Warren Historical & Genealogical Society seeks new members

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published August 9, 2017

WARREN — Warren’s history was written by many residents. But right now, it’s being researched and recorded by just a few. 

The members of the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society are hoping to change that.

The group is inviting any current or former residents with an interest in the history of the city and the families that settled it to join them.

“It’s a great opportunity to do research. You have access to our collection and can just come up with ideas for maybe changing the displays we do,” said Sue Keffer, the group’s current treasurer. “We also accept things from people, and we need to log anything that people donate.”

The nerve center of the group’s operations is the Hubert Leech Historical Research Center, on the west end of the Warren Community Center at 5460 Arden Ave. It’s named after the center’s beloved late curator, who worked tirelessly to preserve Warren’s history. That’s where the group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month September through June. 

A separate genealogy meeting is held at the research center at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. The public is welcome to attend the genealogy meetings, where they can find assistance with their own research.  

During “soccer season,” when parking on Arden becomes more scarce, the group moves to the Bunert One-Room Schoolhouse Museum, on Bunert between 11 Mile and Martin roads. In many ways, the museum is the group’s beating historical heart.

They host programs throughout the year at both locations, and would like to expand their offerings by growing the membership.

Warren Historical & Genealogical Society members typically gather for work nights in the office next to the gallery at 7 p.m. Mondays. Again, the public is welcome to attend these sessions, and visitors might get a chance to perform some of the work that members do as part of their commitment to researching, preserving and showcasing the city’s history. That work includes filing, research, cleaning display windows and preparing new exhibits.

Many of the group’s existing members either served or continue to serve as officers with the society or the Warren Historical Commission.

Society Secretary Madelyn Zamora recently penned an open appeal to anyone interested in learning more about joining the group. 

“Feel free to stop by on a Monday evening to see if you would like to be a member of the Warren Historical & Genealogical Society,” Zamora said. “This organization depends on talented, dedicated history buffs who can offer great ideas and strengthen the efforts to preserve and enlighten others about our history.”

Individual memberships in the society cost $10. Seniors pay $7, and it costs $15 for the whole family. Anyone 75 or older can join for free. 

For more information about the society and its activities, call acting President Dolly Slicker at (586) 771-8636. For more about the genealogy group, contact the coordinator, Becky Hetchler, at (586) 484-4361.