Allegan County Historical Society

Allegan County Historical Society "Your link to Allegan's Past." This is the Allegan County Historical Society's museum, housed in the old jail. We also have a complex at the Allegan Co Fairgrounds open during the Allegan County Fair. If you wish to become a member, give us a call.
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02/10/2020
Rural Heritage Magazine

Rural Heritage Magazine

This week on 𝗥𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗛𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗙𝗗-𝗧𝗩: Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop Part 4. The last in our 4 part series on Doug Hansen's shop. In this episode we watch as expert craftsmen restore and replicate historic horse drawn vehicles from the American West.
Set up your DVR or schedule yourself to watch the show! Tuesday at 3:30 pm and Saturday at 2:30 pm Central Times.

02/06/2020
Colonel Charles McGee & The Tuskegee Airmen

not Allegan history, but AMERICAN history, of which some of the Allegan men were involved with.

The story of Charles McGee, veteran of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, narrated by Tony-winning actor Leslie Odom, Jr. Col. McGee was honored at AVC’s program American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes, where he reflected upon his serv

02/04/2020
Channel 4

Channel 4

The definition of happy is GeorgeClarke making William Morris wallpaper the original way.

Model bakery, Hubbard st, Allegan Mi
02/03/2020

Model bakery, Hubbard st, Allegan Mi

Wiki Has Released Over 83,500 Vintage Sewing Patterns Online For Download
01/22/2020
Wiki Has Released Over 83,500 Vintage Sewing Patterns Online For Download

Wiki Has Released Over 83,500 Vintage Sewing Patterns Online For Download

Like sewing? Well you’ll love this news: the Vintage Patterns Wiki has released more than 83,500 patterns of pre 1992, out of print patterns for all to use. The browsable collection runs the gamut from Dynasty-inspired pussy bow power suits to Betty Draper-esque frocks featuring models in white gl...

G.A. Knapp was my great great grandfather Gaylord Adrian Knapp.  He was the son of Adrian James Knapp and Lucy Niles Kna...
01/22/2020

G.A. Knapp was my great great grandfather Gaylord Adrian Knapp. He was the son of Adrian James Knapp and Lucy Niles Knapp. Here are the rest of the pictures in the album. Cathy Knapp Woods. album says moonlight view of Allegan.

The Robinson Manor
01/18/2020

The Robinson Manor

Thank you to the Allegan Historical Society for this photo of the Manor! To the left of the Manor (John Robinson Hospital) is the nurses residence. This building is no longer standing. This photo is a treasure as we have not come upon any photos like this yet. ❤

The Names of 1.8 Million Emancipated Slaves Are Now Searchable in the World’s Largest Genealogical Database, Helping Afr...
01/08/2020
The Names of 1.8 Million Emancipated Slaves Are Now Searchable in the World’s Largest Genealogical Database, Helping African Americans Find Lost Ancestors

The Names of 1.8 Million Emancipated Slaves Are Now Searchable in the World’s Largest Genealogical Database, Helping African Americans Find Lost Ancestors

The successes of the Freedman’s Bureau, initiated by Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and first administered under Oliver Howard’s War Department, are all the more remarkable considering the intense popular and political opposition to the agency.

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01/04/2020

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

1911 First National Bank of Allegan brochure 40 years of doing business

anyone remember going to this barber shop 170 Arnold st allegan by the new dawson school?
01/04/2020

anyone remember going to this barber shop 170 Arnold st allegan by the new dawson school?

01/04/2020

if you have nothing else to do the Old Jail Museum is open for tours today 10-4

Henry Ford Built a Hemp Car That Ran on Hemp Fuel 80 Years Ago
12/28/2019
Henry Ford Built a Hemp Car That Ran on Hemp Fuel 80 Years Ago

Henry Ford Built a Hemp Car That Ran on Hemp Fuel 80 Years Ago

Henry Ford built a car out of hemp plastic that ran on hemp fuel almost a century ago. Why aren’t we driving it today? A year ago, Jay Leno featured a story about “the world’s first carbon-negative car” made of hemp plastic. The body of the car is lighter than …

How the Civil War Changed Christmas in the United States
12/27/2019
How the Civil War Changed Christmas in the United States

How the Civil War Changed Christmas in the United States

As the Civil War’s first Christmas neared, a pair of young lovers, Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, a Confederate soldier and his eventual bride, wrote to one

Animated Battle Maps Collection
12/27/2019
Animated Battle Maps Collection

Animated Battle Maps Collection

From the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, watch the battles of the wars of America’s First Century come to life, complete with troop movement animations, narratives, video and more.

To all, A Merry Christmas! from the Allegan Co Historical Society
12/24/2019

To all, A Merry Christmas! from the Allegan Co Historical Society

Address

113 Walnut St
Allegan, MI
49010

Opening Hours

Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(269) 673-8292

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There is a cemetery in New York called North Greece Cemetery which is located in Monroe County, NY. In that cemetery there is a grave for a child, Julia Whitacre (1845-1852), and a restoration expert there is seeking permission to restore/clean her stone. Julia's parents were John (1803-1875) and Eleanor Carmer Whitacre (1802-1885) who later settled in Allegan County. They are seeking a descendant to give permission. If anyone is related, no matter how distant, please comment below and I can put you in touch with appropriate person. Any help is most appreciated. Thanks.
I saw a book entitled Readin', 'Ritin, and 'Rithmetic by James Green. Does anyone know where I could find a copy of that?
Metal detecting in Hamilton and I came across this. On the back it says "Waterbury Manufacturing Co" and the front is an eagle with three arrows in the right talon. If I did my research correctly, this button dates back to civil War era, 1890s. Members of the North Army, General Service. Completely intact! Thought you would enjoy this piece of history found right here in Allegan County.
I have always enjoyed walking through Oakwood Cemetery, trying to find the oldest tombstone. Thanks to the cleaning efforts of the historical society, this is much easier to do. Great job, volunteers!! Looking beautiful. 👍🤗
are we getting the info sheets like from last year? if so, can Greg get that to me please.
need to get a history study group to go on here in Allegan.
My mom’s first teaching job, at Hillcrest (country school) in Allegan, 1958 and 1959. Names of students (and their grade) provided.
I know something got done last year about clean up of the Oakwood Cemetery and a work crew came in from the Jail. The back side of the cemetery is a shame! I went up with my blower to clean up around 3 Family plots! It use to be kept up so nice!
Postcard of the 103 white Oldsmobile convertibles that were used in June of 1958 during the dedication ceremony and parade of the Mackinac Bridge. Each car carried a county queen representing all 83 counties in the state as well as other dignitaries. Would be cool to know who represented Allegan County. Thanks to Aaron Thompson for sharing his postcard.
I found these pictures in an old box of my mother's. She taught at the Maloney school in Watson Twp from 1930-1942. On the back of one of the pictures it says," We took all the old books from school libraries onto the Allegan Fair grounds.
Im super interested in seeking out any and all information on our new home purchase... can y'all help me?