The Historical Society
of Clinton Michigan
PRESENTS
Historical Scavenger Hunt
June 1st
12:00 to 3:00
● $10 per person
Starts and ends at the Smith Kimball Community Center – Search for Historic Items in Clinton
● 15 historical exhibits with some local businesses included
● Prizes will be awarded
● Refreshments will be served after the hunt
 
For more information contact NORLEEN HICKS @ 517-442-8385
 

LEGACY LAND CONSERVANCY PROGRAM AT CLINTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY, NOV. 28 AT 7PM

The Historical Society of Clinton is going to host a program on Nov. 28, presented by “The Legacy Land Conservancy” at the Clinton Township Public Library at 7pm. Allene Smith, Land Protection Specialist with Legacy will be our speaker.

Ms. Smith will explain how rural land can be preserved by becoming a Legacy held conservation easement. At the end of 2022 Legacy was monitoring 7350 acres of land in Washtenaw and Lenawee and Jackson County. The Raisin Valley Land Trust recently integrated into their monitoring program. She will also tell about their other conservation work. The public is invited.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF CLINTON MICHIGAN

P.O. Box 647, Clinton, MI 49236

http://clinthis.org

LEGACY  LAND CONSERVANCY- NOVEMBER 28TH– 7PM at the Clinton Township Public Library.  A speaker from Legacy Land Conservancy will speak on protecting and preserving land in Southern Michigan.  We are especially interested in local farm land and how it can be kept agricultural.

HISTORIC BARN PHOTO EXHIBITION – AT CLINTON FALL FESTIVAL SEPT. 23RD & 24TH

The Historical Society of Clinton will be presenting photographs of historic barns in the Clinton Area at the Smith Kimball Community Center during Fall Festival, 9-5PM, Friday the 23rd and Saturday the 24th,   Mark Jenkins, a Historical Society member, has been interviewing some of the owners including: Steve Wahl, Shirley Campbell, Carolyn Dicks, Martin Scott, Dave and Karen Faust, Brent Crombez,  and Jaremy Jesse.  Large photos of these barns and small ones of many others will be presented with a wirte ups based on these interviews and historical research.  Included will be information on styles and the building of historic barns.  Please join us; admission is free.

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF CLINTON MICHIGAN

P.O. Box 647, Clinton, MI 49236

http://clinthis.org

February 15, 2022

 

THE HISTORY OF CEMENT CITY- MARCH 22,2022 AT THE CLINTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY AT 7PM. The program will be presented by Zachary Karnas, current president of the Village of Cement City Council.  He will tell us about the village which started in the 1830s with another name and how it came to be Cement City. The public is always invited to our meetings.

ANNUAL MEETING AND BUILDING MARKER AWARDS-  APRIL 26, 2022 AT CTPL AT 6:15 for Annual Meeting and Marker Awards at 7PM. At the Annual Meeting officers will be elected and the budget for the coming year approved.  Also dues are due of $10 single, $15 a couple ad $150 for Life Membership.  The program will be the awarding of Historical Building Markers.  Your building must be 75 years or older and be recognized as a historic structure.  If you are interested, applications are at the Library Desk. Also contact Norleen Hicks at 517-442-8385 to assist you with the history of the house and its owners.

THE STORY OF BUNNY FABRIQUE- CLINTON MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER- MAY 24, 2022  Sharon Scott will present a power point program on Clinton’s only Major League Ball player.  Also, you can bring old baseball memorabilia to share.

PICNIC AT TATE PARK : 6PM – Meat and beverages will be provided.  Bring a dish to pass and your own table setting.  A tree has been purchased and planted at Tate Park in memory of Carol Rone, who was the care taker of the Smith Kimball Community Center for many years.  There will be a short memorial after the supper.

CEMETERY WORK –  The work to finish restoring the Old East Cemetery will continue with fairer weather.  We are also looking into purchasing a sign for the cemetery.

WEB-SITE–  Recently, Austin Pratt, one of our members, worked on updating our Word Press web-site.  More work will be done in the next couple of months.  We are very fortunate to have someone up to figuring out how to do this.  You can check out our web-site by clicking on the address in the newsletter header.

ARCHIVES– Lenore Binns is cataloging our big backlog of books that have been donated to the Historical Society over the years.  Recently she is working on old Clinton textbooks and area cookbooks.  Sam Hall is beginning the work of digitizing the audio tapes from various programs we recorded.  Nikki Hall and Max Roesch (a Clinton High Junior) are working on the obituary files. We are at the library most Fridays from 3-5pm.  Just show up or contact Sharon Scott at 517-456-7198.

 AMAZON SMILE-Remember when you shop Amazon to shop Amazon Smile and designate the Historical Society of Clinton and we will get a small but nice percentage of the sale.  Thanks!

 

From Fraley Slide Collection-(digitized) Top is Boy Scout Cabin and bottom 168 W. Michigan- 1980s

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Historical Society of Clinton, Michigan

P.O. Box 647, Clinton, MI 49236

http://clinthis.org

October 1, 2021

US 12 GARAGE SALE RESULTS– Thanks to everyone who helped with the sale by donating or working or both.  We added $533.75 to our treasury. Thanks also to the American Legion Post for hosting us.

