The regular meeting of the Society is on the fourth Tuesday of every month, at the St. Louis Area City Hall Council Chambers, 108 W. Saginaw Street, St. Louis, Michigan, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
The Historical Society regularly has speakers at their meetings covering history topics. To view videos of these presentations CLICK HERE and take a look at the 2013 schedule below from the February newsletter:
March 26 Zibiwing Museum Mt. Pleasant
April 23 History of the Baptist Childrens Home in St Louis - Jeff Oswald
June 25 The Civil War and Gratiot County (at the depot) Dave McMacken
July 23 History of the Attractive Tractor Club of Emerson Township
August 27 Visit to Bethany Indian Cemetery
September 24 Gratiot County During WWII Jim Goodspeed
October 22 Yerington College Judy Root
The St. Louis Area Historical Society is Located in Saint Louis, Michigan. This small town, population approximately 5,000, is located in the geographical center of the lower peninsula of the State of Michigan. Middle of the Mitten is the city motto, suggested by Mrs. Pat Lassen, and adopted by the City Council to describe the location of this fair city. On December 17, 1955 a sign in Clapp Park was unveiled designating the site as the geographical center of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. At the City's 150th Anniversary Celebration, a new sign was unveiled a this spot.
The Saint Louis Area Historical Society is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.
The Society was organized in May 1996. At first the members met in a meeting room in the basement of a local branch of the Chemical Bank and Trust Company. By December of the same year the Society received, as a gift, and old building at 119 North Mill Street, in the City's Central Business District. Members donated their time and labor and soon the Society boasted owning a museum. Soon, the Society received gifts of memorabilia concerning the early days of St. Louis, including many old photographs. From these old photographs postcards were made, some in black and white and others in color.
In July, 1997 the Society received a government grant to aid in the purchase of a log cabin. The log cabin sits on a city lot at 119 East Crawford Street, across the street from the C.&O. train depot.
In July, 1999 the Society sold its first museum and purchased our present museum and meeting place, the old Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad Station, (pictured above) located at 110 East Crawford Street.
The main source of income for the society is
- Membership dues
- Sale of Postcards
- Sale of donated merchandise
- Sale of Souvenirs and Fenton Bells
- Government grants
- Private grants and memorials
- Strawberry shortcake sales
Membership in the Society is open to anyone. Membership dues for persons living in the United States are
Members receive a monthly newsletter, published by the Society, that keeps the members informed of all activities, meeting dates and times, as well as progress of the Society. There are regular monthly programs of interest to the members.
The Museum is open each Thursday afternoon and by special appointment.
Anyone interested in becoming a member please mail a check or money order in the amount for dues stated above, payable to St. Louis Area Historical Society along with your name, address, and phone number, to Saint Louis Area Historical Society, 110 East Crawford Street, P.O. Box 273, St. Louis, MI 48880.
For more information, you may contact Historical Society President Judy Root at (989) 875-4463.
To view the Historical Society Brochure, CLICK HERE.
For photos and a brief history of the depot, CLICK HERE.