141 S. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201 :: 517.764.4440
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The Arts

See the art scene in Jackson, Michigan. Galleries, exhibits, theaters and the symphony make for a terrific atmosphere for our guests who are in the mood for an artistic experience. Broadway-style plays, concerts and special performances keep the Potter Center Full of excitement and intrigue throughout the year. Envelop yourself in music by the Jackson Symphony Orchestra as they perform classic compositions and modern movements that place guests in the midst of tantalizing musical delight.

Boasting historical theaters and state-of-the-art centers staging all types of performing arts, Jackson, Michigan is the place to be for entertainment.

Interested in the performing arts? Then don't miss the Michigan Shakespeare Festival

Arts in Jackson

Art 634

(517) 745-3980
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634 N. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Art 634 The spirit has no limitations, so there is no limit to the types of creativity birthed and practiced at Art 634.  Music, dance, photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, pottery and theater... » More Information

Hours

2nd Sunday Open House at ART 634
Every Sunday  Noon – 4pm

(Please see each boutiques listing for regular hours)

Meeting Facility Features
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 25
Art 634

The spirit has no limitations, so there is no limit to the types of creativity birthed and practiced at Art 634.  Music, dance, photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry, pottery and theater are all celebrated within the walls of ART 634.

Art 634 is proud to call an 1850's manufacturing facility home.  It was originally built as a wagon and carriage factory, adjacent to Michigan's First State Prison. The location afforded an abundance of workers and reasonable labor rates for the factory. Over the years it has been used for warehousing, trucking operations. and numerous illicit and illegal activities. Today it has been reborn as an industry of creativity.

The Art 634 logo incorporates the building's long history.  The circle of leaves represents the wagon wheel, fashioned out of leaves from the historical ginkgo tree directly to our east on Mechanic. With the name - Art 634, Center for the Creative Spirit.  The creative spirit has no limitations.

2nd Sunday of every month from 12 pm to 4 pm is a special event  featuring art, music, wine, food and camaraderie. Shop for all your gift needs for the coming month! Also don't miss the annual Fairy Festival in April which fills the building with magic and fun for the whole family.

Nearby restaurants include Schlenker's Sandwich Shop, Chilango's Mexican Grill and Anna's Gifts & Porch Cafe.

Art 634 has two unique rooms available for rent:  

  • ART 634 Classroom: Do you like to teach but lack the space and artistic atmosphere? Rent the ART 634 Classroom for $15 an hour and we’ll even help promote it. Text 517-745-3980.
  • ART 634 Back Gallery Space: Offering a unique atmosphere for exhibits. Text 517-745-3980.

ART 634 Tenants

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Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County

(517) 783-4300
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634 N Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County (ACAJC) is a non-profit organization that coordinates, plans and advocates for arts and cultural experiences in our community. We believe : Communities thrive, both... » More Information

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Jackson County (ACAJC) is a non-profit organization that coordinates, plans and advocates for arts and cultural experiences in our community.

We believe :

  • Communities thrive, both spiritually and economically, when arts and culture are an integral part of daily life
  • Arts and cultural organizations have a responsibility to the community to be relevant and accountable
  • Individuals and organizations are stronger and most effective when they connect, share knowledge, work together and are committed to creative leadership, diversity and leveraging the assets of the community

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Beads to Live By

(517) 962-8016
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145 S. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Beads to Live By Opening February 8, 2013! Some of the things you will find at Beads to Live By: Creative Space, Beads, Findings, Tools, Thread, Wire, Patterns, Expert Color Advice, Costume/Beaded-Jewelry Repair, Trunk Shows,... » More Information

Hours

Wednesday: 10:00 - 7:00 (closed 1:00 - 1:30)
Thursday: 10:00 - 6:00 (closed 1:00 - 1:30)
Friday: 10:00 - 6:00 (closed 1:00 - 1:30)
Saturday: 12:00 - 5:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 4:00

Beads to Live By

Opening February 8, 2013! Some of the things you will find at Beads to Live By: Creative Space, Beads, Findings, Tools, Thread, Wire, Patterns, Expert Color Advice, Costume/Beaded-Jewelry Repair, Trunk Shows, Classes and Parties!

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Bo-Kay Studios

517.795.6848
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634 N Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Bo-Kay Studios Bo-kay Studios is where art is made, art from the heart.  Betty's Studio and Gallery is the showcase of Artist Betty Kay Renegar Price. Betty Kay Renegar Price... » More Information

Contact
Betty Kay Renegar Price
Hours

Wed - Sat: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bo-Kay Studios

Bo-kay Studios is where art is made, art from the heart.  Betty's Studio and Gallery is the showcase of Artist Betty Kay Renegar Price. Betty Kay Renegar Price is the Artist in residence along with Kenny Price ( the studio photographer). Betty has a background and schooling in Sculpture, Stone Carving, Clay, and paint.  Focusing on works in a series in acrylic and mixed media to form colorful works of art to lift the spirit of the viewer. Betty offers classes, and displays her artwork as well as Kenny's photographs.

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Center Stage Jackson

Website | Facebook P.O. Box 822
Jackson, MI 49204

Center Stage Jackson Center Stage Jackson is Jackson’s community theatre group.  Formed in 2001 when Jackson Civic Theatre and Clark Lake Players merged, Center Stage Jackson is a non-profit production company... » More Information

Hours

See Website or Facebook for showtimes.

Center Stage Jackson

Center Stage Jackson is Jackson’s community theatre group.  Formed in 2001 when Jackson Civic Theatre and Clark Lake Players merged, Center Stage Jackson is a non-profit production company dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions in the Greater Jackson, Michigan area, performing at Jackson Community College, a proud sponsor of CSJ, located at 2111 Emmons Road, Jackson, Michigan, and other venues in the Jackson area. Blog: http://centerstagejackson.blogspot.com/

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Dale Fisher Galleries of Fine Photography and Eyry of the Eagle Reception and Retreat Center

517-937-3883 or kim@EyryoftheEagle.com
Website
1916 Norvell Rd.
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Dale Fisher Galleries of Fine Photography and Eyry of the Eagle Reception and Retreat Center   Eyry of the Eagle Farm Wedding Reception and Retreat Center & Dale Fisher Galleries of Fine Photography From Rehearsal Dinner to Reception, The Eyry of the Eagle Farm is... » More Information

Contact
Kim
Hours

The center is open during normal businesses hours (M-F 9-5) and on weekends by appointment. It always best to call ahead.

