Programs for 2019
March 21: “Oshtemo Historic Cemeteries – “Past, Present and future” Presented by Historian, Lynn Houghton (Past) and Karen High (Present & Future). Lynn Houghton is the Regional History Curator at the WMU Archives and Regional History Collections. Karen High is the Oshtemo Township Parks Director.
April 18: “Capital Women – 1879 to 1940” Presented by Valerie Marvin – Michigan State Capitol Historian. Her discussion will include ordinary women as well as extraordinary women who have worked at the Michigan State Capitol since it opened.
May 16: “Fort Cluster- it’s history,the Fort Custer Historical Society and Museum and the current uses of the original fort property” Presented by Retired Col. Jim Spackman.
June 20: “Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center” presented by Whitney Feltner. Hear about the first Hear about the first therapeutic riding center built especially for the purpose of serving those with special needs in North America. This Riding Center strives to focus on what individuals can accomplish, not on what they cannot. They serve riders of all ages who have physical, emotional or cognitive disabilities.
July 18: “Establishing Native Plant Gardens to Attract Butterflies” presented by Isle Gerbhard. Colorful photos illustrate the process of establishing a native plant garden and the rationale for doing so. Shown are native plants and some of the butterflies they attract. Both nectar providing and caterpillar food plants are covered, as well as the life stages of some of the butterflies.
August 15: Tour the Alamo Museum. Built in 1865 as a Methodist Church this museum on 8119 N Sixth Street has held Alamo treasures since the seventies. The tour includes the Farm Implement building.
September 19: “House of David” The story of the religious colony founded in 1903 in Benton Harbor. Their members weren’t allowed to have sex, meat, alcohol, tobacco or personal property. Presented by Chris Siriano, Author, Historian and Museum Director. His book will be for sale at the event.
October 5: Annual Open House – Free tours of the Victorian home of Benjamin and Maria Drake, Celebrate our new barn, games, pony cart rides, Black Smith, Venders, Raffle, music by The Bride of Fleckenstein and much more.
November 21: “A comprehensive view of Tillers International, our local hidden gem” Presented by a senior staff member. Hear about their mission, classes and the scope of their outreach. Tillers International is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in rural areas around the world. They work with farmers and artisans to create effective, innovative, and sustainable solutions to their problems. their specialty is in draft animal power, but we also offer expert instruction in blacksmithing and woodworking.