Oshtemo Historical Society

Opportunities to Become Involved--

This society is a non-profit group.

contributions are tax deductible












E Mail Contact
or: oshtemohs@mail.com


This ink bottle was used in Findley School,
donated by Thelma Buckham


The Oshtemo Historical Society presents many opportunities for involvement. Members are encouraged to be actively involved in the areas in which they have the most interest. There is no end to the variety of needs and wants the group has - at least one is just for you. If you can give an hour, a day or unlimited time, we need you and we want your participation. If you have an interest in Oshtemo, in history, in old houses and or in volunteering - contact us. We have phones and e mails making us easy to reach. E Mail Contact

Check the listed committees; is there one that you have a special interest in? Perhaps there is a subject you would like to learn about? That opportunity is here for you along with the chance to make a difference to the community. Copy the registration form, then mail it or bring it to a meeting to join us.



Membership Registration Form
Note: Dues are paid annually January 1 to January 1.

Please Print:


Last Name:__________________________________________

First Name: _________________________________________



Telephone: Home: ______________ Cell/Work: ____________

Please mark which committees that may interest you:

Drake Homestead Maintenance Drake Homestead Museum __
Programs __
Restoration (Development) of Drake House __
Fund- Raising/ Grants __
Library/Archives __
Publicity __
Membership __
Nominations ___

I am not sure. I would like more information___

I would like to make a one time donation of __________


Dues are: $15.00 single person - $20.00 family - $50.00 patron

If interested in joining us, please make out a check for the appropriate amount, payable to "THE OSHTEMO HISTORICAL SOCIETY."

All checks should be mailed to Starr Waldron, 4172 Wolf Drive, Kalamazoo Michigan, 49009.


We are searching for papers, data, photos and stories about Oshtemo-we can scan them so the owners can share them for posterity without giving them up. The Drake house is a special interest for us, but we are interested in all Oshtemo data. Sometimes, we forget, last year is history today - so some items do not have to be vintage to be needed. We have pictures and papers of some early settlers, schools and churches. We are in search of others. This is a special way you can help--allow us access to your family photos and papers. If you know where we can locate some of these items please share that information.

Once a month we offer an educational program free of charge for the community as well as for members. We welcome suggestions on subject matter. Perhaps you have a program or know of one. This is a service to others from us--so your attendance is desired and you will witness a dynamic program. See the program page for a sampling. Simple refreshments are served at this time, donations of cookies and juices are welcome.

Oshtemo family histories are taken orally and written. We are interested in where and how early settlers lived. We are interested in businesses that are and have been in the community. We have an interest in about everything Oshtemo. Share your stories with us.

We are in the process of restoring the historic Benjamin and Maria
Drake home. Skilled and unskilled workers are needed for this job.
We do everything from cleaning, painting and lawn care - homeowners work. We do it in groups. We actually have fun doing the work.


"Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead

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