What’s in the Springport History Room?

Retired librarian Jackie Merritt and Linda Griffiths will be joining us to talk about the Springport History Room. If you have something you would like to share or donate please bring it with you!

Call 517-905-1459 to register.

Haunted Jackson

Join us at the Concord Branch to hear stories of haunted Jackson locations, including in the Concord and Hanover areas. Light refreshments will be served.

Presented by: Rusty Jones, Founder and Lead Investigator for the Central Michigan Paranormal Investigations

Railroading in Jackson County

Enjoy a historical look at railroads in Jackson County, from the early 19th century through the modern era. Presented at the Summit Branch by local photographer and author Douglas Leffler.

Call 517-783-4030 to register.

Jackson History Escape Room

Put your knowledge of Jackson’s history to the test to solve puzzles in an escape room experience for older teens and adults at the Carnegie Library.

Session Dates and Times

  • Tuesday, August 29: 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM
  • Wednesday, August 30: 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM
  • Thursday, August 31: 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM

Space is limited to 10 participants per session and registration is required. Contact the Adult Services Department at 517-905-1339 or adultservices@myjdl.com to register for a session.

Discover Jackson History

Join local historian Linda Hass at the Carnegie Library to dig into Jackson history – from its founding, to the prison, to Jackson’s role in the underground railroad, with the first abolition newspaper in Michigan.

Escape of John White at Watkins Lake

Join local historian Laurie Perkins on April 11 at 2 PM at the Brooklyn Branch for a presentation on the creation of new exhibit presented by the Michigan History Center.

About the exhibit: This exhibit at Walker Tavern Historic Site will center on pre-Civil War Lenawee County and feature the lives of Native Peoples and African Americans living around the tavern site. Included in the exhibit will be information on the attempted escape of African American John White from slavery. Visitors will learn how local Jackson County resident Royal Watkins and Lenawee County abolitionist Laura Haviland aided in that escape.

Larry Martin Presents “WWII In Their Own Words”

Honor the anniversary of Pearl Harbor with a special presentation as part of Larry Martin’s “WWII In Their Own Words.”

Larry will be showing an interview with Jackson Native Herb Elfring, who was stationed at Pearl Harbor.

This event will take place December 8 at 6 PM at the Carnegie Library. You can also watch this program via Zoom and Facebook Live. To join on Zoom, click here.

Abe Lincoln: New Birth of Freedom

Join us at the Carnegie Library to see Abe Lincoln give his famous “New Birth of Freedom” speech and learn how to antique your own mad libs version. You’ll also learn about Under the Oaks, the site of an anti-slavery convention held in Jackson in 1854.