Homer Historical Society

Homer Historical Society Homer Historical Society was organized to preserve and protect Homer history and to educate people about the significance of local history.

Homer Historical Society was organized to preserve and protect Homer history and to educate people about the significance of local history. Meetings held last Wednesday of the month.

Quarantine Quiz Can you identify this building and where it was located in Homer? What was it in 1957 and what it is now...
05/12/2020

Quarantine Quiz
Can you identify this building and where it was located in Homer?
What was it in 1957 and what it is now?

To all our FB moms, grandmas and stepmoms, Happy Mother’s Day.
05/10/2020

To all our FB moms, grandmas and stepmoms, Happy Mother’s Day.

05/07/2020

Blair Farm car and truck show is cancelled this year

​Acting out of concern and caution during the coronavirus pandemic, the Homer Historical Society’s board of directors is cancelling the 2020 vintage car and truck show that had been scheduled for Sunday, July 26 at Blair Historical Farm.
This would have been the organization’s 20th annual vintage car and truck show, a popular event and a major fundraiser. The decision was made with input from the events committee. The event will be held again in 2021 on the fourth Sunday in July.
​The Historical Society remains active with farm maintenance projects, activities that can be done with concern for social distancing, and preparations for this year’s annual Fall Festival on September 26 when additional area barn histories will be expanded and displayed. It will also showcase a new project honoring influential Homer area women’s lives and their contributions to history. Please contact Historical Society president Dee Camp at [email protected] with suggestions for either display.
With the loss of potential revenue from the cancellation of the vintage car and truck show, Camp said the board of directors is asking for the community’s support. Donations can be made by writing a check to the Homer Historical Society and mailing it to the Homer Historical Society, PO Box 146, Homer, MI 49245.

Quarantine Photo Challenge We’re starting the morning off with some early photos of Cortright Mill / True Grist  that  K...
04/23/2020

Quarantine Photo Challenge

We’re starting the morning off with some early photos of Cortright Mill / True Grist that Kurt Thornton was kind enough to share with us.
Share some of your favorite memories and photos of the mill with us in the comments.

04/14/2020

The Homer Community has a rich history of women serving our community and our state. Bessie and Maude Blair were teachers in Homer and Maude went on to hold a high position in the Detroit schools.
Monday Club ladies did many projects to help our community through the years.
Our Fall Festival will honor women as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Woman’s Suffrage and the 19th Amendment. If you have a Homer area ancestor or a any woman who made a difference to the community in your life or know of one, please add her information to our town hall recognition display by contacting Dee Camp , 517-524-7348 or by messaging us here with your contact information.
Thank you and see you at the Fall Festival.

Easter symbolizes the new beginning of natural spring and brand new blessing, life, happiness, and joy. Easter has no en...
04/12/2020

Easter symbolizes the new beginning of natural spring and brand new blessing, life, happiness, and joy. Easter has no end because we will keep celebrating our Lord Jesus every day. Happy Easter.

Maypole Views
04/06/2020

Maypole Views

History Quarantine Quiz -Who knows when the old fire siren was removed from Homer’s fire department?
03/25/2020

History Quarantine Quiz -

Who knows when the old fire siren was removed from Homer’s fire department?

We’ve been through this before and we’ll get past this too. Here’s a look back at how the Great Depression affected us. ...
03/21/2020
The Great Depression in Michigan - MLPP

We’ve been through this before and we’ll get past this too.
Here’s a look back at how the Great Depression affected us. Maybe it will put in perspective what we see now.

https://mlpp.org/announcement/the-great-depression-in-michigan/

The Great Depression in Michigan The stock market crash of 1929 defined the decade of the 1930s for Michigan and the whole nation. The people of Michigan, already struggling with economic troubles, moved into a new decade defined by a tidal wave of economic troubles and sharp conflicts over how gove...

Take precautions and be safe all of you in our Hist. Soc. Community. We appreciate your extra careful steps to keep us a...
03/20/2020

Take precautions and be safe all of you in our Hist. Soc. Community. We appreciate your extra careful steps to keep us all healthy and safe from the Covid-19 virus.
Thanks to Homer School’s amazing student’s meal deliveries and all community food carry out and delivery options.
Together we’ll get through this .

