Winter Hours for Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center!

Now Open Year 'Round!

The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is now open year 'round. Through April 1 st, we will be open on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12-3

As always, our research room is open when the Museum is, or by appointment Monday- Saturday. Please email Toni Rumsey at

Fairy garden class offered at NCMHC

Local art instructor and ceramics artist Brenda Huckins Bonter will be teaching a Fairy Garden Class at the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center as part of the Museum’s fledgling adult arts and
crafts instruction initiative.

The class, held in two Wednesday sessions on January 15 th and 22 nd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, will have participants building a container and elements to create a fairy garden. Session one will include instruction on pottery techniques; and participants will create a container and elements for their

During session two, the participants will receive the fired and glazed pieces and learn about how to create the finished fairy gardens, as well as having and opportunity to see and admire the finished projects of other participants.

The cost for the class will be $35.00, which will cover instruction, materials, firing, and glazing of the created elements. Classes will be held in the activity room at the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center, 12 Quarterline, Newaygo.



Scott is the 5th generation of his family to reside in Grant. He lives within 3 miles of where his family settled to farm in the late 1800’s. Growing up, he spent countless hours working on the family farm which taught him the value of hard and honest work. He has deep roots in the community of Grant and Newaygo County.


Scott is a proud graduate of Grant High School where he graduated in the top 10% of his class and excelled at various sports. He later went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University with majors in Finance and Accounting. In 2011, he earned his Master’s in Business from Cornerstone University. Along with his formal education, he is also nearly fluent in Spanish.


Scott has worked in public accounting for the world’s largest CPA firm. He later went on to work as a Financial Analyst for Dematic Corp. in Grand Rapids. During this time, he started a successful rental real estate company which continues to grow and thrive. He has also served as Treasurer of numerous organizations.


Scott enjoys many hobbies and is active in the community when not working. He is an avid hunter and trout fisherman along with other hobbies which include gardening, cutting firewood and distance running. He has been active in the community serving as a Deacon for several years at Grant Reformed Church, Treasurer of the Newaygo Co. Republican Party, member and volunteer for various conservation groups, scholarship committee volunteer, and participant in numerous mission trips to Central America.


State Representative Scott VanSingel was first elected in November 2016 to the Michigan House to represent the people of the 100th District, which includes Lake, Oceana and Newaygo counties. In the Legislature, Representative VanSingel serves on the Appropriations committee, as well as acting as the chairman of the Higher Education & Community Colleges Appropriations subcommittee. Mr. VanSingel also serves on the Corrections, Natural Resources & Environmental Quality, and Licensing & Regulatory Affairs Appropriations subcommittees.


The one-hour presentation will be followed by a time of questions and answers. The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is at 12 Quarterline in downtown Newaygo. Doors are scheduled to open at 6:00 p.m. Admission is free. Donations are matched at 50 percent by the Fremont Area Community Foundation, which provides core operational support for the organization.

State Representative Scott VanSingel to speak at NCMHC.


The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is pleased to welcome Representative Scott VanSingel for the January Speaker Series at the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center Thursday, January 16th, at 6:30 PM.


“An inside look at the Michigan Legislature” will discuss his history, including his upbringing in a small town, his farming background, and how he ended up in state government. Further elements of the non-partisan discussion will highlight day-to-day operations – how the House of Representative’s works, and general background on the legislative process.

Genealogy Discussion Group

2nd Thursday of every month at 6:30pm

Next Meeting October 10th, 2019

Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center

Free and open to the public, age 12 and up (young family historians are welcome, but

please leave small children at home)

All skill levels welcome, whether you are unsure how to get started with your family history research, or have been doing genealogy for decades.


Have you been curious what those Ancestry “shaky leaf” commercials are all about? Want to learn more about what you can discover from taking a DNA test? Or have you spent years researching your family history and just want to meet with like-minded people? In this group, we’ll discuss all things genealogy, the study of family history. We’ll talk about how to research and share our own progress. This is the place to ask for advice, share the latest news, and learn about resources you may not know about.

This group is organized by Jamie Wasilchenko. Jamie is a museum professional and former collections manager at Newaygo County Museum. She has had an interest in genealogy for over 20 years and is looking forward to creating this new local forum for other family historians to “geek out” and share their research journeys.

 A Delicate Balance: Our Interaction with Newaygo County's Natural Resources 


Stop in and experience a walk through time, with eras from the Ice Age to present day highlighted, each one examining human impact on the resources of the county.

Interactives for kids and adults alike make this a fun family activity.

The exhibit features 8 stunning one of a kind works of art, as well as a mural, by Gabe Shillman and Stacy Kirk of Studio 37, Newaygo.

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Funding generously provided by


October 31st- April 1st


Thursday - Friday - Saturday

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

 October 31st- April 1st

12 Quarterline Road

PO Box 361

Newaygo, MI 49337


Newaygo County Museum and

Heritage Center

The Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center is a community history project whose mission is to collect, preserve, and share Newaygo County’s history.


The NCMHC is supported by individual contributions, in-kind support, the generosity of local business people, the Fremont Area Community Foundation, The Gerber Foundation, The Arthur and Virginia Nelsen InFaith Community Foundation, Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and, of course, our Guests and Volunteers!


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