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Event: Alert Alert: 1930s CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM  [Details]  [More Events]
Date: Sat 5 Dec 2015 - Sat 19 Dec 2015
Description: Simple Gifts in Simple Wrappings

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE This year, we will continue with the new schedule introduced in 2014. Instead of the usual weekend open house, we are open three SATURDAYS in December: the 5th, 12th, and 19th during our regular hours 11:00-3:00. Admission is by donation .

See how farm families coped at Christmastime, when faced with a tight money situation during the Great Depression years. Our 12-room farmhouse will be decorated with natural things that might have been found on the farm. A live tree will grace the parlor with genuine 1930s ornaments and lights. Simple decorations, good aromas throughout the house, and pleasing sights and sounds will greet visitors as they enter the front door. Light refreshments.

DEMONSTRATIONS: Knitting on a Sock Machine, Quilting and perhaps Spinning.

As cold weather will allow, the Farm Gift Shop will open to offer Saline memorabilia and history books, Michigan crafts, small toys, and stocking stuffers. Shopping Michigan products for family and friends helps to sustain a strong and diverse economy, as well as support the work of the historical society.

The Rentschler Farm Puzzle continues to sell for $10 each. This beautiful 500-piece puzzle, featuring a collage of photographs from farm events, was produced by the society in recent years. Check out our Gift Shop page to see what books are available.

Avoid the hustle and bustle of shopping in the big box stores. Support your local historical society by purchasing your meaningful gifts in our shop.

ADMISSION: By Donation.

TIME: December Saturdays only. 11:00-3:00

Event: Alert Alert: FARMHOUSE AND GIFT SHOP OPEN  [Details]  [More Events]
Date: Sat 10 Oct 2015 - Fri 25 Dec 2015
Description: rentschler_farmhouse.jpgFARMHOUSE and GIFT SHOP are OPEN Sat. Oct. 10 to Sat. Dec. 19. Even though the barn buildings are closed for the season and animals have gone home to their owners, the farmhouse remains open on Saturdays through mid-December. Fully furnished and interpreted as the 1930s, a guide is available for individuals and families (free). Groups require an appointment by calling 734-944-0442 at least two weeks ahead (fee). The gift shop is open for browsing and shopping. As the gift shop supports our museums, we encourage visitors to consider checking out the gift shop for gifts.


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" x 8" 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 October, 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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