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A Hidden Gem: The Dearborn Historical Museum

There is a dedicated group of people working hard to keep local history alive. Our goal is to provide quality programming that enhances the lives of our visitors and encourages an appreciation for the foundations of this rich historical area. For your next outing, please consider the Dearborn Historical Museum. Check out our events page and then watch the following short video. We look forward to seeing you soon. Thank you for supporting local history.

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Party at the Museum

Here at the Dearborn Historical Museum we work very hard to keep our wonderful museum going. We have dozens of volunteers who give their time to be docents, archivist, and to do the hands-on tasks like helping organize our artifacts and storage spaces. Yet everyone knows that after working hard, you need to have some fun. Which is why we are so excited about our upcoming event Party at the Museum!

Now this event is something that we have never done at the DHM before, but we really think it’s going to be great.

From 5pm to 11pm on Friday September 27th we will have a history, beer and Barbecue party. That’s right, rich history, great brews and tasty food all at your favorite local museum.

Tickets are 9 dollars a person at the door, but you can buy your ticket early and it will only be 8! That ticket gets you in the doors, a 12oz collectible glass mug, and a one free drink of your choice. We are going to have a selection of beers, a couple of wines and root beer (for those who don’t drink) on tap.

One of the awesome things about this event is that we are serving regional craft beers including some brews from Kuhnhenn Brewing Company and Dragonmead Mircobrewery. Every additional beer will be 4 dollars and 2 dollars for 6oz of wine.

Detroit BBQ is coming out and will cooking up some delicious mouth-watering food. 80s Inc. will be playing live music. The McFadden Ross house will be displaying beer inspired art my local artist Amy Stenger and an a collection of Stroh’s memorabilia. There really isn’t a better way to get your weekend started.

If you are looking for a place to stop by and get your tickets early here is a list of wonderful businesses that have our tickets;Family Dentistry, Gentlemen First, Steven Bernard Jewelers, Double Olive, Oakwood Muirhead Building, City Council Office, City Clerk’s Office and of course the Dearborn Historical Museum! Additionally Gentlemen First are offering a 3 dollar discount on a haircut if you purchase your ticket from them.

We are still looking for sponsors for this event. It’s a big event and we are hoping for some community support so if you or someone you know wants to help sponsor our event please contact the museum at (313) 565-3000.

We look forward to everyone coming out after work on Friday September 27th and having a beer with us!


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Moving into the next era…

Here at the museum, there’s always something to keep us busy. If we aren’t taking people through one of our historic buildings or helping researchers look up records in our archives we’re always finding something that needs doing!

One of the projects that has been ongoing here at the museum is digitizing our collections. For the most part, this is done as we re-inventory; we record an item and its location, take a picture of it, and then enter both into our museum management computer program. (See our more detailed post about our inventorying effort here).

But, not all of the museum’s collections are 3D artifacts and so aren’t included in our efforts to re-inventory. The Dearborn Historical Museum boasts an extensive archives in the McFadden-Ross House. Currently, our archives serves the Dearborn community by facilitating research and providing a historic look at Dearborn and its people. One of our goals for digitizing our collections, including the archives, is making it easier for people to access them. The viability of a small museum is tied to how well it makes itself available to the public. Updating our digital records is just the first step. The next step is getting it available for viewing for members over the internet. It would be so fantastic to be able to share so much of our collection with people so easily and to be able to share our history with a much wider audience.

Updating the museum is not just confined to digitizing our collections. It also means making sure we are providing programs and exhibits that are interesting and informative to everyone; from children to adults, Dearborn residents to out-of-towners.

To address this incentive, the museum has been working on many new and exciting events. In this year alone, the museum has added many events and even brought back popular ones. The most exciting of these events is the Dearborn Historical Museum’s First Annual Beer Tasting! The Beer Tasting will feature Michigan brewery Kuhnhenn with select beers and wines and Detroit BBQ for all kinds of delicious food. Visitors will be able to try all kinds of great beer, wine, root beer (for the kids or those who don’t drink) and food and listen to a live band. We’re hoping this event is a popular one and will be around for years to come!

Through these efforts, the museum is increasing its visibility and its accessibility. It’s so exciting to be here during this time. Our history is meeting our present technology to propel us into the future!

Museum, School, Teacher

Not a teacher, an awakener

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” – Robert Frost

June means a lot of things for the residents of Dearborn. The farmers markets open up again. Father’s day is here and gone. Often there is yard work to be done and graduation parties to attend. Yet the most important part of June is that it is that start of summer vacation.

So while students were getting ready to leave their classes, we at the Museum are packing up our school program. For the last four months the museum has been running our Pioneer School Program.

DMH has welcomed roughly 1,4oo second graders to our McFadden Ross house for a morning out experience-based learning and hands on projects. Dearborn Public School students got a chance to learn a little bit about life in the 1830’s. We really wanted students to acknowledge the differences and similarities between life in Dearborn then and now.

Half of the program was spent in the Pioneer room at the McFadden Ross house. Students learned about the different jobs and chores ever family member would have to do to living in 1830s Dearborn. They got a change to practice their map reading skills, as they traced the route that the Nowlin family took when moving to Dearborn. Students also got a chance to experience what a school day would be for a second grader in the 1830s. From reciting from the McGuffy 2nd grade reader, to sharing uncomfortable two person desks, to practicing arithmetic and spelling on their slate boards, everyone got a chance to see the technological differences and content similarities between schools now and then.

The second half of the program students got a chance to rotate through different learning stations.

Students got to walk through the Gardener home and learn about how the Gardener Family lived. Many students were shocked to learn about rope beds and outhouses. Then they got a chance to churn (and taste) their own hand-made butter! Finally students learned about the three sisters (corn, beans and squash) and got to plant and take home their own vegetable.

I know that I can say that I was continually impressed with our young guests. Their observations were enlightening and their excitement was contagious. We are already looking forward to next year’s program

Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and helpful teachers really made our program a success.

However, just because our field trip season is over doesn’t mean we are done around the museum! June 29th is our Teddy Bear picnic! Our Sports Memorabilia exhibit is still up if you haven’t come by to see it already. Our archivists are still hard at work. We are also going to be having some exciting events coming this fall (top secret at the moment).

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