- a Victorian home-life experience reminiscent of the world renowned Mineral Bath Era of Mount Clemens in Macomb County, Michigan -

For more information or to make reservations for group tours and special events please call 586-465-2488.

 2017 Calendar of Events: Please check back in February as we will have more added to our calendar. We look forward to seeing you in this new year and thank you for your patience.

Saturday, January 28, 1 p.m. and Saturday March 4, 1:30 p.m.: Girl Scout Social Butterfly with snack

Please make your reservations through the Girl Scouts at 
http://www.gssem.org/en/events/event-list.html


Sunday, March 5, 1 p.m.: Children's Etiquette Class
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.
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 21- Tuesday Tea Talk at Two:
Houses by Mail; Identifying, understanding and enjoying kit homes
Presented by Melodie Nichols, curator of the Clawson Historical Museum

The kit home phenomena brought a variety of new architectural styles and modern conveniences to suburban and rural homeowners. This presentation will explain how the home buying process worked, how this product was marketed, and will help those interested to research and possibly identify kit homes. 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.


Saturday, April 1, Noon.: Gilded Age Tea

The Gilded Age was a time of rapid growth and great disparity among the classes. On this day let’s mingle amongst the rich and famous while we enjoy a full afternoon tea to include Three Wives Tea, scones with mock Devonshire cream and lemon curd, a variety of tea-sandwiches and desserts. Meet Emily Post and her husband who is known to flirt with dance hall girls. Also meet the first woman to run for the presidency and her sister who ran for congress; actual
characters from the Gilded Age Era.
After tea Barb and Rachel Gulley will present tales of the incredibly rich and
famous from their New York mansions to their Newport “cottages”. This tea will be presented in the First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Period dress encouraged. Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $40 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society
& $45 for non-members. Call for your reservation at 586-465-2488.



Saturday, May 6, 1- 3 p.m.: Girl Scout Social Butterfly with snack
Please make your reservations through the Girl Scouts at 
http://www.gssem.org/en/events/event-list.html


Tuesday, May 16 -Tuesday Tea Talk at Two

Rub a Dub-Dub; a History of the Tub
Presented by Kim Parr.

Truly one of the greatest inventions of all time, and surely one that most of us take for granted, is the creation of indoor plumbing! Join us for a look at the history of taking a bath.
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.


Sunday, May 7, 1 p.m.: Colonial Button Tea

Join us with Sheri M. Decew of the Blue Water Buttoneers, Bay Button Bunch, and the Michigan and National Button Societies. Sheri will share a variety of buttons that Americans from the early days of our New Nation wore on their clothes and the importance of those buttons to them. Famous patriots like Paul Revere, George Washington and Andrew Jackson had a part in America's colorful button history. These and other fascinating stories all revolving around the small, unassuming button will be revealed in this presentation.
A full tea will be served to include Three Wives Tea, scone with mock Devonshire cream and jam, a variety of tea-sandwiches and desserts. Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $30 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society& $35 for non-members. 
Call for your reservation at 586-465-2488.



Saturday, June 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Garden Walk & Breakfast Talk: "Pollinator Preservation Strategies for the Home Garden: Native Plants and Their Unique Relationships with Beneficial Insects.
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 $10 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society and $15 for non-members. Before heading out to see the lovely gardens on the walk please join us for breakfast and an informative talk with Cheryl English of Black Cat Pottery. This talk will guide you on how to help our native pollinators and other beneficial insects. Plant selection, garden design and maintenance protocols can help you provide a haven not only for beautiful butterflies and moths, but also for other critically beneficial species  bees. This breakfast-talk begins at 9 a.m. and 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 $10 for members and $12 for non-members of the Macomb County Historical Society.


Field-trip
Friday, July 21st
Reservations can be made through http://www.scscommunityed.org/
phone: 586-285-8880

We are collaborating with the Saint Clair Shores Adult Education and One Macomb on offering a field-trip to the Fairfield Museum and Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Canada.

The Moravians once settled here in Macomb County and later sought refuge in Canada. This field trip includes a visit to the Fairfield Museum which is the only museum within The United Church of Canada. It preserves the history of Old Fairfield village from 1792, built by Moravian & Bohemian missionaries relocating from Pennsylvania for a safe haven to worship God. Partnering with First Nations peoples, it is now a centre of
hospitality, healing and culture that embodies the 21 years of peaceful living and worship that was the heart and soul of Fairfield. The museum is also an enduring remembrance of the War of 1812 with artifacts, educational and re-enactment experiences.