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 250
Dale Fisher Galleries of Fine Photography and Eyry of the Eagle Reception and Retreat Center

 

Eyry of the Eagle Farm Wedding Reception and Retreat Center & Dale Fisher Galleries of Fine Photography

From Rehearsal Dinner to Reception, The Eyry of the Eagle Farm is a special place for special occasions. This beautiful backdrop is the perfect location for wedding receptions and business events. The Eyry of the Eagle Farm features a modern reception hall, a charming 125-year old restored barn, wedding pergola, pond, windmill, wooded area, flower gardens and unique farm animals.

Located in Grass Lake, Michigan just west of Ann Arbor,
The Eyry of the Eagle Farm’s facilities are perfect for:

• Weddings
• Bridal & Baby Showers
• Graduation & Anniversary Parties
• Corporate Events & Meetings
• Company & Family Picnics
• Class Reunions

 

The Eyry of the Eagle Farm features


• Wings Gallery Reception Hall – 5000+ square feet with 40'x64' meeting/dining room-240 guest capacity
• Eagle's Nest Gallery-125-year-old barn-90 Guest capacity
• Wedding Ceremony Pergola with brick walkway
• Pergola
• 3-Acre pond with Windmill
• Flower Gardens
• Wooded areas
• Ball Field
• Unique Farm Animals
• Beautiful “Photo Opportunity” backdrops
• Galleries decorated with the photographic art of Dale Fisher

Wings Gallery Reception Hall
Fine Art Photography by Dale Fisher, special lighting, warm wall colors and tasteful window treatments re-enforce the feeling of being in a fine art gallery and create a natural backdrop for photographs.
• 5000 square feet with 40'x64' meeting/dining room,
• 240-Guest capacity
• Air-Conditioning
• Catering Kitchen
• Entry / Reception Room
• Bridal Suite

Eagles Nest Barn
This beautiful 125-year old restored barn is perfect for smaller gatherings or cocktails prior to a larger event. This cozy, rustic, fine art gallery and meeting reception area create an excellent atmosphere for parties, corporate events, rehearsal dinners and is available for the groomsmen to prepare for the wedding.
• 90-Guest capacity
• Catering kitchen
• Air-conditioned

 

Dale Fisher Galleries
All of the walls within the buildings of The Eyry of the Eagle Farm feature the fine art photography of Dale Fisher. During his 50+ year career and known for his “Eagle Eye” perspective, Working almost exclusively from a low-altitude helicopter,  Dale has been perfecting his art of creating images from a rarely seen perspective. His Galleries are filled with collections of art from the states of Michigan, Hawaii, Arizona, New York and many other areas; as well as, wildlife, nautical, landscape images for all four seasons.

Dale’s low-altitude, distinctive and personal, commercial photography transforms freeways, construction sites, farms and homes into works of fine art. These images have many business benefits, which include:
• Project Documentation
• Public Relations and Marketing Material
• Presentation images
• Website and social media photos
• Wall Hangings
• Client Gifts
• And Much more

The Eyry of the Eagle Farm is also home to the Michigan Center for the Photographic Arts, a non-profit 501(3)(c) organization that's main focus is to unleash the creative spirit in children through the art of photography.

A small sampling of Dale's art and information about upcoming events may be viewed at www.DaleFishePhoto.com. Call 517-522-3705 to schedule a tour of Dale Fisher’s Fine Art Galleries.
 

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Ella Sharp Museum

(517) 787-2320 
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3225 Fourth St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Ella Sharp Museum In 1912, Ella Sharp’s farm and home were willed to Jackson for the creation of a park and museum, which opened in 1965. The Ella Sharp Museum features an 1860&rsquo... » More Information

Hours

Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat. - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thurs - 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sun and Mon - CLOSED

Public guided tours of Ella Sharp's 19th Century Hillside Farmhouse are at 11 a.m., 12:30, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

For group tour information please click here.

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol License Available
  • Alcohol or Bar Tending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 300
Ella Sharp Museum

In 1912, Ella Sharp’s farm and home were willed to Jackson for the creation of a park and museum, which opened in 1965. The Ella Sharp Museum features an 1860’s log cabin, the Dibble one-room schoolhouse, country store, print shop, doctor’s office, wood shop and the Merriman Sharp Farmhouse.  The Ella Sharp Museum also houses six galleries including the Andrews Gallery of Wildlife Art, the Jackson History Gallery, a clock gallery and three galleries featuring traveling and “in house” exhibitions.

Thousands of visitors are drawn each year to Hillside Farm Lane for the Ella’s major festivals including Sugaring & Shearing (March), Fall Harvest Festival (October) and Art, Beer & Wine Festival (June) which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in June of 2014 and includes art vendors, Michigan wine and craft beer tastings. 

The Grand Community Room at the Ella Sharp Museum is the perfect place for your next grand event. The 3,000-square-foot room features an outdoor patio, catering kitchen, and stage to accommodate a wide variety of uses. A huge, arched window looks out onto the surrounding park and a mid-19th century log house. Consider Ella Sharp Museum for reunions, holiday parties, weddings, seminars, annual meetings and much more.

Group Tour Information

The Ella offers special programming options for groups of 15 or more. To schedule a group tour, please contact tour coordinator Emily Jarvi. Group tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance.

For your group’s visit, choose from three tour options, all lasting approximately three hours or create your own experience:

Option 1: Guided tour of Ella’s home, the Merriman-Sharp farmhouse; visit to the galleries; tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings; free time

Option 2: Guided visit to the galleries; presentation on selected topic*; tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings; free time

Option 3: Guided visit to the galleries; creative project; choose between tour of the grounds featuring sculpture and historical buildings or house tour; free time

*Choose from eight topics of interest in art and history relating to the museum’s collection. 

 

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Essa Arts

(517) 414-9273
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634 N Mechanic St
Jackson, MI 49203

Essa Arts Essa Arts was created to promote, celebrate and share the art of Sheryl Amburgey and her family. Essa stands for Edith, Sheryl, Sophia, and Ava - Sheryl and the important... » More Information

Contact
Sheryl Amburgey
Hours

Studio and Gallery Hours:
Hours by appointment
Second Sunday
Noon - 4:00 pm

Essa Arts

Essa Arts was created to promote, celebrate and share the art of Sheryl Amburgey and her family. Essa stands for Edith, Sheryl, Sophia, and Ava - Sheryl and the important women of her life.
"As a child, the memory of opening my first box of crayons, "Sheryl says, "began my passion and obsession for art. The smells of the fresh crayons were unforgettable. The feel of the sharp points hitting the smooth surfaces were mesmerizing. At that moment, I was hooked!"

