Michigan Military Heritage Museum

Michigan Military Heritage Museum "Where History Matters"

Discover the Michigan Military Heritage Museum, and learn the stories of Pure Michigan Heroes! A National Endowment for the Humanities and Michigan Humanities H.O.P.E.

Grant Recipient for 2020. Founded in 2016 as a part of the Grass Lake Area Historical Connections to bring the rich history of Michigan's contributions in war and peace to life.

Grant Recipient for 2020. Founded in 2016 as a part of the Grass Lake Area Historical Connections to bring the rich history of Michigan's contributions in war and peace to life.

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Photos from U.S. Army Center of Military History's post
09/17/2021

Photos from U.S. Army Center of Military History's post

We are very near to having our new office space, reception area and restrooms complete. The drywall is done, taped, sand...
09/16/2021

We are very near to having our new office space, reception area and restrooms complete. The drywall is done, taped, sanded and soon to be primed and painted. Then some trim and we are done! A huge thanks to Schiffman Services LLC for all of their work this week to help us keep our time line. We highly recommend them for all of your drywall or plaster work! Call Chris for an estimate.

Very sad to hear of the passing of our friend Richard "Dick" Thelen yesterday. Mr. Thelen attended several museum events...
09/14/2021

Very sad to hear of the passing of our friend Richard "Dick" Thelen yesterday. Mr. Thelen attended several museum events and was always a great story teller and motivational speaker. He was the last surviving Michigan Sailor of the USS Indianapolis sinking. He will surely be missed. Our condolences go out to David and the rest of the family. Fair winds and following seas sailor....

After 5 years the day has arrived and we are now fully moved out of our Union Street home. Are you in the market for an ...
09/12/2021

After 5 years the day has arrived and we are now fully moved out of our Union Street home. Are you in the market for an amazing building? If so, call Tom or Aaron Simon, two of the best landlords there are! This building was a great place to start and was so efficient and nice that it really was hard to leave. Now the halls and rooms are empty and waiting for the next tenant or owner to move in. Thank you all for the support and we hope to see you at our new home in Jackson in October!

Commemorating Perry's Victory
09/12/2021
Commemorating Perry's Victory

Commemorating Perry's Victory

September 10th marks the 208th anniversary of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie. Citizens found inspiration in the courage and determination of military victors like Perry and created monuments and commemorative objects to keep their exploits fresh...

Mike Fensler at Grass Lake Heritage Days showing a pre WW2 film on area communities and schools. Search YouTube 1940 Gra...
09/12/2021

Mike Fensler at Grass Lake Heritage Days showing a pre WW2 film on area communities and schools. Search YouTube 1940 Grass Lake on YouTube for video.

Mike Fensler at Grass Lake Heritage Days showing a pre WW2 film on area communities and schools. Search YouTube 1940 Grass Lake on YouTube for video.

Photos from Doughboy Foundation's post
09/11/2021

Photos from Doughboy Foundation's post

ON THIS 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11"We don't have any plastic L.A. friends, ain't on the edge of no popular trends, ain't n...
09/11/2021
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Red White and Blue Music Video

ON THIS 20th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
"We don't have any plastic L.A. friends, ain't on the edge of no popular trends, ain't never seen the inside of that magazine GQ..." I heard this song while in Iraq in 2003 and it reminded me of home, family and friends and what we were there for. Today, 20 years after the 9/11 attacks it still rings true. Those same friends, family and more have built this museum, given the recent political climate, we sure aren't part of a "popular trend" yet here we are, expanding the museum, remembering those who served and honoring that service. We will not forget... Hopefully our flag will fly high and with pride as it did in the days after 9/11/01 and as it does in the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-ZQ5T8wjsg

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Red White and Blue Music Video

Photos from U.S. Army Center of Military History's post
09/10/2021

Photos from U.S. Army Center of Military History's post

Today was a huge day in the moving process as we are now moving the cataloged collection. It is a pretty detailed proces...
09/02/2021

Today was a huge day in the moving process as we are now moving the cataloged collection. It is a pretty detailed process as each item has a location in our database and must be moved in its proper location so it will coincide with said database. So far so good, a couple of glitches but mostly smooth! In addition to the moving process, it also means we have a completed collection storage room in the new facility! Many thanks to our amazing volunteers who are working on all of these projects!

