Show and Tell
Come to Show and Tell at the Poorhouse at 7:30 on April 23, 2017 for a fun evening of sharing our historical treasures. Bring your own and enjoy seeing those of others.
Dedication for "The Ladies" - Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7 p.m. - Oak Grove Cemetery near the large family monuments
The Ladies of Oak Grove Cemetery raised the funds and erected the original archway at the entrance of Oak Grove Cemetery.
When it was clear that a wider entrance was needed, the archway was unceremoniously removed and tossed—in pieces—into the woods behind Potter's Field.
With funds from the Friends of Mitchell Research Center and the Hillsdale County Historical Society, much of which came in the form of memorial donations for Jim Taylor, the peak of the original archway was rescued and placed on the top of a stone pedestal in the circle that at one time held the fountain. Below it is the part that read "Erected by the Ladies of Hillsdale." The keystone is in the center of the bottom.
On May 5, 2017, there will be a dedication of this memorial to "The Ladies," with re-enactors from the 18th Michigan Infantry acting as "ghosts," telling the stories of some of the people buried around the memorial.
Vintage Base Ball Game - June 24, 2017
The monetary donations made to the Society in memory of Sharron Watkins will make it possible for us to fulfill a long-held wish of Sharron and her husband, Dan, to host a baseball game played in the early style. The Watkins envisioned this game combined with an ice cream social, which will also be possible. Originally scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016, an unforeseen glitch has moved the date to June 24, 2017. A vintage base ball team and possibly a women's team will come to "PLAY BALL!"