45th Holiday Home Tour - 2019

The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society is excited to present its 45th Holiday Traditions Tour:  Homes, Tables, and Trees. Although the name has evolved over the years, the effort remains the same; the Historical Society has put together a robust tour of homes, historic buildings, and businesses that will delight all with its variety of architectural styles as well as the touches of Christmas cheer.

The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society continues to preserve Grand Ledge’s rich history and to educate the public on the area’s past. The Holiday Traditions Tour is the society’s biggest fundraiser with proceeds going toward promoting the area’s history through educational events as well as maintaining its museum and current collection of documents, photographs, and artifacts.

Grand Ledge is a great community with a long and vibrant history to preserve and share. The tour of a number of  homes, businesses, and public buildings will be sure to peak your interest and inspire your Christmas spirit.  The tour is casual and can be done in any order, at your own pace.  Hours for the tour are Saturday, December 7, 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday, December 8, 1 -4 pm.

Tickets can be purchased for $12 before the tour at several locations.  Tickets can be purchased for $15 on the days of the tour ONLY at the Opera House.

Decorated trees and tables will be on display in the Grand Hall of the Opera House.  On Saturday and Sunday, we will host our second Christmas Cookie Contest in the Terrace Level of the Opera House.

Christmas Cookie Contest

Can you resist a Christmas cookie?   The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society wants to sample your best tasty Christmas treat during its second Christmas Cookie Bake-Off as part of the Holiday Traditions Tour, December 7 and 8, 2019.  This old-fashioned Bake-Off contest will start Saturday, December 7 at the Opera House (Terrace Level);  a grand cookie champion will be determined on Sunday, December 8.  This contest is for bakers of all ages and skill levels.   Check event details for more info.

2019 Annual Meeting

Our 2019 Annual Meeting is Tuesday, June 18  at 7 p.m. right after the formal Board of Directors Meeting.  Join us for this meeting with a theme of  'WWII on the Home Front - Ration Dessert Recipes.'  We will convene on Terrace Level of the Opera House for desserts from WWII era recipes that were created due to rationing.    There will be short meeting and election of 2019/2020 Board Members followed by desserts.

Please bring a dessert to pass along with a co of the recipe.  Dessert should reference the current exhibit at the GLAHS Museum . . . 'WWII on the Home Front.'  Remember that these desserts would have been made using rationed sugar or an ingredient that replaced sugar such as honey or molasses.  Punch, water and table service will be provided.

For more information contact Ruth at 517-622-2001.  We hope you can join us.

2019 Spring Purse Bingo

Our 7th Purse Bingo is Thursday, May 30 from 6 p.m. until approximately 10 p.m. at the Grand Ledge Opera House.  There are 20 bingo games and the winner of each game wins the designer purse designated for that game. We have Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors and more!   We provide bingo cards and markers. Light snacks and beverages are included. There are tie breaker and door prizes also.

Doors open at 6  (the doors will remain locked until 6 and then we will let everyone in) and bingo starts at 6:30 p.m.  For the first time, we have a sold-out event!   We thank our many sponsors:

  • Marie Brown
  • Clark Construction
  • Harry O. Culp Insurance Agency
  • Ledges Hair Salon
  • Ledge’s Sweatshop
  • MacDowell’s
  • Nick Cypher Agency–Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Salon 219
  • The Salvage Yard Antiques
  • United Foodservice Solutions

Oakwood Cemetery Tour

Our Oakwood Cemetery Tour is a popular event held during Grand Ledge's Color Cruise Weekend.  Learn about many of Grand Ledge's historical townspeople during this hour long walking tour.