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Welcome To The

Coopersville Area Historical Society & Museum
(home of the Del Shannon Memorial and the Del Shannon Room)
363 Main Street, Coopersville, MI 49404
Jim Budzynski, Curator  (616) 997-6978

info/voice mail:  (616) 997-7240

 

 

Coopersville Area Historical Society Museum
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Click HERE for link to Michigan Historic Sites Online.

Now Listed in the AAA Michigan
Tour Book!

The Coopersville Area Historical Society Museum is
a handicap accessible facility.

The Coopersville Area Historical Society Museum Hours:

 

Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Tuesdays from 3 – 8 p.m.
Wednesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sundays from 1 – 4 p.m. (Aug. — mid-Dec.)

The Museum is also open during many other special times
throughout the year.
Call Jim or Lillian Budzynski (616) 997-6978 for
information or to arrange group tours.


 

The main brick-faced museum building is a former interurban depot and substation that was part of the Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway. The building is a Michigan Historic Site and is on the National Register of Historic Places. This electric interurban rail line served the area from 1902-1928. With its many daily runs, the interurban railroad made commuting from Grand Rapids to the lakeshore possible before the widespread use of automobiles. Light freight was also conveniently transported. Adjacent the interurban depot is one of the original, rare wooden-bodied interurban railcars currently under restoration.

A natural extension of the interurban heritage is our extensive collection of railroad memorabilia. Something not so usual is our extensive collection of Rock-n-Roll memorabilia of 1960s rock star, Del Shannon. Born as Charles Westover, Del grew up in Coopersville, MI and the Historical Society Museum houses one of the largest collections of Del Shannon memorabilia outside of Cleveland's Rock-n-Roll Museum (many of those pieces came from our museum). The town celebrates this connection with the annual Del Shannon Memorial Car Show during Summerfest the first full weekend of August. Join with his fans and family members as they reminisce about those fabulous years.

   

Don't miss this Del Shannon Tribute Concert on Friday, 9 August 2013. This is a fundraiser for the Histrorical Society and will be a lot of fun!James Popenhagen Del Shannon Tribute Concert, Friday AugustCoopersville High School Centerstage Theater, 7:00 pm.

Adults -$10; Students $8

 

 

Sawmill exhibit at Coopersville Area Historical Society Museum in Coopersville, MIAdjoining the former brick depot is a rustic looking building that houses early settlement tools and exhibits.
A full size sawmill display is featured inside along with other displays of early settlement living including a full-size school room.

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Museum Highlights:

  • Railroad and Interurban artifacts
  • Car #8 "Merlin" - a rare, wooden-bodied interurban passenger car
  • Del Shannon Rock-n-roll monument and memorabilia
  • 1880s Drugstore
  • Full-size sawmill
  • 'G' gauge Shay locomotive loggin railroad model
  • Computer database for ancestry searches
  • Vintage tool & logging items
  • Early 1990s one-room school
  • many local business and household displays.

Quick Links:

| Interurban Railway Substation | Railroad Memorabilia | Del Shannon Rock 'n' Roll Star |
1880s Drug Store | Sawmill Display |

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Want to see more? Click here to take a virtual quick tour of our museum!

 

Museum News & Highlights:

 

City Plans for Museum AdditionCity Plans for Building Addition

Plans are in the works to provide another addition that will totally enclose the interurban rail car to protect it from the elements. This addition will provide for additional exhibits, archival storage, activity and meeting space. Architectural renderings have been presented to the city council and grant applications as well as fundraising strategy are currently being developed. For more informaation call the City of Coopersville (616) 997-9731 or the Budzynskis (616) 997-6978

Awards & Recognition

July 2013: The Coopersville Area Community Foundation has awarded a $1,000 grant to the museum for an upgraded computer and laptop. These have been purchased locally from CCS Technologies of Coopersville.

Museum Receives Evans Memorial Award

Meijer Corp. LogoMeijer Provides Grant for "Sawmill" Expansion

Curator, Jim Budzynski, co-authors book on The Interurban Years.

Coopersville Community Foundation, 20th Anniversary logo


OUTSIDE LINKS

Visit some of our other area museums online!

Ferrysburg, Grand Haven & Spring Lake

© 2008-2013 Coopersville Area Historical Society & Museum.