03/09/2020

If you’re looking for a Mother’s Day gift that will be a real hit, why not give a gift certificate for a barn quilt class?
We provide all the materials and the expert advice and the finished block goes home with the painter at the end of the class.
Call Dee Camp for the details and Spring schedule. 517-524-7348

03/02/2020

We’ve had a request for information about a fire sometime in the past at 419 W Main St here in Homer . If anyone remembers anything about it could you post it here?
Thanks!

Michigan Historical Markers is a DNR website with hundreds of state recognized historical places. Homer Fire Station and...
02/28/2020
Michigan Historical Markers

Michigan Historical Markers is a DNR website with hundreds of state recognized historical places. Homer Fire Station and Presbyterian Church are featured. Check it out!

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/HistoricalMarkers/

Learn about Michigan's fascinating history! Explore the map by navigating to an area of interest, filtering the points, or adjusting the map layers. Browse the list view by sorting fields or searching for keywords.

In memorial to our long time member and friend, Bruce Miller. RIP Bruce  https://www.kempffuneralhome.com/obituary/Bruce...
02/21/2020

In memorial to our long time member and friend, Bruce Miller. RIP Bruce
https://www.kempffuneralhome.com/obituary/Bruce-Miller

At Thursday night’s meeting President Dee Camp presented a plaque to member Bruce Miller for his many years of service, dedication and generosity to the Homer Historical Society.
His tireless efforts managing Blair Farm and spearheading the building of our new display barn are greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Bruce !

We have two new barn quilts put up on their barns to show you. Doug and Linda Tasker’s brightly colored Cardinal is loca...
02/12/2020

We have two new barn quilts put up on their barns to show you. Doug and Linda Tasker’s brightly colored Cardinal is located on J Drive and Dean and Sue Vincent’s colorful design block is on L Drive.
I hope some of you do a drive by tour to see the barn quilt trail in the Homer area.
We begin our Spring painting classes in May. Call Dee Camp 517-524-7348 to reserve your date.

02/11/2020
BARN MOVING

Barn Moving in Kansas is worth a watch.

Cooper Barn, Colby KS, moved by Williams Brothers of Hastings NE https://youtu.be/esxkRrQiTkw

The Moving of the Cooper Barn 16 miles to the site of the Prairie Museum of Art and History in Colby, Kansas. One of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture and...

At Thursday night’s meeting  President Dee Camp presented a plaque to member Bruce Miller for his many years of service,...
02/02/2020

At Thursday night’s meeting President Dee Camp presented a plaque to member Bruce Miller for his many years of service, dedication and generosity to the Homer Historical Society.
His tireless efforts managing Blair Farm and spearheading the building of our new display barn are greatly appreciated.
Thanks, Bruce !

I’m bumping this up to remind you to send in your RSVPs and checks to reserve your place at the Herb Luncheon February 1...
01/06/2020
Homer Historical Society

I’m bumping this up to remind you to send in your RSVPs and checks to reserve your place at the Herb Luncheon February 1st. There’s still a few spots but it’s filling quickly.
See post for contact information and mailing address.
See you there!

