Organized in 1873, the Michigan State Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry held its first annual meeting in January 1874 at Allen's Hall which once stood on this site. The Michigan Grange grew rapidly with over six hundred "subordinate granges" by 1876. Dedicated "to educating and elevating the American farmer," these local units promoted rural concerns including rural free delivery mail and pure food laws. The State Grange supported Michigan Agricultural College, now Michigan State University,
and its creation of agricultural extension services. Many Grange leaders played important roles in state politics including Cyrus G. Luce, whow eas elected Michigan Grange Master in 1880 and Michigan's governor in 1886.