Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Commission

About Kentwood Historic Preservation Commission 
The City of Kentwood Historic Preservation Commission (KHPC) is a group of seven individuals appointed by the City Commission to help preserve the history of the community. The KHPC meets on the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Heritage Room at the Kent District Library - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

Commission Members

Karleen Root
Jackie Moore
Dave VanDyke
Dwell Moore 
Ron Covington
Debi Crawford-Poyner
Lisa Golder (Kentwood staff member) 



Local History Books Available!historic-book
The Story of Kentwood describes the dramatic struggles and sacrifices of the earliest settlers of Paris Township, the changes that marked the Township's coming of age near the turn of the century, and the rapid transformation of an agricultural area into a thriving suburban community. The authors weave stories told by longtime residents with historical facts and text to create a book that is an interesting as well as an informative source.

Copies of The Story of Kentwood can be purchased for $10 at City Hall or Kent District Library - Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch.

Click here for some historical facts about Kentwood (Paris Township)

Don't Throw It Out!

When was the last time you cleaned your attic or basement? What did you do with all of the old pictures and other memorabilia?

Whatever you do, don't throw it out and don't leave it tucked away so that no one else can see it! You are the community and your history is worth sharing with others! Consider adding it to the Kentwood Library for preservation and use within the Local History Room.

How Can You Get Involved?
If you are interested in learning more about the Historic Preservation Commission, attend one of their regular scheduled meetings or call at 616.554.0707.

Resources 

Seeking Michigan
Kent County Master Cemetery List
Michigan Genealogy Search Engines
Godwin's Past
Inventory of Older Octagon, Hexagon and Round Houses