|The museum building as it appears today.||The museum building as built in 1885 as the First Congregational Church of Grand Blanc.|
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ABOUT THE MUSEUM
The Grand Blanc Heritage Association is located at 203 E. Grand Blanc Road in the City Hall complex. Founded in 1972, it is incorporated by the State of Michigan as a not-for-profit, educational, public service organization. The function of the Association is to discover, document, collect, preserve, research and exhibit any tangible materials that help to establish or illustrate the history of the community and surrounding area.
In 1833, eleven people established the First Congregational Church of Grand Blanc. The congregation, which held its earlier services in homes, and later schoolhouses, built their first house of worship in 1855. They replaced it with the current building in 1885. The building served its congregationalists for eighty-three years; its last worship service was October 6, 1968. Purchased by the City of Grand Blanc in 1967, it became the home of the City municipal offices.
In 1976 the City of Grand Blanc gave the Association a single room to display items collected from its members. The Heritage Museum has since grown to two floors filled with exhibits. These items have been donated to the Association for the education and enjoyment of the community. The Museum is administered by the Grand Blanc Heritage Association Board of Directors and its volunteers.
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS
Activities of the Museum include: five newsletters a year, monthly member programs, tours, genealogical information and research, quilting and weaving, research for State Historical markers, preservation of the Heritage Museum building, transcription of letters, diaries, ledgers and public records, restoration and electronic preservation of photographs, and publishing books of local history. Special public events include: Memorial Day Weekend Open House, Old-Fashioned Christmas Program, and a Bi-Annual Quilt Show.
HERITAGE ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Vice President||Ginny Knag|
DONATIONS TO THE MUSEUM
The Heritage Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and runs solely on contributions from individuals like you. These contributions may be artifacts, pictures, books or any item that would be appropriate to display or use in the museum. All donations of cash or artifacts are tax deductible.
Donations of time are equally as important to us. Docents are always needed to help give tours throughout the year, especially in the spring. Full training will be given by current members and staff of the museum. There are always other areas where help is welcome and we would be very happy to see anyone willing to come in any time of the year!
Grand Blanc Heritage Association memberships are as follows:
Dues are annual except Life Memberships.
CLUBS & MEETING TIMES
These clubs and organizations hold their regular meetings in the Museum's lower level:
|GSQ Quilters Day Out||2nd Fri. 10 AM - 3 PM|
|Museum Board||2nd Weds. 10:30 AM|
|Touch The Earth Garden Club||2nd Tues. 7 PM|
|Flint Antique and Collectors Club||2nd Thurs.7 PM|
|ANG (American Needlepoint Guild)||3rd Weds.7 PM|
Our Gift Shop, located in the Lower Lobby of the Museum, has many unique items for sale. Some of those things include: Various publications on local history and genealogy and hand-made purses and tote bags of all kinds. There are also many rugs and placemats for sale that are woven on the looms in the museum. Don't forget to make this a part of your visit to the Musuem.
- Footsteps Through the ‘Great White’ Country - $7.00
- A Pioneer History of Grand Blanc Township - $5.00
- The George Willis Butts Family - $5.00
- 1870 Fed.Census Grand Blanc Town & Township - $6.00
- 1890 Fed. Census Grand Blanc Town & Township - $5.00
- 1860 Grand Blanc Federal Population Census - $3.00The History of the Grand Blanc Schools - $15.00
- Maple (Gibson) Cemetery Burial Records 1835-1997 - $5.00
- Perry-McFarlan Cemetery Burial Records 1834-2000 - $6.00
- Gen. Co. MI Burial Records Vol. V Evergreen Cemetery - $15.00
- Volume I: 1894-1937 - $12.00
- Volume II: 1904-1937 - $15.00
- Volume III: 1929-1942 - $15.00
The Museum Piece-rs meet every Wednesday, year round, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The group finishes quilts from quilt tops consigned by members or the public to provide funding for the Heritage Museum. Each one is hand-stitched by the quilters. The group also provides help to those that inquire about quilts and quilting and will assist in dating antique quilts. Visitors and new members are always welcome
The Museum has a variety of working musical instruments from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Outstanding among these is a fully restored and operational 1922 Bush & Lane/Farrand player piano. Visitors are invited to test their latent musical talents on this vintage instrument, using the museum’s extensive library of vintage and current music rolls.
The museum’s collection also includes an 1875 Estey Style 14 reed organ. This instrument has
moved on to a second life as a museum exhibit, having previously served as the music source in the late 19th century, when the museum building was the Congregational Church of Grand Blanc. Recent restoration efforts have brought back the glorious sounds of this handsome instrument.
The parlor/music room contains two working examples of early recorded music machines. A 1905 Edison Standard talking machine and a 1916 Victor Victrola provide high-fidelity (circa 1900) musical entertainment for visitors.
NEWS & EVENTS
The Heritage Museum also holds public meetings on various historical topics on the fourth Monday at 7PM, from January thru April and from September through November. Contact the Heritage Museum for upcoming scheduled events, or watch for announcements in the Grand Blanc View.
The Grand Blanc Heritage Museum is pleased to announce expanded summer hours!
The museum is open on the second Sundays of each month during the summer, coinciding with the popular Farmers MArket on Grand Boulevard and the Mini-Chalet complex adjacent to the Museum.
IN THE NEWS: Read about the Museum in My City magazine!
FOR SALE: Cookbooks are available for sale at the Museum. Cost is $7/each and contain recipes by many of the museum's members. Get yours today!