Local History


Resources and programs to understand and appreciate local history


Resources, tools, and programs to explore and understand family histories


Online access to digitized local history collections  


Locally focused programs to understand the culture unique to Kalamazoo

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Discover Your Family Roots

Staff-selected resources, databases & websites

Digitized Newspapers
Digitized Newspapers

Historical & Regional Publications

Search the “Gazette,” “Telegraph” & more

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Second Chance for Programs

If you read our Link newsletter or peruse the website from time to time, you probably know that KPL has hosted many wonderful local history programs in recent years. We’ve covered topics related to architecture, neighborhoods, women’s history, shipwrecks, and even the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. All the local history programs have a Kalamazoo or Michigan focus. What you may not know is that most of these programs are recorded and the videos are made available on our website. Of course, nothing beats being at a program and having the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the presenter, but if you miss one, it’s not too late to enjoy it. ...

New Materials
New Materials

KPL's Local History Collection

Browse the latest books in the collection

Local History Online
Local History Online

Catalogs, Newspapers, Photos and more

Digitized materials from the Local History collection