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The Milford Historian -

A bimonthly newsletter from

The Milford Historical Society

To submit and article for inclusion in the next Milford Historian, email the Historian Editor

Current Edition - Mar-Apr, 2014

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Milford Historical Society Programs for 2014

Well it's almost the end of 2013 and in a few months I will be working on Programs for 2015 (really???). A few of the 2013 Programs that stick out in my mind are: The Purple Gang, Railroad Depots and the MC Ghost hunters.  I hope you will enjoy the 2014 Programs as well.

Here are the Programs scheduled for the upcoming 2014 year: All Programs are on the third Thursday of the month.

Feb 26 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

March 20th (Potluck) - Program -Mary Todd Lincoln's Years in the White House portrayed by Pam Dawson - Come join us Thursday March 20th at 6:30 at the United Methodist Church of Milford at 1200 Atlantic St. for Potluck and a Program. We are having a special quest for dinner that night. Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln will stop by to visit and graciously tell us about her life in the White House.

The lady who will be portraying her is Milford resident Pam Dawson. Besides being a Professional storyteller Pam is the Event Planner/Fund Raiser for Community Sharing in Highland.

Pam was told one day from a Lincoln admirer she should portray Mrs. Lincoln because she was so misunderstood. If you read Mrs. Lincoln's Dress Maker you will agree. So Pam researched her for two years and was ready to take Mrs. Lincoln on the road. And the rest is history.

Pot Luck Assignments -

A - F Salad         G- Q - Dessert        R - Z - Main Dish

March 26 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

April 17th - Event canceled due to conflict with Maundy Thursday

Apr 23 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

Apr 26 - Spring Tea at the Mary Jackson House

Once again the Milford Historical Society will be hosting a Spring Tea at the childhood home of Mary Jackson.  This year’s Spring Tea will be on Saturday, April 26th.  Guests can choose to attend either 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Tickets for the tea are $25.00 and all proceeds will go directly to the preservation of the Mary Jackson Home.

Guests will enjoy a traditional Victorian tea including sandwiches, savories (appetizers), scones with jam, assorted desserts and beverages.

The theme for our Spring Tea Fashion show will be Wedding Dresses.  A lovely collection of Vintage Wedding dresses will be modeled by the young ladies from our Student Docent program.

Tickets are available at Acorn Farms and Main Street Art on Main Street.  Seating is limited, advance ticket purchase is recommended.  For more information, please visit our web site at or email

For those who have attended teas in the past and purchased the Mary Jackson House Cookbook, we plan on having an update available for purchase at the Spring Tea with at least 50 new recipes for the goodies that you enjoy at the Teas. For those who have not yet purchased a Cookbook, they will be available there, too; as will be the Milford Historical Society’s book on the early history of Milford, “Five Minutes Ahead of the Rest of the World”. If you live in Milford, that is a “must have” coffee table book for your home.

May 15th (Potluck)  Annick Hewarth will  return and tell about the iconic CCC. Her book tells the stories from the men who worked those jobs.

May 28 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

Jun 25 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

Jul 4 - Independence Day Parade - Presented by the Milford Historical Society

Jul 17th (Potluck)   Powerhouse Picnic Potluck (say that three times real fast). A tour will be included with this historic building.

Jul 23 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

Aug 27 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

Sep 18th (Potluck)  The Chelsea Jiffy Mix Story complete with free recipe books. (I have one and really is fun to use.)

Sep 20-21 - Milford Home Tour - Presented by the Milford Historical Society 11 Am until 5 PM both days

Sep 24 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

Oct 16th (Milford Library, No Potluck)  Phyllis Barkey will speak on the famous downtown J. L. Hudson Building. She will bring with her a display case full of J. L. Hudson memorabilia and we are asking for everyone  to bring their favorite cherished item from Hudson's. Mine is a tin tea canister. Phyllis’ book about the downtown Hudson's eateries is in the works.

Oct 22 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

Nov 20th. (Fall Potluck)  Milford's own Joe Salvia will be telling his war and military stories after eating a delicious turkey dinner. Joe works tirelessly every year to make the Memorial Day Parade a success in Milford.

Nov 26 - MHS Board of Directors meeting 7 PM at the Mary Jackson House

Dec 23 - Museum Closes

If you have any suggestions for Speakers contact me at 248-310-4286 or email me at  - Sandi Muirhead

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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.

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