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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
June - August
"150th Anniversary of Brighton becoming a Village"

FREE Admission

Learn about Brighton and its past as the community celebrates the 150th Anniversary

of Brighton becoming a village. The Brighton Area Historical Society has wonderful
old photos that illustrate downtown Brighton over 100 years ago. The CoBACH Center
was the first town hall and fire station built in 1879. The town hall business was held
on the second floor. Many of the large old photos show only horse and buggies on
Main Street and Grand River Avenue.

CoBACH Center Hours:

Sunday – Friday, 5-8pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm
Closed Mondays

For more information, please call 810.250.7276

Check out the Brighton's Victorian Silhouettes Exhibit around town or click for more information.

Article from the Livingston Press - Argus Daily:

Have you heard the story of John Tanner, the guy with the 10-foot beard?

"He would push his beard down the back of his shirt and down his pants, and people would
pay him a quarter to see it," Brighton Area Historical Society President Jim Vichich said.

"Tanner traveled with a carnival and showed people his beard. He also had antiques he
used for making money, like merry-go-round ponies and a Ferris wheel made with four
benches and powered by a horse", Vichich said.

Silhouettes of well-known figures from the past that tell odd-ball stories of Brighton's
roots started popping up around downtown this week.

The life-sized silhouette depicting Tanner with Henry Ford will be installed outside of
women's clothing store Beverly Raes. Art guild member Rich Larson included Ford
because he purchased a carriage Tanner had used to transport people from the
railroad station to their homes or hotels - part of his day job - when Ford was collecting
antiques for his museum and Greenfield Village.

Tanner's silhouette is on of 13 depictions of people and cows artists in the Brighton Art
Guild painted to celebrate the city's 150th anniversary year.

All will be installed downtown within the next few weeks and left on display for three
years, except for during the winter. They will have biographical information and a QRC
code vistors can scan with a mobile device to link to stories and photographs.

The Brighton Downtown Development Aurthority supported the project with a $6,775
grant, and local artists and historians donated their time.

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

PAGE FOUR - 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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