Allendale Historical Society

Allendale Historical Society The Historical Society of Allendale maintains two museums, the Knowlton House and The Retro museum representing the 1940s through 1960s.
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Open the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Mission: To promote the understanding and appreciation of the historical and cultural heritage of Allendale Township and the surrounding area.

05/05/2019

THE RETRO MUSEUM (formally known as the 40's, 50,s, 60's Museum) is closed

The Allendale Historical Society will host three dates at which time families may come to the museum (blue house) and retrieve the items donated to the museum.

Saturday May 18th 10am - 3pm
Tuesday May 21st 5pm - 8pm
Saturday June 1st 10am - 1pm

If you cannot come at one of these times please call curator, Vicki Potgeter at 616-895-4457 to arrange a time.

This closing does not effect the Knowlton House Museum (yellow house). All military items and several other items if not claimed will be moved to the Knowlton House after these dates

The closing is being done by Allendale Township so they can remove the Retro Museum for park improvements including a fitness court, tennis and pickleball courts, a pavilion and improved pathways.

KNOWLTON HOUSE MUSEUM will be open Monday, April 1 from 7 - 9 PM. Boring spring break already? Stop in to see our outsta...
04/01/2019

KNOWLTON HOUSE MUSEUM will be open Monday, April 1 from 7 - 9 PM.
Boring spring break already? Stop in to see our outstanding local museum.

10/25/2018

THE KNOWLTON HOUSE AND RETRO MUSEUMS ARE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON, but we may take an occasional tour by appointment before snow falls. Have a safe winter!

The 2018 historical cemetery tour
10/07/2018

The 2018 historical cemetery tour

09/26/2018

LOOKING FOR 1 female and 2 males who like to act for Allendale cemetery tour on Saturday, October 6, 4 - 6pm. Dress in period clothing and tell visitors "your" life story. This event is a lot of fun! Call Betsy, 617-5496

09/03/2018

THE MUSEUMS ARE CLOSED ON LABOR DAY. HAVE A NICE HOLIDAY!

09/03/2018

THE MUSEUMS WILL BE CLOSED ON LABOR DAY. VISIT US ON MONDAY, SEPT 17, 7 - 9 PM. THANK YOU!

RETRO and KNOWLTON HOUSE museums will be open Monday, September 17, 7 - 9 PM. Located on 68th near the Allendale Park en...
08/06/2018

RETRO and KNOWLTON HOUSE museums will be open Monday, September 17, 7 - 9 PM. Located on 68th near the Allendale Park entrance. Contact number 617-5496

07/06/2018

FRIENDLY REMINDER to our wonderful museum visitors: Please do not use metal detectors and take relics from museum property. Artifacts may have once belonged to the Knowlton family and others, and should remain in the custody of the Historical Society to be preserved and displayed for the public--so we can all enjoy them! Thank you, friends!

Today at the Knowlton House Museum
07/04/2018

Today at the Knowlton House Museum

We are all dressed up and ready for visitors
07/04/2018

We are all dressed up and ready for visitors

The Knowlton House and  Retro Museums are both open today the 4th of July 2018 come and see us
07/04/2018

The Knowlton House and Retro Museums are both open today the 4th of July 2018 come and see us

05/28/2018

Both Knowlton House and Retro Museums will be OPEN on the Fourth of July from 11:30 - 3:00

05/06/2018

MUSEUM SEASON HAS BEGUN! Both Knowlton House and Retro Museums (next door) will be open the FIRST and THIRD Mondays of every month through October.

We will be open from 7 to 9 pm.

Experience how residents lived around the 1900s at Knowlton House or reminisce about your childhood at the Retro.

GREAT places to visit right here in your own hometown.

Yes we're open come see Allendale in the 1800's
07/04/2017

Yes we're open come see Allendale in the 1800's

04/20/2017

The Knowlton House and Retro Museums are open the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month. Or by appointment

2016 Cemetery Tour
11/08/2016

2016 Cemetery Tour

Allendale Historical Society
09/10/2016

Allendale Historical Society

You Don't Want to Miss It! Our 3rd Annual Historical Cemetery Tour! Saturday, October 1st 3 to 5pm Allendale Township Cemetery $5 donation Hear the stories of our first Garage, A Fox Fur Ranch, Our Phone Call! AND MORE!

You Don't Want to Miss It!  Our 3rd Annual Historical Cemetery Tour!   Saturday,  October 1st 3 to 5pm  Allendale Townsh...
09/10/2016

You Don't Want to Miss It! Our 3rd Annual Historical Cemetery Tour! Saturday, October 1st 3 to 5pm Allendale Township Cemetery $5 donation Hear the stories of our first Garage, A Fox Fur Ranch, Our Phone Call! AND MORE!

Thank you very much to our Awesome Volunteers, Candy Greinke and Virgil Renshaw for helping us clean, paint and organizi...
07/06/2016

Thank you very much to our Awesome Volunteers, Candy Greinke and Virgil Renshaw for helping us clean, paint and organizing our revamped Carriage House Museum!

