Spring into the Past museum tour this weekend

The Tri-River Historical Museum Network (TRHMN) will hold its premier special event “Spring into the Past 2022” this weekend on April 30th and May 1st with more than 30 museums and historical societies participating.

Stop by at the one-room schoolhouse signature museum in Fallasburg just six miles northeast of Lowell.

This year’s theme “Celebrating Women” depicts the many roles that women have played in history over the centuries as they serve their families in the home or community and fight for equality in many different ways.

Many museums are preparing special exhibits featuring women in their local communities such as Bowne Township Historical Society which is home to TRHMN.

“It has been a long couple of years and we are all excited to get back to business as usual,” said TRHMN president Sally Johnson. “We’re hoping for a great turnout.” TRHMN received the 2021 State Award for Special Programs/Events in September of 2021 from the Historical Society of Michigan.

“We were all excited to receive the award for our “Spring into the Past event,” Johnson said. “We all were so pleased to be recognized for the work we have put into this event over the years. It’s always nice to be acknowledged for your work.”

Kim Culbertson, president of Bowne Township Historical Society, readied several exhibits for the upcoming tour, including a yard sale to raise funds for a major barn project last Friday. The yard sale of antiques and more will be held on April 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’re very excited about our project,” she said. “This is our first fundraiser for the barn project.”

The tour covers museums in Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent and Montcalm counties. The closest museums to Lowell are: the Lowell Area Historical Museum, Fallasburg one-room schoolhouse, Bowne Township Historical Commission in Alto, Belrockton Museum in Belding, Saranac Historical Depot, Blanchard House in Ionia, Flat River Historical Society and museum in Greenville and Ada Historical Society.

The main purpose of the museum tour that started in 2002 is to showcase different museums in the network of the tri-river area.

The participating museums of the Tri-River Network provide collaborative support to each other, while recognizing the unique qualities of each museum.

 “Taking your children or grandchildren to a museum provides a wonderful opportunity to share your life and memories in a unique way,” said Judy Gager, spokesperson.

Johnson said that the main purpose is to entice people, locals and others, to visit our museums and see how we have been striving to preserve our heritage.

“There are so many locals who have no idea that we even exist,” she said.

All museums are free, but donations are appreciated. Each museum will have booklets with a map or you can download one for free at commoncorners.com

The time of the tour on April 30th is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 1 from noon to 5 p.m. For more info contact each individual museum.

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