News & Events

Below you’ll find a recap of the Norwood Area Historical Society’s 2016 season. It was a busy and productive season.

We kicked off the season in May with cleanup of the Schoolhouse and its grounds on the morning of May 12. Then Boy Scout Tyler Hitner presented his Eagle Scout project on Mid-Michigan’s Honor Flight.

The evening prior to the Norwood Area Historical Society’s Memorial Day Service at the Norwood Cemetery and Open House at the schoolhouse the Norwood Area Historical Society members and friends hosted a dessert reception honoring Dr. Kurt Kooyer and his family, along with members of the American Legion post in Ellsworth, for their years of creating and facilitating Memorial Day Services at the Norwood Cemetery. Dr. Kooyer reviewed his family’s sixty-year history of Memorial Day observances in the Norwood and Ellsworth area. State Senator Wayne Schmidt presented Dr. Kooyer with a resolution from the governor in recognition of his family’s contributions.

Dr. Jack MacKenzie began our summer Summinar series on June 15 with his presentation on “Street Names of Charlevoix, part II” to the delight of members and friends who came to listen. and the Society hosted its annual old fashioned summer picnic on Saturday, June 18 on the front lawn of the Schoolhouse. Attendees enjoyed conversation and delicious food.

On July 4 Norwood Area Historical Society members gathered on the steps of the Schoolhouse at 2 p.m. for a patriotic bell ringing of the schoolhouse and church bells to honor our freedom. And Chuck Cleland presented “Reading and Writing History” summarizing his writing of a fictionalized account of fur trader Alexander Henry at the July 20 Summinar.

August’s Summinar was Jacob Thomas, Curator of Collections at the Charlevoix Historical Society, presenting “The ABC’s of Curating Historical Artifacts” on the evening of August 17. His informative power point presentation will help us manage our collection. And in September, Sandy Miles presented “Genealogy research – writing your Legacy Stories” giving ideas for recording personal events for one’s family.

Our annual Hunter’s Lunch, held at the schoolhouse on opening day of hunting season every year from 11 am to 1:30 p.m., saw nearly 100 soup/chili meals and delicious pies served to hungry hunters who passed through its doors. And we wrapped up the season the next evening with the annual Members meeting and potluck dinner. New officers were elected and the Norwood Needles was awarded “Volunteer of the Year.”