Three speakers, fine food, and more at
Homer’s Herb Workshop


​The Homer Historical Society has been holding its Herb Workshop for 28 years and still manages to address new topics, knowledgeable speakers and a diverse menu every year. It will be held Saturday, February 1 at the Homer United Methodist Church, 101 East Adams Street in Homer. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast.
​Both Joe Marciano, the chef at Albion Malleable Brewery, and his wife Kathryn Marciano coordinated the food preparation last year and are returning to help the Homer Historical Society’s Herb Workshop committee prepare this meal.
​The menu features a mid-morning snack followed by lunch with a chicken marsala entre and tiramisu dessert. Recipes for menu items are included in the day’s program each person attending will receive. The program will end at approximately 3 p.m. following a day filled with information.
​Program speakers include Bruce Rapp, Scott Spencer, and Barbara Bradley. Rapp, from Eckford, will talk about restoring local history one building at a time. This topic highlights his work over many years restoring Eckford’s diverse historical buildings. Spencer is a well-known landscaper designer from Jackson who will offer landscaping advice and ideas on getting your yard and gardens ready for spring. Bradley, who manages the National House Inn in Marshall, will share interesting stories and insights on managing a bed and breakfast and coordinating the various aspects of events including tea parties that are held there.
​Homer Historical Society president Dee Camp said the day offers the opportunity for a well-deserved winter break. “There will be craft items for sale and a silent auction in addition to the great food and the interesting program,” she said.
​The Herb Workshop is a fundraiser for the organization’s ongoing historical restoration projects and historical preservation work at Blair Historical Farm which was donated to the organization in 1974 by Maude Blair when the organization was formed. Miss Blair was an educator dedicated to children and to Homer’s history. She was also the granddaughter of Dr. George W. Blair, an early settler and Homer’s first medical doctor.
​Reservations are a must for the Herb Workshop. They should be made by contacting Camp at 517-524-7348 of [email protected]
Reservation checks for the $35 per person donation should be made payable to the Homer Historical Society and mailed to Dee Camp, 9700 VanWert Rd., Homer, MI 49245.
​Herb Workshop information is also available on the Homer Historical Society website. www.homerhistoricalsociety.org
* Press release by JoAnne Miller

12/31/2019

Wishing everyone a Safe and Happy New Year

Three speakers, fine food, and more atHomer’s Herb Workshop  ​The Homer Historical Society has been holding its Herb Wor...
12/30/2019
Homer Historical Society—Preserving the History of Homer Michigan

Three speakers, fine food, and more at
Homer’s Herb Workshop


​The Homer Historical Society has been holding its Herb Workshop for 28 years and still manages to address new topics, knowledgeable speakers and a diverse menu every year. It will be held Saturday, February 1 at the Homer United Methodist Church, 101 East Adams Street in Homer. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast.
​Both Joe Marciano, the chef at Albion Malleable Brewery, and his wife Kathryn Marciano coordinated the food preparation last year and are returning to help the Homer Historical Society’s Herb Workshop committee prepare this meal.
​The menu features a mid-morning snack followed by lunch with a chicken marsala entre and tiramisu dessert. Recipes for menu items are included in the day’s program each person attending will receive. The program will end at approximately 3 p.m. following a day filled with information.
​Program speakers include Bruce Rapp, Scott Spencer, and Barbara Bradley. Rapp, from Eckford, will talk about restoring local history one building at a time. This topic highlights his work over many years restoring Eckford’s diverse historical buildings. Spencer is a well-known landscaper designer from Jackson who will offer landscaping advice and ideas on getting your yard and gardens ready for spring. Bradley, who manages the National House Inn in Marshall, will share interesting stories and insights on managing a bed and breakfast and coordinating the various aspects of events including tea parties that are held there.
​Homer Historical Society president Dee Camp said the day offers the opportunity for a well-deserved winter break. “There will be craft items for sale and a silent auction in addition to the great food and the interesting program,” she said.
​The Herb Workshop is a fundraiser for the organization’s ongoing historical restoration projects and historical preservation work at Blair Historical Farm which was donated to the organization in 1974 by Maude Blair when the organization was formed. Miss Blair was an educator dedicated to children and to Homer’s history. She was also the granddaughter of Dr. George W. Blair, an early settler and Homer’s first medical doctor.
​Reservations are a must for the Herb Workshop. They should be made by contacting Camp at 517-524-7348 of [email protected]
Reservation checks for the $35 per person donation should be made payable to the Homer Historical Society and mailed to Dee Camp, 9700 VanWert Rd., Homer, MI 49245.
​Herb Workshop information is also available on the Homer Historical Society website. www.homerhistoricalsociety.org
* Press release by JoAnne Miller

The Homer Historical Society Works to Preserve the History of Homer Michigan in Calhoun County

Merry Christmas Everyone! Seasons’s Greetings from our home to yours. Thank you for your continued support as we look fo...
12/24/2019

Merry Christmas Everyone!
Seasons’s Greetings from our home to yours.
Thank you for your continued support as we look forward to another year at Blair Historical Farm.