Come by the Allendale Museum Complex and check out our revamped Carriage House
07/04/2016

Come by the Allendale Museum Complex and check out our revamped Carriage House

The Knowlton House Museum is open the first and third Monday of each month from 7pm to 9pm.  Come see Allendale's great ...
03/21/2016

The Knowlton House Museum is open the first and third Monday of each month from 7pm to 9pm. Come see Allendale's great past

1930s Ice Harvest in Allendale. Each winter loads of ice were harvested from bayous and ponds. Ice boxes were used in th...
02/26/2016

1930s Ice Harvest in Allendale. Each winter loads of ice were harvested from bayous and ponds. Ice boxes were used in those days and many folks stored ice for their own use and to supply neighbors. Ice blocks were stored in sheds and packed with sawdust for keeping throughout the summer.

We had a Great turn out for our Wicked speaker Amberrose Hammond. If you ever get a chance to hear her. Do it!
08/10/2015

We had a Great turn out for our Wicked speaker Amberrose Hammond. If you ever get a chance to hear her. Do it!

Timeline Photos
07/22/2015

Timeline Photos

Early logging in Allendale
07/13/2015

Early logging in Allendale

Fun 4th at the Knowlton house
07/05/2015

Fun 4th at the Knowlton house

We have a Great event planned for August and you don't want to miss it !
07/01/2015

We have a Great event planned for August and you don't want to miss it !

Paper dolls are figures cut out of paper or thin card, with separate clothes, also made of paper, that are usually held ...
06/29/2015

Paper dolls are figures cut out of paper or thin card, with separate clothes, also made of paper, that are usually held onto the dolls by folding tabs.[1] They may be a figure of a person, animal or inanimate object.[2] Paper dolls have been inexpensive children's toys for almost two hundred years. Today, many artists are turning paper dolls into an art form.
Paper dolls have been used for advertising, appeared inmagazines and newspapers, and covered a variety of subjects and time periods. They have become highly sought-aftercollectibles, especially as vintage paper dolls become rarer due to the limited lifespan of paper objects. Paper dolls are still being created today.
Some flat plastic figures are similar to paper dolls, likeColorforms figures and Flatsy dolls.[3]
Paper dolls have regained popularity with young children featuring popular characters and celebrities. Online and virtualpaper dolls like KiSS, Stardoll and Doll makers also have a popular following, with users able to drag and drop images of clothes onto images of dolls or actual people.
Paper dolls have been around as long as there has been paper. Faces or other objects were applied to the paper and they were used during religious rituals and ceremonies in the Asian cultures many centuries ago. The Japanese used paper for Origami, artful paper folding, and dating back to 800 AD they folded paper figurines in the shape of Kimono. Balinese people made paper and leather into puppets since before the Christian Era. Other cultures around the world have had paper formations or paper art, including in Poland, where they were called Wy'cinanki. These early types of paper figures differ from typical paper dolls today, as no clothes were made to be used with the dolls.
In Europe, particularly France, the first paper dolls were made during the mid-18th century. The paper was jointed and they were called pantins meaning dancing or jumping jack puppet. They were intended to entertain adults and spread throughout high society. They were drawn or painted like people with fashions for each doll. These were more similar to contemporary Western paper dolls. Rare hand-painted sets of paper figures dating to the late 1780s can be found in some museums today.
The biggest American producer of paper dolls, McLoughlin Brothers, was founded in early 1800 and was sold to Milton Bradley in 1920s. Around this time paper dolls became popular in the USA and then grew in popularity in the following decades.
Book publishing companies that followed in the production of paper dolls or cut-outs were Lowe, Whitman, Saalfield andMerrill among others. Movie stars and celebrities became the focus in the early days of paper dolls in the USA. Paper dolls are still produced today and Whitman and Golden Co. still publish paper dolls.
Vintage paper dolls with hand-painted artwork are becoming increasingly rare due to paper aging issues. They have become collectible, and the prices for mint uncut sets can be between $100 and up to over $500 for a sought after title.
A paper doll convention is held every year in the United States, with hundreds of attendees.
The Knowlton House Museum has a collection of paper dolls. Stop by and see them sometime.

The Great WheelThe great wheel was one of the earlier types of spinning wheel. The fiber is held in the left hand and th...
06/22/2015

The Great Wheel
The great wheel was one of the earlier types of spinning wheel. The fiber is held in the left hand and the wheel slowly turned with the right. This wheel is thus good for using the long-draw spinning technique, which requires only one active hand most of the time, thus freeing a hand to turn the wheel. The great wheel is usually used to spin short-staple fibers (this includes both cotton and wool), and can only be used with fiber preparations that are suited to long-draw spinning.
The great wheel is usually over 5 feet (1.5 m) in height. The large drive wheel turns the much smaller spindle assembly, with the spindle revolving many times for each turn of the drive wheel. The yarn is spun at an angle off the tip of the spindle, and is then stored on the spindle. To begin spinning on a great wheel, first a leader (a length of waste yarn) is tied onto the base of the spindle and spiraled up to the tip. Then the spinner overlaps a handful of fiber with the leader, holding both gently together with the left hand, and begins to slowly turn the drive wheel clockwise with the right hand, while simultaneously walking backward and drawing the fiber in the left hand away from the spindle at an angle. The left hand must control the tension on the wool to produce an even result. Once a sufficient amount of yarn has been made, the spinner turns the wheel backward a short distance to unwind the spiral on the spindle, then turns it clockwise again, and winds the newly made yarn onto the spindle, finishing the wind-on by spiraling back out to the tip again to make another draw.
You can see a Great Wheel at the Allendale Knowlton House Museum.
We are open the first Monday of each month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm or by appointment
Image from a online source

