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The Algoma Township Historical Society has been in existence since 1986.  The Historical Society gathers and catalogs historical artifacts and archives for the purpose of displaying and preserving the history of the Township.  The Society also publishes a quarterly newsletter, holds monthly Commission meetings, and Quarterly Society meetings with special speakers and activities.  Many artifacts and archives are housed in display cabinets at the Algoma Township Hall located at 10531 Algoma Ave. and may be viewed during regular office hours of 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday thru Friday.

Membership: If you are interested in becoming a member of the Historical Society, please mail $10.00 to the attention of Julie Sjogren, Algoma Township Historical Society, 10531 Algoma Ave. NE, Rockford MI 49341.  Your membership is good for one year and includes quarterly newsletters.  Lifetime Membership is available for $100.00 and includes a nameplate added to the Lifetime Members plaque located at the Township Hall. 

Historical Society Commission meetings are held at 9:00 AM the first Thursday of each month at the historic "Chalmers School" building located on the corner of Pine Island Dr. and Fonger St. (Meetings are cancelled during Winter Storm Warnings).  Any member is welcomed to attend and help with the planning of events and newsletters.

Annual Meeting & Election of Officers is held on the third Saturday of April at 2:00 PM at the Algoma Township Hall (unless otherwise posted).  The public is welcome and refreshments are served!

Historical Society's Projects: The Historical Society has obtained historical designation for the Pine Island Drive bridge located just north of 10 Mile Rd.  It is literally “one of a kind” in this nation.  Through research, we were told it was a “trial-type” of bridge construction and was never copied again – but yet, it has survived all these years.  The Society, along with the Kent County Road Commission held a Dedication Ceremony last fall and the historical marker for the site has been placed.

Algoma Veterans
If you have ever been a resident of Algoma Township and you now serve or have served in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, or National Guard, during war or peacetime, the Society wants to add your information to the Algoma Township Veterans List.  The information is being cataloged for future use and recognition.  Please turn your information into Julie at the Township Hall or call 866-1583 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. There is a link to the forms on this web site.

Memorial Park / Veterans BUY-A-BRICK Program
The cost of a brick is $50.00 and any Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard veteran or active military qualifies, whether they live/lived in the township or not.  Memorial Park is located just south of the Algoma Township Cemetery and the bricks make up the courtyard on the Veterans Memorial side of the monument.  There are three lines that are etched into the brick and may include any information such as name, rank, branch of service and campaigns.  Buy-A-Brick Forms are available by clicking the link to the left or by picking up at the Township Office, Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M.  If you have any questions, please call Julie at 866-1583.  A link to this form is on this web site.

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Algoma Township was constituted a general law township by the Michigan Legislature in March 1849. The Township was named in honor of a steamship, which cruised on the Grand River between Grand Rapids and Grand Haven at that time. It is also purported to be named Algoma, which was a local Indian word meaning "Fields of Wild Roses".

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Algoma Township History Book

The books have arrived!!! You may purchase your copies of the Algoma Township History Book at the Township Hall at 10531 Algoma Ave., Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. It is also available at a number of area stores but if you purchase it through the Society at the Township Hall we receive 50% profit to go towards the museum renovations. They will make great Christmas gifts this coming season.
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