Exciting Changes Happening at NCMHC!
Be sure to visit us at our temporary location suite 153 in the Leppinks shopping plaza
starting Memorial Day weekend!
Please be advised that upon reopening,
social distancing and mask protocols will be enforced!
Renovation and expansion Underway!
Our Gift Shop has been renovated, expanded and stocked with NEW & EXCITING Gifts
Forest Animals – the stuffed kind !
One-of-a-Kind History books for Children and Tweens too!
Vintage Note Cards
Lumberjacks !! (come see him)
School Cap Ornaments – College and Local
Shop Local. Support your Museum. Support the Volunteers who work tirelessly to enhance your visit to YOUR Museum
All proceeds remain with the Gift Shop to allow for further expansion that will for County Crafters to display and sell their wares in 2021.
The highest vehicle count in all of Newaygo County is at the corner of M37 and Quarterline in downtown Newaygo. So, chances are you have already seen the excitement, construction fences, demolition, and renovation now underway at the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center. Steven Radtke, Executive Director, stated: “We are proud to announce the public phase of our “Your History, Our Legacy” Capital Campaign. The goal for the campaign is to raise $1.7M for a full renovation and expansion of our current facility.”
Board Chairman Mark Miller further explained “The really amazing news is that our generous community and community partners have already raised over $1.3M as of today. We are in the latest and final phase of fundraising with the general public, and hoping to open in a year without a debt burden.” “Collect, Preserve, and Share Newaygo County’s History and Culture” is the Mission of the Museum. “Those three ideas form the basis of what we do. The time has come to do it better.” stated Radtke. “The Your History, Our Legacy campaign will allow us to do what we do, but so much better than ever. An expanded and enhanced building will give us much larger and more open exhibit galleries, spacious and comfortable meeting spaces for school groups and public programming, space to properly house and work with the museum’s collections, a workshop for exhibit building and building maintenance, more space for staff offices, and urgently needed upgrades to the building’s infrastructure and technology systems.”
Since reopening in 2011, the Museum has quickly become an active and vibrant community resource, one that provides a sense of place and continuity that ties residents to our past and informs the present and future. This is achieved through high quality, engaging exhibits and programs. These programs reach an average of 15,000 people of all ages every year. The vast majority of County second, third, and fourth, grade students visit the museum to learn about a wide range of local history topics that are closely aligned with the school curriculum.
A committee of 22 local community members began fundraising efforts in September of 2018.
Within eighteen months, and with three initial gifts from the City of Newaygo, the Fremont Area
Community Foundation, and the DR Adama Family Gift Fund, additional support from multiple
Newaygo County businesses, families, and individuals in the community, the project is now
close to three quarters of its fundraising goal. And grassroots support is about to get even more
exciting. “Leppinks Food Centers in Newaygo has been amazingly supportive in two critical ways.” stated Chairman Miller. “First, they have affordably provided over 8000 square feet of prime retail
space in Leppinks Plaza in Newaygo to temporarily house the Museum while we are under construction downtown. Secondly, Leppinks is partnering with the Museum to directly engage the public in fundraising in a simple but profound way”.
“Leppinks wants to be a true community partner in this great project.” stated John Leppink, President of Leppinks Food Centers. “We have set aside Saturday, May 22 nd of this year, from opening to closing, for a Leppinks “Your History, Our Legacy” shopping day event. Leppinks will donate 10% of all proceeds from customers' purchases towards funding the Museum project on that day.”
“Newaygo County residents are urged to stock up for the Memorial Day weekend in advance by
participating in this great Leppinks fundraising opportunity by simply buying needed supplies
and groceries they normally buy every day.” stated Radtke. “Please mark your calendar and tell your friends!”
An invitation only campaign launch event is planned for Memorial Day weekend, and an information booth will be located in the park Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, staffed with volunteers, board
members and staff who will be on hand to answer questions and build awareness for the next phase of the campaign, the “Make your Mark” public funding initiative. The temporary location will open to visitor Tuesday- Sunday 10-4 beginning Memorial Day weekend. For more information, please like the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center
Facebook page and visit our website at newaygocountyhistory.org
To contribute directly to the Museum and help meet the fundraising goal, please go to
Newaygo County Touring
We are excited to announce the completion of a new major exhibit!
The Museum's newest exhibt, Newaygo County Touring, explores the important role that tourism plays in Newaygo county's economy and sense of place.
Since the end of the logging era, Newaygo has capitalized on its location in the beautiful wilderness of Michigan's interior to draw visitors from around the country to experience the abundant natural resources, the excellent range of activities, and the hospitality of the people that make Newaygo so special.
Come and see the history of one of Newaygo County's biggest industries, from hunting and fishing, winter sports and camping and resorts, to leisure activities, water sports, and hiking and trials.
Engaging informational panels, local photos both contemporary and vintage, vintage promotional pieces and ads, and artifacts from the collection and from various community members help tell the story.
This exhibit is one we are especially proud of, as it represents a great collaboration between the staff and our enthusiastic volunteers, who designed, built, and laid out the majority of the display with guidance from the staff.