route and the museum will be open in the afternoon.

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016- Garden Party
5:00-7:00 p.m. on museum grounds

Come early to stroll the gardens, then stay for Entourage’s performance at Music on the Lawn.  Our wonderful Master Gardener will be on hand, we’ll have light refreshments and a few surprises.

Saturday, August 5, 2016 – August in Ada
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Ada Township Park.
We’ll enjoy the dog days of summer with our littlest friends at Ada’s annual children’s festival. Look for the AHS Booth amid the rides, activities, nibbles, and fun.

August 9-11 – Pioneer Days Summer Camp
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the museum. We are excited to offer another year of summer camp with the Ada Parks department.  Kids get the chance to step back in time and live like the pioneers did! To join the fun please pre-register through the Parks Department at 616-0250 or online at www.ada.mi.us.

August 11, 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