Essa Arts offers classes for grades 1st - 4th and 5th - 9th, as well as Artsy Gourmet Parties for ages 14 and up. Learn the elements & principles of art while you paint, mix colors and have fun. Students will be introduced to a variety of brushes and how they work. Each Art workshop includes step-by-step instruction, all supplies and a light snack. 

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Ganton Art Gallery

(517) 750-6580
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106 E. Main St.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283

Ganton Art Gallery Ganton Art Gallery on the campus of Spring Arbor University is the largest single-space gallery in southern Michigan at 7,100 square feet. Annually, the facility houses a variety of student and... » More Information

Ganton Art Gallery

Ganton Art Gallery on the campus of Spring Arbor University is the largest single-space gallery in southern Michigan at 7,100 square feet. Annually, the facility houses a variety of student and professional art shows including regional and national art competitions. The Ganton Art Gallery is free and open to the public. It is open seven days a week except for university holidays and when main campus classes are not in session. There are approximately six exhibits a year. Please call if you have questions.

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Hanover Horton Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum

(517) 563-8927
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101 Fairview St.
Hanover, MI 49241

Hanover Horton Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum The Lee Conklin Antique Reed Organ & History Museum proudly displays over 100 fully restored and working antique reed organs. Visitors to the museum are often treated to the beautiful sounds... » More Information

Hours

May - October: Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
By appointment the rest of the week. 

Meeting Facility Features
  • Air Conditioned
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 44
Hanover Horton Conklin Reed Organ & History Museum

The Lee Conklin Antique Reed Organ & History Museum proudly displays over 100 fully restored and working antique reed organs. Visitors to the museum are often treated to the beautiful sounds of these antique instruments, as they are in playable condition. The collection includes parlor, cottage and church organs along with elegant rosewood melodeons, some dating as far back as the mid-1800’s. The historical collection includes a turn of the century classroom, barber shop, library, printing press and telephone switchboard. The museum building itself, once Hanover High School, was designated a Michigan Historical Site in 2000 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2013. The museum is owned and operated by the Hanover-Horton Area Historical Society. Special events include Rust N' Dust Days, Fourth of July Tractor Pulls and October Corn Mazes. 

The Heritage Park Event Center hosts monthly concerts called Bluegrass Bonanza and is also great place to hold your next gathering. Whether you are expecting a small crowd or a full house the event center can accommodate your needs. There are two rooms available. The small meeting room features a classroom style space that holds 44 people maximum and includes the use of the kitchen. The large meeting space is also available for rent and also includes the use of the kitchen. If you are interested in renting either room, please contact the Hanover-Horton Area Historical Society office at 517-563-8927.  There is NO Alcohol / NO Smoking policy for all of the Museum Buildings and Grounds.

Group tours are welcome.  The buildings and restrooms are handicapped accessible except for the 2nd floor of the museum. Please allow 1.5 hours for the tour. Please visit their website for more information on group tours.

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I’ve Been Framed

(517) 783-3810
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866 N. Wisner St.
Jackson, MI 49202

I’ve Been Framed This 2,000 square foot showroom is brimming with unique home furnishings and home decor items.  They also offer many unique gift ideas.  Throughout the gallery, you will be amazed... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Tue: 9:30 am - 5:30 am
Wed - Thu: 9:30 am - 6:30 am
Fri: 9:30 am - 5:30 am
Sat: 9:30 am - 3:30 am
Closed Sunday

I’ve Been Framed

This 2,000 square foot showroom is brimming with unique home furnishings and home decor items.  They also offer many unique gift ideas.  Throughout the gallery, you will be amazed at the talented artwork of numerous local and national artists in a variety of mediums, including pastel, oil, acrylic, ceramic, glass, and textile art.  Local artwork featured includes handmade, one-of-a-kind items such as dolls, purses, hats, handbags, scarves, jewelry, mirrors, painted furniture, and much more. The ambiance of our showroom is primarily upscale contemporary with a flair for unique, funky, and whimsical.  For the more traditional tastes, we exhibit an eclectic mix of traditional and chic merchandise. 

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Jackson Civic Art Association

517-787-2320
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3225 Fourth St.
(Ella Sharp Museum)
Jackson, MI 49203

Jackson Civic Art Association Jackson Civic Art Association, Where Art Happens and is Celebrated! We offer: Artist Demos Artist Presentations Workshops Hands-on Experiences Plein Air Life Drawing Art Critiques Exhibits (Juried and Non-Juried) Art... » More Information

Hours

Meeting 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Call ahead for exact times.

Jackson Civic Art Association

Jackson Civic Art Association, Where Art Happens and is Celebrated!

We offer:

  • Artist Demos
  • Artist Presentations
  • Workshops
  • Hands-on Experiences
  • Plein Air
  • Life Drawing
  • Art Critiques
  • Exhibits (Juried and Non-Juried)
  • Art a Loan
  • Camaraderie
  • Inspiration
  • Networking
  • Newsletter
  • Art Opportunities
  • and so much more!

Share the passion and appreciation of art where creativity abounds. Find out about our active, welcoming art group. JCAA truly one of Jackson's special attractions and treasures. Visitors welcome!

Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Community Room at the Ella Sharp Museum.

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Jackson District Library

(517) 788-4087
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244 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson District Library Inspiring our community to discover, learn and succeed! Jackson County residents can enjoy library services of the highest quality while visiting our 13 locations or the virtual branch at www.myjdl... » More Information

Hours

Carnegie Library Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Internet Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 80
Jackson District Library

Inspiring our community to discover, learn and succeed! Jackson County residents can enjoy library services of the highest quality while visiting our 13 locations or the virtual branch at www.myjdl.com. The library strives to meet our community’s ever-changing needs for educational, cultural and recreational information. Patrons can reserve books, download eBooks and eAudiobooks, and check the status of their library account by logging in to the online catalog through the webpage 24/7. The library’s computerized catalog is also linked with the Jackson College Learning Resources Center Library.

