Greenmead Historical Park
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.
- Where is the Greenmead Office located?
- What are your hours?
- How to contact us.
- How and when can I register for events/programs at Greenmead?
- How do I become a vendor at the Flea Markets?
- How do I get more information on renting a building for an event?
- When are the historic buildings open for tours?
- Can I take photos at Greenmead?
STORIES, SNACKS, AND CRAFTS
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STORiES, SNACKS, AND CRAFTS
Greenmead Historical Park’s History Lecture Series, takes place at the Alexander Blue House and is free to attend. No registration required.
- Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m.
MICHIGAN’S QUEST FOR STATEHOOD
Presented by Roger Rosentreter
Did you know Michigan was admitted to the Union on Jan. 26, 1837? Our path to statehood was slowed by the a skirmish with Ohio known as the Toledo War. Come join us as we hear about the drama that led up to Michigan becoming the 26th state in the Union.
Monday, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m.
FRANCES HARPER INN
Presented by Karren Yurgalite
The Frances Harper Inn was the first rooming house for Black women in Detroit. The inn opened in 1915 and was operated by the Christian Industrial Club. Come learn more about the significance of this place in Detroit and its recent placement on the National Register of Historic Places.
Monday, Mar. 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, Apr. 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 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.