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Donate to the PTHS

Your financial contribution helps us further the work of our Society. Donations are tax deductible and may be made in honor or memory of individuals. We are currently building an endowment to further the work of the Society, and please consider moving up to one of our Special Gifting Categories for special donor recognition and benefits.  

To contribute, click the green Join / Donate / Buy a Brick button or the left-menu link. This takes you to our payment page where you may pay online using a secure PayPal donate link or download and print a form to send with your check by mail.

We also greatly appreciate contributions of documents, photographs, books, and realia that help tell the story of Pittsfield Township.

The Pittsfield Township Historical Society is a charitable, tax exempt organization. All contributions to the society are tax deductible under federal and state law.  

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Thank you to our Special Gifting Level donors!

Founder ($100,000+)
 Harold and Mary Wilson

Patentee ($10,000+)
 LaSalle Bank, Pittsfield Office (first Business Patentee)
 C. Edward and Mary Ellen Wall (first Patentee) (in memory of their parents)

Pioneer ($5,000+)
 Estate of Delores Church
 Donald (d) and Betty LeClair (in memory of Arthur and Irene Frey, plus gifts made in their names in honor of their fiftieth wedding anniversary)
 Robert and Ernestine (d) Meenan (first Pioneer)
 James (d) and Helen Richards

Settler ($1,000+)
Avis, Warren (d)
 Bemis, John & Michelle
 Brackenbury, Robert & Mandy Grewal
 Diebold, Margaret (d)
 Dodds, Mr. & Mrs. Greg
 DTE Foundation
 Glass, Richard & Jocelyn (d)
 Hagen, Ray and Sonja
 Harwood, Janice
 Heller, Stephen & Elizabeth Hopp McGuire
 Kettlewell, Douglas & Karen
 Lloyd & Mabel Johnson Foundation
 Margaret Lillie Memorial

 Paas, Al
 Pittsfield Seniors
 Robert Lillie Memorial
 Salvette, John & Emily (in memory of Clayton A. Hopp)
 Sam’s Club
 Scherdt, Brian & Mariann
 Scribner, Edward (d) & Patricia Tupacz
 Sharp, Christopher & Andrea
 Ticknor, Carl
 Wilson, Anita & Thom McCollum
 Woolley, Douglas & Evelyn (d) (in memory of James D. Reader, Sr.)

Resident ($250+)
 Adams, Jerroll & Cynthia
 Atwell Hicks
 Coleman, Lloyd (in memory of Edward Coleman)
 Donegan, Kenneth & Eileen
 Michael Lillie Memorial
 Oak Valley Centre Partnership
 Pittsfield Residents for Better Government
 Pittsfield Union Grange #882
 Reader, Helene (d) & Barbara
 Wells, Martelle
Patron ($125+)
Arrington, Daniel & Kathleen
 Belfy, Leo & Michelle (Argon Repair & Maintenance)
 Briggs, Darwyn & Susie (in memory of his great-grandfather, Van Rensselaer Tyler)

Patron (cont.)
 Carpenter, George
 Cruse, Mary (d)
 Hamel, David M.
 Harshberger, Matt & Amy
 Iverson, Susan
 Janikowski, Charles & Mary
 Karam, Abe & Elaine
 Koch, Don (d) & Marlene Hintz
 Lirones, Mary
 Morris, EA Jackson
 Payeur, Russell & Catherine
 Rundle, Carol & Dave
 Sarns, Richard & Norma
 Sclater, Steve & Debbie
 Thayer, Carl & Shirley
 Tupacz, Theresa & Garrett Morales

Become a Member of the PTHS

Membership in the Pittsfield Township Historical Society is open to any person or organization interested in preserving the past and making it meaningful for current and future generations. PTHS members may vote at member meetings, receive by mail a quarterly newsletter with brief articles on historic topics, and they join a community of engaged volunteers helping to sustain our history for future generations.

Become a member today for as little as $5 per year for students. Other annual membership categories include individual ($15) and family ($25). Dues cover our membership year of October 1 to September 30. Or consider becoming a PTHS Lifetime member for a one-time payment or cumulative donations of $5,000.

To join the PTHS or renew your membership, click the green Join / Donate / Buy a Brick button above or the left-menu link. It will take you to our payment page where you may pay online through our secure PayPal link or download a form to print, complete and mail with your check. 
IMG_1239Thank you for joining us!

Charter members Don and Betty LeClair
 honored at the 2016 Harvest Festival. 
Betty served as the first PTHS President 
from 1998-2013. Don managed restoration
 of the Sutherland-Wilson Farm
 until his death in 2019. 

  1. PTHS Board Members
  2. Member Documents
  3. Lifetime Members
  4. Charter Members

Society Officers and Trustees

President - Elizabeth McGuire Heller: (734) 972-6016, email:
Vice President - Mary Ellen Wall: (734) 434-4074; or email:
Secretary - Jacklyn Morris Shock: email:
Treasurer - Carol Rundle: email:
Historical Commission Liaison - Mary Ellen Wall: (734) 434-4074; or email:
Trustee - Anton Ferguson
Trustee - Sue McDowell
Trustee - Terri Kleinschmidt
Trustee - Theresa Tupacz
Trustee - Anita Wilson

Historian: Mary Ellen Wall

Buy a Commemorative Brick

Commemorative brick in Sutherland-Wilson Barn ramp honoring military service of Kevin Morrs, USN
Commemorative bricks "Pave the Path" on the farm where the Sutherland-Wilson family lived for six generations. Personalized bricks are installed in the LeClair Ramp to the restored 1830s barn and in the access ramp to the farmhouse. The top of the LeClair Ramp is reserved to commemorate military service. 

You may choose 3-line, 6-line, 9-line, or corporate logo size bricks personalized with your name or others you wish to honor or memorialize. Personalized bricks are great gift ideas for friends and family, anniversaries, or other special memories.  

Please order today. Click the green Donate / Join / Buy a Brick button above or left-menu link. You’ll be helping further historic preservation work in our community while preserving your memories. Remember, the Pittsfield Township Historical Society is a 501 (c) 3 organization so your donation is tax-deductible.

Come to an Event

Docent describing the restored dining room of the Sutherland-Wilson farmhouse at Fall Fest 2022The PTHS holds programs featuring guest speakers or visits to historic sites and museums.  Members also provide docent-led tours of the historic Sutherland-Wilson Farm House from 2-5 pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month, May - October. We are proud to participate in Pittsfield Charter Township's annual Harvest Festival in the fall. (This event has been on hold due to the Covid pandemic).

Anyone may attend one of our bimonthly PTHS board meetings or the annual meeting in October, which are normally held at the Sutherland-Wilson Farm at 6:30 pm, 797 W Textile Rd, Ann Arbor 48108.

Our events explore history in fun and informative ways that appeal to all ages. And they're free. Click the blue Upcoming Events button or the left-menu link to see our upcoming events page, and please come join us!



We couldn't do what we do without volunteers! Whether it's doing preservation work on an historic building, cleaning the Sutherland-Wilson farmhouse so it's ready for tours, speaking at one of our programs, tidying up the landscaping in an historic cemetery, filing historical documents for the archives, or serving as a board member, we can put anyone to work! What's your interest? Contact us at to volunteer.