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Thomas Tucker
Civil War Presentation

Celebrate Memorial Day with us!
May 27, 2024 at 9:30 AM

Ortonville Community Historical Society Annual After Christmas Luncheon
2023 in Review

  • Six kiosks were built and local historical events displayed
  • $900 est. / Rugs woven by Grace Geisler and volunteers
  • Blacksmith Shop demonstrations by Tom Roberts & Alan Allgaier
  • Harvey Swanson El. 2nd graders/day at the Mann School & Museum
  • Steve Koslowski (Koz) and Pam were awarded Lifetime Membership
  • There were no new members – but three annual members updated to Lifetime
  • Elections were held: the VP and four trustees were reelected, and one new trustee
  • Participated in Ortonville Farmer’s Market
  • Purchased a new laptop computer and copier, new webpage, and hotspot
  • Repaired the model of the Old Mill – now in working order
  • Celebrated Amos Orton’s birthday – June  7
  • Mann School exterior repainted/window shades installed
  • Digitized 21 VCR tapes of past locals’ interviews
  • Tramp Art Church by Ortonville man, on loan from OCPHS
  • Witch’s Night – hosted hat contest and cackling contest
  • Halloween – trick-or-treat candy distributed
  • Funeral flowers sent – Kathleen Leece and Mark Seelbinder
  • Christmas in the Village – Bake Sale and hot cocoa; parade float
  • Ordered a replacement entrance door with/ digital lock
  • Dealt with a non-working furnace in the museum
  • Began to update by-laws, create Deaccessioning & oral history policies


SeptemberFest and 175th Anniversary of Ortonville combined

  • Old Mill was the center of activities with MC Alan Allgaier
  • Flag raising by Ken Bush and John Fross, flag from VFW
  • 50-year Time Capsule dedicated and unveiled by Koz
  • Dignitaries including Sheriff Bouchard attended
  • Provided butter churning, rug loom & blacksmith demos
  • Hosted apple pie baking contest and kids’ cupcake contest
  • Offered square dancing in the street – 12 couples participated
  • Participated in a walking tour of the Village

Old Mill Blacksmith Shop

Blacksmith Classes

Limited space!