Decoration Day Ceremony circa 1890

Sgt. John S. Cosby Camp 427

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

presents a Decoration Day Ceremony circa 1890

including period poetry on Decoration Day, May 30, 2015



The ceremony will take place at 6 PM at the Dearborn Historical Museum’s 1833 Commandant’s Quarters, part of the Detroit Federal Arsenal at Dearbornville, located at 21950 Michigan Avenue. See how we honored our veterans before there was a Memorial Day.

An Evening with Henry Ford and Thomas Edison

Join us for an amazing evening. Find yourself transported back to 1925 where you will have the chance to interact with 2 of the most famous historical figures who have ever lived. Dore Productions and the Dearborn Historical Museum present “An Evening with Henry Ford and Thomas Edison.” Learn about their friendship, their families and their phenomenal contributions to not only American society but the world. This is an interactive program that is not only educational but also highly entertaining. The program is sponsored by Village Ford and all proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Dearborn Historical Museum.

Ford & Edison Program Tickets

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.
Henry Ford Centennial Library
16301 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, Michigan
$10 + $2 s&h in advance
$15 at the door


Best of Dearborn Stories Special Offer

If you are looking for that special gift for that special someone or just something for yourself, we have the perfect choice. Many people have been looking for volume 1 of the Best of Dearborn Stories series for quite awhile now. Well, we have exciting news for you.

The Museum Guild of Dearborn has been able to obtain copies of what we thought was the sold-out “Best of Dearborn Stories Volume 1.” Because of this great find, for this one-time offer, you can purchase volume 1 along with Volumes 2 and 3 as a set for the discounted price of $50.00. This offer is available on-line or at the Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 Brady Street, Dearborn, 48124.

If you want to purchase the set online, click here to make a donation of $50 and specify that it is for the Best of Dearborn Stories Special Offer. All proceeds benefit the Dearborn Historical Museum.



Dr. Piccard’s Flight to Fame

On May 20, 1965 in the City of Dearborn, Dr. Jeannette Piccard was honored with a dinner at Greenfield Village. She was also recognized with a memorial at William B. Stout Middle School, both of which are still located on Oakwood Boulevard. At the bottom is a picture of the momument.

Dr. Piccard was most famously known for her hot air balloon ride that took her up 57,559 feet all the way into the stratosphere. The flight itself took place back in 1934, and it began at the Ford Airport right here in Dearborn.


As written in an article in The Dearborn Press, “Dr. Piccard’s flight was not a stunt, but a scientific achievement.” In fact, Dr. Piccard and her husband were performing an experiment to “investigate the nature of cosmic rays.”

The flight was rather impactful, as their findings contributed to the space program at the time. Not only that, the height of 57,559 feet was a record altitude for a woman that was not broken until the Russian cosmonette was launched into space.

Dr. Piccard and her family were all highly accomplished. Her historic flight made Jeannette Piccard the first woman to pilot a balloon in the stratosphere. Her husband Jean and his twin Auguste created the  bathyscaph in 1905. Their three sons were accomplished scientists as well. The events honoring her were part of a Heritage Day feature of the Michigan Week celebration in Dearborn during May of 1965.

This just a small portion of this city’s rich history. If you do not remember this, or if you think we are full of “hot air” like Dr. Piccard’s balloon, then come pay us a visit at the Dearborn Historical Museum, and read about it in our archives. We would love to meet you and share with you the history of Dearborn.


If you can’t make it out, the plaque read’s, “Near this location and not far from The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village was located the Ford Airport. Here, aviation history was made on October 23, 1934, when Dr. Jeannette Piccard made an ascent in a hydrogen filled balloon. Accompanying her was her husband Dr. Jean Piccard, scientific director and observer, who made a study of the cosmic rays. Jeannette Piccard was the first woman in the world to pilot a balloon into the stratosphere. Her 175 foot tall balloon attained an altitude of 57,559 feet.”

(Information retrieved from the archives of the Dearborn Historical Museum).

Museum’s First Ever Trivia Night – March 28th

For you folks that love Jeopardy and trivia games, now is your time to test your knowledge of the area that you live in. Let’s start with a few sample questions to get the juices flowing:

1) While Native Americans had roamed the area for hundreds of years, the first European settlers came in the 18th Century and were from _________.
2) Dearborn is named for ________.
3) Who was born on June 30, 1863 on a farm in Greenfield Township, an area that today is part of Dearborn?

This is just a sampling of some of the questions that might be thrown out this Saturday, March 28th. The Dearborn Historical Museum’s first trivia night will begin at 7 p.m. Bring your own team of 4 or come by yourself and we will put you on a team. It is only $10 to participate and all money raised will be used for the educational programming of the Museum. We want to make this a fun evening for all involved and you may learn some facts that you never knew before. Please consider supporting the heritage of your area. Below is more information on what we are sure will be a great evening. Please call the Museum today to purchase your tickets. Thank you for supporting local history programming.


Museum Guild of Dearborn Endowment

The possibility that the Dearborn Historical Museum will be self-sufficient one day just took a huge leap forward. The Museum Guild of Dearborn Endowment has been established and is now accepting donations. The seed money of $50,000 came from funds that were transferred to the Guild from the now defunct Dearborn Historical Foundation.  The fund has already had its first donation, $2,000 from the General Henry Dearborn Quilting Society. The Endowment’s ultimate goal is to make the Museum financially self-sufficient. This move was critical now that the entire operating budget of the Museum has been eliminated.

Now, we need donations in all forms. Gifts can be made in cash, checks, bonds and other assets, and by will.If you would like to make a donation to the Endowment online, please click on the link below or on the Museum Guild of Dearborn Endowment menu item to the left. All donations are tax-deductable. Thank you for supporting local history.

Adult Ghost Walk October 25

The Dearborn Historical Museum and Motor City Ghost Hunters invite you to an adult ghost walk on Saturday October 25, 2014 from 8:00 p.m. until midnight. You will be given a guided tour of our three historic structures. In addition, you will learn how to use detection equipment and be part of the investigation. If you have your own equipment, please bring it with you. Otherwise, you will be able to use the detection devices of the MCGH. Check-in starts at 7:00 p.m. at the McFadden-Ross House, 915 Brady Street.

Cost to be a ghost hunter is $45 and there is a limit of 40 participants. We ask that you prepay for your reservation by credit/debit card. Find out more and purchase your tickets at or by clicking on the link to the left.