All events take place at the Marilla Museum & Pioneer Place, located at 9991 Marilla Rd., Copemish, MI. unless otherwise specified.

“Women’s Voices…Celebrating Extraordinary Women”
The Marilla Historical Society extends a special invitation to you to join us to celebrate and honor the extraordinary women and extraordinary “ordinary” women who have helped build our communities.  On Saturday, March 21st, from 2:00-4:00, you’ll have the opportunity to hear the “voices” of many of these strong women who were the movers and shakers, risk takers, and determined citizens who made a significant impact for good wherever they lived and worked.  Some of these individuals achieved recognition beyond the borders of the communities where they lived.  Hearing their stories will make every woman proud of the role strong women have played in making communities better places to live.
You will hear women’s voices through role playing, readings, live music by Maryanne Rivers, and special exhibits.  You may personally have known some of the women who are being honored.
Come to Marilla Museum & Pioneer Place at 9991 Marilla Rd., Copemish, Michigan for a special afternoon experience complete with refreshments.  There is no charge, but donations will be appreciated to help support the work of the Marilla Historical Society.  For further information, contact Jan Thomas at 231-362-3430 or

Marilla Historical Society Monthly Meeting
Marilla Historical Society Board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month beginning a 6:30 at the Marilla Township Hall and Community Center. Please call for verification if you plan to attend.

Founder’s Day Celebration on Saturday, June 29, from 1:00 to 4:00 with a delicious meal, live music, tours, silent auction, special displays and more.  Fun for the whole family.

Pioneer Christmas
For a delightful evening including live music, a delicious sit down dinner at specially decorated tables, special programming, and beautifully decorated museum spaces, put Saturday, November 30th on your calendar and plan to join us for this Christmas season kick-off event.  Meet at the museum at 9991 Marilla Rd., Copemish, Michigan beginning at 5:30 with nibbles, socializing, and touring.  Special little bites will available in the  Pioneer House and the Nels Johnson Cabin.  Hot wassail will be served around the bonfire behind the cabins.  Dinner will be served around 6:15 with programming to follow.
Call Jan Thomas at 231-362-3430 to reserve your seat.  Cost is $15 per adult.  Special arrangements can be made for children.

Open House Hours
Open Hours will be on each Saturday from May through October from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. All museum spaces will be open for touring. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the museum spaces. Special programming and displays will be scheduled for selected dates. These hours are subject to change.  Call to confirm with Jan Thomas at 231-362-3430 or

*Note that special activities are planned for some of the dates


Tea and Tour

“Pioneer Tea & Tour”
Enjoy tea, cheese, fresh fruit, and a lovely old-fashioned dessert served on delicate antique china around the kitchen table at the 1870 Pioneer House. You will hear authentic pioneer stories, even a song or two, and tour the many museum spaces. This works wonderfully for a group of 4 to 6, but we can accommodate up to 10 guests. This is a very special experience for all ages.  We can tailor a “tea” especially for those between 9 and 13.  Men and women enjoy the experience equally. The cost is a suggested donation of $10/person; all proceeds benefit the operation of the museum. Teas are available all year long by special arrangement; to plan your visit, contact Jan Thomas at (231) 362-3430.

Pioneer House


School Visits
We welcome school visits for educational programming. We work to include programming that helps students meet the benchmark requirements. We offer “hands-on” half-day and full-day “Pioneer Workshops.” Contact Jan Thomas at (231) 362-3430 or for further details.

Group Visits
Group visits are encouraged by special arrangement. We have large meeting areas and a well-equipped kitchen, which allows us to provide luncheons for small groups. If you’re looking for something great to do and delicious food, Marilla Museum & Pioneer Place is a good destination!