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Bowne Twp. Historical Commission

     Bowne Township, Kent County, Michigan



Bowne Twp. Museum














The Bowne Township Historical Commission will begin its fundraising efforts to rescue and relocate a barn (circa 1900) to a location directly north-east of the existing museum. This museum will be a drive-through barn with numerous agricultural exhibits on display. The barn will also feature an enclosed educational room for enlightening groups about the agricultural history of the Bowne Township area. It will be located next to the current museum and township offices. Click here for the flyer.


The Bowne Twp. Historical Museum is home to many historical items that reflect the past history of Bowne Center and Bowne Township. Located on the N.E. corner of 84th Ave. and Alden Nash Rd, the museum is open to visitors on the first Sundays of June, July, August and September from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. It is open other times by appointment.. Take a look inside the museum.


Congratulations! The Bowne Center School is now listed in the National School Registry as certified by the

Country School Association of America.

Read more.

TRHMN recently won a Historical Society of Michigan award
Please see attached...

Click here for a 2018 Presentation that was done for the History of Alto


Bowne Twp. Schoolhouse

Bowne Township has researched information on

its Civil War Veterans.
A list of veterans with more detail can be found here.

The Bowne Center School is located on the S.E. corner of 84th Ave. and Alden Nash Road. It contains a collection of historical information about the eight one-room schoolhouses originally in Bowne Township. There is also a great collection of old schoolbooks, and the interior of the school is filled with old-fashioned desks and school items. The Bowne Center school is open to visitors on the first Sundays of June, July, August and September from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm . It is open other times by appointment.. Here's a look at some school and teacher information.


The purpose of the Bowne Township Historical Commission is to preserve the agricultural, residential, and commercial history and integrity of our community.  To bring together those people interested in the history of our community in order to educate the present generation so that we might forever leave a historical legacy to those who come after. Contact the Bowne Twp. Historical Commission for more information.

Mailing Address: Bowne Twp. Historical Commission, P. O. Box 35, Alto, Michigan 49302

Township Map
Museum Photos
Contact Us

Photo Gallery
Plat Maps
Historical Writings
Schoolhouse Info.
Newspaper Collections
◾Bowne Center Cemetery
◾Bowne Mennonite Cemetery

Related Links
Kent Co. MI GenWeb
◾1850 Bowne Twp. Census
◾1870 Michigan Census
Township Offices


Last Updated 04/07/21

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