Friday, December 4, 2015

The Museum Is Now Closed for the Season

The Canton Historical Museum is now closed for the season and will reopen in April 2016.

Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers for another successful year at the Museum! Have a wonderful winter and stay safe!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Join Us at the Village Theater for the "Salute to Service"

Canton will once again honor Armed Forces area servicemen and servicewomen in a special “Salute to Service” ceremony that will be held Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at The Village Theater! The Canton Historical Society will be stopping in.

Items for service men and women will be collected by the Michigan Military Moms, including individual size or travel size: disposable hand and foot warmers; foot and body powder; Q-tips; Beef Jerky; hot chocolate mix; wipes; granola/power bars; and monetary donations to offset postage. Please note that all items must be small enough to fit a 12" × 12" × 8" U.S. Priority box.

Keynote Speaker:
Bob Hynes, Director of Public Relations for the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport

50400 Cherry Hill Rd

7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Visit the Village Theater website or their Facebook page for more!

Hope to see you there! Have a wonderful Veterans Day!

Information provided by Canton Twp.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tickets Available for the 3rd Annual Christmas Tea!

Take a step back in time and enjoy a holiday afternoon tea at Canton's historical Bartlett-Travis House! Relax and enjoy the venue conversation, special music by harpist Laurel Federbush, and—of course—the tea and wonderful foods.

Guests will be served an assortment of teas, mini quiches, soup, sandwiches, breads with spreads, fruit salad, and desserts.

Information about the historical house decorated in circa 1900 will be offered, as well as unique displays from the Canton Historical Society's Museum collections. Guests will be encouraged to tour the house following the tea.

Saturday, December 12
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Bartlett-Travis House
500 North Ridge Road
Canton, MI 48187

$25.00 per person. Available only at the Summit on the Park.

Get your tickets to this popular event quick! The 3rd Annual Christmas Tea is limited to 20 guests.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ghost Stories Event Announced!

The third annual Ghost Stories will be performed by storytellers Spellbinder (AKA Judge Ron Lowe) and Dr. Debra Christian.

Date: Saturday, October 24

Time: 6:00–7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

The Cady-Boyer Barn
500 North Ridge Road
Canton, MI 48187

Tickets: $4 per person
  • Ticket price includes up to 2 donuts and a drink (cider or water).
  • Tickets can be purchased at the Summit on the Park or the CHS Pole Barn (at Preservation Park) during Sunday Farmer's Markets. Tickets are limited!

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Recommended for ages 8 years and up.

All proceeds benefit the Canton Historical Society.

About Judge Ron Lowe
Judge Ronald Lowe, as known as The Spellbinder, has been telling scary stories his entire life. He comes by it honestly as his father, mother, aunts and many other family members were storytellers. Lowe became a professional storyteller more than 25 years ago when he told his first story publicly at the Stone Circle in Elk Rapids, Mich. In his profession as an attorney, Lowe often incorporated storytelling in his trial work. At the courthouse, Lowe often uses it in the corporate environment to teach from the bench and in his administrative capacity. In his early years, Lowe’s mentor and partner was Dr. Debra Christian who helped him begin and grow as a professional storyteller, and Lowe has been telling stories and performing on a regular basis ever since.

About Dr. Debra Christian
Award-winning storyteller Dr. Debra Christian will scare you with her tales from long ago and her travels from around the world on six continents. She has performed at the National Storytelling Festival, WDET National Public Radio, Greenfield Village, the Michigan State Fair and the Detroit Institute of Arts to name a few. Dr. Christian is a speech-language pathologist and has entertained thousands of families, schoolchildren, executives, and regional festivals with her stories and oral tradition. A native of Plymouth, Mich., this dynamic presenter continues to keep this oral tradition alive through storytelling throughout the Midwest.

Please join these dynamic storytellers as they bring this ancient art to life!

