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Special events coming to Lowell Area Historical Museum

The Lowell Area Historical Museum is preparing for two special events, one that is free for anybody to attend and one to raise money for the museum's efforts to preserve and display local history, particularly for Lowell youths.

First, the museum is hosting guided tours of Oakwood Cemetery, 325 Fremont, on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 2 pm until 4 pm. Many legendary persons from the Lowell area are buried there, including architect Robert Graham and Civil War corporal Benjamin Morse.

“John Kopf is one of the many people that will be featured on this year’s cemetery tour,” said museum executive director Lisa Plank. “He operated a furniture factory on the south bank of the Grand River [where] he specialized in chairs. In the beginning, his wife and daughters did the cane work on the chairs. Later, his chairs were sold in a storefront on Main St. Their house, built 1857, remains in place today.”

The second event is ongoing and will culminate during the holiday season. This summer, the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan has been sponsoring a fundraiser for the Lowell Area Historical Museum. They have been selling caramel corn and chocolate bars in the shape of the Upper Peninsula at the museum’s food booth during the Thursday night Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts. The Literacy Legacy Fund fundraiser is in support of the museum immersion program. The Literacy Legacy Fund was also a sponsor for the 2018-2019 immersion program. This program is offered to third grade classrooms in Lowell Area Schools. These classes attend the museum and use the exhibits and resources of the museum to enhance their curriculum. The chocolates and caramel corn will also be sold at the museum this year during Christmas Through Lowell in mid-November.

“At Christmas Through Lowell, we will have four different books on the history of Lowell, 2020 calendars with historic pictures of Lowell, books on Oakwood Cemetery, mugs and stocking stuffers,” Plank said. “We will also have artists in each of the museum galleries at Christmas Through Lowell selling a variety of other items too.”

The museum is currently looking for more volunteers.

“We have a wide variety of volunteer opportunities including working special events like Christmas Through Lowell, research projects and welcoming guests to the museum,” Plank said. “We have a very flexible schedule and ask for an average of three hours per month. Anyone interested in learning about our volunteer opportunities can call or email the Museum at 616-897-7688 or history@lowellmuseum.org.”

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