Albion Michigan Community Calendar of Events
Albion E-Calendar
Date Range:
Event: Homer Historical Society Fall Festival
Date: Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM − 4:30 PM
Organization: Homer Historical Society
Location: Blair Historical Farm
26645 M-60 East
Homer, MI
Phone: none
Cost: free admission and parking
Contact: Donna Scudder
Phone: 517-568-3920
Click Here to Email
Description: Homer Historical Society
elects officers, changes
meeting day, and plans Fall
Festival and car show

The Homer Historical
Society took care of a lot
of business at its April 26
annual meeting. Topics
ranged from meeting dates,
and election of officers to
asking the public for
photographs of old barns.

Changing the day of
the organization’s monthly
meetings from the last
Wednesday night to the last
Thursday night was one of
the important items. This
move accommodates board
members’ schedules and
establishes a consistent day

Wednesdays were selected
for board meetings when the
Historical Society was
formed in 1974. Meetings
were held at Blair
Historical Farm and in
private homes. However, for
the last few years, the
Homer Public Library, which
is open on Thursday nights,
has been used during winter
months. All monthly
meetings will now be on the
last Thursday of the month
at 7 p.m., but the location
will continue to depend on
the weather and the
library’s availability.

Newly elected officers
which, according to the
organization’s bylaws are
elected at the annual
meeting, include Bruce
Miller, president; Dee Camp,
vice president; Donna
Scudder, secretary; and Sue
Woodliff, treasurer. They
will serve until the next
annual meeting in 2019.

Trustees serve staggered
three-year terms. Mary Berry
and Janice Boden will serve
from 2018 to 2021. Trustees
continuing their previously
elected terms include
Isabell Nazar and Lynda
Dunn, 2017 to 2020; and
Micki Miller and Linda
Wilbur, 2016 to 2019. Clem
Camp remains on the board as
the most recent past
president not serving in
another elected capacity.

The Homer Historical Society
Fall Festival has been the
organization’s major event
drawing visitors from miles
around since it began in
1976. Planning goes on all
year for activities and
displays to showcase local
history and pioneer farm
life. This year’s Fall
Festival at Blair Historical
Farm will be Saturday,
September 22, and historic
barns will be the featured

Old wooden barns generate a
sense of tradition and rural
life, and they were
essential to farm life when
Albert Blair built his farm
house in 1875 east of Homer
on the road we now call M-
60. As young women in the
early 1900s his daughters,
Maude and Bess Blair, had a
thriving silkworm industry
in an upstairs bedroom of
the farm house in order to
make enough money build
their barn in 1910.

There are many types of old
barns: Dutch barns built by
early settlers from New York
state westward, crib barns
significant to American
agriculture, round barns
built by the Shakers, and
the list goes on. Many of
the oldest barns have
already fallen apart, and
others have deteriorated as
they are no longer needed.
The Historical Society is
working hard to gather as
many photographs as possible
of old barn types in this
part of the state so the
pictures and the stories
that go with them can be
shared now and in the

Anyone with one or several
barn photographs they would
like to loan for the Fall
Festival is asked to contact
Donna Scudder by email at or call
her at 517-568-3920.
Information about the barns
is also appreciated. Facts
such as barn style, age,
construction, or a family
story related to the barn
would also be useful for the

Plans are also well
underway, and potential
sponsors are being
contacted, for the Homer
Historical Society’s vintage
car and truck show at the
Blair Farm Sunday, July 22.
Vehicle registration will be
from 9 a.m. to noon. Goodie
bags will be given to the
first 50 entrants, and dash
plaques to the first 100.
Awards will be presented at
3 p.m. There is no admission
fee for spectators.


Categories: Festivals
Albion Character
Copyright © 2002-2019 by The Albion E-Company, LLC. All rights reserved. This information may not be reproduced or republished without written permission.