Newaygo County Museum & Heritage Center
The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is a community history project whose mission is to collect, preserve, and share Newaygo County’s history. The NCMHC is supported by individual contributions, in-kind support, the generosity of local business people, the Fremont Area Community Foundation, The Gerber Foundation, The Arthur and Virginia Nelsen InFaith Community Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and, of course, our Guests and Volunteers!
Situated in beautiful downtown Newaygo in the heart of Newaygo County, The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center has a wide array of offerings for all visitors seeking to learn more about the history of this unique corner of Michigan. Our local history and genealogy room is fully staffed by volunteers who can help with research, answer questions and facilitate connections with resources such as Ancestery.com and Find-A-Grave. Interactive activities are scattered throughout our facility and create the opportunity for fun and educational engagement.
Of course, one of the main offerings are exhibits. The Muskegon River has played a significant role in the development of the area since its earliest days, when it served as one of the primary modes of transportation. From the ice age, where glaciers shaped the land, to pre-European Native settlement, the fur trade and the logging era, into the modern era where the river is used as a source of power through its dams and a major destination for recreation and tourism, Newaygo County is shaped by the river, and the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center has many exhibits that explore this important connecting thread and its many facets. Other displays include period rooms that open a window to another time, a tribute to our Armed Services, and a major installation that chronicles the contributions of the Gerber Baby Food company to the area’s culture and economy, as well as many smaller displayson a wide range of topics. There is sure to be something for everyone!
The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is located at 12 Quarterline, Newaygo and is open year round, from April through October, Tuesday through Sunday 11-4 and November through March Thursday, Friday and Saturday 12-3. Like us on Facebook for regular updates and interesting facts, or visit our website at www.newaygocountyhistory.org for more information