Greenmead Historical Park is a nearly 200-year-old, 95-acre historical park purchased by the City of Livonia in 1976 and operated by the City of Livonia’s Parks and Recreation Department. The park includes the historical Greenmead Farm and its outbuildings, a 13-building historical village, Greenmead Community Garden, Virginia B. Matley Nature Trail, and soccer fields. Special events are hosted on the grounds of the historical village, including weddings.
Join us for a fun afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day-themed stories, snacks, and crafts on a half-day of school 2-3:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Alexander Blue House. This program is best for ages 4-10, but all children in attendance must register in advance$10/child resident, $12/child non-resident.
St. Patrick's Tea
Dress to impress in your shamrock attire and join us 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Alexander Blue House for an Irish-themed tea! We will enjoy an assortment of tea sandwiches, scones, a delightful dessert, and bottomless tea. Irish-themed entertainment and good company are sure to delight all in attendance. Advance registration is required for $35/resident and $40/non-resident.
livonia historical society
The Livonia Historical Society invites you to attend their speaker presentations and meetings in January, March, and May. Speaker sessions are free to attend at the Alexander Blue House but are funded by yearly memberships. For more information, visit LivoniaHistoricalSocietyMI.com.
Monday, March 18 at 2 p.m. THE MACKINAC BRIDGE: CONNECTING TWO PENINSULAS AND ONE PEOPLE Presented by Jim Cameron
Monday, May 20 at 2 p.m. PATRICK GASS TRAVELS WEST WITH LEWIS AND CLARK Presented by Randy Baker
New Volunteer Orientation
Make your mark on the history of Livonia be becoming a Greenmead volunteer! Join us 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Alexander Blue House to learn about our many volunteer opportunities including programs and special events, tours, and maintaining our gardens. Please register in advance so that materials can be prepared for all attendees.
history lecture series
Greenmead Historical Park’s History Lecture Series takes place at the Alexander Blue House and is free to attend. No registration is required.
Monday, March 25 at 2 p.m. DESEGREGATING BOBLO BOATS: THE STORY OF SARAH E. RAY Presented by Aaron Schillinger Many Detroiters fondly remember Boblo Island, yet few remember that the amusement park and its ferries were once segregated. Hear the story of Sarah Elizabeth Ray, who filed a criminal complaint that paved the way for Brown v. Board of Education
Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m. FAMOUS FIRSTS: THE HISTORY OF THE PACKARD PROVING GROUNDS Presented by Roger Luksik The Packard Proving Grounds are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places for a reason – world records were accomplished there. Vintage and current images will be used to share the history of the proving grounds from opening day in June 1928 until its closing in 1956.
Monday, May 6 at 6 p.m. PROHIBITION’S PROVING GROUND Presented by Joseph Boggs In the 1910s, many Toledo-Detroit-Windsor corridor residents were on wheels for the first time, just as a wave of prohibitionist sentiment swept the area. Dry laws soon took effect, and rumrunners fully utilized the area’s robust automobile culture to exploit weaknesses in prohibition legislation and enforcement.