Lumbering in Newaygo County

Grade Four


Imagine our county, barren of forests with eroding river banks and wind-blown sand. Then, contemplate Michigan forests today.

Students learn about the days of extensive logging; what, when, why, how it happened and who did it, as well as the significance of this period in our history. Primary and secondary sources are used to explore the relationship between our natural resources and the development of lumbering industries and how migration and immigration affected the growth of Newaygo County.

We will also compare logging in the late1800s with logging today and how we work today to protect this precious natural resource. In the study of economics, we will support the teaching of Market Economy concepts.

Supports grade four level content expectations: H3.0.1, H3.0.2, H3.0.3, H3.0.5, H3.0.8, G4.0.1, E1.0.1, E1.0.3, E1.0.4, E1.0.5, E1.0.6. E1.0.7, E2.0.1, E3.0.1

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Additional emergency funding for the NCMHC was received via by a grant from Michigan Humanities, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities through the federal CARES Act legislation.

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October 31st- April 1st


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 October 31st- April 1st

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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.


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