In addition to the library services and collections, the library offers programs for all ages at all our locations throughout the year. Most programs and services are free of charge.  For more information, call 517-788-4087 or visit www.myjdl.com.

In 1901, Andrew Carnegie donated $70,000 for the construction of a library building in the city of Jackson. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the State of Michigan Register of Historic Sites, this Neo-Classical style building was designed and built in 1906. The facility features inlaid terrazzo floors, intricate ceiling moldings, Carrara white marble staircase and numerous pieces of art. The Carnegie building became the main branch for the newly created district in 1978. In 1981, with a bequest from Mrs. Mable MinterVan Orman, a circular structure was built at the rear of the library. This added an elevator, history room, back lobby and a children's storytelling room. The downtstairs auditorium is available to rent and will hold up to 80 people. 

The Child, The Parent, and The Book, by Freeman L. Schoolcraft, bronze and limestone, 1988, Jackson District Library/Carnegie Branch, Michigan Ave.

The building is graced with an outdoor public sculpture a parent and child reading and was created by famed sculptor Freeman Schoolcraft, Jackson High School graduate. Freeman Schoolcraft's The Child, The Parent, and The Book sits beside the main entrance to the Jackson District Library welcoming patrons while celebrating the right to read and symbolizing the value of parents and children learning and growing together. Read more on Jackson's Outdoor Sculpture.

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Jackson School of the Arts

(517) 784-2389
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634 N Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49202

Jackson School of the Arts Our mission is to provide young people access to arts education.  An important part of any education, learning in the arts builds strong self-awareness and self-esteem and promotes critical... » More Information

Hours

Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jackson School of the Arts

Our mission is to provide young people access to arts education.  An important part of any education, learning in the arts builds strong self-awareness and self-esteem and promotes critical thinking. Programs include the Annual Fairy Festival, Birthday Parties, Girl Scout workshops and classes for adults as well.

The Jackson School of the Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the arts accessible and affordable to youth in South Central Michigan.  We offer after school programs in dance, theater and art at our site on on the second floor of the Art634 building, 634 N. Mechanic Street and throughout the community.

Jackson School of the Arts is in the process of expanding its theater program to include classes and programs in drama for all ages.

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Jackson Symphony Orchestra

(517) 782-3221
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215 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson Symphony Orchestra The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has a rich and vibrant history serving the Jackson area for over 60 years. Our mission is to add value, joy and enrichment to the lives of... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • WiFi Available
  • Internet Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 200
Jackson Symphony Orchestra

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra has a rich and vibrant history serving the Jackson area for over 60 years. Our mission is to add value, joy and enrichment to the lives of all Jackson area residents through music. The Jackson Symphony strives to impact the lives of everyone in the community either directly through performances and education programs or indirectly by offering positive programs and arts support in collaboration with community agencies, educators and other arts organizations. Conductor: Stephen Osmond

The Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra is a full symphonic orchestra open to high school aged and younger musicians from Jackson and the surrounding area. The orchestra performs pieces from the standard classical repertoire along with modern works and “pops” pieces. Their season runs from September to May, with concert performances four times each season. Conductor: David Schultz. 

Most Jackson Symphony Orchestra series concerts are held at Jackson College’s world-class Music Hall at the Potter Center.

Other music events, from quartets to cabarets, are often held at Jackson Symphony Orchestra's Performing Arts Center at 215 W. Michigan Ave. This facility is also available for rental for weddings and other corporate events with a capacity of 200.

 

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K. Price Photos

517-795-6847
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634 N Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49202

K. Price Photos K. Price Photos is a full service Photo studio located in the historic ART634 building at 634 N. Mechanic in Jackson Michigan.  We offer High School  Senior Portraits and... » More Information

Contact
Kenny Price
Hours

Wednesday:  Noon to 5 pm
Thursday:      11 am to 5 pm
Friday:         Noon to 5 pm
Saturday:    Noon to 5 pm

Second Sunday of Each Month   Noon to 5 pm

or By Appointment

K. Price Photos

K. Price Photos is a full service Photo studio located in the historic ART634 building at 634 N. Mechanic in Jackson Michigan.  We offer High School  Senior Portraits and Prom Portraits.  We also offer Family and Children portraits.  Portraits can be taken in the studio using Green Screen technology, taken around ART634 or at a location of your choice.  We also offer QUICKIE Business Headshots.    K. Price Photos  has a selection of Nature, Wildlife, Birds, Michigan, Texas,  and Grand River Framed photos and prints. Different sizes are available.  You can take home a framed photo with you or we can reprint in a size you desire.  We are willing to take on assignment photo when feasible.

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Michigan Theatre

(517) 783-0962
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124 N. Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49201

Michigan Theatre The Michigan Theatre was the last and largest theater to be built in downtown Jackson, opening in 1930. Now a nonprofit organization, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson Inc., is working to... » More Information

Hours

Group tours of the Michigan Theatre are available by appointment please email Steve Tucker to schedule a tour. 

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol License Available
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Alcohol or Bar Tending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Internet Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 1400
Michigan Theatre

The Michigan Theatre was the last and largest theater to be built in downtown Jackson, opening in 1930. Now a nonprofit organization, the Michigan Theatre of Jackson Inc., is working to restore the theater to its original luster. It was originally built in Spanish Renaissance style with an ornate polychrome terra cotta façade, carved walnut furniture, plush carpeting, heavy damask draperies, and stained-glass light fixtures. The Michigan Theatre is considered one of the most splendid theaters in the state. Their mission is to provide today's entertainment in an incredible historic venue. Events include kids movies and classic films, as well as live entertainment.

The Michigan Theatre is the first stop for on the Historic Prison Tours offered by Jackson Journey's. 

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Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame Museum

(517) 937-0533
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4220 Willis Rd.
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame Museum More than 50 Boone and Crockett world record buck racks are on display at the museum, along with Michigan’s record holder. Visitors can see and feed the live deer... » More Information

Hours

Monday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm

Michigan Whitetail Hall of Fame Museum

More than 50 Boone and Crockett world record buck racks are on display at the museum, along with Michigan’s record holder. Visitors can see and feed the live deer seven days a week, year round. Also, see one of the country's largest chainsaw and farm museums.