FALL FESTIVAL EXHIBIT AT SKCC- We had an exhibit of some of the photos that will be in our upcoming photo book,” A Century of Clinton’s Past : Downtown, Business and Industry, 1889-1980.” Thanks to those who worked.  We sold a few items,  had some generous donations and also talked with many current and former residents.  We had conversations with folks from Jonesville, Jackson Toledo and many other places.

PROGRAM ON “THE RIVER RAISIN- A PODUNK”- OCTOBER 26, 7PM AT CLINTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY.  Kathleen Grady and Tim Polk, both on the Manchester Historical Society Board will make a visual presentation on the ghost town north of Clinton, called, River Raisin or Podunk. The public is invited.

PROGRAM ON CEMETERY CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION- NOVEMBER 6, AT 1PM AT THE SMITH KIMBALL COMMUNITY CENTER.  Bobbie Mathis, of Union City, MI will present a slide program on the proper historic materials and techniques for restoring cemeteries ad grave markers. We will start out at the Community Center and after Ms. Mathis presentation we will walk down to the Old East Cemetery across from the Elementary School.  Karen Faust and George Service attended a workshop in June, co-taught by Ms. Mathis and they have been working diligently to restore the stones and their position in our cemetery.  If you would like to learn more about this type of restoration, please look at the following web site: https://cemeteryconservatorsunitedstandards.org/

CHRISTMAS BUILDING TOUR – Our president, Norleen Hicks, has been working lining up places to visit for the Christmas Building Tour.  It will be Dec. 4th and she will need people to help with hosting at the various locations.  More information will follow by e-mail.

AMAZON SMILE– Please when you place an order on amazon, use amazonsmile.com and choose the Historical Society of Clinton as your charity.  We make a small percentage and it doesn’t cost the buyer anything.  It all adds up. As of June 2021 we have received $60.71.

ARCHIVES– We still need workers to list books we have received, to file, paste  and to research.  We are at the library most Fridays from 3-5pm.  Just show up or contact Sharon Scott at 517-456-7198. Sam Hall has been digitizing slides donated by Shirley Fraley.

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Historical Society of Clinton, Michigan

P.O. Box 647, Clinton, MI 49236

http://clinthis.org

June 9, 2021

UPCOMING

We are hoping we will have programs starting again in October 2021.

 

PICNIC – JUNE 15RD-6 pm –The picnic will be held at the Smith Kimball and two houses will receive Historic Building Plaques, Annual Business will be held with election of officers and approval of 2021-22 Budget. We will also dedicate two memorial trees for Robert Way and Sheryl Busch.  For the picnic, the meat will be furnished and beverage.  Please bring your own place setting and a dish to pass.  Please call Norleen at 517-442-8385 to leave a reservation by Friday, June 11.  We will be inside in case of rain.

 

US 12 GARAGE SALE- AUGUST 13-15. We will sponsor this and set up our own booth at the Clinton American Legion Hall on Jackson St.  We need volunteers for Thursday to set up and Friday and Saturday to sell. We are not open on Sunday.  Items can be brought on Thursday for the sale between 9-2pm. There will be a signup sheet at the picnic.  We need everyone’s help.

 

SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENOIR

For the first year, HSC is offered a scholarship to a Clinton High School senior wrote a historic paper about a Clinton person, place, event, business or organization.  The committee that worked on this is :  Mike Walters, Pat Sturk and Jan Wegner.  Pat Sturk made the presentation of the $500 scholarship to Sky Chandler, this year’s winner. Her essay will be put on our web site and will also be in the Clinton Local.

 

PHOTO BOOK FOR CLINTON- Still being worked on by the HSC Board.   Those helping Sharon Scott with writing the text are: George Service, Karen Faust, Cynthia Given and Charlie Steffens.  Pat Sturk is doing the editing. We hope the first volume will come out this year: “A Century of Clinton’s Past, volume 1, Downtown, Business & Industry, 1880-1980” .

DONATION – Clinton High School has donated 27 VHS tapes of sports, graduations and dramas.  Twenty-four of these tapes have been digitized by Samuel Hall and are available to view by appointment. The other three are on ¾” video tape and we do not have the facility to digitize these. Some of the tapes are:

 

  1. class of 1976
  2. class of 1982
  3. class of 1984
  4. class of 1989
  5. class of 1991 video and graduation
  6. class of 1995 video
  7. class of 1994 video
  8. class of 1999
  9. class of 2002
  10. class of 2003

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS – The Oklahoma Correctional Industries, with a grant, have digitized Clinton High School Yearbooks from 1960-1999.  HSC paid for the 1917, 1937 and 1947 yearbooks, as they were not a part of the grant.  All of these are available at the Clinton Township Library Desk and at Clinton High School Library.

ON-LINE DONATION PROGRAM AT AMAZONSMILE.COM will raise funds for us.

