Welcome

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 the current Uniquely Ada Newsletter!


Hours

Temporary Museum Closure – We’ve decided to close the museum to visitation for the rest of 2020. We’ve made the difficult decision given the rise of COVID rates in West Michigan, new restrictions, and for the health of our visitors and volunteers.  The museum has wonderful new exhibits that we are eager to share with you when it is safe to do so again.  We appreciate your understanding.


We now have Podcasts!IntroducingTheCurrent

Listen to the Ada Current, where we preserve, share and celebrate the unique history of Ada, Michigan. See our Podcast page for details.


Ada History Books One and Two Now Available!

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After being out of print and sold out for many years, AHS has re-printed “A Snug Little Place,” Memories of Ada, Michigan, 1821-1930.  A second volume titled, The Next 50 Years in “A Snug Little Place,” Ada, Michigan, 1930-1980 was published in 2015Both books are available at the museum during open hours, Friday and Saturday, 1:00-4:00 March-December or call/email with requests.  They are also available at the Ada Township and Cascade Township offices.

Upcoming Events

November 2020 Thru February 2021

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November 12, December 10, January 14 & February 11 – AHS Board meetings
3:00 pm via Zoom.  Board meetings are open to all.  Meetings are temporarily being held via Zoom.  Please call 616.676.9346 or email AdaHistorialSociety@gmail.com for information on how to join remotely.

SOLD OUT – Wreath Sale Fundraiser
Thanks to the community’s generosity and holiday spirit, we have sold out of wreaths for our annual fundraiser.  What a joy! The wreath sale in the barn is now closed. Thank you to those who support AHS activities, particularly in this challenging time.  We appreciate your business and wish you all the joys of the season.

Centennial Properties Program

AHS is pleased to offer an exciting, new, community-wide project.  The Centennial Properties program recognizes Ada Township homes and properties that are over 100 years old.  With the presentation of a plaque and certificate, we honor these gems and the value they add to our community.

Twenty-one plaque presentations were planned for September through December with many more to come.  With the ongoing growth and additions to Ada village, AHS is firmly dedicated to celebrating these treasures of our heritage.

Interested owners are encouraged to submit an application.

A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Do you love to take photos? Do you enjoy posting on social media? Or would you simply like to help us preserve Ada history?

The village is undergoing significant change and will continue to grow. If you take any photos of the changes, consider sharing a copy with AHS and we will add them to our community archives. Buildings coming down and going up, you and friends enjoying new amenities or sites in the village, even favorite photos of the last few decades in Ada, digital or printed photos. Please drop by the museum, email, post to our Facebook, even mail to the museum–whatever it takes!

For future generations to know Ada as we experience it, it needs to be documented. And a picture is worth a thousand words.


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?!…  Come take a stroll through time in Ada village.  Hop out of your car, wander the tree-lined village streets and explore Ada’s rich cultural heritage.  The site map will guide you to eight different interpretive panels that take a then-and-now approach to Ada’s history with text and historic images.  We invite you to come ReDISCOVER Ada!

Learn more about the Interpretative Panels Project here.

Interpretive Panels Location Map