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Welcome To Your Past

The Brighton Area Historical Society is your connection to local history. Our goal is to discover and learn about our history because we believe our past is worth preserving. If you share our passion for history, then you are in the right place. The BAHS is focused on the history of the greater Brighton Area and the surrounding townships of Livingston County, Michigan. We also operate the historic Lyon School house which has been fully restored and features an elementary school curriculum. Please take a moment and look around. Your history is here waiting to be discovered.

Up Coming Events and Latest News:

CoBACH Display
April - June
"World War I"
FREE Admission

Learn about the local WWI veterans that served our country as the 100th Anniversary of
WWI takes place this year.  Over 100 local veterans have their photos and their service
records on exhibit.  See letters and memorabilia about the men from Brighton.


Sunday - Friday, 5-8 pm
Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm
Closed Monday
FREE Admission

9th Annual Old Village Cemetery Spring Cleanup
Saturday, May 6th, 2017
9 am - 12:00 pm

The Brighton Area Historical Society will sponsor the 9th Annual Spring Grounds Restoration
Day at the Old Village Cemetery located next to the Millpond in downtown Brighton.  The burial
grounds are being prepared for Memorial Day and the summer season.  Broken branches litter
the grounds and your help is needed to restore respect to all gravesites including those of
Brighton's earliest founders and Brighton's (45) Civil War veterans.  Bring gloves and lawn
rakes and enjoy a wonderful day sharing with the community in this day of Civic Pride.
For more information call Jim at 810.250.7276.

Celebrate Brighton's 150th Anniversary in 2017!
Get your calendar out right now - record Sunday, August 13 as the primary day
to celebrate our city's sesquicentennial!  Share this information with your church
members, morning coffee buddies, scout leaders, teachers, PTO friends, family
vacation planners, classmates, out-of-town family and friends of Brighton!  We
need you to join in the spirit of 2017 Brighton.

In March 1867 the community of Brighton located within Brighton Township became
the Village of Brighton.  It is proper to celebrate the spirit of Brighton and its early
families who struggled to create this wonderful village along the Grand River Indian
Trail within the banks of Ore Creek which meanders through Town.

August 13 will be a day of family fun!  A community picnic at 1pm taking place within the
beautiful grounds of the Old Village Cemetery next to the millpond is being investigated.
The Brighton Area Historical Society will have several different tours of the Old Village
Cemetery taking place during the afternoon.  There will be a brand new self-guided
tour of the grave sites of the (45) Civil War soldiers buried in this tranquil setting.  The
tour booklets will provide detailed information on the life of that soldier.

Another tour will have 8-12 reenactors at different grave sites.  Each person will be
dressed in their unique period clothing.  You will learn about their lives and experiences
as they matured in Brighton and were influenced by growth and industrialization of the
late 1800s.

The Society will have a Special 150th Exhibit inside the City of Brighton Arts, Culture and
History Center.  Many early Brighton photos will be exhibited.  You will enjoy many of these
photos showing Main Street with horses and wagons and no cars.  Main Street will be closed
for the Kiwanis classic car show around 5pm.  The Millpond Park and surrounding areas will
be filled with music and music lovers as the Sunday evening Kiwanis concert opens at 7pm.

Stay tuned for more information as the Summer Solstice approaches.

A New Book from the BAHS
R - Celebrating 35 Years of TRAIL TALES History Columns

A selected compilation of the columns Marieanna Bair has written faithfully
over the past 35 years.  The reader will encounter here a glimpse of the
merchants that plied their trade.  You will also meet the farmers and local
residents who walked the streets, worked the farms, worshiped in the local
churches, and recreated along the plentiful Brighton area lakes for the
past 150 years. This book can be found at Lawrence Autobody and
CoBACH Center or by calling (810) 250-7276.  Cost $20.00
Visit our gift shop to see other items for sale!

Watch for additional information on Facebook, in Trail Tales newsletter, and on this website or by calling (810) 250-7276



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