The Byron Center Museum and Historical Society operates a museum and a genealogy research room in the Historic Town Hall built in 1876. The society was organized to preserve, protect the history and heritage of Byron Township.
The main floor includes the old post office, a doctor’s office and a store. Displays on farming reflect the rich rural history of all 36 square miles of our Township! We have a great collection of pictures, quilts and farm implements available for your viewing pleasure!
The Odd Fellow Society originally held a 99 year lease on the second floor of this building. Our generation has only a small amount of knowledge about the Odd Fellows and secret societies. We also have a terrific history with our local Grange and farm histories. Come, visit!
We currently hold a great collection of Veteran history in the front half of our large second floor. The renovated second floor also holds a real life school room for use in recreating what the school experience was like in years gone by. Also on display are the local high school senior pictures dating to 1930. Please contact us for reservations for school or Scout tours.
Our genealogy research room is full of family histories and records to search your Byron Township ancestors. Let us help you find your family roots – it’s fun! We are the Archivist of Record for Byron Center Township and will be glad to help you in your search for family and local history. If you’re interested in joining our team of volunteers, we would be delighted and hope to meet you soon! Call President Elaine Snyder Frost at 616-878-0888
Take in one of our featured speakers on historical subjects or attend one of our antique road shows and have your heirlooms appraised. Join us the first weekend in May as we host our annual spring open house. Christmas open house and Victorian scavenger hunt, first weekend in December.
All new displays upstairs and downstairs – completely renovated.
Upstairs: Veterans; One-Room Schoolhouse; Church; entire House display with different rooms
Downstairs: General Store; Post Office; Doctor’s Office; Large Farming Display; Logging Display
We invite you to come get involved in the Byron Center Museum and Historical Society. Your help and ideas will make it possible for us to keep offering interesting and informative programs to our community. Please keep in mind that we are the destination at the end of the Kent Trails as well, a beautiful path for family and friends to enjoy.
New Handicap Ramp and Sidewalk at the Depot Needed!
Byron Center Museum & Historical Society is renovating the Byron Center Train Depot, located at 2120 76th Street.
We are in need of a handicap ramp and sidewalk.
We are currently looking for sponsors who would be willing to help us reach this goal. Can we count on you to donate $250 to help?
As a thank-you for your generosity, we would like to offer you 5’x 5’ square of sidewalk with inscriptionof your choice on a 4”x 8” red brick embedded in the sidewalk.
We hope that we can count on you to help us reach our goal.
Benefits of Membership:
Quarterly newsletter with interesting historical facts and who???s-who tidbits about the township as well as announcement of upcoming speakers, and programs.
Your membership is tax deductible!
Best of all, your membership dues make it possible to preserve the historical heritage of Byron Township.
Individual Membership is $15.00.
Family Membership is $25.00.
Business Membership is $50.00.
Plat Maps of Byron Township – $15
includes indexed maps for 1855, 1863, 1874, 1896, 1907, 1919 & 1935
Byron Township Sesquicentennial Album – $10
A pictorial album of Byron Township history
A Century of Progress 1857-1957 – $20
The History of Byron Township Schools by Cora Jaarsma
Byron Center Historical Society Cookbook – $5
Located one block south of 84th Street and two blocks west of Byron Center Ave. From 131, go West on 84th Street to the four corners of Byron Center Avenue. Turn left, go one block, turn right go two blocks and you will see our wonderful two story building.
NEW HOURS: Tuesdays from 10:00am – 4:00PM. Closed for winter except by appointment. Open for tours with prior arrangement.
Genealogy is fun!
Let us help you discover your Byron Township family history.
Byron Center Museum and Historical Society
2506 Prescott St. SW, P.O. Box 20
Byron Center, MI 49315
Museum Phone: 616-878-0888
During closed hours, to schedule a tour, or come in to do genealogy research, call Elaine Snyder Frost at 616-477-3534,
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