We will also be visiting the Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site which commemorates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson (1796-1883). Recognized for his contributions to the abolition movement and his work in the Underground Railroad. Henson rose to international fame after Harriet Beecher Stowe acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  In Canada Henson preached, became a conductor of the Underground Railroad and helped to establish the Dawn Settlement. This community was created to provide escaped slaves the skills to become self-reliant.
The day will also include lunch at a blueberry farm. We welcome you to join us. Reservations can be made through http://www.scscommunityed.org/, phone: 586-285-8880


Sunday, August 6, 1 p.m.: Victorian Hair Styles Afternoon Garden Tea

Learn how Victorian ladies styled their hair with Julie Brown; author, hair stylist and reenactor. Enjoy a full afternoon tea in the garden and then go down to our meeting room for Julie's PowerPoint lecture.
Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $35 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society and $40 for non-members.


Tuesday, August 15 - Tuesday Tea Talk at Two
Lost to Time; 20 Detroiters You've Never Heard Of
Presented by Joel Stone, senior curator of the Detroit Historical Society

Introducing twenty Detroiters whose names have been lost to time. When they were alive, everyone in town knew their names. They were heroes and geniuses, teachers and merchants, drunks and scoundrels. Each played a notable role that was recognized locally, nationally, and even around the world. Yet today, most Detroiters don't know of their fame. Discover the unknown Who's Who of Detroit's three hundred year history!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.

Tuesday, September 19 - Tuesday Tea Talk at Two
Looking at the Stars, presented by astrophotagrapher Ralph DeCew

The stars have been a source of wonder for people since the beginning of time. Join us with astrophotographer Ralph DeCew as he shows us what a star truly looks like.  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.



Saturday, October 7: 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 an 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 $TBD for members of the Macomb County Historical Society & $TBD for non-members.


The Funeral Tea will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Mt. Clemens. Museum director, Kim Parr, will give a talk about Mourning and Funeral history while you enjoy 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 $TBD for members of the Macomb County Historical Society & $TBD for non-members.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLqi_57RK0A



Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m.: Ullrich Oriental Rugs Tea

Join us with rug dealer and historian, Alan Marschke and Mary Miller (daughter of John Ullrich) as they talk about the historical rugs from the Paul Ullrich estates The Ullrich's were owners of the Medea Bath House, Ullrich Bank and other enterprises within Mount Clemens. This wealthy family invested in an array of quality rugs from around the world. This full afternoon tea to include our own Three Wives Tea, scone with mock-Devonshire cream and jam, a variety of tea-sandwiches and desserts. Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $35 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society and $40 for non-members.


Tuesday, November 14 - Tuesday Tea Talk at Two

Detroit; First City of the Old North West

Presented by Joel Stone, senior curator of the Detroit Historical Society
As Europeans began exploring the Great Lakes, Detroit became the center of trading activity, and a strategic military installation coveted by the French, British and American governments. Once its political fate was settled, the town became a magnet for immigrants and a burgeoning industrial metropolis. It’s advantageous location and resourceful population made it one of America’s great cities – a leader in manufacturing, education, architecture and the arts. 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.


Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. & Sunday, December 3, 1 - 4 p.m.: 
Christmas Victorian Wassail and Bazaar

We are excited to bring back our traditional Christmas Bazaar to help provide you with the
opportunity to purchase unique Christmas gifts, décor and goodies. If you want true replica Victorian tree decorations we will have them here. We will also have many unique hand crafted gift items and home-made goodies to purchase throughout the house.
This event will truly put you in the spirit of Christmas as the house will be dressed in
Christmas décor and carols will be sung at the pump organ.
Hot Wassail and roasted chestnuts will be available in the garden.
Please spread the word of this event to friends and family as it is a helpful fundraiser for our Crocker House Museum. No admission fee required.


PENDING; Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m.: Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Wassail:

Come and enjoy a Dickens dinner like the one old Scrooge would have enjoyed with his nephew, Fred.
Storyteller, Rick Katon, will take guests to Victorian England for a lively retelling of English novelist Charles Dickens’ beloved novella, “A Christmas Carol.” The performance is accompanied by dinner
inspired by the novel and prepared by Chef Mark Miller. The dinner will include hot wassail, roast turkey, stuffing, glazed carrots, baked apples, Duchess potatoes, and plum pudding.
The evening will also include interludes of Christmas fiddle music with musician George Chirota.
Attend this function as one of your charitable events for the holidays. It will surely make for the highlight of your Christmas season.Tickets to this dinner are limited to only 30 seats, non-refundable, and cost $85 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society and $100 for non-members.
($45/ $60 is a tax-deductible gift, charitable license MICS/CT6869.)
Please call 586-465-2488 for tickets and information.

Sunday, December 10, 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, 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.


PENDING; Sunday, December 17, 1 p.m.: LaBefana Christmas Tea

Have you ever met LaBefana at Christmas? Now you have the chance to be introduced to this Italian folklore legend. Also enjoy Christmas music while having a full afternoon tea to include Three Wives Tea, scones with mock Devonshire cream and jam, a variety of tea-sandwiches, and desserts. Tickets are limited, non-refundable and cost $40 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society & $45 for non-members.  Please call for your reservation at 586-465-2488.