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.


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. All returning for the 2021 season.

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Our 2021 Meetings

Our combination board and membership meetings of the Sanford Area Historical Society are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the historic train depot as follows:

November, 17th

We invite you to become a member of the Sanford Area Historical Society.

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The Sanford Area Sesquicentennial year occurred in 2020 and we celebrated 150 years including the areas of Averill, Edenville, Hope, Olson, and Sanford. We made it your Sesquicentennial by participating...

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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. Main Museum Building. Farm Implement Barn & Annex. Blacksmith’s Shop.

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

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Fundraising Books For Purchase

Souvenir Picture Album

Sanford Area Centennial
Souvenir Picture Album
The 2020
Sesquicentennial Edition

The 1970 Sanford Area Centennial Souvenir Picture Album is now reissued 50 years later for the 2020 Sanford Area Sesquicentennial by the Sanford Area Historical Society. This area includes Averill, Edenville, Hope, Olson, and Sanford, Michigan. The book is 8.5"x11", 117 pages, and published in 2020.

It only takes a $15 donation.

Shipping is available for an additional $5. Get your copy now!

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Boom Towns

Upper Tittabawassee
River Boom Towns

by Stan Berriman

This is the story of the towns of Averill, Edenville, Hope and Sanford, together with a short history of the early Indians of the area and the logging and salt wells that made possible the growth of the City of Midland, Michigan. The book is 252 pages, 1970, reprinted 2020 by the Sanford Historical Society.

It only takes a $15 donation.

Shipping is available for an additional $5. Get your copy now!

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Recipes and Remembrances

Historical Recipes, Volume III

A Collection of Recipes by the Sanford Centennial Museum with an all new section from the family of Charles Sanford. As you page through this cookbook you'll find many historical recipes, which we tried to make as useable as possible for today's use. The book is 6"x8.5", 138 pages, and published in 2021. Take home a treasured collection of 300 recipes from many outstanding cooks. This attractive cookbook makes an ideal gift or keepsake!

It only takes a $10 donation.

Shipping is available for an additional $5. Get your copy now!

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2020 Museum Flood Photos

Photo of 2020 Flood at MuseumThe Sanford Centennial Museum was damaged in the flood that was caused by the failure of the Edenville and Sanford dams on May 19, 2020.

As the waters began to recede, Sanford Area Historical Society Board Member Donovan Miller walked the grounds and photographed the damage. Since then, over 2,500 volunteer hours to save the museum were expended. Please stop by to see how the museum turned out.

Donovan has graciously shared 446 photographs and they may be viewed here: View Photos »

Interview with SAHS President Charles Dinsmore

In this interview, Jordan Mowbray takes a look at the Sanford Centennial Museum. Sanford Area Historical Society President Charles Dinsmore gives Jordan a tour and talks about what things looked like after the flood and the work that has gone into getting the museum back to this state. This footage was filmed on August 12, 2020. This was after the collapse of the Edenville Dam on May 19, 2020.

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


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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