Index to Societies of Ottawa County, MI
Including Libraries, Genealogical
and Historical Groups

Outside Ottawa County Organizations

Ottawa County Historical/Genealogical Societies

Allendale Township
Allendale Historical Society
P. O. Box 539
Allendale, MI  49401

Georgetown Township
Georgetown Township Library
1525 Baldwin Street
Jenison, MI 49428
Phone: (616) 457-9620
Mon-Thur, 10am-9pm, Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-1pm
Georgetown Tp. Historical Society meets once a month at the library.
Terry Groters, President (2002) Ph# 339-6572

Gary Byker Memorial Library Hudsonville
Melissa Huisman, Director
3338 Van Buren Street
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 669-1255
 Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am-5pm, Tue,Thur, 1pm-8pm, Sat. 10am-1pm

Jenison Historical Association
28 Port Sheldon
P. O. Box O-664
Jenison, MI  49429
Ph# (616) 457-4398
If you are interested in the preservation of Jenison history and the Tiffany Museum projects, you are welcome to come to the meetings which are held at 6:45 p.m.  at either the Georgetown Township Library or the Tiffany Museum.  For further information, see:

Tiffany Museum
28 Port Sheldon
Jenison, Michigan 49429
This house was built at the turn of the century by Margaret Husband from money she inherited from Lucius and Luman Jenison.  The house was finished in 1902 and lived in by Margaret until her death in 1913.  Ben and Bessie (Husband) Hanchett owned the house from 1913 to 1961, when Clarence and Zoe Tiffany purchased it.  The Michigan Department of Transportation owned the house from 1969 to 1975, when the State of Michigan deeded the house to Georgetown Township.  When Georgetown Township acquired the house in 1975, it was badly in need of repair.  The Jenison Historical Association and concerned residents began restoration.  Over the years, may pieces of furniture and artifacts have been loaned or donated to the Tiffany House Museum.  Volunteers give freely of their time and talents to host tours and maintain the museum. 
Free admission to all open houses. (Donations are appreciated to help maintain the upkeep of the museum.)


Grand Haven Township and City
Loutit District Library

407 Columbus Street
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 842-5560

Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm, Saturday, ??

Tri-Cities Historical Museum
200 Washington
Grand Haven, Michigan 49417
Ph# (616) 842-0700
Lectures, exhibits, classes and demonstrations

Holland Township and City
Herrick District Library
300 S. River Avenue
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 355-3100 or 355-3724
Holland Genealogical Society
Meeting place at the Herrick District Library
Their collection is at the library in the Genealogy Room
Library Hours: Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday - 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Labor Day - Memorial Day)

Holland Area Historical Society
c/o Joint Archives
Hope College, P.O. Box 9000
Holland, MI  49423

Joint Archives of Holland
VanWylen Library
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 395-7798

Holland Historical Trust
31 West 10th Street
Holland, MI  49423
Phone: (616) 392-9084
(Houses mainly the City of Holland records)

Jamestown Township
Jamestown Public Library

2445 Riley Street
Jamestown, MI 49427
(616) 896-9798
Tu, Th, Noon-8pm, Mon, Wed, Fri, 10am-5pm, Sat. 10am-3pm
Jamestown Genealogical Society meets at the library.

Olive Township
Olive Township Historical Society - Includes some photos

Polktown Township
Northeast Ottawa District Library
333 Ottawa
Coopersville, MI  49404
(616) 837-6809

Coopersville Area Historical Society and Museum
Lill Budzyinski, Director
363 Main Street
Coopersville, MI 49404
Phone: (616) 837-7240 or 837-6978

Zeeland Township
Howard Miller Public Library
14 S. Church Street
Zeeland, MI 49464
Phone: (616) 772-0874
Mon-Thur, 9:30am-8pm, Wed, Fri, 9:30am-5pm, Sat., 9am-1pm

Zeeland Historical Museum/Dekker Huis
37 E. Main Avenue
Zeeland, MI 49464
Phone: (616) 772-4079
Open March through October, Thursday, 10am-8pm, Sat., 10am-2pm
(Spring, 2003 - The museum is no longer open on Thursday Evenings.)
Some of the exhibits include a log cabin home, one-room school from 1910, the Pioneer Room with items settlers brought from the Netherlands in the mid 1800's, a collection of
local historic photographs, etc.  For further information online: 
Dekker Huis Museum information 

Zeeland Historical Society
P. O. Box 165
37 E. Main Street
Zeeland, MI  49464

Index to Other Organizations/Libraries
Outside Ottawa County

Transcriber: Evelyn M. Sawyer
Created: 13 April 2003

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