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The Sanford Centennial Museum, Sanford, Michigan


The Sanford Centennial Museum houses an extensive local history collection. There are nine historic buildings, including two schools, a general store, log cabin, township hall, church, train depot and train, all authentically restored and furnished. Inside the buildings, collections include vintage tools, implements from the logging days, political memorabilia, a dentist's office, a saloon, toys, household goods, and much more. Come visit us!

We are located on the Tittabawassee River one mile off US Highway 10, near Sanford Lake and across from the Pere Marquette Rail Trail.


Events

Please join the Sanford Historical Society as we celebrate the following events: Opening Day/Veterans Salute; Log Cabin Day; Model Trains Display; Founders Day; and Santa Express.

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Become a Member

Become a member of the Sanford Historical Society! Benefits include a subscription to LOG MARKS, a newsletter which is published four times from April to November and participation in membership meetings.

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Founders Day 2017

A celebration Sanford is proud of! Rich in history and stories, this celebration calls all of Sanford's present and past citizens to come together and spread the cheer of how this great part of Midland County came to be. Founders Day will be held on September 9 and 10, 2017 in Sanford.

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Explore Our Historic Buildings

Log Cabin - Moved in 1971. Clare Z. Bailey Chapel - Moved in 1979. Jerome Township Hall - Moved in 1983. Rail Depot - Moved in 1984. Felix School - Moved in 1991. Olson General Store - Moved in 1993.

Six of the nine historic buildings on the museum’s grounds were transported for restoration, preservation, and public viewing.

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Our News

  • 2017 Log Cabin Art Contest:

    Event:

    Log Cabin Day The Sanford Centennial Museum recently hosted the 2017 Log Cabin Day Art Contest on a beautiful spring morning. All contestants were second graders from Meridian Elementary School. Click below to see their talents!

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  • Founders Day 2017:

    Event: 9.9 & 10.2017

    Founders Day 2017 A celebration Sanford is proud of! Rich in history and stories, this celebration calls all of Sanford's present and past citizens to come together and spread the cheer of how this great part of Midland County came to be. Founders Day will be held on September 9 and 10, 2017 in Sanford.

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  • August 2017 Membership Meeting:

    Event: 8.16.2017

    August Membership Meeting Wednesday, August 16, 2017 @ 7 p.m. We will be discussing the plans and preparations for the Founders Day Celebration at the August meeting of the Sanford Historical Society. This event is just around the corner on September 9 & 10. Come join us and make new friends! You don’t need to be a member of the SHS—everyone is welcome! The meeting will be held in our historic railroad depot on the museum grounds. Sanford Centennial Museum, 2222 Smith St., Sanford, MI


About Us

The Sanford Centennial Museum began with a school house that was built in 1910. It was added on to in 1939 by the WPA. In 1970, the town of Sanford celebrated its centennial and, as part of the celebration, set up a historical exhibit in the empty schoolhouse.

It was so successful, the town decided to make it permanent.

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Visit Us

Open Memorial Day to Labor Day

Saturday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Sunday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. EST
Admission - Free

Open Anytime By Appointment

We Love to do Tours &
Weddings in the Chapel

Fundraising

1 Donor Tree: Pay tribute to someone special with a displayed commemorative pinecone.

2 Veterans Memorial: Remember your loved one who served in our Armed Forces with a permanent brick.

3 Fundraising Items For Purchase: Founder's Day T-shirts and more are available at the Museum.

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