Annual Herb Luncheon, Saturday, February 1st at Homer Methodist church.      It’s time to get your reservations in for o...
12/21/2019

Annual Herb Luncheon, Saturday, February 1st at Homer Methodist church.
It’s time to get your reservations in for our annual luncheon. Three great speakers are again featured this year. A local preservationist that has saved several Calhoun County buildings, a local landscaper and the National House Inn manager will all share their expertise with our guests.
We’re having an Italian themed lunch and Joe and Kathryn Marciano, our guest chefs last year, are returning to create Chicken Marsala with fettuccini and for dessert, Tiramisu. Plus our breakfast and mid morning choices. Vendors and white elephant sale, too.
Groups welcome so bring your friends.
Send reservations with your checks for $35.00 to Dee Camp, 9700 Van Wert Rd., Homer MI 49245. 517-524-7348 for more info.
Don’t wait too long, we sell out quickly.

Homer Historical Society
11/28/2019

Homer Historical Society

Homer Historical Society's cover photo
11/28/2019

Homer Historical Society's cover photo

Thanksgiving Blessings to the Homer community, our new Facebook friends and those who have supported us through the year...
11/28/2019

Thanksgiving Blessings to the Homer community, our new Facebook friends and those who have supported us through the years.

11/11/2019
Homer Historical Society
11/01/2019

Homer Historical Society

Homer Historical Society's cover photo
11/01/2019

Homer Historical Society's cover photo

This awesome patriotic star quilt block was painted by Christine Miller. It’s on the barn her father had built.The secon...
10/24/2019

This awesome patriotic star quilt block was painted by Christine Miller. It’s on the barn her father had built.
The second photo ( in comments) is the barn as it was being built. Christine is the little blonde girl in the foreground. How wonderful to see the time evolved from childhood to senior citizen with the same barn and the quilt block made to hang on it.

Jim Dean shared this with us. “This old ink blotter promotes the business of Homer's "Shoeman," William F. Hayden.”Thank...
10/23/2019

Jim Dean shared this with us.
“This old ink blotter promotes the business of Homer's "Shoeman," William F. Hayden.”
Thanks Jim!

Here’s a little walk down memory lane The Flying Saucer restaurant .
10/19/2019

Here’s a little walk down memory lane
The Flying Saucer restaurant .

Kudos to Larry Newman!  Here’s his message he sent today. Hello Attached photo shows the First Place & Champion Awards t...
10/18/2019

Kudos to Larry Newman!

Here’s his message he sent today.

Hello
Attached photo shows the First Place & Champion Awards the LILLIBERK milk wagon received at the Michigan Great Lakes International Draft Horse Show held on the campus of Michigan State University. Horses from 40 states. Largest draft horse show in North America.
The milk wagon competed in the Farm Class.
Larry

Homer Historical Society
10/18/2019

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This video is on my other Facebook site, but I think the Homer society group would enjoy this. This was a 22 car freight train that slammed into some oil storage tanks just outside of town. School was evacuated and town, this happened Nov 11 1966 I was 12 and that's actually me walking checking things out, I apologize for grainy video but this was taken off my mother's old films. enjoy
I’m hoping you guys could help me out again. I’m not sure where this house is or was. I looked on a plat map and found the name at m99 and t drive . I also found the same last name on v drive and 27 1/2 mile road I think.
This is a Homer postcard I was trying to figure out who it is and where this house is. The back of the card says Chas and Louise. I know this isn’t much to go on but thanks for any help.
I found this photo of Cornelius Crane in 1916. The back of the photo said it was taken in Homer. Can anyone tell me about Mr. Crane?
Looking for information on a fire that may of claimed the lives of a women and a child at 419 w main st. The house by the homer sign next the laundromat. I'm a current occupent.
Does anybody know where this was?
I found this photo of two men standing in front of the Homer train station...probably in the early 1900's.
I found some small drawings, that appear to be some kind of ticket for an event in Homer. I wondered if anyone can tell me what they were created for...and/or anything about the artiest?
I found this 1896 graduating class from the old Homer High School in my mom's history collection. My great uncle Ray Smith is in there somewhere. Ray Smith started the Homer Telephone Company, when he built his first phone and connected the doctor's office to the Woodbury Pharmacy, on Main Street.
I found this photo of the Presbyterian Church in my grandparents stuff. It's probably in the early 1900's. I like the 'Bel Ami' sign on the telephone pole.
Here is another photo of a Homer train station.
Here is a picture of one of Homer's train stations in the early 1900's.