Heritage Park

MISSION: To research, study, write, present and promote the history of Midland County and that relationship to other history subjects.

The Midland County Historical Society preserves local records, archives, artifacts and other items for professional needs, and for future generations to appreciate and enjoy. MCHS programming includes permanent and rotating exhibitions in the galleries, summer camps and classes for youth, heritage-based presentations, community outreach programs and innovative special events.

Midland County Historical Society Facilities

Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center

The Herbert D. Doan Midland County History Center is the gateway to Heritage Park. It houses a permanent hands-on gallery of interactive exhibits of Midland County history, from the beginning to today; a gallery of featured exhibitions; a research library for local and general history; and an archival collection of Midland County artifacts.

Herbert H. Dow Historical Museum

The Herbert H. Dow Historical Museum has multi-media exhibits that provide a fascinating look at the birth of Midland’s largest business and the evolution of the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.  The Museum is open during “Hands-On History” weekends.

1874 Bradley Home

The 1874 Bradley Home is a beautifully restored hands-on historic house museum where visitors enjoy a glimpse of the everyday life of an early Midland Family. The adjacent Carriage House features a collection of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs, and is home to mid-Michigan’s largest functioning blacksmith shop.  The Bradley Home  is open during “Hands-On History” weekends.

Carriage House

The Carriage House features a collection of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs, and is home to mid-Michigan’s largest functioning blacksmith’s shop, where volunteer smiths turn red-hot iron into beautiful works of art.

Gary Skory, Museum Director

“Since its founding in 1952, Midland County Historical Society has been honored to perform the key role of preserving the history of Midland County for future generations. We look forward to continuing our responsibility of keeper of our Midland County heritage through interactive and unique programming.”

~ Gary Skory

Gary Skory has been Director of the Midland County Historical Society since 1990, and believes that history is all about the future. Skory received his B.A. degree from Central Michigan University in 1978, where he also was History Curator of the CMU Museum. Before coming to the MCHS, Skory was a Historical Interpreter for Chippewa Nature Center, where he oversaw development of the 1870 Homestead Farm, as well as heritage-based exhibits and special programming. He brought his passion for sharing and promoting history to the MCHS in 1988 as Project Manager for the construction of the Herbert H. Dow Museum.

As Director, Gary enjoys working daily with others seeking information of our area’s past, and enjoys working with a large corps of volunteers who help him create exhibits and programs, preserve our area’s cultural and archival holdings, and delve into our area’s unique heritage.

The Midland County Historical Society is an incorporated member group of Midland Center for the Arts, a nonprofit 501(c)(3).