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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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

Passing of Mary Lou Gharrity

Mary Lou Gharrity with Marlene Gomez at the Milford Historical Museum

Independence Day Parade

We WILL have an Independence Day Parade this year on the 4th of July! Click here for the Parade Application

and rules.

Mary Lou Gharrity passed away on February 16, 2022.  Mary Lou was a founding member of the Historical Society.   For many years she could be found at the museum working on the archives or teaching the young docents the way of the museum.   

Mary Lou was elected to serve as the Societies first President. She would go on to serve on the Board of Directors for many years.   When she decided it was time to step down from the Board, she became the Museum Director.   When she decided it was time to step down from being the Museum Director, she rejoined the Board.  

Mary Lou's knowledge of Milford and its history was remarkable.  She

could remember individuals and their life story without having to look anything up.  For the last 49 years of the Historical Society’s existence, Mary Lou was there to support it.  She truly loved this town and the people that lived here.   

The Milford Historical Museum

The Museum is closed for the winter and will reopen on \May 4 2022.

We need volunteer docents for 2022. Please call the museum and leave your name and a phone number if you are interested in volunteering to be a docent next year. We will be conducting docent training in December.Call 248-685-7308 and leave a message.

Special visits to the museum while it is closed may be possible. Call the museum and leave a message with your request and we will get back to you.