Oshtemo Historical Society

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Society Officers

President: Millard Loy
Vice President: Kenn Livingston

Recording Secretary: Kathy Falor
Treasurer: Starr Waldron

Trustees: Cindy Bushouse
Bill Slack

David Bushouse

Web Master: Ilah Henderson

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The Oshtemo Historical Society was formed by citizens in 2004 for the purpose of obtaining, researching, preserving and disseminating materials related to the history of Oshtemo Township. It supports, encourages and provides historical information for all.

A major project is assisting Oshtemo Township in the restoration of the heritage home of one of Oshtemo's first settlers, Benjamin and Maria Drake. The Drake house is located at 927 North Drake Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

We meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Oshtemo Township Hall. This meeting usually consists of an entertaining and educational program, refreshments, a social time and a business meeting, . Visitors are always welcome at these free meetings and membership is open to everyone for a very small fee. Oshtemo Township is located within Kalamazoo County in the state of Michigan. The Township office is located at 7275 West Main Street, Kalamazoo Michigan.



We have some donated photos that reflect the history of Oshtemo. We are able to scan them for those who do not want to give originals. Share your memories and have them recorded for the future by contacting us.

open house at the Drake Farmstead

Great things are happening at this National and Michigan Historical Site.


In summer, the long tree shaded entrance often has pleasant surprises
In winter, the true elegance of the B Drake
home appears
All seasons, bay windows and Victorian columns grace the 15 room house
Stately and proud, the 1852 home reflects Oshtemo's history and importance


"The more you know about the past the more prepared you are for the future”
Theodore Roosevelt


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