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Mt. Evergreen Cemetery

(517) 788-4078
Website
1047 Greenwood Ave.
Jackson, MI 49203

Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Founded on August 18, 1843, Mt. Evergreen is the City of Jackson’s oldest cemetery. Originally consisting of 11 acres in 1843 and expanded to its now 25 acres in 1863. Morrell Street was moved... » More Information

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  - 10am - 3pm
Closed Wednesday
In the event of a Monday holiday, the office will be open that Wednesday from 10am - 3pm.

Mt. Evergreen Cemetery

Founded on August 18, 1843, Mt. Evergreen is the City of Jackson’s oldest cemetery. Originally consisting of 11 acres in 1843 and expanded to its now 25 acres in 1863. Morrell Street was moved north a year later to produce an area dedicated for the burial of soldiers. Soliders from the War of 1812, the American Civil War, and both World Wars I & II are buried in this cemetery. To this day, the annual Memorial Day parade ends at Mt. Evergreen’s Soldier Field for a memorial ceremony.

Mt. Evergreen Cemetery was listed in the State Register of Historic Sites in 1988. The cemetery contains not one but two famous sculptures memorializing the dead.

Laura Evans Memorial also known as Civil War Soldiers Monument, by Frederick Hibbard, bronze and granite, 1916

Jackson holds the honor of mustering the first volunteer regiment of Civil War soldiers in the state, and lost over 3,200 men. Thus it is appropriate, that a town the size of Jackson should have a second Civil War memorial, after Defense of the Flag, located amid the graves of those who made the supreme sacrifice. A half-century after the war, Laura Evans established a trust in her will to fund a monument to the soldiers buried in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in memory of her father, mother, and husband. Frederick C. Hibbard, a Chicago sculptor who studied under Lorado Taft (sculptor of Defense of the Flag and the William A. Foote Memorial), created the memorial inscribed with its patron's name. 

Sparks Memorial also known as Roses of Yesterday, by Harriet Frishmuth, bronze and granite, copyright 1923

Mt. Evergreen Cemetery can point with pride to the Sparks Memorial, a commemorative bronze female figure, smaller scale than Taft’s Foote Memorial, but just as poignant and emotional. The statue marks the graves of several members of the Sparks family -- a prominent local family that left its mark on the community most noticeably through the donation of Cascades Park, originally known as Sparks Foundation County Park. Harriet Frishmuth (1880-1980) created dozens of delicate maidens similar to that on the Sparks Memorial during her long and productive career for which she earned numerous awards in the first two decades of the 20th century.

For more information on the public sculpture of Jackson, visit the Ella Sharp Museum at http://www.ellasharp.org/our-outdoor-sculpture.html.

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Peter F. Hurst Planetarium

(517) 841-3860
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3328 Oakwood
Jackson, MI 49203

Peter F. Hurst Planetarium Located within Ella Sharp Park, the planetarium’s primary goal is to be an educational facility, targeting students from the Jackson Public Schools and the surrounding school districts and... » More Information

Peter F. Hurst Planetarium

Located within Ella Sharp Park, the planetarium’s primary goal is to be an educational facility, targeting students from the Jackson Public Schools and the surrounding school districts and colleges. Public Astronomy shows are presented under the 30-foot dome throughout the year as well as laser light shows throughout the month of July. For more information on the laser light shows please visit http://hurstplanetarium.org/programs/laser.html. 

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Potter Center at Jackson College

(888) 522-7344
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2111 Emmons Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

Potter Center at Jackson College More than 150 cultural events are showcased annually in the Potter Center, including Broadway productions, national and international touring shows, local community groups, in-school productions and visiting performers. The Potter Center... » More Information

Meeting Facility Features
  • On-site Catering Available
  • AV Equipment Available
  • Air Conditioned
  • Alcohol License Available
  • Alcohol Permitted
  • Alcohol or Bar Tending Services Available On-Site
  • WiFi Available
  • Internet Available
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 1549
Potter Center at Jackson College

More than 150 cultural events are showcased annually in the Potter Center, including Broadway productions, national and international touring shows, local community groups, in-school productions and visiting performers. The Potter Center houses three theaters: Ruth M. Day Theatre, Michael Baughman Theater and the Harold V. Sheffer Music Hall. The campus complex has enjoyed national attention after more than 30 years of welcoming familiar stars and outstanding productions to the campus. A great public outdoor sculpture, Victory Reconstructed, can be seen from the top floors of the building.

The Hugh Federer Rooms

The Federer Rooms are a complex of seminar & meeting rooms that are centrally located on the first floor of Potter Center. These rooms provide ideal facilities for the accommodation of meetings, seminars, luncheons, films, etc. Food arrangements are made through Continental Services Catering at 517.783.1521. For more information on the Federer Rooms, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at 517.796.8473.

Michael Baughman Theatre

The Baughman Theatre seats a total of 403 persons, including 10 wheelchair spaces. 

Harold Sheffer Music Hall

This spacious grand concert hall/theatre seats 1,549 patrons, including 20 wheelchair patrons. 

Ruth Day Theatre

 The Ruth M. Day Theatre is a multiple form, experimental theatre. By incorporating fixed seating on eight movable units, the theatre can be fashioned into four standard staging configurations: Arena, Thrust, Center Aisle and Proscenium. The seating capacity of Day Theatre varies but generally seats 104 to 184 persons.


Robert Snyder Dining Room

Located on the first floor of Potter Center is the Robert Snyder Dining Room which can comfortably accommodate 200-250 person. Recently renovated, this is an excellent facility for wedding receptions, banquets and other special events. Food service arrangements are made through the catering service on campus, Continental Services. They offer a complete line of menus ranging from hors d'oeuvre receptions to buffets to sit-down dinners. Managers may be reached at 517.783.1521 or by e-mail at JCC_FoodServices@jccmi.edu. Reservations can be made up to a year in advance. For more information on the Dining Room, please contact the Cultural Affairs Office at 517.796.8473.

Victory Reconstructed, by Richard Hunt, corten steel, 1995, Jackson College

Victory Reconstructed, much like Summer Night Tree, is an abstract and non-representational sculpture. Hunt's work is in many important public and private collections across the United States and it has even been included in a temporary exhibition on the lawn of the White House in Washington. Like many of Hunt’s statuary, Victory Reconstruction is based on figures of the ancient Greek goddess of victory, Nike. The sculpture fits nicely into its setting and people are able to see it from several different levels, from the ground as well as from the top floors of the Potter Center.

