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Milford Historical Society Programs for 2016


Here are the Programs scheduled for the upcoming 2016 year: All Programs are on the third Thursday of the month.


April 21 - Museum 40th Anniversary Celebration - This General Membership

meeting is open to the public and starts at 6:30 PM at the Milford United Methodist

Church at 1200 Atlantic Street with a pot luck dinner. Pot Luck assignments are:

A-F Salads or sides, G - Q Desserts, R-Z Main Dish.


The meeting will kick off at 7:15 with a short business

meeting followed by our program which is a presentation

by our own Mary Lou Gharrity on the history of the 40

years that the Museum has been open. Mary Lou will share

picture s and stories about the things that have gone on the

and the changes that have taken place since the Milford Historical

Society took over the building to open a local history museum.



The Museum is closed for the 2015 season  but will be open for groups by appointment and will reopen in May 2016. Call Elaine Hunter, the Museum Director -  (248) 252-2727 for an appointment or To discuss buying pictures or books as Christmas gifts.


April 30 - The Spring Tea at the Mary Jackson House - Celebrate the beginning of Spring by attending our Annual Spring Tea at the Mary Jackson House.     This year’s traditional Victorian tea which will include a Fashion Show will be held on Saturday, April 30th.  

Guests can chose to attend either the 11 am to 1 pm

seating or 2 pm to 4 pm seating.   Seating is limited,

so advance ticket purchase is advised.


Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at Acorn Farm

or Main Street Art.   Proceeds from the tea will go directly

toward the preservation of the home built in 1873.   The tea

will feature a variety of sandwiches, savories and scones

with jam and an assortment of desserts.   Our Spring fashion

show will feature a variety of wedding dresses from different t

ime periods.  Young women from the Milford area will model

the wedding attire and provide a brief history of the dress they

are wearing.

Our Spring Tea will provide an opportunity for guests to enjoy the home of Mary Jackson that she loved so much.   It also provides a great opportunity for young and old alike to enjoy some wonderful food and warm conversation.   For more information visit www.milfordhistory.org or email milfordhistory@hotmail.com


May 19th                          Gone With The Wind:   Love Scarlett and Rhett? Don't Miss this One, which will                                            be held at  Milford Library)



July 21st                           Annual Picnic: Milford Fairgrounds Park     Special Guest: Ben Franklin



Sept. 8th                           Wood Lawn Cemetery: A Tour of the Who's Who in Detroit History



Oct. 20th                           National Recognized Basket Weaver: Joan Moore will talk us through a time line                                           of Baskets



Nov. 17th                          Native Indian Storyteller and Bead Worker:  Mike Jewell in Native Costume will                                           tell us his Indian tales and proudly display his beautiful bead work.


If you have any suggestions for Speakers contact me at 248-310-4286 or email me at travelermom@comcast.net.  - Sandi Muirhead


Now the obituaries from 1929 through 1949 Milford Times have been indexed and made available online. The index is available at http://milfordlibrary.info/find-information/milford-times-obituary-request.


Shop at Kroger and help the Milford Historical Society


Sign up your Kroger Rewards card for the Kroger Community  Rewards program and the Milford Historical Society will receive quarterly  donations from the Kroger program, based upon how much you spend at Kroger on groceries, gas and at the Pharmacy.


Click here or on the Kroger graphic to go to the Kroger Community Rewards site and sign up.



Do you sell things on eBay or maybe you have some things that youi’d like to sell there. Go to our eBay page and find out how you can sell on eBay and benefit the Milford Historical Society at the same time. When you get there, click on the Sell Now button for instructions. Get rid of your unwanted items and benefit the Historical Society, too.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

The Milford Historical Society Endowment Fund Charity Site -


We have established a fund-raising site at the Crowdrise.com web site in order to collect funds for our Milford Historical Society Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund was established in 2015 as an investment vehicle to support our student docent scholarship program and eventually to help fund the operation of the Milford Historical Museum.


Initially 100% of the funds collected will be invested to help fund the 2 or 3 student docent scholarships that we award each year. If the fund investment returns exceed the amount needed to support the scholarships any excess will be added to the general fund to support the operation of the museum. The Museum is now 100% staffed by volunteers, so all moneys go towards operating expenses such as utilities and upkeep.

To contribute to the Endowment Fund, go to -

https://www.crowdrise.com/themilfordhistorical


Please consult you tax preparer about the tax teeatment of a gift to the Fund.