Historical Society

Rose City Area Historical Society

Build a Better World Summer Reading Program

Come join us for our annual FUN and Educational Summer Reading program!!! We have fun activities, LOTS OF AWESOME BOOKS to check out, crafts, guest speakers and more!!! Plus, be sure to keep track of your reading times and turn… Continue reading

Donnie Boursaw

I am very happy to announce that Donnie Boursaw will be working out of the Rose City Area Historical Society at least one day a week and will have lots of records for research available. There will be more announcements… Continue reading

West Branch Family History Center

After 27 years the West Branch Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has closed its doors. Effective Friday, March 17, 2017 the Center was discontinued. I want to thank all of you for the… Continue reading

West Branch 1904

found in my collection West Branch 1904 – Clifford Parent


The Mitten State Celebrates 180 years

Happy Birthday, Michigan!

Thursday is the mitten state’s 180th birthday.

Michigan became part of the United States on January 26 1837.

Governor Rick Snyder, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Attorney General Bill Schuette and other elected state officials will hold… Continue reading

Happy Birthday today to Barbara Sanback

Happy Birthday today to Barbara Sanback, one of the original members of the RCAHS and a friend to many..Have a great day!!!


Blackett’s Mill Rose City, Michigan

By Cathy Snider and Barbara Blackett Sanback
Rose City Area Historical Society

In 1945, Earl and Myrtle Blackett along with their two daughters Phyllis and Barbara decided to move from St. Clair Shores to the quiet north.  They chose… Continue reading

Napoleon Bonaparte Hughes

Napoleon Bonaparte HughesNapoleon was born September 15, 1843 in Putman Township, Livingston County, Michigan. He was one of 15 children born to Enick (Enoch) Hughes and Hannah Burning Hughes.

On December 2, 1863 Napoleon enlisted in the Union Army as a Private… Continue reading

The Heading Mill

The Heading Mill
Rose City, MichiganHeading mill

In 1892, a heading mill was built on the banks of Houghton Creek which skirts the eastern edge of this village, by the French Land and Lumber Company at the cost of $75,000. … Continue reading

The Rose City Castle

Castle 2The Rose City Castle
By Cathy Snider
Rose City Area Historical Society
March 2014

The Castle, the Old Haunted Castle, Ferguson’s Castle, the Ferguson home, no matter what you called it, it was sure a different  style building than… Continue reading

“Meet and Greet ” Wine Tasting

wine tasting


The Purple Gang Book Signing Event

Purple Gang


Graceland – Paul Kavieff author of the Purple Gang books

The Rose City Area Historical Society and the Ogemaw District Library are hosting a program featuring Paul Kavieff author of the Purple Gang books. He will be at the Rose Twp Hall in Lupton on Thursday June 13 at 7pm.… Continue reading

Message from Cathy-President RCAHS

We always need help but not because of the flood. Thanks to many generous people and much hard work by members and friends the historical society is better than ever. We welcome new members and still gather and preserve historical… Continue reading

2nd annual Bake Sale

The Rose City Area Historical Society invites you to their 2nd annual Bake Sale Wednesday Nov. 14 from 9-4 or when the goodies are gone..In Front of Glen’s in Rose City. proceeds to help preserve the history of the county.… Continue reading

2010 4th of July parade RCAHS Float

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