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St Demetrius Orthodox Church

Call 517-414-3829 for tours | 517-784-0116 Church Office
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3043 Seymour Rd.
Jackson, MI 49201

St Demetrius Orthodox Church St. Demetrius Church, purchased for $1.00 in 1960, was originally built as a one-room schoolhouse.  Today the structure is something altogether different.  Still set in a rural area resonating with... » More Information

Hours

Sunday Service 9:30 am

Groups tours for 12 or more by appointment only.

$15.00 a person

St Demetrius Orthodox Church

St. Demetrius Church, purchased for $1.00 in 1960, was originally built as a one-room schoolhouse.  Today the structure is something altogether different.  Still set in a rural area resonating with the peace of nature, the colorful interior of St. Demetrius contrasts with the more pastoral colors of its surroundings. The interior walls and ceilings are covered with brightly colored paintings called frescos. In addition, individual Icons are held in place by a 33-foot long by 9-foot high hand carved wooden wall of icons called an “Iconostasis.”

Click here to download the 2014 brochure.

Group Tour Information

On this engaging 2 hour tour, experience how our world-renown Iconographer, Niculai Enochi, uses an authentic Byzantine method of painting to adorn an exquisite church – a church equal to any you can see in Europe right here in Jackson!  The Orthodox tradition of Iconography, often called “Windows to Heaven,” originated about 1800 years ago. This Iconography, through its vivid visual depictions, truly brings the stories of the Bible to life.

The artistic, historical and personalized tour is given by Father Dusan, a delightful master of presentation.  

After experiencing the beautiful Icons and their intriguing history, thoroughly enjoy sitting in the beautiful dining area as you drink a cup of coffee with a slice of famous and unforgettably delicious Baklava baked by the Baklava Bakers of the Sisterhood of St. Demetrius Church. 

Please see the St. Demetrius Photo Gallery for sneak peek.

Newly renovated parking lot to accommodate tour buses.

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St. Mary’s Star of the Sea

(517) 784-7184
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120 E. Wesley St.
Jackson, MI 49201

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea In 1880, a second Catholic parish was approved for the city of Jackson. It was to be a Gothic style brick building with the steeple rising 180 feet.  The building sat... » More Information

Hours

Week Day Mass:
12:10 PM
Weekend Masses:
Saturday: 5:30 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM, 
10:00 AM

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea

In 1880, a second Catholic parish was approved for the city of Jackson. It was to be a Gothic style brick building with the steeple rising 180 feet.  The building sat six hundred people, but within 20 years the first church had become inadequate in size and admission cards were issued to parishioners for Mass attendance.

In 1910, plans were announced for a new church, however building plans were delayed by World War I. The basement was ready and used for Midnight Mass on Christmas of 1923, however it was not completed until 1926.

It is constructed of steel framework with an exterior limestone veneer, and is a combination of Byzantine and traditional Romanesque architecture.  The steeple does indeed rise 180 feet.  The southwest corner houses the 2,700 pound bell, cast in 1902 for the parish's original church.  All three towers are capped with copper sheeting, with a gold-leafed metal clad cross on top. The front features three sets of double doors of copper and bronze.  Over the entrance is a figure of Mary and the words "Domus Mea Domus Orationis Est" which translated from the Latin is  "My House is a House of Prayer" (Isaiah 56:7).

All of the stained glass windows, "Stations of the Cross", and mosaic "Our Lady Star of the Sea" were purchased after WWI from Tyrolese Art Glass Company in Innsbruck, Austria.  The windows are said to be the finest in the country. They are listed in the Michigan Stained Glass Census with special emphasis on the "Christ and the Battlefield Window". Today the stained glass would be considered priceless.

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Studio Deeply Art

(517) 783-1151
Website
634 N Mechanic St.
Jackson, MI 49202

Studio Deeply Art Teaching Life Drawing and Yoga, Ave's work centers on the figure as a vehicle to express her enthusiasm about life. Her pieces are emotionally charged, using bold color and... » More Information

Hours

Painting or Drawing the Figure:

Every Tuesday, 11am-2pm

Studio Deeply Art

Teaching Life Drawing and Yoga, Ave's work centers on the figure as a vehicle to express her enthusiasm about life. Her pieces are emotionally charged, using bold color and definitive line. Her sensuous use of paint is direct and textural and she uses the poses of the models she works with to express not only their unique individuality but her passionate energy.
In addition to the paintings, her pastel drawings are some of her freshest and most electrically charged work. Bold and direct, using rich and uexpected color, they capture the essence of the pose in the moment, with all of its deep language. Body Adornments: Ave's pieces are one of a kind, custom designs. She seeks out precious stones and objects that speak to her and creates wearable art that become focal pieces. Expect lots of compliments. 

Painting or Drawing the Figure:
Tuesdays, 11am-2pm
Draw or paint from the live model in Ave's beautiful well lit space.
Bring your materials and lunch if you like, $15, students are $10.

Registration call (517) 783-1151 or email deeplyart@aol.com

For yoga class schedule go to:  www.yogastudiodeeplyart.com

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Summer Night Tree by Louise Nevelson

Corner of Francis St. and Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Louise Nevelson created many outdoor scultpures late in her life and is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th-Century American Scuplture. Summer Night Tree is a 3... » More Information

Louise Nevelson created many outdoor scultpures late in her life and is considered to be one of the most important figures in 20th-Century American Scuplture. Summer Night Tree is a 30-foot tall Cor-Ten steel compilation of geometric forms. Nevelson created the artwork specifically for this site and considered the combination of square and art to be "a marriage that's going to work". This abstract public sculpture was not met with unanimous popular approval when installed in 1978. Even to this day, with the demolition of the defunct Riverwalk Plaza Hotel, there has been talk of moving the sculpture, but still it stands in Downtown Jackson.

Summer Night Tree, by Louise Nevelson, painted Cor-Ten steel, 1978

Abstract and non-representational art may have been commonly installed in public places across the United States by 1978. Still Nevelson's Summer Night Tree was met with opposition when it arrived in Michigan. Letters to the Jackson Citizen-Patriot derided the appearance of the tall, dark artwork so prominently placed in an important urban plaza. Writers objected to the size, shape, and color of the sculpture, as well as to its abstract style. Some citizens complained about the $152,000 price tag, although $50,000 was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The remaining money was raised in Jackson through private contributions, and those who helped finance the sculpture certainly celebrated the dedication of this fine abstract sculpture by the renowned artist.

