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NEW HISTORICAL ROOM MATERIALS

                                                    


The best of the Exponent attic. Volume 2
compilation by Dan Cherry

RM 977.431 BES (Historical Room copy)
977.431 BES (Circulating copy)

Summary:  "This 225-page companion book delves deeper into Brooklyn-Irish Hills history with more than 100 seldom seen or previous unpublished photographs from the archives and private collections."

Lenawee County and the Civil War by Ray Lennard

RM 973.76 LEN (Historical Room copy)
973.76 LEN (Circulating copy)


Summary:    Lenawee County was a hotbed for antislavery activities in the 1830s that translated into strong Union support in April 1861. Adrian, Tecumseh and Hudson sent hundreds of soldiers to fight and die in the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation propelled nearly fifty of the county’s African American residents to take up arms to preserve the nation and end slavery once and for all.Captain Samuel DeGolyer, creator of the Lenawee Guard, escaped Confederate prison in Richmond. On the homefront, residents like Laura and Charles Haviland sheltered fugitive slaves and even donated land to help families start anew. Join local historian Ray Lennard, author of the new book, Lenawee County and the Civil War, as he explores the events of the war that changed Lenawee County and the nation forever.




Looking @ Lenawee
by Jan Richardi


RM 977.431 RIC (Historical Room copy)
977.431 RIC (Circulating copy)


Summary:    Highlights 77 articles written by Lenawee County Historical Society newsletter contributor Jan Richardi for FROM THE TOWER newsletter. The articles deal with numerous aspects of Lenawee County's history including its prehistoric, pioneer, religious, agricultural, industrial, ethnic, military, and recreational heritage.


 
My memories, history and more: reflections of a tough old bird by Elizabeth Silberhorn Calvin Kershner 
RM 921 KER (Historical Room copy)
LA 921 KER (Circulating copy)    




Summary:
 The author shares many personal stories, photos and memories of her family through multiple generations.



Oral History Project-1986 with Tecumseh Senior Citizens

RM DVD 977.431 ORA (Historical Room copy)

DVD 977.431 ORA (Circulating copy)    

Summary: Interviewers and camera technicians were Tecumseh Junior High School students in Anne Dunn’s eighth grade in English class. 

Junior High students produced a set of oral history videos that features 23 interviews.  Lifelong residents and citizens instrumental in Tecumseh’s history shared their memories and commentaries.

Participants included:

 Hazel Bonner, Dr. Merlin Russel Blandon, Merton Boss, Betty Goodman. Rena Hubbard, Arlie LeBaren, Ella Macbeth, Arnetta Maves, Charles and Hope Mensing, Franklin Patton, Jack and Marie Pear, Dermont Poley Sr., Jessie Sluyter, Cecile Smith, Florence Smith, Marvin and Goldie Watkins, Ione Weaver, Wallace and Ruth Whiting and Calvin Zorn   

 



Clara Waldron Historical Room ​
History
 

In 1974, the library created the first Clara Waldron Historical Room, which was located in a small room in the basement of the library.  The room was named in honor of Clara Waldron, author of One Hundred Years A Country Town, a history of Tecumseh from 1824 to 1924.
 
In 1977, the library received a gift from the Tecumseh Community Fund Foundation and brought the collection up to archival standards of preservation.
 
 In Summer 2010, the Clara Waldron Historical Room moved to its present location on the library's main floor.
 
Click Here for a PowerPoint Presentation Overview of the Room.
 
Baseball in Tecumseh
 
One of the photographs from the Historical Room collection.
 

Scope of Historical Room Collection
  • Blueprints
  • Business and legal ledgers
  • Cemetery records
  • Census records
  • Clubs and Organizations
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School annuals
  • Meyers Airport collection
  • Microfilmed issues of the Tecumseh Herald
  • Microfilmed issues of the Tecumseh News
  • Newsletters
  • Oral History videotapes
  • Pamphlet Files
  • Perry Hayden Diary collection
  • Photographs
  • Sports
  • Tax rolls
  • Tecumseh and Lenawee County atlases and maps
  • Tecumseh and Lenawee County directories
  • Tecumseh Herald Births, Marriages and Deaths Index
 
Tecumseh High School Class Play

Another photograph from Tecumseh's past from the collection.
 

Genealogy Web Resources
 


General Genealogy Websites

Census


Immigration and Emigration


Military
Local Links

Genealogy and History in Michigan



 
 

GENEALOGY RESEARCH REQUEST POLICY

 

 

 

Library staff and volunteers are available to assist you in your genealogy and local history research. 

 

 

 

The Historical Room non-circulating collection includes microfilmed copies of the Tecumseh Herald dating back to 1850, tax assessment rolls, city directories, club and local business records, high school yearbooks, public school documents and pamphlet file resources.

 

 

 

Historical Room volunteers have indexed births, marriages and deaths from the Tecumseh Herald for the years 1850 to 1920.

 

 

 

Researchers and genealogists who wish to do their own research are welcome to use the Historical Room during normal library operating hours.  A microfilm reader/printer and photocopier are available, and prints cost 20 cents per page.

 

 

 

Tecumseh District Library hours are:

 

 

 

Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

 

 

Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

 

Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (October through April)

 

 

 

Recognizing that many genealogists and local history researchers live outside the Tecumseh District Library service area, library staff and volunteers will correspond to out-of-town requests for a fee.

 

 

 

 

 

OBITUARY REQUESTS

 

 

 

All obituary requests must be prepaid. 

 

 

 

The following fees will apply for each obituary requested:
Photocopy from a year covered by library's index......$5.00
(Approximate year must be included with request)
Photocopy if EXACT date is known but is not indexed......$5.00
If the month and year of death is known but not the day, we can search through one month of microfilm for a charge......$8.00

 

 

 

Fees include postage, photocopying and handling.

 

 

 

If you do not have an exact date for the years not covered by our indexes, library staff will NOT be able to search for you because this would involve going through a whole year of newspapers week by week.

 
 
Tecumseh District Library cannot guarantee that an obituary/death notice will be located.
 

Please allow at least three weeks for staff to respond to your request.

 

 

 

LOCAL HISTORY RESEARCH REQUESTS

 

 

 

Library staff and volunteers will research your local history topics for a fee of $15.  Please include in your correspondence the name of the event or person and the date and location of the event if known.  Each individual request is $15.  

 

 

 

All local history requests must be prepaid. 

 

Fees include postage, photocopying and handling.

 

 

 

Tecumseh District Library cannot guarantee that your topic will covered in the Historical Room collection.

 

 

 

Please allow at least three weeks for staff to respond to your request.

 

 

PAYMENT INFORMATION

 

 

 

Make your check or money order payable to Tecumseh District Library.

 

Payment in U.S. funds only.