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  • The Norwood Needles, Norwood’s quilting group, was awarded the “Volunteer of the Year” prize at the Society’s meeting in November. This group of women from the Norwood area has been responsible for designing, cutting, sewing, assembling and raffling full size quilts each year for more than twenty years in order to benefit the NAHS. Over the years, the membership of the Norwood Needles has consisted of about 30 members as new residents have come into the area and others have departed, and while not everyone is involved in sewing, all are involved in raffle ticket sales. Since 1996 the Norwood Needles ...Read More »

  • KIRK WILSON died unexpectedly on April 11, 2016 at 60 years of age. Kirk was born in Minneapolis, MN on May 8, 1955 to Kenneth and Alice (Kresin) Wilson. He served in the US Coast Guard from 1973 to 1977 aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sundew stationed in Charlevoix. He worked most of his life for Irish Boat Works as a master marine technician, retiring in October of 2015 after 27 years of service. In August 2014, he married Michele L. (Bateson) Bratcher, who survives him. Kirk and Michele made their home in Norwood and they could frequently be seen enjoying ...Read More »

  • Ro Gartner, of Clam Lake and Cincinnati Ohio, has been proclaimed the official winner of the 2016 Norwood Quilt raffle. Her winning ticket was pulled from over 2,200 at our annual drawing held at our membership meeting and potluck dinner on November 16, 2016. The quilt was delivered to her by Pam Gnodtke, who sold the lucky ticket.Read More »

  • Come join us Tuesdays at the schoolhouse from 10-1 as we research and archive our collection. The project has several components. We will use our new scanner to scan photos and journals and put them into a specified format for on-line research and cataloging. This will involve doing the actual scan, data entry, and physically storing the object. A second component is to begin transcribing some of our journals and diaries. Due to the age of some of the items, and the unique handwriting, some artifacts are difficult to read. We would like to provide a typed version of each page ...Read More »

  • 1870-1890 Winchester 44 Bullet Mold Kirk and Wendy Post of Charlevoix brought us a bullet mold that was found between the wall studs in a house being remodeled in Charlevoix. Attached to the handle of the bullet mold was a note that said the mold had been passed to Berth Harris Moore (first white baby born in Norwood township), daughter of William Harris (Apple Blossom Willie) state senator, teacher, post-master. The only markings placed on this mold was the caliber which in this case is "44 W.C.F." located on the left handle. The lettering led to the discovery that the bullet ...Read More »

  • 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 ...Read More »

  • Jackie Barnett, daughter of NAHS members Josette and Jack Costolo is the winner in this year's quilt raffle. The winning ticket was drawn at the annual Potluck dinner meeting  on  November 18.  Raffle sales grossed over $2000 with all proceeds  benefiting the society.  Thanks to the Norwood Needles for the beautiful handiwork in making the quilt, and to all who  participated in making the quilt and selling tickets. Read More »

  • Over 20 years ago a group of Norwood community neighbors founded the Norwood Area Historical Society.  Since then the group has grown in size and accomplishment. Early fund-raising and donations allowed the society to publish a book of Norwood’s history 2001 and purchase the 1890 school house in the village as a headquarters in 2004.  Much work was required in establishing the society and a historical presence in the community. Beginning in 2006, those efforts were recognized through the presentation of a Volunteer of the Year Award.Over the years many members of the society have helped honor and restore the ...Read More »

  • Jim DePriest, treasurer of the Norwood Area Historical Society and citizen of Norwood, passed away in January of 2015. Jim was a constant presence in the community, often seen walking the roads, or attending township meetings. Since his arrival in the northlands, he freely shared his skills, knowledge and expertise with the Society, serving not only as our reliable and competent treasurer, but also as a member dedicated to bringing the Society’s goals into fruition. In time, we came to realize what a special individual was amongst us. Jim graduated ...Read More »

  • It's time for that great even we started last year with our annual movie night, featuring a film from our local author, Rex Beach. The Norwood Area Historical Society will present the all-star adventure classic The World in His Arms, Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 at the Old Schoolhouse in Norwood. Whether on land or sea, the adventures never stop in the thrill-packed epic adventure, The World in His Arms. Set in 1850, Gregory Peck stars as the swaggering sea captain Jonathan Clark who poaches seal pelts off the ...Read More »