• Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center Speaker Series continues with launch of newest book “Newaygo County History and Biographies Volume II”

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    August 13, 2018

    Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center Speaker Series continues with launch of newest book “Newaygo County History and Biographies Volume II”

    The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is proud to announce the publication of our newest book, Newaygo County History and Biographies volume II. To celebrate, we will be hosting a book signing and introduction to the volume on Wednesday, August 15th, as part of our ongoing summer speaker series. The signing will be held from 5:30 to 6:15, with signed copies of the book available for $30. Toni Rumsey, Archivist for the NCMHC, will speak about the new book at 6:30.

    Newaygo County History and Biographies Volume II Is a collection of biographies of citizens of Newaygo County, which includes both well-known names and those more obscure. There is also a section of the book that focuses on the histories of various area business, social clubs, institutions and organizations. For those who like a good story, or those who have an interest in the past that makes us unique, the book is an excellent compilation of the shared history that binds us all together.

    Toni Rumsey is a longtime volunteer of the Museum, both in its current form and its previous incarnation as the Newaygo County Society of History and Genealogy. She served as President of the Board of Directors for nearly a decade, and she currently manages the Museum’s Local History and Genealogy Room, overseeing organizing, archiving and scanning projects as well as facilitating research requests and projects for both the organization and visitors.

    Toni has also helped to spearhead the publication of the Museum’s previous literary efforts, such as Newaygo County History and Biographies and One Room School Houses of Newaygo County volumes one through three.

    Although Toni acted as facilitator for the research for the newest book, she by no means was alone in her work. Contributing authors and editors include Joyce Pearson, Marcia Eib, Joan Wise, Luanne Nelson, and Nancy Murray, all of whom also volunteer their time at NCMHC. The hard work and dedication of everyone involved in the project has yielded an excellent, well researched, and very readable volume that helps to further our knowledge and understanding of who we are as a community, and how our past has helped shape us.

    Toni will speak for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a question and answer period with a panel of authors. The Speaker Series will be at Family of God Community Church at 90 Quarterline in downtown Newaygo. Doors are scheduled to open at 5:15 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are matched at 50 percent by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, which provides core operational support for the organization.

    Steven Radtke, Director
    (231) 652-5003
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