From the earliest settlements at Sault Ste. Marie and Detroit, our state was garrisoned by troops from France, England, and even Spain. Forts were built, ships sailed the Great Lakes and battles were fought. Later on, the call to preserve the union was answered, then General Custer, with roots in Monroe, set off to fight in the Indian Wars. All of the Michigan National Guard was called upon to serve in the Spanish-American War, then more Forts as WWI-WWII approached. We became the “arsenal of democracy” producing more then 1/3 of all war material in WWII. This was followed by Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Desert Storm, OEF/OIF and throughout, the Cold War.
Our mission is to tell the stories of our State's service members through interpretive displays of artifacts, pictures, and written and oral histories. Michigan currently has two aviation museums, and a museum dedicated to Medal of Honor Recipients and Astronauts, but nothing for the average service member who sacrificed and endured so much for our freedoms. We will be that institution.
We chose Grass Lake as it housed more than 1000 German prisoners in WWII at Camp Waterloo. It is centrally located on the I-94 Chicago-Detroit corridor which in and of itself began as a military highway connecting Willow Run with Detroit in WWII. Michigan, as one of the new world’s oldest settlements, has a vast history, the stories are extraordinary, and sacrifices innumerable. Please take time to visit and support this effort so that those deeds will not go forgotten.
On November 4, 2016, our new museum was opened with a community preview. We now are open for visitors weekly on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 5:00. Our location at 153 N. Union Street is convenient for all coming into the Village of Grass Lake from exit 150 on I-94. Coming south on Mt. Hope Road, you will see the new museum at the first drive on the left (east) after crossing the railroad tracks. We look forward to welcoming you!
While the Michigan Military Heritage Museum carries some W.Britain figures it does not stock an in-depth range of W.Britain, Hudson & Allen or Art of Don Troiani they are very willing to order anything you need and all profits from these sales helps fund this worthwhile non-profit.