All meetings are held at the meeting room in the Oshtemo Township Hall (7275 West Main Street) at 7:00p.m. on the third Thursday of the month unless otherwise specified. They are open to the public, free and all are welcome . Check for changes on this web site: oshtemohistoricalsoviety.org
March 16, Thursday -- Michael Culp will present, “13th Infantry of Michigan—Kazoo's own.” Col. Charles Stuart organized this Civil War Regiment in Kalamazoo with an enrollment of 935 officers and men. These heroic men served under Col. Michael Shoemaker enduring many battles with a 26% loss of manpower. Oshtemo men served in this regiment. Some did not live to return.
April 20, Thursday -- “How the Quilt Block Barn Trail got started in Vicksburg Michigan.” Hugh and Kitch Rinehart are the trail blazers for this collection that consists of 24 plywood quilt patterns on barns and businesses.
May 18, Thursday – Tireless volunteer, Sue Hodapp will present “Wildflowers along the Kal-Haven Trail...and Beyond”. She will share her great knowledge of our area's natural floral display just as it begins to reveal itself and talk about the enemies that threaten.
May 21, Sunday -- 2-4 p.m. An Open House with guided tours of the Benjamin and Maria Drake Farmstead, presented free by volunteers of the Oshtemo Historical Society. This Victorian home is located at 927 North Drake Road, Kalamazoo.
June 15, Thursday -- Lynn McFarlen, professional community outreach coordinator, will present, “The History of the United States Flag.” We celebrate Flag Day on June 14, the day in 1777 that U. S. Congress adopted it. President Truman made it a national day of tribute in 1949. Today, Americans are urged to fly the flag daily throughout that week.
July 20, Thursday -- “Lost on the Lakes: Shipwrecks of Southwest Michigan,” will be presented by Robert Myers, the Assistant Director for Educational Programs and Events for the Historical Society of Michigan. He has authored several books including, “Lost on the Lakes: Shipwrecks of Berrien County” and “Adeline and Julia.”
August 19, Saturday – A free open House will be held at the Drake Farmstead from 2-4. This Victorian home is located at 927 North Drake Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Oshtemo Historical Society volunteers will also host a booth at “Oshtemo Fun Day,” held at Flesher Field. No third Thursday program.
September 24, Sunday -- A special free open house at the Drake Farmstead will be held in conjunction with an open house at the Delano Homestead. Drake home will be open from 2-4. We will have house tours, music by Dave Vici, a recognition ceremony, even opportunity for the children to create art work of their own. Great improvements have been made to the exterior this summer, come and see. No third Thursday program.
October 19, Thursday -- “The Tuskegee Airmen” will be presented by Paul Love. The Tuskegee airmen were the first black servicemen to serve as military aviators in the U.S. armed forces. They flew with distinction during World War II. They were subject to racial discrimination both at home and abroad. This group of heroes earned many accolades and honors for their achievements; they helped pave the way for the integration of the U.S. armed forces in 1948.
November 16, Thursday – “The Enoch Harris Story,” will be presented by his decendent, Angelica Roberts. Harris is known to be the first settler in Genesee Prairie as well as the first black settler in the area. He and his family contributed greatly to the growth of Oshtemo.
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