Mason Area Historical Society
Welcome to Mason Area Historical Society
Early Mason MI
Mason Area Historical Society
P.O. Box 44 
(Physical Address) 200 East Oak Street 
Mason, Michigan 48854
Historical Museum location:  200 E. Oak Street with Museum Hours:  1:00-3:00 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Pink School location:  707 W. Ash Street  
The Pink School in Mason will be open for the last time this season on 
Saturday, October 1, 2016, from 1-3 p.m. 
 If you have never visited the Pink School, we welcome your visit!  
 If you are unavailable during regular visiting hours, you may call Louise Face at 517-676-3072 to see if a special tour may be arranged.
Or Click the Link >>
MAHS Scheduled General Meetings
We look forward to seeing you there!  Public welcome.
October 3, 2016 @ 7pm 
 "Rollin 'Rollie' Dart and his childhood chum, Malcolm Little"
 Featuring an interesting video-recorded conversation by Rollie Dart about his friendship
with Malcolm Little, who was known later in life as "Malcolm X."  
November 7, 2016 @ 7pm 
Home front Memories of Mason MI during WWII
Carolyn Cooper and Shirley Renwick will discuss what life was like in Mason MI during WWII
  December 5, 2016,  @ 7pm 
"The Unauthorized Audubon" 
An artful collaboration between a print maker and a poet,
features Laura DeLind and Anita Skeen.
The Unauthorized Audubon is a conversation in prints and poetry, a quirky and light-hearted coupling of creative expression between two Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) faculty members on the Michigan State University campus. Birds provide the inspiration for the imagery and verses.
The Unauthorized Audubon began with friendship and feathers: a surprise block print, and a new poem in response.  
One gift led to another.  Soon, there were flocks of words and fowl stanzas, block prints nesting in mailboxes, cooing in pockets, and skittering under doors.
This project reacquainted us with the joy of play.  While we are both quite serious about and dedicated to our individual artistic genres, we discovered in collaboration another level of artistic pleasure.  
Laura DeLind is an anthropologist recently retired from the Department of Anthropology and the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University.  She has been cutting and hand-printing linocuts for over 30 years.  Linoleum is her medium of choice because it is unpretentious, has no pre-existing texture, and lends itself to spontaneous, bold images.
Anita Skeen is director of the Center for Poetry at Michigan State University and a professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.  In 2015, she was honored with the William J. Beale Outstanding Faculty Award at MSU.  Anita is the author of five collections of poetry (Each Hand A Map; Portraits; Outside the Fold; Outside the Frame; The Resurrection of the Animals; and Never the Whole Story), a co-authored collection with Oklahoma poet Jane Taylor (When We Say Shelter), and the the co-editor, along with Taylor, of the anthology, Once Upon a Place: Writing from Ghost Ranch.
MAHS - Upcoming Fundraising Events 
Encourage your friends and family to also make a day of it! 
Available for $12 each at Wares Pharmacy, Bestsellers Bookstore and Coffee Company,
the Maple St. Mall, and the Museum
7 lovely homes in the Mason area.
Tour Homes open 10AM-4PM Tickets/brochures will be available
for sale by mid-September at the Museum and from our
business benefactors downtown:
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Brian and Peggy Petroff’s home dates back to 1854 and is possibly the oldest home in Ingham County.  A little over two years ago the Petroff’s  both found jobs in veterinary research at Michigan State University.  Brian began his job first and started the search for a family home.  He found the beautiful Greek Revival home on Hagadorn Rd. and sent pictures to Peggy who was still working in Kansas City.  This was a home that had been on the market for some time without attracting much interest.  About the same time that Peggy had booked a flight to Lansing to look at the house, an article about it  appeared in the Lansing State Journal.  Suddenly there were ten families interested  and one of them  bid on it.  Knowing this, Peggy suffered mightily when her flight to Lansing was delayed, and finally, when she arrived, they rushed to look at the house. 
After a quick viewing they told the realtor, “Do what you must to get us that house!” 
