Have you joined a Historical Society?

image of happy people who learn about historic Kalamazoo real estateOne of the best ways to continue to learn about the history of the area and find out more about the Kalamazoo historical homes is to get connected to historical societies. This information is taken from the local organization directory which is maintained by the Kalamazoo Public Library. (Portage’s Historic Commission information was provided by the website from the City of Portage, MI. )

 KALAMAZOO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1623
Kalamazoo, MI 49005
Phone: 269-381-2006
Personnel: Lynn Houghton, Contact.
Goal: To preserve and to promote Kalamazoo’s historical heritage.
Services: Sponsors seminars and workshops on topics of historical interest; publishes new historic research; reprints books of historical importance to our area; conducts home tours, walks and teas; holds periodic meetings with speakers; sponsors trips to points of historic interest; periodic newsletter.
Eligibility: Anyone interested in Kalamazoo County history.
Sources of support: Membership dues: $10.00 individual, $17.50 family, $30.00 sustaining; book sales; donations; special events.

 OSHTEMO HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Location:
927 N Drake Road
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Mailing Address:
7275 W Main St
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Phone: 269-375-2549
Email: kdoldo61@chartermi.net
Website(s): http://oshtemohistoricalsociety.org
Personnel: Kay Oppliger, Contact 269-375-2549; Mary Anne Britvec, Contact 269-342-4332.
Goal: To educate the public about life in Oshtemo from the late 1800s to the present and to gather historical information about Oshtemo families and businesses.
Services: Restoration of the Benjamin Drake Homestead at 927 N. Drake Road into an active History/Research Room showcasing life in the 1800s; educational programs and history room; monthly meetings – call for time and place.
Area Served: Oshtemo Township.
Eligibility: Open to all including those living outside Oshtemo Township.
Sources of support: Dues; fundraising activities.
Subjects: HISTORIC PRESERVATION HISTORIC SITES HISTORY
Nonprofit Status: 501c3
Source of Info: Email 08/2012 per Kay.

 KALAMAZOO HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION
ATTN: Sharon Ferraro
Location:
415 Stockbridge
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Mailing Address:
415 Stockbridge
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Phone: 269-337-8804
FAX: 269-337-8513
Email: ferraros@kalamazoocity.org
Website(s): http://www.kalamazoocity.org.
Personnel: Sharon Ferraro, Coordinator.
Hours: M-F 8:00am-5:00pm.
Goal: To administer, enforce, and advise on the historic district ordinance.
Services: Provides design review and assistance to property owners and their contractors to ensure that properties located in the City’s historic districts comply with city ordinances regulating any construction, alterations or repairs to the exterior of structures, moving buildings, and/or demolition and available tax credits.
Area Served: City of Kalamazoo.
Sources of support: City general fund.
Subjects: HISTORIC PRESERVATION HISTORIC SITES HOUSES – MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
Source of Info: Email 02/2012 per Sharon Ferraro.

KALAMAZOO HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION
ATTN: Sharon Ferraro
Location:
415 Stockbridge
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Mailing Address:
415 Stockbridge
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Phone: 269-337-8804
FAX: 269-337-8513
Email: ferraros@kalamazoocity.org
Website(s): http://www.kalamazoocity.org
Personnel: Sharon Ferraro, Contact.
Hours: M-F 8:00am – 5:00pm.
Goal: To research and inventory city historic sites and buildings warranting preservation; to promote historical preservation.
Services: Citizen advisory board on preservation matters; awards to city buildings that are excellent examples of renovation or restoration; holds Preservation Month activities; publishes books, brochures.
Area Served: Kalamazoo City only.
Eligibility: Kalamazoo City resident.
Sources of support: Sale of two published books, historical calendar, and note cards; state preservation grants.
Subjects: HISTORIC PRESERVATION HISTORIC SITES HISTORY
Source of Info: Email 02/2012 per Sharon Ferraro.

 VICKSBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Location:
300 N Richardson Ave
Vicksburg, MI 49097
Mailing Address:
PO Box 103
Vicksburg, MI 49097
Phone: 269-649-1733
Email: vixmus1@yahoo.com
Website(s): http://www.vicksburghistory.org/
Personnel: Margaret Snyder, Curator, (Cell) 269-491-1436.
Hours: Sa 10:00am-3:00pm; other times – groups or individuals by appointment only. Closed Jan 1 – May 1.
Goal: To preserve, protect, and present history of the Greater Vicksburg area.
Services: Operation of Vicksburg Historic Village and Depot Museum; Historical Society programs; supervised archives; research during museum hours or by appointment.
Area Served: Vicksburg School District; Brady Township and portions of Pavilion, Schoolcraft, and Wakeshma Townships.
Subjects: HISTORIC PRESERVATION HISTORIC SITES
Source of Info: Email 09/2011 Maggie Snyder.

Meeting Schedule: 1st Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. at City Hall
City Staff Liaison: Erica Eklov (269) 329-4400

**This commission has vacancies – contact the Office of the City Clerk if interested.**

This nine-member commission is charged with reviewing plans and applications for the construction, alteration, repair of historic properties. In addition, the commission maintains the roster of established and potential districts, may initiate district modification procedures and reviews proposed exterior changes to homes within the Portage Historic District.

The annual Homeowners Gathering is an event hosted by the Commission each May in coordination with national “Preservation Month” and is open to the public. Please watch for the 2013 event details.

The Commission also promotes Where the Trails Crossed. The 67-page full color book highlights the story of 42 of the oldest properties in the City of Portage. Where the Trails Crossed is available at Portage City Hall for $5.

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