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.
Historic House and Farmstead To Be Open
Come enjoy a day at the Drake Farmstead on July 18 th from 10-3, as we return to the era when the Drake Family inhabited the stately brick farmhouse. The Oshtemo 4-H will be there with farm animals such as goats, rabbits, sheep and even a few mice to view and pet. See dogs put through their paces on an obstacle and agility course. A team of miniature horses and cart will give the children a ride. The whole family can relax on the lawn while you listen to music on the porch. Then feast on goodies from the bake sale. Kalamazoo Animal Rescue will have dogs for adoption and enjoy the monarch butterfly display. Kenn Livingston (Venture Photo Booth) will be there with his fun and fabulous photo booth, complete with vintage clothing. Oh, and don't forget the kids games of the era! Tour the historic Drake House and wander the grounds.
Stop and see the plans for this next Oshtemo Township Park. To view a recent Public Media story on the Drake House Township planning sessions, go to www.publicmedianet.org/blog/drake-farmstead-visioningHope to see you there. Free will donations accepted.
Join the fun, maybe these greeters will welcome you.
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 and Michigan Historical Site.
In summer, the long tree shaded entrance often has pleasant surprises
In winter, the true elegance of the B Drake
All seasons, bay windows and Victorian columns grace the 15 room house
Stately and proud, the 1852 home reflects Oshtemo's history and importance