If you order from amazon you can go to amazonsmile.com instead and choose the Historical Society of Clinton as your charity.  Your order is processed just the same as if you’re on amazon, but HSC will get a .5% back. We get a quarterly check.  Use this for your Christmas shopping.

 

Like us on Facebook!

We’ve added a Facebook page to keep people informed of our events and historical tidbits.  Little by little it is growing and reaching more and more people!  We’d like you to LIKE us and share with your friends and family too!  So if you are on Facebook, just go to:  https://www.facebook.com/49236HSC and follow us.

ARCHIVES

Nicola and Samuel Hall are currently working on sorting through the obituary cards,  updating them and also getting obits ready to be pasted onto cards.   Lenore Binns is almost finished cataloging our large ” Sell DeMuth Collection” of general store records, from the 1870’s to 1910’s.

We still need help with filing, pasting obituaries and cataloging books.  We usually work on Fridays from 3-5 pm at the library.  Let us know if you can help.

CEMETERY PRESERVATION– The Historical Society is taking on the work of preserving the Oak Mount or Old East Cemetery, near the water tower.  George Service and Karen Faust have already uncovered, listed and cleaned around the stones.  They are also going to attend a Cemetery Preservation workshop in Union City this month.  If you want to be involved in cleaning and restoring the stones, let George Service know.

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Historical Society of Clinton, Michigan

P.O. Box 647, Clinton, MI 49236

http://clinthis.org

Nov. 15, 2020

UPCOMING

Sorry we are having no in person programs.  We have postponed this Fall’s programs with hopes that we will have them in Spring. Also no Christmas Walk.

 

PICNIC – JUNE 23RD-6 pm –The picnic was held at the Smith Kimball and two houses received Historic Building Plaques for houses at 602 Tecumseh Rd. ,  313 Jackson Rd. and

13514 E. Michigan Ave.

 

HISTORIC  SPIRIT WALK – Oct.  24- Thirty-seven people participated in the Spirit Walk this year.    The Clinton Inn put out a wonderful treat afterwards.  Thanks to our president, Norleen Hicks, for putting this together this successful event.

 

SCHOLARSHIP FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENOIR

For the first year, HSC is offering a scholarship to a Clinton High School senior who will write a historic paper about a Clinton person, place, event, business or organization.  The committee working on this is :  Mike Walters, Pat Sturk and Jan Wegner.

 

PHOTO BOOK FOR CLINTON- Still being worked on by the HSC Board.   Pat Sturk is doing editing. We hope the first volume will come out next year: A Century of Clinton’s Past, volume 1, Downtown, Business & Industry, 1880-1980 .

DONATION – Clinton High School has donated 27 VHS tapes of sports, graduations and dramas.   We will begin to digitize these soon.  If you would like to help with this project, please e-mail Sharon Scott at sascott2@comcast.net. This is done in the basement of the library.

HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS – The Historical Society is gathering Clinton High School Yearbooks to be digitized by the Oklahoma Correctional Industries.  We are gathering yearbooks from the 1950s-1999.  We still need 1957, 1977, 1982.  The Clinton High School has already furnished us with some issues not in our archives.  They are returned in same condition sent.  They do this free to us.  Please contact Sharon Scott if you have any of missing issues.

HOSPICE LIGHTS OF LOVE –  Dec.  6,  from 6-8 pm.  at the Smith-Kimball Community Center.  We will be furnishing cookies for the event.

 

 

ON-LINE DONATION PROGRAM AT AMAZONSMILE.COM will raise funds for us.

If you order from amazon you can go to amazonsmile.com instead and choose the Historical Society of Clinton as your charity.  Your order is processed just the same as if you’re on amazon, but HSC will get a .5% back. We get a quarterly check.  Use this for your Christmas shopping.

 

MEMORIAL TREE – FOR THE SMITH-KIMBALL COMMUNITY CENTER LAWN

We are going to honor one of our past members, Robert Way, this year by purchasing and planting a tree on the SKCC grounds.   Robert Way (1931-2020 )  was born in Clinton and had a  wealth of local historical knowledge that he shared  with many.  Bob and his wife Mary Jane worked on several HSC projects and also donated items to the HSC archives. We are very grateful that the family designated our Society as a memorial funds recipient.    Bob will be remembered in our hearts and with a tree and memorial plaque at the Smith-Kimball Community Center.

 Like us on Facebook!

We’ve added a Facebook page to keep people informed of our events and historical tidbits.  Little by little it is growing and reaching more and more people!  We’d like you to LIKE us and share with your friends and family too!  So if you are on Facebook, just go to:  https://www.facebook.com/49236HSC and follow us.

ARCHIVES

Three Lancaster Scrapbooks have been scanned by members, Nikki and Samuel Hall. They have used a program called cam-scanner on a phone.  The results will be available soon at the library desk on a thumb drive.  The articles and obituaries cover the 1920’s to 1950’s.  Also Lenore Binns is working on cataloging our” Sell DeMuth Collection” of general store records, from the 1870’s to 1910’s.

We still need help with filing, pasting obituaries and cataloging books.  We usually work on Fridays from 3-5 pm at the library.  Let us know if you can help.