Oshtemo Historical Society

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Society Officers

President: Kenn Livingston
Vice President:

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.








Support us by being a part of the capital campaign for the Drake Farmstead Park. You have the opportunity to be a part of developing a new 26 acre park in Oshtemo Township. OHS partnered with Oshtemo Township to restore a Victorian treasure, the Benjamin and Maria Drake Home in 2004. Now, in 2017 --to our great delight, it is planned to be a 26 acre park for every one of all ages to enjoy.
Exterior work on the new park is already being done. We are limited on progress until more cash come into the capital campaign fund. To donate or for questions contact: Karen High at the township office or email her: khoshtwp@ oshtemo.org.




We regret to inform you that our President, Millard Loy, lost his battle with cancer on July 7. He will be greatly missed as he was a role model for citizenship and volunteering. His easy going attitude and delightful smile encouraged others. Millard's family needs some help covering the expenses. Send or deliver your donations to the Oshtemo Township Office, 7275 W Main St. Kalamazoo, MI, 49009. Mark envelope with Millard's name, Make checks out to Millard's daughter, Ann Steffler.


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


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