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The Hamburg Historical Museum is operated by the Hamburg Historical Society.

Download the September 2016 Newsletter (pdf).

The President's Column

More Words from
Wayne Burkhardt, President
Hamburg Historical Society

A CHALLENGE By the Hamburg Historical Museum

We are seeking the person who can tell us what "life lesson" hides within the poem "I Want To Fly."

The Rules: The complete answer must be descrbed in one well constructed sentence. The winner will be rewarded for their brevity and clarity. The entry which most closely mimics the author's answer will be judged the winner.

The Challenge Period: From now through the month of November 2016.

The Prize: One Grand Prize. And Prizes for 2nd and 3rd Places (unspecified at this time).

At this time answers may be sent by e-mail to, or, or bu US mail to: Wayne Burkhardt, 3001 Crystal Dr., Pinckney, MI 48169.

Hamburg Historical Musuem Re-Opened Saturday, September 24, 2016

The roof is fixed - it fact, it has been replaced and major changes have been done in the interior galleries. There are still many things to do, but we hope you will stop in soon.

Hours will continue after Saturday:

  • Mondays - 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays - 4 - 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

--Wayne Burkhardt

Volunteers Needed

Have a few hours here and there to work on various projects at the Museum?

We need your help to keep things running smoothly. Jobs available include accessioning new items, updating archive records and photos, research, docents and always, dusting. Also, we need a train enthusiast to landscape the 1920 Hamburg HO train layout. Work time is during regular Museum hours. Let us know if you are interested. Call 810-986-0190 or drop in during regular hours. Thank you for considering becoming a volunteer.

Raise The Roof On The Hamburg Historical Museum

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!   Words alone cannot express the thanks owed to those of you who have made thef our Raise The Roof campaign successful!!

Joyce Terry in Honor of Vicki & Steve Davis
Donna Cook
Alpine Florist
Marshall's Hair
Dragon Court
Smart Auto Repair
Zukey Lake Tavern
Borek Jennings Funeral Home
Jump In – J. Kilburn
Robert Sasuda
Golden Car Show
Don & Yvonne Strange
Wallyne Smail
Pat Hughes
Janet Winkelhaus Rae
Jeff & MaryBeth Miller
Hughes & Jeffries
John F. Hipple
Carl & Susan Argiroff
Donald & Marlene Rand
Ronald Kubeck
Charles & Petra Sherwood
Kurt Stenzel
Billie Saunders
Margaret Jorgensen
John & Louann Bishopp
Charlene Pershing
Ellen & Dottie Babas
Shannon Koenig
Pam Rice
Sean Heiney
Albrecht Otte
Laureen Mohn
Joan Lindsay
Jackie Bohn
Kay Ann Dunlavy
All American Afternoon
Alan Mitchell
Janis Ellerholz
Lee Demond
Nick Protor
Karen Stanlye
Lyle Warner
Branden & Autumn O'Grady
David & Margot Barkerv
Dan & Mary Jane Radloff
Eco Physics, Inc.
Char Venaska
Kent Hall
Martha DeWolf
Hamburg Pub
Joan Sebastian
Peggy Cooper
Trasa Burkhardt
Constance DelBusso
Stephen & Marilyn Harrington
Brian, Carrie & Lillian Schulz
John & Vicki Leighton
Jim Bell
J.R. Atiyeh
Al Davis
Cheryl Hartland
Don Demarc
Mike Jones
John McDowell
Ed & Cathy Colone
Bob & Barbara Nagy
Mary & Irma Pedersen
Mark Swanson
Chip & Linda Shultes
Diana Musser
Ann Nabb
Ken & Alice Winkelman
Benefit Garage Sale
Dave Williams

Susan Zucal
Linda Gordon
Darla Miller
Crystal Lewinski
Jeff & Mary Beth Miller
Cheryl Clark
Alice Morse


For online donations, visit

Basement Treasures Area

Items are added almost on a daily basis, so make it a point to come in and browse for those "I can't live without' items.

Lots of items at your price.  Cleaning closets and drawers?  We are always looking for new treasurers to put in our resale shop.   Your donations are tax-deductible.

Gift Shop

Looking for that unique gift that doesn't cost much? Check out the Museum Gift Shop.  We have a variety of wonderful gift items for you and those on your list.

All items are reasonably priced and would be an added attraction to your home!

Model Train Area/Models

The Village of Pinckney (ca. 1910) Display is now ready for viewing on the township display in the Train Gallery.

Upcoming Tea Room Events

Click here for the Tea Room News.

If you think of other things that would encourage people to visit and enjoy our jewel in the community, please let us know.

Hooked Rugs Display At the Museum

The Hooked Rug display in the history club alcove across from the gift shop is particularly appropriate in an historical museum. Hooked Rugs are the only art or craft that originated on this continent, and it was started by farmers way back in the 1600s – even before the Mayflower arrived. It was started by farmers who were settled on this continent by the British navy. Those very early farmers were charged with the job of creating "naval stores". Naval stores consisted then of turpentine made from the sap of pine trees, very tall, straight and strong trees to replace masts on ships, and flax that was grown, spun, and woven to make linen for the sails on British war ships. The surplus scraps and threads from the sail-making were used to make mats or rugs to make their primitive living conditions more comfortable. The rugs on display are not that old – they were all made in Hamburg by antique shop owner Phyllis Lindblade. They are made in the primitive folk-art style, using wide cut strips of recycled wool that are pulled through linen or burlap fabric.

Burlap came to the United States in about 1850 and rug hooking attained widespread popularity then because burlap sacks could be recycled for backing and worn-out clothing could be hand-cut into strips. Very few of these rugs have survived because burlap deteriorates after decades of intensive use. The rugs you can see in the display are made with wool strips used almost like paint to create a picture – usually of daily life or as a memorial to beloved pets. There is one rug that was hung in the museum building for about a year or so back when the library was still using the building. That rug shows some of Hamburg Village: the antique shop, the business next door, and the church/library/museum building.

Part of the display was donated by Harriet Ecklund. She acquired a collection of tools and information about a way to punch rugs that was popular in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Check out the stamps on the envelope that held everything on the table – the cost of postage has risen a little since then.