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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Digitized Newspapers
Digitized Newspapers

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House of David

For many years I have been fascinated by the Israelite House of David in Benton Harbor. Its history as a religious colony is captivating by itself, but when you also consider the ways the group interacted with the community through their amusement park, baseball teams, and musical bands the story is really irresistible. We are fortunate to have files of material on the House of David in the history room as well as a number of books including: The Righteous Remnant by Robert S. Fogarty, Brother Benjamin by Clare Adkin and Millennial Visions and Earthly Pursuits by Robert C. Myers....

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New Materials

KPL's Local History Collection

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Local History Online
Local History Online

Catalogs, Newspapers, Photos and more

Digitized materials from the Local History collection