Museum Tour: Otsego Space Historic Museum

OTSEGO, Mich. (WOOD) — From telling tales and reuniting households with previous pictures, the Otsego Space Historic Museum is working to maintain historical past alive.

Constructed within the early 1900s, the Otsego Space Historic Society is housed within the earlier waterworks constructing. When the constructing fell into disrepair, a bunch of individuals determined that the city ought to have a museum. After some repairs, the Otsego Space Historic Society opened in 2004.

When guests enter the museum, they’re greeted with a dedication to the paper trade.

“Otsego was a giant paper-making trade,” Lyneta Nowak, chair of the Otsego Space Historic Society, mentioned. “At one time limit, there have been seven paper-making firms on this small city.”

Within the bulkhead, the museum showcases the army historical past of the realm via service members’ uniforms and ribbons.

“We had a Civil Struggle veteran from Otsego that died in Bentonville (Arkansas) and his physique was introduced again to Michigan. We’ve obtained his sword and the marker that was used to mark his grave in Bentonville on the time,” Nowak mentioned.

From telling tales and reuniting households with previous pictures, the Otsego Space Historic Museum tries to maintain historical past alive. (Courtesy)

Within the bigger room, the museum showcases a lot of on a regular basis artifacts in shows like a mock kitchen, a parlor, a youngsters’s play space and extra.

Within the fall, the museum hosts college teams from across the space for a pupil artwork exhibit.

“Now we have a artistic arts competition right here on the town on the finish of September and the lecturers … show the coed artwork within the museum for a few weeks, so we get a giant group of children coming in,” Nowack mentioned, including that on at some point over a thousand folks got here via the museum’s doorways to view the paintings.

To assist instill a way of pleasure within the space’s historical past and protect it for generations to come back, the museum has established a junior board that meets as soon as a month.

“They needed to do a cemetery reenactment (to analysis and painting an individual buried on the cemetery) however they don’t have sufficient youngsters to try this and are hoping to generate a bit extra curiosity,” Nowak mentioned.

Exterior of the museum, members of the junior board have created a bit library that holds books, sanitary provides, meals and extra for anybody who’s in want of one thing.

From telling tales and reuniting households with previous pictures, the Otsego Space Historic Museum tries to maintain historical past alive. (Courtesy)

Along with the museum, has a analysis space and photographic negatives from a images studio that opened within the Nineteen Thirties. The negatives are on the market.

“The final one that owned it was going to surrender the studio and we because the museum ended up with all of these negatives. They’re the negatives of images that have been taken, household footage and no matter, going again to 1937,” Nowak mentioned.

She defined that the museum felt these footage belonged to households.

“We obtained a variety of (negatives) and we’ve been doing this for in all probability 10, 15 years so now we have drastically lowered the value of these negatives with the hopes that individuals would have the ability to get their household negatives if they need them,” she mentioned.

For extra data on buying negatives, click on right here.

The museum is open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and one evening every week throughout the summer season. Nowack mentioned this varies relying on the week. Appointments throughout closed hours are additionally out there. For extra data, go to the museum’s web site.

Editor’s Notice: This text is a part of a sequence exploring small neighborhood museums round West Michigan. Extra articles shall be revealed on woodtv.com within the coming weeks.


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