• To see more historic photos of Ionia, CLICK HERE to visit our Flickr albums!

The Ionia County Historical Society was formed in 1974 with the primary purpose of purchasing, restoring, and preserving the John C. Blanchard House, but the charter for the organization also included the broader mission to preserve artifacts and documents that represented the general history of the wider community. Today the organization is dedicated to sharing Ionia’s fascinating heritage with the general public, not only through the Victorian splendor of the Blanchard House, but also through our Museum (presently located within the Blanchard House), through programs for the general public, special presentations for schools and other organizations, plus souvenirs and publications that showcase Ionia’s unique stories.

Thank you for your interest!

Become a Member of the Ionia County Historical Society

Simply download our Membership Form by clicking HERE (a PDF file) and send it via the US Post Office as described on the form with your yearly dues payment.

In addition to supporting the programs and mission of the Historical Society, your Membership includes…

  • Our (almost) Monthly Newsletter
  • Voting rights at the Annual Meeting
  • Discounts on many ICHS Activities
  • Discounts on Gift Shop Items
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