Spring into past tour

Take a historical tour on April 30 and May 1

By Emma Palova

Fallasburg, MI- Step back in time when things were simple long before cell phones and devices. Treat yourself to a historical tour through 27 area small town museums in Michigan.  The theme is “Quilts-A Stitch in Time.”

“We have put together a quilt trail with 43 quilt squares,” said director Sally Hoover Johnson. We are excited to have people travel the trail and stop in and visit our museums.”

Fallasburg Covered Bridge
Fallasburg Covered Bridge
Quilts American star at the Freeport museum.
Quilts American star at the Freeport museum.



The Tri-River Historical Museum Network Presents: “Spring Into the Past”

“Spring Into the Past! “Visit some of West Michigan’s finest small museums during this annual event sponsored by the Tri-River Historical Museum Network. This year’s tour is Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1 from 11 :00 a.m. to 5:00 P.M. each day when most museums are open the same days and hours for your touring convenience.

Quilts, a card trick at the Ionia Fairgrounds.
Quilts, a card trick at the Ionia Fairgrounds.

Twenty-seven area historical societies and/or small museums in Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties are part of this network of support to one another. Located in quaint depots, churches, town halls, store buildings or houses, each of the museums displays the history of its unique community and people.

The annual Spring Into the Past” tour is a promotional event to raise awareness and generate interest in these small treasures. All will greet you warmly and welcome you into their world of past treasures and local history. Admission is FREE!

This year’s tour theme is “Quilts A Stitch in Time” and many museums will have special displays on the theme. Ask for a brochure about our newly created Tri-River Quilt Trail!

Quilts, oak leaves and acorns.
Quilts, oak leaves and acorns.

List of participating museums

Tri-River Members participating in Spring Into the Past include: Alton Historic Church Museum in an old church, north of Lowell (Sunday only 12-6 with hymnsing at 6) Ada’s Averill Historical Museum house and barn Barry County Historical Society visit Middleville Depot Belding Museum & The Bel” -in Belrockton Silk Mill Dormitory Boston/Saranac Historical Society a depot museum in Saranac Bowne Township Historical-museum, carriage house, school-near Alto Byron Center Historical Society and Museum-in former town hall Cascade

Railroad cross-Belding
Railroad cross-Belding

Historical Museum in old township hall Cedar Springs Museum in Morley Park, local artifacts and research Charlton Park Historical Village museum, historic village, rec area near Hastings Clarksville/Campbell Historical Society no museum, but displays in local pizza shop Fallasburg Historical Village near covered bridge, north of Lowell Fighting Falcon Military Museum -with restored glider, in Greenville Flat River Historical Museum with old-time mainstreet -in Greenville Freeport Historical Society located in the old Masonic Temple Grattan Township Historical Society -in 1853 structure west ofBelding Ionias Blanchard House and Museum in a stately Victorian Mansion (Saturday only) Ionia Free Fair Antique Village -exhibits only in July during Ionia Free Fair.

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