Today much progress was made on the new museum. Dennis has the bathrooms painted, tiled and ready for the wall board and...
08/31/2021

Today much progress was made on the new museum. Dennis has the bathrooms painted, tiled and ready for the wall board and new fixtures to go in. The collection storage room has received new racks and shelving to nearly double our capacity for storage. Much more to be done in the upcoming weeks, so please, if you can, use the donation button on our website mimhm.org or on the top post here. Its safe, secure, and best of all its tax deductible and you can see where it goes right here on this page!

ONCE THERE WAS A TRENCH... With all of the pictures of the progress on the new museum, we thought we would also show the...
08/30/2021

ONCE THERE WAS A TRENCH... With all of the pictures of the progress on the new museum, we thought we would also show the old one. The first floor is nearly empty and the collection storage should be moved into its new home this week.
A huge thank you to all of our friends and volunteers who helped make this happen on Saturday!

Making progress at 311 N. Wisner St. Jackson, MI
08/28/2021

Making progress at 311 N. Wisner St. Jackson, MI

08/27/2021

Have you heard of Fort St. Joseph?

Fort St. Joseph was lost for nearly 300 years—until a group of archeologists from Western Michigan University made the discovery of a lifetime in 1998. The hidden fort was located on the east bank of the Fort St. Joseph River. After excavating the area, the team found nails, tin, ceramic fragments, glass beads, and a French stamped knife blade. Close examination revealed that the artifacts found at the site were consistent with items used by the French and British in the 18th century. However, before the French and British arrived, it was home to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. The relationship between the Potawatomi and the Europeans relied heavily on trade during the fort's operations. Today, archaeologists are still trying to put all the pieces together while working closely with the Pokagon Band.

This photo was featured in our cover story "Excavating Fort St. Joseph: A Historic Trading Post Comes Alive" in the September/October issue of Michigan History. Learn more at https://hsmichigan.org/publications/michiganhistory/read/

Almost out of the Union St. building!
08/25/2021

Almost out of the Union St. building!

Almost out of the Union St. building!

Moving into 311 N. Wisner St. Jackson, Mi
08/25/2021

Moving into 311 N. Wisner St. Jackson, Mi

08/25/2021

Moving the trenches to Jackson!

More work done at the new building today! Foam insulation is up and a new door framed and installed for the new collecti...
08/22/2021

More work done at the new building today! Foam insulation is up and a new door framed and installed for the new collection storage room! Much more was done by our amazing volunteers at both locations! If you can, please help support the rebuild by donating at the safe and secure link above or on mimhm.org. Thank you all!

DADDY ISN'T COMING HOME !!!Today we honour and remember Captain John G. Austin (Wichita, Kansas), the loving husband of ...
08/20/2021

DADDY ISN'T COMING HOME !!!
Today we honour and remember Captain John G. Austin (Wichita, Kansas), the loving husband of Burneta Austin, and the proud father of a little boy named Jackie. During WWII, John joined the USAAF and served, as a pilot, with the 33rd Photographic Squadron, 363rd Reconnaissance Group. Day after day, week after week, he flew into hell, and risked his life for a heavenly cause. On April 8, 1945, one month before the war in Europe ended, John was flying his Lockheed F-5 Lightning over Germany, with Lt Meagher as his wingman. Their mission was to photograph airfields near Berlin. Everything went perfectly well, but while returning to their base in the Netherlands, two German fighters appeared from nowhere. Lt Meagher immediately called out: "Two jets four o'clock low!", but it was too late. Badly hit, John crashed near Gifhorn, Germany, and was killed instantly. He was only 26 years old. His body was later recovered and buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. Sadly, his son Jackie passed away in 1970 at the age of 27.
Post by John, European correspondent for the MMHM.

DADDY ISN'T COMING HOME !!!
Today we honour and remember Captain John G. Austin (Wichita, Kansas), the loving husband of Burneta Austin, and the proud father of a little boy named Jackie. During WWII, John joined the USAAF and served, as a pilot, with the 33rd Photographic Squadron, 363rd Reconnaissance Group. Day after day, week after week, he flew into hell, and risked his life for a heavenly cause. On April 8, 1945, one month before the war in Europe ended, John was flying his Lockheed F-5 Lightning over Germany, with Lt Meagher as his wingman. Their mission was to photograph airfields near Berlin. Everything went perfectly well, but while returning to their base in the Netherlands, two German fighters appeared from nowhere. Lt Meagher immediately called out: "Two jets four o'clock low!", but it was too late. Badly hit, John crashed near Gifhorn, Germany, and was killed instantly. He was only 26 years old. His body was later recovered and buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium. Sadly, his son Jackie passed away in 1970 at the age of 27.
Post by John, European correspondent for the MMHM.

