HISTORICAL COLLECTIONS MISSION
The mission of the Michigan State Grange Historical Collection Committee is to collect, preserve and display, and otherwise disseminate knowledge, about those artifacts and manuscripts of historical significance which best represent the development and growth of the Michigan State Grange.
Dormant Grange records previously held at the Michigan State Grange headquarters have been catalogued and placed at the Michigan State University Library Archives and the University of Michigan Bentley Library for preservation. Records are available to those doing educational research, genealogy, and to interested Grange members. We continue our relationship with leaders at both universities.
Grange memorabilia and artifacts have also been placed with the Michigan State University Museum and the Michigan History Museum at the Michigan History Center.
We have recorded many Subordinate Grange histories and we continue to record others as we find them. If you write a history of your Grange for an anniversary or any other occasion, send us a copy to be included in your historical records.
Several hundred Grange Hall pictures have been identified, printed and location listed. We welcome the receipt of any Grange Hall pictures plus information regarding location.
The Past Masters notebooks in another project. The burial place of each deceased Past Master has been located, and pictures taken of the gravestones, including cemetery location. Historical information is included in the notebook about each Past Master.
When the State Grange Office closed, many pictures that were there were sent to the Bentley Library in Ann Arbor. Before they were sent, copies were made of many of them and they have been placed in plastic pages in notebooks. Naming people in the pictures and adding dates and locations is still needed for many of them. If you have a special picture from your Grange that you would like to have included in one of these books, send me a copy by mail or e-mail and I will see that it is included.
A digital database has been created, sorted by county that includes Grange Hall photos, as well as histories and other documents. It is planned to make this available to Michigan State University and University of Michigan.