2019 Calendar of Events: Please check back in February as we will have undetermined events confirmed and more added to our calendar. We look forward to seeing you in this new year and thank you for your patience.
Sunday, March 3, 1 p.m.: Children's Etiquette Class
( This class qualifies for a Girl Scout Social Butterfly Badge.)
Set your children on the right path by having them learn the essentials in proper etiquette with certified etiquette instructor Kim Parr. This interactive presentation will teach them everyday etiquette,
introductions, handshakes, and table manners.
The class will begin with a Cookie Tea. Cost is $15.00 per person and registration is required as space is limited and non-refundable. Ages 6 - 13 recommended.
Tuesday, March 5- Tuesday Tea Talk at Two:
"Floating Palaces of the Great Lakes; a History of Passenger Steamships on the Inland Seas"; Joel Stone
Through much of the nineteenth century, steam-powered ships provided one of the most reliable and comfortable transportation options in North America. The aesthetic, structural and commercial peak of the steamboat era occurred on the Great Lakes, where palatial ships created memories and livelihoods for millions. By the mid-twentieth century, the industry was in steep decline, and today our rich and entertaining steamboat heritage has been largely forgotten. Joel Stone’s presentation brings this era to life again.
Tea Talk Tuesday’s - where you can enjoy a cup of tea, dessert and learn a bit of history. Bring your own teacup or use our disposable cups. Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $10 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society & $12 for non-members.
(Tour before the talk included: come one hour earlier to tour.) Call for your reservation at 586-465-2488.
Wednesday, March 20, 7 p.m.: 1869 - The Great Crocker House Book Club
What? Celebrate 150 years with the Crocker House Museum by joining the Great Crocker House Book Club. Set your mind to what George and Katherine Crocker were reading when they were building and moving into this wondrous house! And the best part is that we can gather and talk about the book. There are amazing classics to pick from by Dickens, Alcott, Twain, Verne, Stevenson, and so many more!
Who? You! All inclusive of the Macomb County Historical Society members and volunteers at the Crocker House Museum. This is a free bonus for all Society members to meet with like-minded history buffs and explore the books of 1850 to 1890.
When? 7 pm on March 19, 2019, and every THIRD WEDNESDAY of the month, excluding July and December.
Where? Crocker House, Lower Level, or in the garden depending upon the weather.
First Book: “Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Verne.
Read the book “Journey to the Center of the Earth” before the March 20th meeting to enjoy the discussion. Even if you have not read it, come to hear about it! We will also review book summaries (provided) and vote on other historical books to read this year. Light refreshments provided.
Sunday, March 31, 2 p.m.: Back Street: film showing at the Emerald Theater
Back Street was written by Fannie Hurst while she was staying in Mount Clemens. This book was put to film and made into three different versions over time. The story is about how a woman's love and devotion to a married man results in her being relegated to the "back streets" of his life. We will be watching the first film version made in 1932 with Irene Dunne and John Boles. Tickets cost $10 each and include pop and popcorn. Join us a film viewing at the beautiful Emerald Theater. Doors open at 2 p.m., the film begins at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.theemeraldtheatre.com/
Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.: Mah-Nah-Be-Zee #198 Pottery Luncheon – “Timeless Memories” at Zuccaro’s Country House. For information please call 586-465-4918. This event helps us with restoration and preservation efforts. We hope to see you there.
Tuesday, April 16 – Tuesday Tea Talk at Two:
“The Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal, Michigan’s Early Transportation Project”: Pat Hallman
Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m.: 1869 - The Great Crocker House Book Club
Sunday, May 5, 1 p.m. Cinco de Mayo Afternoon Tea
Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held in the United States and some localities in Mexico. It commemorates the Battle of Puebla that ended in a Mexican army's unlikely victory over a larger and better equipped French army. Join us with director Kim Parr as she provides some highlights of this celebration. This program comes with a full afternoon tea to inspired with a Mexican influence and includes Three Wives Tea, a variety of tea sandwiches and desserts. Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $35 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society & $40 for non-members. Please call for reservations at 586-465-2488.
Tuesday, May 21 – Tuesday Tea Talk at Two: “The Erie Canal in New York and the Clinton-Kalamazoo Canal in Michigan, Why One Was a Success and the Other a Failure”
Wednesday, May 15, 7 p.m.: 1869 - The Great Crocker House Book Club
Wednesday, June 19, 7 p.m.: 1869 - The Great Crocker House Book Club
Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Garden Walk & Breakfast
Start at the Crocker House Museum garden where you will get a map to tour local private gardens. Also, enjoy shopping for garden art and share in a plant exchange at the Michigan Transit Museum. Simply bring your split plants or flowers to exchange for another. The Depot will also be open for tours. Garden Walk tickets are non-refundable and cost $12 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society and $17 for non-members. Before heading out to see the lovely gardens on the walk please join us for breakfast and informative talk with Master Gardener Susan Keehn at 9 a.m. She will present a program exploring ways to use what you have grown in combination with other components and ingredients to create treasures you'll love. It includes home-made scones, hard-boiled egg, fresh fruit and hot Three Wives Tea in the Crocker House Garden. Breakfast tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are limited and non-refundable and cost only $12 for members and $15 for non-members of the Macomb County Historical Society
Sunday, July 28: 150th Celebration of Crocker House Museum: featuring two films: Film about the Crocker Family, and 1919 film Male & Female. This silent film was directed by Cecil B. DeMille and stars Gloria Swanson and Thomas Meighan. Its main themes are gender relations and social class. Tickets cost $12 each and include a pizza buffet, pop and popcorn, and birthday cake. A cash bar will be available and we will be having a 50/50 raffle. Tickets for this show are available at www.TheEmeraldTheare.com
Period dress welcomed!
