The purpose of the Hillsdale County Historical Society is to preserve, advance and disseminate knowledge of the history of
Hillsdale County, MI.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
With our very sad loss of Sharron Watkins we find ourselves with no one to call members prior to events where we sell baked goods (one of our prime sources of income). If any member (or prospective member) would like to assume Sharron's job, please contact the Society through the email address or call President Jean Letherer at 517 547-7784.
In 1828 Moses and Mary Allen and their children were the first white people to settle in Hillsdale County, MI where they established a cordial relationship with the local Potawatomi tribe, led by Chief Baw Beese.
With the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825, an easier journey to Michigan Territory became possible. White settlers moved to the "west," and Hillsdale County was established.