Summer Night Tree is not the first monumental public work by Nevelson, an accomplished artist since the 1950s. However, it is her first public sculpture in the Mid-West and the first of two installed in Michigan. The second, Triology, was installed in Southfield, Michigan the same year. Once commissioned to make a sculpture for Jackson, Nevelson visited the site to develop her concept. She then returned to her New York City studio for a year-long effort to realize her design. The piece was designed specifically for the site at One Jackson Square and Nevelson was very pleased with the installation.

However in 1988 Nevelson had died, the Inn on Jackson Square closed and Summer Night Tree began to fade away on a largely unused plaza. In January 1993, Jackson Community College suggested that the sculpture be refurbished and moved to campus. Public debate finally it was agreed that the sculpture should stay in its intended location and a local painting company, Tingley Bros. Painting, Inc. painted Summer Night Tree for free. However it is only a matter of years that it will need to be painted again. 

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The Fourth Wall

(517) 292-4365
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809 Greenwood Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

The Fourth Wall The Fourth Wall is a multifaceted arts and entertainment venue. Providing a venue to relax and enjoy musical and theatrical arts - from Cabaret to Comedy, Poetry Slams to Acoustic... » More Information

Hours

See website for dates and times.

The Fourth Wall

The Fourth Wall is a multifaceted arts and entertainment venue. Providing a venue to relax and enjoy musical and theatrical arts - from Cabaret to Comedy, Poetry Slams to Acoustic Jam Sessions. 

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The Jackson Michigan Chorale

517-782-2967
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P.O. Box 431
Jackson, MI 49201

The Jackson Chorale, in Jackson, Michigan, performs major chorale works in a broad range of musical styles from the standard choral repertoire. The Jackson Michigan Chorale is celebrating it'... » More Information

The Jackson Chorale, in Jackson, Michigan, performs major chorale works in a broad range of musical styles from the standard choral repertoire. The Jackson Michigan Chorale is celebrating it's 58th season! The Chorale made its official debut on March 9, 1955 in an appearance with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. However the roots of the Chorale go back over 100 years as many vocal music groups formed and dissolved over the years. A newspaper article in 1911 mentions the fine singing of The Jackson Choral Society upon the occasion of a visit from President Taft. The Chorale frequently performs with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, as well as separately singing a range of music from cabaret to classical chorale repitoire.

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The Laugh Company at the Jackson Comedy Club

(517) 917-1282
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212 N. Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201

The Laugh Company at the Jackson Comedy Club Comedy in the style of IMPROV! What is improv anyway? FUNNY you should ask!  Improv is a style of theatre in which the actors use improvisational acting techniques to... » More Information

The Laugh Company at the Jackson Comedy Club

Comedy in the style of IMPROV!
What is improv anyway?
FUNNY you should ask!  Improv is a style of theatre in which the actors use improvisational acting techniques to perform spontaneously.  Improv typically uses audience suggestions to guide the performance as they create the dialog, setting, and plot.
The best way of understanding this is, ""Life is an improv"" - Timm Richardson
Most people are familiar with improv from the popular television show, ""Who's Line is it Anyway?"" 
The cast: Alex Soper (Troupe Manager), Timm Richardson, Vannessa Williams, Adam Woolsey, Dan Vainner, and Beth Schwab.

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The Mann House

(517) 524-8943
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205 Hanover St.
Concord, MI 49237

The Mann House The Mann House is an excellent example of typical middle-class domestic architecture of the early 1880s. Built in 1883, the Mann House is now a museum operated by the Michigan Historical... » More Information

Hours

Memorial Day to Labor Day

Thursday through Sunday

10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Mann House

The Mann House is an excellent example of typical middle-class domestic architecture of the early 1880s. Built in 1883, the Mann House is now a museum operated by the Michigan Historical Center. It is furnished with the 19th century heirlooms of the Mann family including the family's sleigh, buggy, and many household implements. Caretakers recreate holiday celebrations by decorating and arranging the museum as it would have been seen during those times. A marbleized slate fireplace, peculiar catch-release doorknobs, and eight rooms of period furniture adorn the two-story house. Admission to Mann House is free.

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Tompkins Stewart Farm Museum

517-569-2535
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10138 N. Tompkins Rd.
Tompkins Center, MI 49277

Tompkins Stewart Farm Museum Sheridan Stewart, born on his family’s Centennial Farm in Tompkins Township on November 7, 1917, described himself as, “a farmer and an investor”. In his final years... » More Information

Hours

Museum Shown for groups by appointment through winter months.
Museum is open the 4th Saturday of each month except January & February
Contact Nancy Seydell, Curator    (517) 569-2535

Tompkins Stewart Farm Museum

Sheridan Stewart, born on his family’s Centennial Farm in Tompkins Township on November 7, 1917, described himself as, “a farmer and an investor”.
In his final years he made the decision to leave his 175-acre family Centennial Farm to the Township of Tompkins to be used for a new town hall, fire station, recreational facilities and a township museum. This 175-acre Centennial Farm is said to be the largest acreage ever donated to any township in the State of Michigan.
Today the Tompkins Historical Society has restored the family home into a museum open to the public for tours and special events, including the annual Tompkins Freedom Festival and Steam Engine Show every September. Improvements continue on the property to restore buildings, develop nature trails and recently the addition of a pavilion and schoolhouse. If you haven't seen it yet, stop by and check out the 1838, one room log cabin located on the farm property.

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Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum

(517) 596-2254
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13493 Waterloo Munith Road
Grass Lake, MI 49240

Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum These museums offer a vivid look into 19th century pioneer life. Costumed tour guides take visitors through a 10-room farmhouse built by a German immigrant and seven additional outbuildings. Then... » More Information

Hours

Open: the Friday after Memorial Day to Labor Day Weekend.  1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Friday, Sat. and Sunday

Both the Dewey School & Farm Museum are open by appointment and for special events.

Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum

These museums offer a vivid look into 19th century pioneer life. Costumed tour guides take visitors through a 10-room farmhouse built by a German immigrant and seven additional outbuildings. Then groups are encouraged to continue their visit at the Dewey School Museum where pupils will experience a typical school day in the mid-1800s. 

