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The monthly meetings of Kalamazoo County Historical Society are on the FIRST MONDAY of each month. Meetings will be held at the Portage District Library and will start at 7pm. The next meeting of the 2022-2024 program year will be held on:
December 5, 2022
December 5, 2022
“Our Family’s Civil War Flag: Its 5,000 Mile Journey”
Come to this program for an in-person look at a large Civil War flag being displayed for the first time since 1928. Learn how this Regimental cavalry flag survived war battles and came to be in Kalamazoo 160 years later. Hear the story of its creation and follow its 5,000 mile journey from Wisconsin to Missouri to Mississippi and the Battle of Vicksburg, then to Washington D.C. before it was returned to the family. Program attendees will see this large 75”x53” flag, learn about its unique history, and what the flag meant to family members who have been its caretakers since 1861.
Our presenter, Norma Clack, earned a B.A. in English from Saginaw Valley State University and an M.A. in educational administration from Central Michigan University. She was employed for 30 years as an administrator in the Development Office of Saginaw Valley State University. She relocated to Portage in 2010. Her post-retirement pursuits include genealogy research and writing essays about her ancestors and their lives. She is a member of the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society and its genealogy writers' group.
Annual Dues Reminder
Annual dues for the Kalamazoo County Historical Society are now due. The KCHS fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30. Dues are still $10 per person and $17.50 for a family. Please bring your dues to the annual meeting or send them to Lynn Smith Houghton, Kalamazoo Historical Society, PO Box 49005-1623, Kalamazoo MI 49005. Checks should be made payable to the Kalamazoo County Historical Society.
Annual Meeting of the Kalamazoo County Historical Society
The Annual Meeting of the Kalamazoo County Historical Society will be held on Monday evening, December 5th, at 7:00 pm at the Portage District Library. The election of new officers and members of the KCHS Board will take place at the meeting. Current officers and board members are: Steve Rossio, President; Mary Ellen Agar, Vice President and Webmaster; Lynn Smith Houghton, Treasurer; and Sharon Carlson, Secretary, and board members Tom Dietz, Donna Odom, Beth Timmerman, and William Braaksma.
KCHS Inclement Weather Policy
Meetings of the Kalamazoo County Historical Society will be canceled due to inclement weather when the Portage Public Schools are cancelled.