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.

Keep an Eye on the Barn









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

Ada’s 14th Annual Summer Concert Series: Music on the Lawn 2014

Ada’s 14th annual summer concert series, Music on the Lawn, is in full swing.  Check out the performance line-up here.  Most concerts begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.  Grab a lawn chair, family and friends and join us at Music On the Lawn!

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.  Click here for more information.

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.

Interpretive Panels Location Map