(Bios provided by Canton Township.)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Thank You for Attending Brew, Brats, and Bands at the Barn 2015

Thank you to everyone who attended this year's Brew, Brats, and Bands at the Barn 2015 event. We hope you enjoyed all there was to offer!

The Canton Historical Society volunteers definitely enjoyed making this event possible for you. If you are interested in helping us out with next year's event, please contact us at

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

"Toys! Batteries Not Included" Exhibit Now Open!

The Canton Historical Museum has re-opened and is featuring toys! Come on down and reminisce about your favorite childhood fun and games.

Thank you to all our visitors on our exhibit's opening evening! For some teaser photos, check out our Facebook page.

Kids: We'll see you at the Museum....
Adults: We'll see you on Saturday at Preservation Park!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Canton Observer Features Our Museum Director, Jordan Taylor

Photo by Bill Bresler.
Kudos to Jordan Taylor, the Canton Historical Society's Museum Director, who was recently featured in the Canton Observer!

"Taylor's first exhibit as museum director involved a display showing undergarments, vanity sets and other items Canton residents wore and used as the 1900s arrived. Next up is 'Toys! Batteries Not Included,' a historical perspective of toys that runs Sept. 9 through Nov. 21.

"Despite her busy schedule, she began volunteering as a Canton historian in 2012, transcribing historical documents and helping to create a Victorian-era, beaded room divider for the historical Bartlett-Travis House in Preservation Park. She is among several young volunteers taking an interest in Canton's history."

Read more about Jordan's work at the Canton Historical Museum!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Our Museum Is Now Closed for Exhibit Transition

Thank you to all of our Museum visitors! We hope you enjoyed our "Straight-Laced" exhibit.

The Museum will re-open on September 9 to feature toys!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Looking for something fun to do today? Check out the Canton Lions Corn Roast!

Celebrate the historic Sweet Corn Capital of Michigan with the Canton Lions Club!

The annual corn roast will run today, Saturday, August 22, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Preservation Park (500 N Ridge Rd, just north of Cherry Hill Road).

There is no admission for all-you-can-eat roasted corn, hot dogs, baked beans, watermelon, ice cream, cotton candy, snow cones, and beverages but donations are greatly appreciated.

Donations will assist the Canton Lions Club to purchase eyeglasses, hearing aids, and other accessibility devices for those who cannot afford them.

The Canton Historical Society will open their Pole Barn to visitors. There will also be face-painting, a bounce house, balloon-twisting, a petting farm, and more!

Read more about the corn roast at the Canton Observer!

Remember that today is also the last day that the Canton Historical Museum will be open before closing to set up its next exhibit. The Museum will re-open on September 9.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Last Week of "Straight-Laced" Exhibit Open!

This is the last week to check out the "Straight-Laced" exhibit!

Please be aware that the Canton Historical Museum will close at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 and will not re-open until September 9, when the next Museum exhibit is in place.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for supporting the Canton Historical Society.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

"Beer, Brats, & Bands at the Barn" Featured in the Canton Observer

Photo: Canton Leisure Services
"Hundreds of craft beer lovers will have a chance to sample flavors from across the nation – and from right here in Canton – as Brew, Brats & Bands at the Barn returns to Preservation Park.

"'Metro Detroit’s growing craft beer culture can taste and appreciate specialty brews from all over the country in one location,' said Gregg King, Canton facilities supervisor and fundraiser organizer. 'Any event involving drinking craft beers, eating brats and listening to music with friends and family is bound to be a good time.'" Click here to continue reading...

For tickets, please visit

Article by Darrell Clem.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Brew, Brats, and Bands at the Barn: Get Your Tickets Now!!

This is what you have been waiting for -- the most popular CHS event of the year!

Brew, Brats, and Bands at the Barn 2015!

Sat., Sept. 12, from 6 pm – 9 pm

The 6th annual "B-4" event will have over 75 varieties of craft beer available from local breweries such as 
Canton Brew WorksLiberty Street Brewing Company, and Short's Brewing Company. Bands this year include All Directions and the Dale Hicks Band.

