Oshtemo Historical Society

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Society Officers

President: Kenn Livingston
Vice President: David Bushouse

Secretary: Mary Ann Britvec

Recording Secretary: Kathy Falor
Treasurer: Starr Waldron

Trustees:
Barbara Adams
Patricia Babladelis
Bill Slack

 

Web Master: Ilah Henderson


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if link does not work:
oshtemohs@gmail.com

 

 

 

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.

 

We often 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.

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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. This 14-room house was built in 1853 and rebuilt in 1883. The last time it was a family home was in 1999, when Helen Frey lived in it. The house was abandoned at that time until Oshtemo Township Officers rescued it from a plan to destroy it. The Oshtemo Historical Society partners with the township in restoring the home and developing a 26-acre park for public use.

 

We are posting a link for you to see the results of a drone photographer for a birds eye view of the property and home.

 

 

https://external-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.net/safe_image.php?d=AQDu33mg9QgS6mE4&w=111&h=111&url=https%3A%2F%2Fi.ytimg.com%2Fvi%2FkJAUVIA2MjQ%2Fmaxresdefault.jpg&cfs=1&upscale=1&fallback=news_d_placeholder_publisher&_nc_hash=AQDQ26oOOe3L-RCl

 

 

 

 

 

The Hidden, Historic Drake House in Kalamazoo

Drone flyover of the Drake house on Drake road …

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJAUVIA2MjQ

 

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OHS is in the business of collecting, organizing and maintaining information about the township of Oshtemo and its people. Photographs, genealogy, stories, documents, and many other interesting articles are already in their collection and we accept donations regularly. We are a registered charity so donations are tax deductible.

This picture of the Oshtemo railroad depot was donated to us--we appreciate donations and we do scan them, enabling you to keep your treasures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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