1. Lakeview Area Museum Open House


The Lakeview Area Museum will begin the season with an open house the first weekend in May as part of the Tri-River Historical Museum Network that we recently joined.

This annual event is called “Spring Into The Past” with this year's theme of “Fashion through the Ages”. Each museum of the network will host their own open house and will be open on Saturday, May 5, 11am to 5pm and Sunday, May 6, 12pm to 5pm on that weekend with free admission for your convenience. Our Lakeview museum will feature a bit of fashion that was worn by Lakeview citizens and sold in the local clothing stores throughout the early 1900's. We have had quite a few new artifacts donated that will be put on display, plus more articles from Lakeview's past being brought out.

The Tri-River Historical Network was formed in 2002 as a support group for small town museums and historical organizations along the Grand, Flat, and Thornapple Rivers. Since then they have broadened it to include any museum within the Barry, Eaton, Ionia, Kent, and Montcalm counties. As of 2018, there are thirty-three museums belonging to this network which meets each month to share their ideas and programs. This past year our museum was added. For more information about the locations, hours, and unique qualities of each of these area museums, there are free booklets available at the Lakeview Area Museum, The Peddler's Patch, Village Kupps, McKenna's Restaurant, and Tamarack District Library.

We hope you will visit our local museum either that weekend or anytime throughout the summer. Our focus is sharing the interesting history of the Lakeview area. Please note that every weekend thereafter the Lakeview Area Museum will be open its usual hours on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00. For further information, please call (989) 352-7304.

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