One of Lenawee’s Unique Museums
The Hudson Museum is preserving the history of Hudson and the surrounding area. In 1987 many men and women worked for weeks and months remodeling the old Thompson Savings Bank and setting up displays. Don Murdock and M&S Mfg. Company donated the building for the benefit of the community. The main room has a large collection of Civil War items and military uniforms from different branches of the service. There are several display cases highlighting church history, beautiful dishes, a nurse-doll collection and one with old time kitchen items. There is a case of musical instruments, a piano, melodeon, organ, record player and 170 year old Seth Thomas clock. A local author’s case features Will Carleton & Ella Flatt Keller. The bicycle hanging from the ceiling was made in the 1890s by the Bean-Chamberlain Mfg. Co. right here in Hudson.The two bank vaults are overflowing with information on Hudson’s history including hundreds of pictures, birth, death and marriage records. The bookstore has 43 saleable items featuring contemporary local authors, prints, stationary & clothing.
The two back rooms exhibit early Hudson manufacturers and downtown businesses. Hudson’s railroad history is shown alongside exhibits featuring city government, police and fire department officials.
On the second floor, the former dental office of Dr. Sam Taylor has been modified to exhibit a period kitchen, dining room and sewing room. Old high school yearbooks and a complete collection of the M&S O-Pinion can be viewed.
Across the hall is a military room containing scale model airplanes, pictures of uniformed soldiers, memorial displays of area Korean and Vietnam war casualties, as well as file cabinets containing wartime newspaper articles cut from the Adrian Daily Telegram or Hudson Post-Gazette about Hudson men or women, while they were in the service.
Hudson’s 1968-1975 football win streak is examined on the second floor thru the use of team pictures, game programs and homecoming queen pictures. The football program gained press coverage on the national T.V. news and within Sports Illustrated magazine. Other sports are featured including the state championship wrestling teams are highlighted.
Hudson has an outstanding relationship with the Boy Scouts of America with the creation of Troop 2 dating back to 1919. The Boy Scout and Girl Scout exhibit contains scout patches, merit badges and uniforms. The most revealing items are the scrapbooks collected by scouts or their parents. Of pictorial interest is Governor G. Mennen Williams visit to Hudson to dedicate the Boy Scout cabin, which still stands.
The entire museum collection has been donated by current or former residents of Hudson and its surrounding communities. Their thoughtfulness and generosity in sharing their personal or family keepsakes, so that future generations can see, feel and understand the past is the ultimate act of citizenship.