Sunday, August 4, 1 p.m.: George Crocker & Katherine Dickinson Engagement Garden Party; Crocker House Celebration of Becoming 150 Years Old!
Join us in a celebration of the Crocker House turning 150 years old. Joshua Dickinson had this beautiful Italianate home built in 1869 when his only surviving child Katherine became engaged to George Crocker. The following year, in September of 1870, George and Katherine were married. This year we will celebrate their engagement and the building of this wonderful home. Next year please join us again as we celebrate their wedding. More Details TBD
Monday, August 19, 2 p.m.: Member’s Meeting, Ice Cream Social & Cake Walk
Only members of the Macomb County Historical Society are welcome to join us for our annual Member’s meeting which will include nominations to the board, awards, an ice cream social, live music and a fundraising Cake Walk. Members must register for this event as seating is limited. Please call for your reservation at 586-465-2488.
Wednesday, August 21, 7 p.m.: 1869 - The Great Crocker House Book Club
Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.: 1869 - The Great Crocker House Book Club
Saturday, October 5: Cemetery Walk and Funeral Tea
Join us for a day to learn about Victorian mourning and funeral customs at the Crocker House Museum and a tour at Clinton Grove Cemetery where you will meet some of our local ancestors and hear their story. The Crocker House is set for a 1880s wake and mourning and funeral history historian, Kim Parr, will discuss mourning and funeral customs of the Victorian era. A guide will travel with you on a Dial-a-Ride bus to the cemetery to guide you to our featured local ancestors. Reenactors will portray their story. It's the best way to learn about our local history!
Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $15 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society & $20 for non-members.
The Funeral Tea will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Clemens. David Carter from Carter’s Cemetery Preservation will give a talk about how to identify and evaluate historical grave-marker and how to restore them for future generations. Enjoy this talk with a full tea to include Three Wives Tea, a variety of tea-sandwiches reminiscent of foods served at wakes of various cultures and desserts. Tickets are limited, and cost $35 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society & $40 for non-members.
Wednesday, October 16, 7 p.m.: 1869 - The Great Crocker House Book Club
Sunday, November 3, 1 p.m.: The World of Music in 1869 Tea: featuring Michigan's Troubadour, Neil Woodward (https://www.neilwoodward.com/ ) Details TBD
Tuesday, November 12, 2 p.m. - Tuesday Tea Talk at Two: The Metz Fire, Pat Hallman
“The Metz Fire of 1908, How a Historic Event Changed a Generation of the Hallman Family in Michigan”. Tea Talk Tuesday’s - where you can enjoy a cup of tea, dessert and learn a bit of history. Bring your own teacup or use our disposable cups. Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $8 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society & $10 for non-members. (Tour before the talk included: come one hour earlier to tour.) Call for your reservation at 586-465-2488.
Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m.: 1869 - The Great Crocker House Book Club
Sunday, December 1, 1 - 4 p.m.:
Christmas Afternoon Tea: Details TBD
Sunday, December 8, 1 - 4 p.m.: Jingle Journey in Mt. Clemens
Enjoy a Jingle Journey in Mt. Clemens with a visit to the Anton Art Center, Crocker House Museum, The Emerald Theatre, Gratiot Valley Model Rail Road Club and the Michigan Transit Museum. A free shuttle bus will provide transportation between these sites.
Between the hours of 1-4 p.m., you will find Christmas activities for the whole family. Santa will be here at the Crocker House for “take your own” photographs in the nursery. Elf on the Shelf will be telling her Christmas story and carols will be played on the old pump organ. The kids can make their own scrap-art cookie and then enjoy coloring while eating cookies and watching old silent Christmas films from the turn of the century. You will then find trolleys of the season in the historic Mount Clemens Depot and “make & take” crafts at the Anton Art Center.
Entrance fee at each location.
Sunday, December 15, 1 p.m.: A Celebration of Chanukah
Experience the traditions of Chanukah. Mount Clemens was once home to a large Jewish population. Join us with Kay Schwarzberg as she relates the story of Channukah and shows us how to light the Menorah. Enjoy a traditional Chanukah meal; recipes from the Mount Clemens Kosher Beth Tephilath Moses cookbook which is available for sale in the Crocker House Museum gift shop. Cost and more details TBD. Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $ for members of the Macomb County Historical Society & $ for non-members. Please call for your reservation at 586-465-2488.