The Waterloo Farm Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Siebold Farm/Ruehle (Realy) farm since 1973, is a complex of farm buildings nestled in the curve of a scenic rural road. Highlights include a farmhouse built in 1850s, a rare restored wooden Perkins windmill, a log house with stone fireplace, a woodworking and blacksmith's workshop with working forge, the granary which now serves as a gift shop, and many other buildings that supported 1880s farm life. 

The Dewey School Museum, located three miles north of the Farm, is a one-room schoolhouse that was built in the mid-1800s and held classes until 1956. At Dewey, the schoolmarm teaches her pupils (the visitors) about a one-room schoolhouse and guides them through a typical day.

The Waterloo Farm Museum and Dewey School Museum are run by the Waterloo Area Historical Society. The mission of the WAHA is to foster an understanding and appreciation in children and adults of the pioneer farmers of Michigan, their family life and their children's schooling. The WAHS was formed in 1962 to acquire and restore the Realy Family Farm as a tribute to Michigan's pioneer farmers.

Group Tour Information

For more group tour information click here. Waterloo Farm Museum provides guided tours of the ten-room farmhouse, log cabin, barns, blacksmith and woodworking workshop, bake house, ice house, milk cellar and windmill. These tours are lead by knowledgeable guides in period dress and are usually combined with the Dewey School museum visit lasting between 3 to 3.5 hours. The gift shop will also be open at this time as well, to browse and purchase books, crafts, toys, collectables and clothing. Please call for group pricing.

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Withington Park

(517) 788-4040
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410 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson, MI 49201

Withington Park The park features the sculpture Defense of the Flag or Jackson County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, an original Lorado Taft sculpture made of bronze and granite, surrounded by a beautiful... » More Information

Park Features
  • Flower Garden
  • Benches
Withington Park

The park features the sculpture Defense of the Flag or Jackson County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, an original Lorado Taft sculpture made of bronze and granite, surrounded by a beautiful flower garden and benches to rest from downtown shopping to enjoy it. The  memorial to the 3,282 men of the First and Seventeenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry regiments was erected by their commander, Gen. William H. Withington. Jackson holds the honor of mustering the first volunteer regiment of Civil War soldiers in the state, although it is not the first Civil War Memorial, it is one of the finest. It is unique in the fact that rather than organize a public fundraising drive as most did, Withington funded the memorial out of his own pocket. Although the monument bears a date of May 30, 1903, production problems delayed its dedication until June 14, 1904, by which time General Withington had died. Lorado Taft was a famous sculptor of the day and taught at the Art Institute of Chicago.

For more information on the public sculpture of Jackson visit the Ella Sharp Museum at http://www.ellasharp.org/our-outdoor-sculpture.html . Photo Courtesy of the Jackson District Library Archives. 

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Woodland Cemetery

(517) 788-4078
Website
2615 Francis St.
Jackson, MI 49203

Woodland Cemetery Though it may not be the oldest cemetery in the city, it does contain the oldest historical burials. When the City of Jackson was first founded in 1829, the original cemetery... » More Information

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 10am - 3pm
Closed Wednesday   
In the event of a Monday Holiday, the office will be open that Wednesday from 10am - 3pm

Woodland Cemetery

Though it may not be the oldest cemetery in the city, it does contain the oldest historical burials. When the City of Jackson was first founded in 1829, the original cemetery was located on East Michigan Avenue. As our city expanded eastward, the need to properly honor its pioneers conflicted with the growing city landscape. Therefore, in 1890, a 25-acre plot of land was purchased from local landowner, James C. Wood, with the purpose of becoming Woodland Cemetery. The remains of Jackson’s pioneers were disinterred, and reinterred, into the newly designated cemetery.

There are several unique and notable burials here but none as notable as William A. Foote, local entrepreneur. Foote, an Adrian native, founded Jackson Electric Light Works, which evolved into Consumers Energy. He was a robust man who died suddenly of a heart attack at age sixty. His wife founded Jackson's Foote Memorial Hospital in his memory. She also presumably made arrangements for the memorial sculpture in Woodland Cemetery.

William A. Foote Memorial, by Lorado Taft, bronze and granite, 1923

The William A. Foote Memorial is a three dimensional free-standing bronze figure positioned in front of a tall stone slab. Lorado Taft, also the sculptor of Defense of the Flag or Jackson County Soldiers and Sailors Monument, created a grand and eloquent memorial for William Foote. The simple form of the polished black granite slab frames the allegorical figure majestically. The big-boned woman leans forward, holding a scroll of papers across her lap and a pen or stylus in her right hand. She seems lost in thought, perhaps remembering William Foote as she writes of his deeds in her scroll. A small replica of this statue was placed at Taft's own gravestone, in Elmwood, Illinois, entitled "Memory", perhaps because the original was a favorite of Taft's wife. 

See more information about outdoor sculpture in Jackson at http://www.ellasharp.org/our-outdoor-sculpture.html

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Ye Ole Carriage Shop

(517) 750-4300
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3538 Henderson Rd.
Spring Arbor, MI 49283

Ye Ole Carriage Shop At the Ye Ole Carriage Shop there are 60 autos on display with the oldest being a 1902 JAXON. Over 16 of these autos were manufactured in Jackson, Michigan and 5 are the only... » More Information

Hours

Gudied group tours are by appointment only.

Meeting Facility Features
  • Air Conditioned
  • Multiple Rooms or Facilities
Event Capacity
  • 105
Ye Ole Carriage Shop

At the Ye Ole Carriage Shop there are 60 autos on display with the oldest being a 1902 JAXON. Over 16 of these autos were manufactured in Jackson, Michigan and 5 are the only ones in existence today.  Groups will be delighted by the large display of Sparton Radios and Sparton Horns, built in Jackson from 1910 thru the 1950’s along with hundreds of signs featuring advertisements for over the last 100 years. Groups are also invited to tour the toy museum, Coke Cola Soda Bar with hundreds of Coke memorabilia on display and an airplane exhibit featuring 160 model planes from the world wars.

Group Tour Information

Groups are encouraged to schedule visits to the Ye Ole Carriage Shop at least one month in advance. The facility can seat up to 65 people in the front hall and roughly 40 in the Coca-Cola room. Groups should expect to spend 1.5 to 2 hours on site. 

Check out the Experience Jackson Photo Gallery for a sneak peak. 

 

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