Photos from U.S. Army Center of Military History's post
08/19/2021

Photos from U.S. Army Center of Military History's post

Joe was in Vietnam with the 1st Cav. In Mel Gibson’s movie.
08/19/2021

Joe was in Vietnam with the 1st Cav. In Mel Gibson’s movie.

Thank You Home Depot Jackson, MI. for your generous support!
08/18/2021

Thank You Home Depot Jackson, MI. for your generous support!

Mannequins are moving!
08/18/2021

Mannequins are moving!

08/16/2021

The Museum & Library is excited to announce the upcoming launch of our new Saturday event series, Strategic Saturdays, a gaming experience you won't find anywhere else!

Starting Saturday, September 4, and each Saturday moving forward, our library will offer a selection of strategy games covering a variety of historical conflicts. Don’t worry if you have never played these games before, links to the rules and examples of play will be made available prior to each session. Seating is limited and reservations are required in order to lock in a table and game.

Visit here to learn more and to reserve your spot now: bit.ly/pmml-strategic-saturdays

08/16/2021

On August 16, 1963, this photograph of face of the Ulysses S. Grant House was taken at the Michigan State Fairgrounds after its renovation. A women dressed in period clothing sits beside the front door.

We still need your support! Please donate to our building fund$$$
08/16/2021

We still need your support! Please donate to our building fund$$$

We still need your support! Please donate to our building fund$$$

A huge thank you to Phelps Towing for moving the British cannon and the ambulance to our new home! Can't say enough abou...
08/15/2021

A huge thank you to Phelps Towing for moving the British cannon and the ambulance to our new home! Can't say enough about their professionalism and generosity!

The move has started, please donate to our new building fund!
08/11/2021

The move has started, please donate to our new building fund!

The move has started, please donate to our new building fund!

More items to be moved
08/11/2021

More items to be moved

More items to be moved

08/11/2021

Loading cannon from Fort Detroit, moving to our new location at 311 N Wisner St. Jackson,Mi

Thanks to Phelps Towing of Jackson,Mi.
08/11/2021

Thanks to Phelps Towing of Jackson,Mi.

Thanks to Phelps Towing of Jackson,Mi.

The walls are moved into their final positions, the insulation is done and now we will begin the reconstruction! More pi...
08/11/2021

The walls are moved into their final positions, the insulation is done and now we will begin the reconstruction! More pics to come as things progress. If you want to help us meet our $$$ goal, simply click on the top post or visit our web page at mimhm.org. Thanks to all who have supported online or sent in checks, this is where it is going and every little bit helps us to preserve the history and tell the stories!

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311 N. Wisner
Jackson, MI
49202

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We are a military museum located at 153 N. Union St in Grass Lake, Michigan.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 5pm

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(517) 926-6696

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The Michigan Military Heritage Museum was founded in 2016 in Grass Lake and exists to bring to life the rich history of Michigan's contributions in war and peace. Although we do focus heavily on the involvement of Michigan in the U.S Military; we have artifacts from all over the world, and from many different time periods. We truly strive to be "Where History Matters", and we look forward to meeting you all soon!

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Sarolyn Sally Nye (my wife) honors her Uncle George Sheffer and the other casualties on Pearl Harbor Day: On this day, December 7, I am honoring my Uncle George Sheffer and the other casualties of the attack on Pearl Harbor that fateful day December 7, 1941. George Sheffer (1914-1941) is entombed on the USS Arizona (BB39).
I am a volunteer at Fort Custer Historical Society library. I am organizing hundreds of postcards and photographs. Can you recommend a good resource for identifying United States uniforms from the Spanish American War through Vietnam War? Thank you.
Hello! What information do you have on Lt. Frank W. Cheek? Please see the banner in the photo. Thank you.
I will be attending the open house and Medal of Honor Presentation program Feb 29th. My Great-Grandfather, Peter J Sype, won the MoH for heroism in the Civil War, Vicksburg battle Attached is the officers report from the battle
Sally Nye, a member of the Otsego Area Historical Society, stands next to an exhibit on display at the museum this weekend (December 7, 2019) honoring the American service members involved in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her uncle, George Sheffer, is entombed on the U.S.S. Arizona, sunk during the attack —the only such person from Otsego, Michigan to die in the battle.
VIETNAM 1968
Happy Veteran's Day to all of our warriors! Thank you for your service to our country! https://www.facebook.com/1579835151/posts/10218409362016932/
I've written a novel about our Michigan boys in the Civil War. I thought you might like it: