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A Brief History of Milford, Michigan

Our Mission Statement:  We are organized exclusively for educational purposes.  We bring together people who are interested in history, especially the history of the village of Milford & Milford Township.

Milford, MI Historic District

The Milford Historical Society now offers help with Genealogy research. Email: to get in touch with our researchers.

Moments in Time - a series of articles about Milford’s History written by Joyce Clark, which appeared in the Milford Times

Remembering Milford’s Own Mary Jackson - actress in movies, TV and on stage.

The Michigan Preservation 14th Annual Rsource Guide

NOTE: This is  big PDF file

The History of Milford, MI Video

An enjoyable video history of Milford, Michigan from YouTube

The Mary Jackson Teas Cookbook is available at the Museum and a new set of update pages will be available at the Fall Tea, which is Usually planned for November. The tea may be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To read more about the tea click here.

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Back issues of the Milford Times, from 1871 to 1931 from our microfilm archives are now available for viewing at the Clarke History Museum site. The URL for the portal site with all of the papers is -

Page down to Oakland County to find the Milford Times copies.


 The local  obituaries from 1929 through 1949 have been indexed and made available online. The index is available at

Member Contributed Content - stories and articles researched  written and edited by Historical Society members

The Milford Historical Museum

The Museum is is now closed for the winter.

Another successful Home Tour

The weather cooperated this year and we had another great Milford Home Tour.

Thank you to those who opened their homes for our visitors to tour.

A specially thanks to the sponsors for this year’s event -

Presenting Sponsor -

Authentic Kitchen & Design

Platinum-level Sponsors -

Heinsight Eyecare

Huron Valley Law Center

Milford Downtown Development Authority

Silver-level  sponsor -

Huron Valley State Bank

Bronze-level sponsors -

The Clothing Cove & Tenacity

Huron Valley Furniture

Main Street Art

Your Nesting Place

MediLodge of Milford


Thank you also to the companies that supported us by having a shingle on display on one of uor banners.

Historic Pictures From Milford, Michigan Available for Sale -

We have undertaken a fund-raising project to sell prints of some of the many historic pictures of the Milford area that we have in the Museum collection.

Pictures suitable for framing will be for sale in the Museum. Call the Museum at  248-685-7308 for an appointment. for more information. Sizes available are 10”, 14”, 20” and 24”, where that is the longest dimension of the print; with prices ranging from $30 to $120.

March 21st – General Membership Meeting –  at the Milford United Methodist Church.   1200 Atlantic St, Milford, MI 4838         

Potluck begins at 6:30 P.M. – Program begins at 7:30 P.M.

Our guest speaker is very well known around the Historical Societies and The Henry Ford.  Joseph Oldenburg grew up on the west side of Detroit and always loved history. He is a retired librarian and former Director of the Main Library in Detroit. He also retired as an instructor in the department of  "Michigan History" at Oakland Community College. Joseph was also a  presenter at the Greenfield Village for Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers.  

Joseph is a well known speaker on the Purple Gang which will be his topic for our general meeting presentation. The Purple Gang, also known as the Sugar House Gang, was a criminal mob of bootleggers and hijackers composed predominantly of Jewish gangsters.They operated in Detroit, Michigan, during the 1920s of the Prohibition era and came to be Detroit's dominant criminal gang.