06/17/2015

PRESERVING HISTORY

Historic preservation is more than simply saving and restoring old buildings and sites of historic importance. Preservation enriches the community by maintaining tangible connections to our past, as well as promoting economic development through tourism and providing a multitude of educational opportunities. –
History comes alive when someone is able to not only read about the past, but is also able to visit the places, examine the artifacts, appreciate the images and study the actual words.
Start preserving your family history today! To share with family’s of tomorrow!
Some things to remember when you want to preserve a document include:
1.) When handling the document, be sure your hands are clean and dry. Oils in your skin may leave stains or weaken the paper, thus permanently damaging the document. For valuable pieces it is recommended that you wear gloves to be certain nothing is transferred from your hands to the paper.

(Wear white cotton gloves when handling important and/or valuable documents)
2.) Also, you should never use paper clips, staples, rubber bands, tape or glue on important, valuable and/or historic documents. These basic office products can stain, tear, and ruin paper materials.
3.) Avoid using pressure-sensitive tapes to repair tears. Even tape that says it is “archival” can cause irreversible damage, such as stains, ink alteration, and causing the paper to become brittle. Remember, "archival" does not always mean acid free!

4.) Another important tip to remember is to never laminate an important document. The process is irreversible, and can decrease the value of the document.
5.) Any exposure to light must be carefully monitored. Ideally, documents should have limited exposure to light; however if the piece is valuable and is going to be framed and displayed, then you should have UV filtering glass over the document, and/or UV filters should be placed on windows and light bulbs. When hanging the piece, be sure to take note of windows and do not place the frame where it can be hit with direct sunlight.
6.) When you store your documents and other paper materials, be sure to store them flat, in a cool, dry and preferably dark area. Papers should always be stored in acid-free, alkaline materials, (boxes, folders or mats) or polyester film folders. Never keep your documents in a damp or humid area- such as a basement, attic or bathroom. These areas can lead to mold growth and foxing (brown stains that appear on the surface of the paper). The Library of Congress states that the ideal temperature for storing and preserving documents is below 72 degrees Fahrenheit with a relative humidity of 35%.

Come and experience a living history tour of Allendale.
At the Allendale Historical Cemetery Tour
Presented by the Allendale Historical Society
See, and listen and learn about Allendale’s first pioneers.
Actors will portray some of Allendale’s pioneers in period clothing.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Time TBT Donation $5 per person

We had a wonderful selection of pies at the retro museum pie baking contest congratulations to Mary Dyke on her award-wi...
05/23/2015

We had a wonderful selection of pies at the retro museum pie baking contest congratulations to Mary Dyke on her award-winning pie

Delicious pies! Come see them and the Retro Museum today! Judging at 1:00!
05/23/2015

Delicious pies! Come see them and the Retro Museum today! Judging at 1:00!

Come join us Saturday, May 23rd for some 1950s fun! Retro cars and Pie baking contest! $50 prize to the best Pie!
05/13/2015

Come join us Saturday, May 23rd for some 1950s fun! Retro cars and Pie baking contest! $50 prize to the best Pie!

03/30/2015

We had a really good turnout for the Allendale Historical Society genealogy class thank you Pat Gemmen for showing us how to find our roots. It was Awesome!

It was an Awesome night for some history. We had a great turnout and Jerry Berg did a fantastic presentation. Thank you ...
11/04/2014

It was an Awesome night for some history. We had a great turnout and Jerry Berg did a fantastic presentation. Thank you to everyone who came out.

Thank you Mark Archer for the Awesome WWII display.  This guy is a wealth of information. We will be having him and his ...
10/07/2014

Thank you Mark Archer for the Awesome WWII display. This guy is a wealth of information. We will be having him and his collection back.

Just a few more pictures from our Awesome Cemetery Tour
10/06/2014

Just a few more pictures from our Awesome Cemetery Tour

09/29/2014

All of us at the Allendale Historical Society would like to thank all of you who attended our first "Historical Cemetery Tour" It was a great success! Thank you for your support! With Much Appreciation, the Board of the Allendale Historical Society.

The Allendale Historical Society's First Cemetery Tour Was A Great Success! Have a Look. Click on pixs to view all in a ...
09/28/2014

The Allendale Historical Society's First Cemetery Tour Was A Great Success! Have a Look. Click on pixs to view all in a larger form

09/05/2014

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Address

11080 68th Ave
Allendale, MI
49401

General information

The Knowlton House and Retro museums are both open the FIRST and THIRD Monday of each month, APRIL -- OCTOBER. 7:00pm to 9:00pm or by appointment.

Opening Hours

Monday 19:00 - 21:00

Telephone

(616) 617-5496

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