Annual Projects & Events
Our on-going weekly work bees is where the majority of the work is accomplished. Join us most Thursday mornings at 8:30am for coffee and an opportunity to preserve the past. Please stop by on Thursday mornings to volunteer your time in support of your Society.
Log Cabin Day - June 30, 2013
On December 9, 1986, the Michigan Legislature passed a resolution proclaiming Log Cabin Day on June 28, 1987 for the Sesquicentennial. On that day there was a tour of seven Berrien County log cabins along with four other Log Cabin Day events in the state. Because of public response, the Legislature passed a bill to make Log Cabin Day an annual event on the last Sunday of June. Gov. James J. Blanchard signed the bill on June 15, 1989. Michigan is the only state that has an annual statewide log cabin festival. Of the hundreds of log cabins which have been on the annual Log Cabin Day parade since 1987, at least seven were built before 1840.This event is very popular with both the young and old and is held in The Historic Village @ Bailey Memorial Park. Demonstrations of the primitive arts, story telling, banjo music, and the fur trading era are a few of the annual events during Richmond's Log Cabin Day.
NEW EVENTS THIS YEAR:In honor of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the 15th Michigan Volunteer Infantry will set up their encampment on the east lawn of the Donley Family Log Cabin. Based in and around the metro Detroit, Michigan area, the 15th Michigan Volunteer Infantry Company B is a Civil War reenacting group. They strive to experience first hand the Civil War soldier's life through authentic reenacting and to inform the public about the importance of the role of the Civil War soldier in preserving the Union and building our great nation.
We will also be offering a Coloring Contest and Kite Flying Contest. Don't forget to Check out the Log Cabin Day Schedule.CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD RULES FOR KITE FLYING CONTEST & REGISTRATION FORM
City of Richmond's Good Old DaysDuring the City of Richmond's annual Good Old Days Festival which is held the first weekend after Labor Day; our Historic Village is open for visitors. There is no entry fee, however, donations are appreciated. Docents are in each of the historical buildings to answer any questions you may have. The annual Strawberry Shortcake Festival takes place during the Good Old Days. Stop by for a delicious bowl of strawberry shortcake.
In the early 1960s local businessman Charles Heath purchased a Nineteenth Century sleigh that had been used on Mackinac Island. The sleigh was stored in a barn for many years, and in July of 2011 Doug Logan began the restoration. After more than 300 hours of careful work, the sleigh has been restored to its original condition. Now that the sleigh has been completely restored, iit will be used for community and private events. RAHGS is very excited to be involved in this project, which will keep a piece of history alive in Richmond.
Current Museum Display
Our current display features Richmond...Then and Now.
It is a collection of photographs of Richmond from the 1800s to present day. The museum is open most Thursday mornings during the weekly work bee from 8:30 am to noon and before, during, and after our programs and events. See calendar for programs & events.