Oshtemo Historical Society

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Society Officers

President: Millard Loy
Vice President: Brian Stults
Secretary: Mary Ann Britvec

Recording Secretary: Irene Livingston
Treasurer: Starr Waldron

Kenn Livingston

Jim Frey
Kathy Falor

Web Master: Ilah Henderson

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The Oshtemo Historical Society was formed by citizens in 2004 for the purpose of obtaining, researching, preserving and disseminating materials related to the history of Oshtemo Township. It supports, encourages and provides historical information for all.

A major project is assisting Oshtemo Township in the restoration of the heritage home of one of Oshtemo's first settlers, Benjamin and Maria Drake. The Drake house is located at 927 North Drake Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

We meet on the third Thursday of each month at the Oshtemo Township Hall. This meeting usually consists of an entertaining and educational program, a business meeting, refreshments and a social time. Visitors are always welcome at these free meetings and membership is open to everyone for a very small fee. Oshtemo Township is located within Kalamazoo County in the state of Michigan. The Township office is located at 7275 West Main Street, Kalamazoo Michigan.


We are hosting frequent, free open houses. Come and enjoy a look at the past. The house changes often so we invite you to visit often. The "Program" page will give our schedule.



We have some donated photos that reflect the history of Oshtemo. We are able to scan them for those who do not want to give originals. Share your memories and have them recorded for others by contacting us.

Great things are happening at this National Historical Site.


In summer, the long tree shaded entrance often has pleasant surprises
In winter, the true elegance of the B Drake
home appears
All seasons, bay windows and Victorian columns grace the 15 room house
Stately and proud, the 1852 home reflects Oshtemo's history and importance



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