Grand Ledge Area Historical Society and Community Events

March 7 – History of the Sun Theater, Opera House, 7 p.m.
People have been going to the movies for decades.  It’s a favorite pastime.  Have you ever wondered what it was like to see a silent film or sit in a theater with a piano and a sound effects person?  The Sun Theater has gone through many owners and many changes but it is still a mainstay in Grand Ledge.  Generations of families continue to enjoy it.  Come learn about the history of the theater and the film industry.

March 11 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 2 p.m

March 17 – Pasty Dinner, GL Masonic Lodge, 5-7 p.m.

April 4 – History of the Seventh Day Adventist School and Campground, Opera House, 7 p.m. 
Craig Harris will present an oral history with photo presentation of the Seventh Day Adventist School and Campground.  This was located on the northeast corner of Saginaw Hwy and M-100 (Hartel), in the area of Charlevoix Dr.  There was a high school there and an annual camp for Adventist families to spend a week in the summer.  Several thousand people would be in Grand Ledge for that week each year.  Please join us for this very interesting program.

May 2 – History of the Union Block Building, at the Salvage Yard, 208 S. Bridge St., 7 p.m. 
Do you know where the Union Block building is in downtown Grand Ledge?  Did you know that the Union Block building is one of the few remaining commercial buildings in Grand Ledge that is made from Grand ledge stone?  Did you also know that the Grand Ledge post office was located in the Union Block building for a few years?  Come enjoy this program and discover the history of the Union Block building.  The evening will begin with a short presentation and end with a walk through of the building.  Many items also related to the building and history of Grand Ledge will be displayed for viewing.  Light refreshments will be served.

May 6-7 – Victorian Days
Join in the fun of Victorian Days, Saturday May 6 and Sunday May 7.  Something for all ages.  Saturday will include a Tea for Kids followed by a May Pole Dance, High Tea for Adults, quilt show, and period demonstrations such as spinning, goat milk soap, blacksmithing and country store.  Steampunk items and designs will be on display this year.  Civil War encampments will be on the Island Saturday and Sunday.  Riverboat and carriage rides will also be available.  For further information and additional activities visit

May 11 – Purse Party Bingo, Opera House, Doors open at 6 p.m., Play begins at 6:30 p.m.
A fundraiser for the Grand Ledge Area Historical Society.  There will be at least 15 bingo games with 15 beautiful purses as the bingo prizes, including one vintage purse from the Salvage Yard.  These purses have a retail value of at least $40 and many are designer purses.  There are lots of great door prizes too.  Come support the Historical Society and have a great time too!

May 13 – Farmers Market begins, Bridge Street Plaza

May 27 – Memorial Day Parade

June 1 – Summer Concert Series begins, Bridge Street Plaza

June 6 – Historical Society Picnic, JC Park, All Members Welcome, 6 p.m.

June 15-18 Yankee Doodle Days

June 22-23 – Mudge’s Follies

Opera House Dates

March 5 – Matt Pickart, Violinist & Marina Stojanovska, Pianist, 3-5 p.m.

March 19 – Pipe Organ Pops Concert, 3-5 p.m.

March 26 – Parted Waters, Five Member Cover Band, 3-5 p.m.

April 2 – Matt Pickart, Violin & Vocals, A Night of Jazz Violin, 3 p.m.

April 30 – Pipe Organ Pops Concert, 3-5 p.m.

May 9 – Grand Ledge High School Madrigals, 7:30 p.m.

May 11 – Purse Party Bingo, Doors open at 6 p.m., Play begins at 6:30 p.m.

May 18 – Hayes Middle School Select Vocal Groups in Concert, 7:30 p.m.

May 26 – Concert on the Grand, 6 p.m.

The Grand Ledge Area Historical Society is seeking volunteers (high school or older) to help with scanning and data entry of information for our website.  This would be a valuable contribution to the community and we appreciate any time you can devote to this effort.  The work will be performed at the library and training will be provided.
Contact John Clark at 517-881-3400 for more information.