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Event: Alert Alert: Second Winter/Spring Education Program  [Details]  [More Events]
Date: Sun 11 Oct 2015 - Sun 11 Oct 2015
Description: sahs_oct_11.s.jpg"For you..the war is over" presented by Carl Weller Carl's book will be available for purchase.
Event: Alert Alert: HARVEST TIME ON THE FARM  [Details]  [More Events]
Date: Sun 4 Oct 2015
Description: wagonpumpkin_r.lane.jpg This Sunday event offers good times for all ages. Take a wagon ride, see our live animals, farm gardens, demonstrations, displays, traditional crafters, and things for children to enjoy.

Highlights & Entertainment:

All afternoon: Wagon Rides on the old farm wagon and Old Fashioned Games for children on the front lawn. 50 Free Pumpkins for painting by children.

We'll have live animals, including a new born calf. The blacksmith will be at his forge and a shingle maker will use his old froe to make cedar shingles. The beekeeper will sell his honey under the old apple tree. Inside the exhibit barn, see quilters, sock darning, a candy maker, and locally made bird houses. And the Barn Doctor will talk about his work restoring old barns.

1:00pm and 3:30pm Country Hoedown Jamboree performed by The Saline Area Players in the Upper Hay Barn.

2:00pm Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic outside the Lower Dairy Barn.

Visit each of the farm buildings and tour the farmhouse, which is interpreted as a family might have used it in the 1930s. The Farm Gift Shop includes books on Saline history, as well as locally crafted gifts. Rentschler Farm is the official Saline site for the Heritage Passport Stamp (free). Bring your own National Parks Passport or purchase one in the gift shop.

Admission: $1 adults; children free.

Please Note: The farm is CLOSED the day before Harvest Time, as we get ready for the big day. After Harvest Time, the farmhouse and gift shop continue to be open on Saturdays until December 19, 2015. Visitors may always walk around the farm complex and read signs at the front of each building, whether officially open or not.



1907 Saline High School team, have their initials above their heads, but no names.

The 1908 Saline Semi-Professional team, their names are: Back row: Prof. Walling, Charles Reeves, Mr. Burkhardt, Fred Burkhardt, Ed Barnard, Art Armbruster Front row: Oscar Wheeler, J. Rogers, Bert Gillen, Henry Schroen.

We have a few notes of information on the players:

Bert Gillen; was the Sheriff, and his nickname was “The Sheriff”

Art Armbruster lived in corner house at Bennett and N. Ann Arbor

Henry Schroen had a metal shop in basement of what is now the “Pineapple House.”

Oscar Wheeler, eventually owned the drug store at the corner of Ann Arbor and Michigan

J. Rogers was a barber and the Pitcher


For a complete listing of current programs and events, clink this LINK.


We are happy to announce that the Rentschler Farm Museum is now on the National Register of Historic Places. Due to the diligent work of Board Member, Cynthia Christensen, we have finally been awarded this distinction after several years of trying. Together with the Depot Museum -- which has been on the National Register since 1995 -- we MADE IT!


During the summer season, a visit to Rentschler Farm is an official National Passport Stop. For information, see National Passport Stamp Program. Passports and stamps are available in the Rentschler Farm Gift Shop during the summer season. Hours: Saturdays between 11:00-3:00.

During the winter months when the farm is closed, the stamp will be available at the Railroad Depot Museum on Saturdays, 11:00-3:00.


Historical Washtenaw Area Attractions. Click here to see a beautiful, full-color 3 ½” x 8 ½” brochure featuring photos and information on each of our 27 historic county member organizations. The reverse side of the brochure unfolds to display a 17” x 22” map of Washtenaw County showing the location and address of each museum, library, and attraction. A free copy can also be picked up at the Rentschler Farm or at the Saline Railroad Depot Museum.

Saline Depot, as pictured on a 19th century postcard (click to enlarge)


You can very quickly become acquainted with our two museums by visiting Saline Railroad Depot Museum and Rentschler Farm Museum.

Barns at the Rentschler Farm Museum (click to enlarge)


To read our current newsletter, as well as past issues, follow this link


LOCAL HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS: Let us scan your family photos for our archives, especially if you can supply the name of the subjects. All photos can be returned to you, the owner. Call the society office for an appointment: 734-944-0442 .

SALINE HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS: We would like to develop a collection of Saline High School Yearbooks. If you have one that you don't want, keep us in mind.

OBITUARIES: A great deal of local history can be gleaned from old obituaries. If you have any to share, especially old ones, we can scan them. You keep the original. Let us know.


Many of our readers come to our website looking for information on the history of our town and our area. With that in mind, for a detailed article see History of Saline.


This page was updated May, 2015. Please check here often for fresh news and additional articles of historic interest. Feel free to contact us if you have suggestions, want to ask a question about Saline history, or wish to share a comment or opinion about the work of the Saline Area Historical Society.

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