Summer Fest 2017

August 18, 2017


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This year’s Summer Fest will be the 3rd annual event. New this year will be beer from Lowell’s new breweries-New Union and Big Boiler. Also new will be cider from Lowell’s Painted Turtle Cider. Gravel Bottom Brewery will be back with everyone’s favorite Lady LaFramboise beer, a special raspberry beer brewed for this event. Larkins is providing the bar tending which will include additional local microbrews and Michigan wine.

Food this year will include the return of Heidi’s Farm Stand, Flat River Grill, Miss P’s Catering, Main St. BBQ and new additions of BC Pizza and Sweet Seasons. The local Easy Idle Band will provide music in the garden. The garden has been redesigned this year and will make its    debut use at this event.

Summer Fest is a fundraiser to raise money for Museum programs and operations. It was conceived to be a fun way to share the  Museum with people along with the wonderful food and drinks being created in our community. Guests get to wander the galleries and grounds of the Museum while enjoying great food and drinks on a summer evening. The ticket price covers all food and drinks. Guests are encouraged to get tickets before the event as seating is limited.



Museum Immersion Program

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Click here to view a video of the Immersion Program

Click below to read the Michigan Historical Society’s Chronicle article.

Chronicle Museum Immersion article

Please contact the Museum for more information on this new program.





The Past Online!
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The Lowell Area Historical Museum is proud to announce a new website to share its collection online with the public. “The Past Online” provides access to our collection and makes connections between historical topics.
View items from the collection, research your family, sign in to create your own folders, share favorites to Facebook and much more. This website allows us to share the interesting history of the Lowell area in a new and comprehensive way.
Please follow the link below to take a look
To learn about using The Past Online for your Museum contact us at 616-897-7688,



The River of Time

A special week took place in Lowell this   July. Forty four students took part in putting on the outdoor pageant, “The River of Time,” which reenacts the early history of Lowell.

The students made their own clothing, built the sets and spent a week rehearsing. Led by Museum Education Director, Luanne Kaeb along with Heidi Kaeb Stoller (author of the script), Joy Zaagman, Lisa Reed and many parents, the students became immersed in the early history of Lowell.

They presented the pageant to a large audience on July 22nd. A   special thank you to The Lowell  Rotary Club for a grant helping to cover expenses; the City of Lowell and the Kent County Fair for logistical help; John Wenger for the sound system; Bruce Doll for photographing and all who helped make this production one to remember.

2017 Cast  and Madame LaFramboise arriving.

We were honored to have among the audience two descendants of Madame LaFramboise.




New Exhibit!

The Fur Trade in Lowell

 portrait, Madame LaFram

October 2016-September 2018
Lowell played an active role in the international fur trade. Learn why the Lowell area was important, who traded here, and visit a recreated trade cabin.
Free Admission Days!
The Museum will be open to Lowell residents free of charge on the first Thursday of each month.



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