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.

IMG_1009The society is currently preparing a project focused on promoting the sense of community and cultural heritage of Ada. Learn more about the Interpretative Panels Project here.

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 March, April, and May 2014

March 13, April 10, and May 8 – 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.  Meeting dates and times subject to change.  Please call or email with any questions.

March 15, 2013 – Forest Hills Community Expo

AHS will take part in the annual Forest Hills Community Expo.  It will be a day filled with all the good things our community has to offer – live entertainment, door prizes, vendor booths, food samples, kids play zone, and free admission.    9:30am- 2:30pm at Ada Christian School, 6206 Ada Dr.  Please see www.adabusinessassociation.com for more info.

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.

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.”                                               


Music On the Lawn Survey
After a fantastic summer concert series, we would appreciate any feedback you might provide.  Feel free to complete this survey and either email or mail it back to the Society.

Your input will assist in planning for next year’s experience.  Thank you!


Have 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!

AdaBand2Temporary Exhibit: Meet Me At the Grove
A century ago, Ada community life centered on a place called the Grove. Situated just behind the corner of today’s Ada and Thornapple River Drives, the forested knoll offered a place for fun, games, and relaxation. From 1886 until the event died out in the early 1930s, the Grove provided a shady home for one of Ada’s favorite gatherings: the Old Settlers Picnic.

Step back to an earlier time and imagine yourself in the shade of tall, leafy trees. Hear the excited voices of your neighbors as they gather to listen to a history of pioneer life. Savor the fragrant aroma of the delicious picnic lunch. Dance the night away.  As in years gone by, we invite you to the community of Ada. We welcome you to the Grove.