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Preserving & Sharing the Story of Midland County

Discover the history of our community through events, exhibits and research with the Midland County Historical Society!

Upcoming History Events

Green Rush - Lumbering in 19th Century Mid-Michigan

Green Rush - Lumbering in 19th Century Mid-Michigan

MAR 8 - MAY 26, 2024 (Exhibit Hours)
Free Reception / APR 4 / 6 - 7 PM

History Exhibition in the Brick Lobby

In the 1800's, the largest and most profitable industry in Mid-Michigan was lumber. In 1882, the Tittabawassee Boom Company was commissioned to raft cut logs down rivers, successfully navigating and rafting over 600 million board feet of logs. This era of lumbering brought about profound changes to the landscape of our region, as vast sections of white pine forests were cleared to make way for expansive farmlands and flow patterns of local rivers were altered. Join us to delve into the world of lumbering, from the life of a lumberjack in a winter camp to the far-reaching effects of business on the region.

ALSO ON DISPLAY / Check out our latest art exhibition, Abiding Inspiration: Equine Art by Jeri Hollister, in the Little Theater Lobby during your visit.

Brunch History / 80 years of Healthcare; The Story of the Midland Hospital

SAT, MAR 23, 2024 / 11 AM (Brunch Service Begins at 10 AM)

Join local historian Floyd Andrick to hear the history of the Midland hospital, now known as MyMichigan Medical Center - Midland. Andrick expertly speaks to early healthcare in Midland and shares the story of how the hospital was founded and built on land given generously by Grace A. Dow. On March 15, 1944 John Randall was the first baby born in the Midland hospital kicking off 80 years of history for the facility. We look forward to sharing that history with you. 

Brunch plated service is by pre-order only. Brunch food pre-orders available until MAR 19 at 11 PM. Click here for the pre-order menu!

Sponsored by Arbury Insurance Agency


Midland In Our Own Words

Tune into the Midland County Historical Society's official podcast, Midland In Our Own Words, for a collection of oral history accounts from people of Midland County, Michigan. Uncovering stories of influencers and modern explorers from those in this community.

This podcast is made possible through a partnership with Tridge Media Productions.

Historical Research

While our research library remains closed for in-person discovery, we continue to assist researchers and members of the community in conducting the research of stories here in Midland County.

If you'd like to obtain access to documents and materials in our collections, please email Crystal Laudeman or Jake Huss.