The Society celebrated the centennial of Pickford in 1977 and acquired several hundred items for inclusion in a museum and for several years the members saved and planned.
The risk of losing much of the area history became evident with the passing of many older residents, so the Society re-organized in 2000, wrote new by-laws, obtained federal tax-exempt status and prepared to develop a museum to house the growing collections.
The purchase of the old Harrison Hardware building on Main Street set the stage for many hours of dedicated labor, a capital funds campaign, applications for grants and the renovation of this beautiful old building into a spacious museum. That building is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Membership with the Pickford Area Historical Society includes a quarterly newsletter.
Each summer 800 to 1,200 visitors sign the guest book and enjoy the collections at no charge and a host of volunteers staff the museum from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday from June 1 to Labor Day. Also open Friday and Saturday through October 26, 2013.
A 2% gaming revenue grant and a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant helped pay for a heating/air conditioning system and lights/ receptacles in the exhibit area of the museum. A grant from the EUP Regional Planning & Development Commission provided a five component hands on children’s museum. A must-see for children ages 5 to 12.
Order by April 29; pickup May 18
November 8 & 9
Veteran’s Open House