Since 1979, the Castle Building has been preserved by the Historical Society of Saginaw County and is home to the award-winning Castle Museum of Saginaw County History. Within its walls, you will discover a celebration of the diversity and richness of the community’s heritage through dynamic exhibits and programs.
Morley Brothers Holiday Windows
The public image of the retail store was an important cornerstone for Morley Brothers. The company’s store was located on North Washington Avenue, one of Saginaw’s main thoroughfares. Designed by the prestigious Chicago architectural firm of Burnham and Root, its expanse of display windows featured innovative and imaginative displays of merchandise that often spilled out onto the sidewalks.
“The conception of the work which herein laid before the reader, was that of a souvenir that might fittingly serve as a memento in connection with the Semi-Centennial Anniversary of Saginaw as municipality. There have been many histories of Saginaw written in the past, and many souvenirs of the advertising order, but this work aims to bring the development of Saginaw down to date without an attempt to go into detail of her history, or to cumber the work with mere advertising except that it should have some permanent value in setting forth the advantages of the city for business and as a place of residence.”
Publisher’s Preface Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.A., 1857 – 1907; Semi-Centennial Souvenir
Quality Homes and Adams Boulevard
"The pathway to Happiness leads to the Front Door of Your Own Home." Quality Homes was printed in the late 1920s and includes photographs and descriptions documenting several local homes.
A VISIT TO JACOBSON'S
The Jacobson’s company opened a branch in downtown Saginaw in 1944. Eleven years later, the retailer opened a new store in Saginaw on the southwest corner of South Jefferson and Federal Avenues. Advertised as the largest and most modern in the chain, it thrived for decades.
GOODRIDGE BROTHERS' ART SOUVENIR OF SAGINAW, MICHIGAN, USA
Notable photographers, the Goodridge Brothers, published Goodridges' Art Souvenir of Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.A. a photographic snapshot of the city in 1902.
PIANO MANUFACTURING IN SAGINAW
Piano manufacturing was never a dominant industry in Saginaw; however, it provided an important link between Saginaw’s success as a supplier of lumber and its reinvention as an automotive manufacturing center.
SAGINAW WOMAN'S CLUB
Saginaw has a rich history of ornamental gardening. However, gardens are ever-changing and transitive. Without constant care they soon vanish. More than 25 Saginaw gardens are featured in this album.