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 hillsdalehistoricalsociety@gmail.com

 

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.


People

The People of Hillsdale County

The People of Hillsdale County

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.

 

Places

The Places of Hillsdale County

The Places of Hillsdale County

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. 

 

Things

The Things of Hillsdale County

The Things of Hillsdale County

When the railroad was built through Hillsdale County, MI, rapid population growth followed. Businesses grew with the population, public institutions were created and major events became part of county lore.