The Petroff’s are now happily residing in this historic home, known as the Sheehan House, which was originally located on the corner of Howell and Hogsback Rds.  When Dart Corporation acquired the property in this area they were aware of the fact that the home had been placed on the Historic American Building Survey and sold it to a family who moved it to its current location in March 1978.  The house was sold again in 1986 to new owners who made extensive renovations.  The Petroff’s found little left for them to do when they moved into this beautifully maintained and updated gem surrounded by woods and fields frequented by sandhill cranes and other wildlife.
This home is one of seven interesting stops on the Mason Area Historical Society Home Tour on Saturday, October 8, 10 am to 4 pm.  Included are an elegant Italianate two story brick residence under renovation, which served as one of Mason’s midwife hospitals during WWII; a 1900’s era completely restored home with original walls, windows, and a Sear’s fireplace; a 1919 home built by the Mason High School agricultural teacher,  and still containing many of the original features; a large Victorian home, currently a Bed and Breakfast,  with original stained glass windows and gas fixtures, beautifully furnished with antiques from the Victorian Era; and two newly renovated  Mason businesses, one including a lovely light filled apartment on the second floor.
Mason Area Historical Museum's Newest Publication: 
"Margaret the Mouse and the Pink Schoolhouse"
We are so pleased to announce that the MAHS children's book 
is now available - $10.00 each
and be purchasesd at
Mason Hisotorical Museum ** Wares Pharmacy ** Bestsellers
** Maple Street Mall in Mason MI
Courtesy Photo
Story created and written by Jean Bement with illustrations by Chris Campbell
Order your copy online below - $15.00 (includes shipping and handling)
All proceeds benefit operations for the Mason Area Historical Museum & Pink School  
Member of the society’s Publications Committee have been gathering information on Mason during World War II —
transcribing veteran interviews, collecting stories and pictures from families, and putting them into a book.
Scheduled to be available this fall (perhaps by Veterans’ Day), this volume is one you will absolutely want to have for your own library.
There are so many interesting stories to tell —
chances are you’ll learn something about a relative,
neighbor or friend that is part of “The Greatest Generation.”
If you have a WWII story to share, it may not be too late — contact Shirley Renwick at 517-676-5314.
Mason Area Historical Society News and Community Updates!!
What is over 160 years old and full of artifacts?  The Pink School!!
Located at 707 W Ash. St., Mason, MI  48854
Open first Saturday of every month  May - October 
from 1 p.m.. to 3 p.m. Saturday
The Mason Area Historical Society (MAHS) is a group of volunteers organized as a 501c3 nonprofit
and supported by membership dues, fund-raisers and donations.  
All financial contributions are tax deductible.  MAHS now offers the option of payment via PayPal.
  Donations received are used in preserving and maintaining Mason's local area history and the upkeep of the museum's infrastructure.
MAHS appreciates your interest in our local history and if you would like to help us continue our mission please click the button below to Donate via PayPal 
Or if you would like to send a check donation
please make check payable to:  
Mason Area Historical Society,  PO BOX 44,  Mason MI  48854
Mason MI Chamber of Commerce 2016 Events Calander 
A compilation of Hartzog’s columns that appeared in the Ingham County News .
Full of vintage photos of Mason.
The book is $15.00 each and all proceeds benefit the society, including the Museum and Pink School operations.
“HARTZOG’S HISTORY OF MASON”    $15.00 each   
You can purchase at the following locations:
Bestsellers, Ware's Pharmacy, and Maple Street Mall for their generous help in selling them.    You can also purchase your copy at the Mason Historical Museum
(200 East Oak Street Mason, Michigan 48854)
If you live far away from Mason and would like to purchase a copy,
we will ship it in a padded priority mail envelope
(includes insurance and tracking) for an additional $7.
 Total price including shipping:  $22.00
Pay via PayPal link    
Make your check payable to MAHS 
Please be sure to include your shipping address with your check.     
and mail to PO Box 44, Mason, MI 48854.
We are always looking for friendly faces who want to work as docents,
taking on one or more 2-hour shifts a month at the Museum.
The Museum is open from 1-3pm on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
You’ll be paired with a partner who likes Mason history, too!
Please contact Mary Hagen at 676-5314 if you are interested in either of these volunteer opportunities.