Your ticket price includes 7 beer tickets (with additional tickets at 4 for $5), all you can eat bratwursts with fixin's, and a complimentary beer tasting mug. Tickets are $25 before Sept. 12 (and $30 at the door). 
DD tickets are $10. Proceeds will support the Canton Historical Society.

Click here to purchase your tickets now!


The Cady-Boyer Barn, Preservation Park
500 N Ridge Rd
Canton, MI 48188

Advertise your organization with the Canton Historical Society!

Display your business's logo at our Farmers Markets. The 2' × 4' banners will not only be displayed at our B-4 event, but will also be seen at every remaining Preservation Park Farmers Market this season! You will also see our supporters proudly displayed at other 2015 CHS events. Banners are $200.

When you're visiting the Farmers Market, check our new signage at the CHS Pole Barn. We've been working hard to bring our history to you in these clear and colorful labels. Thank you to everyone who helped out with this project!

Don't forget to reserve your tickets for the very popular B-4 event before it's sold out!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

See You July 12!

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the Liberty Fest tent sale! Thanks for your support!

Just a reminder that there will be no Farmers Market today, July 5, due to the Independence Day holiday. See you July 12!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Our Events Calendar is Updated

Take a peek at our new events calendar. Your favorite CHS activities are back!

  • Tent Sale Fundraiser during Liberty Fest: June 20.
  • Brew, Brats, and Bands at the Barn 2015: September 12, 6 to 9 pm.
  • New Museum Exhibit TBA: September 9.
  • Annual Ghost Stories: October 24.
  • Annual Xmas Tea: December 12.

Friday, May 22, 2015

CHS Exhibit Featured in the Canton Observer!

"Canton museum gives peek at historical undergarments" by Darrell Clem

"Displaying corsets, bloomers, brassieres, long johns and petticoats, a new Canton Historical Museum exhibit offers a revealing look at undergarments worn as the 1900s arrived.

"Hardly salacious, tawdry or scandalous, the display offers a peek at the most intimate clothing worn by local folks who tilled Canton’s agricultural past. It is titled 'Straight-Laced? Loosening Up the Secrets of Petticoats and Drawers at the Turn of the Century.'"

Click here to

Twitter: @CantonObserver

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Exhibit Open & Website Updates Planned!

Hello fans! Hope you're ready to check out the new CHS Museum exhibit, "Straight-laced? Loosening up the Secrets of Petticoats and Drawers at the Turn of the Century," which is now open! Come on down and learn a bit about undergarments! Gift shop items are still available.

SHOWING: May 16 to August 23

WHERE? The Canton Historical Society Museum:

1022 South Canton Center Road
Canton, MI 48188

WHEN? The current hours for the Museum are as follows:

Tuesdays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As always, we are available by appointment (please call 734-397-0088).

Check out the teaser photos on our Facebook page!

We also have some updates for the CHS website planned, so please stay tuned and excuse our dust. See you soon at the Museum!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Canton Historical Society Accepting Donations for Tent Sale!

Looking for a way to help out the community but just can't make a huge time commitment?

The Canton Historical Society can help!

We are accepting donations for a tent sale which will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 (during Canton's Liberty Fest). The donations must be antique, craft-related, or vintage-inspired items. Donations we currently have as examples range from jewelry to books, handmade fabric tree decorations to vintage hats, and an antique table.

All donations will be sold at the tent sale as a fundraiser for the Canton Historical Museum. All profits will be placed toward future exhibits, investment in archival storage boxes/paper, and further efforts of community outreach events.

If you are interested in donating, please contact Jordan Taylor at or call 734-397-0088. The deadline for donations is June 10, 2015.

Thanks for your help!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Life Unplugged: Connecting Canton in the Past

The museum is now open and ready for visitors!

Typical open hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, but please call in advance: 734-397-0088.

The exhibit features communication methods and tools throughout Canton's history. Donations are encouraged.