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Event: Alert Alert: RENTSCHLER MUSEUM YARD SALE: US 12 Heritage Trail Sale  [Details]  [More Events]
Date: Fri 7 Aug 2015 - Sat 8 Aug 2015

Our Salvage Barn offers all sorts of things: antique 12-pane windows, original schoolhouse lights, wagon hitches for horses, a few architectural elements, as well as odds and ends. Booths will offer a huge variety of useable items including antiques, crafts, household items, books, linens, furniture, handcrafted items, and just about everything -- but NO CLOTHING.

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 for $12.

SALE HOURS: Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Located on the U.S. 12 Heritage Trail. We are members of the statewide sale between Wayne County and New Buffalo. Booth rentals and sales from our salvage barn and gift shop benefit our museums.

The farmhouse will NOT be open for tours as our volunteers are busy with the sale. The depot museum, however, will be open as usual on Saturday.

US 12 HERITAGE TRAIL MAP OF SALES across the state . See for more information.

BOOTH RENTAL information, see application Rentals fill up fast and need to be secured by July 31.

Event: Alert Alert: Additional Program  [Details]  [More Events]
Date: Sun 2 Aug 2015 - Sun 2 Aug 2015
Description: us12_book.jpgGladys Saborio and Susan Kosky will present their new book, just released, "MICHIGAN'S US 12 HERITAGE TRAIL: AMERICA'S SECOND NATIONAL HIGHWAY. Research for the book involved 15 or more years with countless trips across Michigan, traveling the US 12 known by many names: Michigan Avenue, Chicago Road, Sauk Trail, etc. The book tells hidden stories involving transportation, tourism, early industry and architecture. The authors will offer a power point presentation, read excerpts from the book, offer a book signing, and sell the book on site. The hardcover book is available wherever books are sold for $40, including our Farm Gift Shop.


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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