Raise the Sign Campaign

We have a very exciting opportunity that has recently been presented. It has been long overdue that a sign be placed on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Brady Street to make more people aware that the McFadden-Ross House, the Gardner House, and the Museum office reside on Brady just north of Michigan.

Find out how you can help make this a reality through our Raise the Sign Campaign. You can click on the link to the left or just click here.

Join Us for An Evening with President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd – May 28, 2014


President Abraham Lincoln (Fred Priebe) and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln (Bonnie Priebe) presents Who Would Jack Vote For? The 1864 election campaign with its twists and turns would make even today’s politicians blush.

There will be a Q & A with President and Mrs. Lincoln and raffle prizes.

For more details and to purchase tickets click here.

New Civil War Exhibit Up and Running

Well, now that the grand opening of the new exhibit is past us, please visit the Dearborn Historical Museum over the next 3 months to enjoy the visuals and learn about those that served from this area. The exhibit will be open Tuesday – Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. In the meantime, please watch this brief video highlighting just a few of the things you will see and learn about when you tour Dearborn in the Civil War. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Volunteer Profile: John Polzin

          When running any type of business, there are often people whose efforts go unnoticed, but are appreciated nonetheless. As a volunteer at the Dearborn Historical Museum for a year, John Polzin has been handling many of these kinds of tasks.

            Whether it’s cleaning, handy-work, or just being good company, John is always eager to help with anything the museum needs.

            After retiring just over two years ago, John and his wife were looking for local events to attend with their new found free time. When they heard about a presentation at the Dearborn Historical Museum, they attended and he was hooked.

            “The types of presentations offered were so diverse and different”, John said.

            Eventually, when the museum’s budget was cut, John decided to volunteer. He wanted to do whatever he could to help out. An added bonus is that John, not from Dearborn originally, gets to learn about the history of Dearborn.

            While supporting his goal of life-long learning, he has also been able to work with “one of the greatest groups of people”.

            “The interaction with the staff and volunteers is wonderful. Everyone is so helpful and you learn something new every day” John explains.

            Many of the volunteers and employees have been involved with the museum for over thirty years and love to share their knowledge with anyone willing to learn.

            John now also helps to give tours at the Commandant’s Quarters and McFadden-Ross House. He says that his absolute favorite part of his experience is the rich history of the local community.

            “There are people out there just like me that didn’t know what available over here. There is so much history available.”

            With the changes in the museum within the past few years, John has high hopes for the future.

            “With enough volunteers, getting the houses open more often and getting more exposure [is most important]”.

            John, just like the rest of the volunteers are all here for the same reason—to make the museum better.

            Keep a lookout for John and the other volunteers are the Dearborn Historical Museum Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm. 


A New Exhibit: Dearborn in The Civil War

Coming April 5th, 2014

Make plans now to attend the grand opening of the next exhibit at the Dearborn Historical Museum. To celebrate the sesquicentennial of 1864, the DHM is joining forces with the Sons of Union Veterans to tell the story of what was happening locally at the Detroit Arsenal at Dearbornville in the context of the larger conflict. The stories of local residents who fought will be told through stimulating visual and 3-D materials. There will be displays at both the McFadden-Ross House and the Commandant’s Quarters. The Sons of Union Veterans will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The festivities begin on April 5th at 1:00 p.m. If you have questions, please call the DHM office at 313-565-3000.

Arsenal Interest

The Detroit Arsenal at Dearbornville in 1864. The entrance would, today, be in the middle of Monroe just north of Michigan Avenue.