Glimpse Kalamazoo’s Past

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Wouldn’t you love to peruse historic photos of places you see every day, or that you remember but no longer exist? In the history room we get to work with these photos every day and we know how much interest they engender. For that reason we’ve made our photo collection (as well as portions of the WMU Archives and Kalamazoo Valley Museum photo collections) available for viewing in our local information database. But if you don’t feel like searching for photos, take a look at our photo galleries. We’ve pulled out some of the best photos from our collection and grouped them together under various topics. You can see Washington Square evolve from the turn of the twentieth century into the 1990s, enjoy the beauty of Kalamazoo parks, and stroll down Burdick Street in the 1800s. Or maybe you prefer photos of people like the portraits of the Kalamazoo High School Class of 1872, or people at work at Gibson Guitar or the Michigan Asylum. Our photo galleries provide a wonderful glimpse of Kalamazoo’s past and are available for you to enjoy whenever you feel like looking back.


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Posted by Beth Timmerman at 04/09/2010 12:21:04 PM | 


I live in the south of England and have been researching my family - the Harveys of Texas Township, Kalamazoo for many years. I have recently found maps that show that from 1860 to 1890, my gt. gt. gt. grandfather Pardon (known as PN) Harvey owned the land West-South-West of Crooked Lake. His son John, and John's son Albert owned land immediately south of Eagle Lake in 1890.

Are there are any photos from the 19th century of this area? Do you know if I can find out exactly where they lived, and if their houses are still standing?

Many thanks indeed for your help.

Kind regards

Michele Ranger
Posted by: Michele Ranger ( Email ) at 4/2/2010 9:51 AM

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