A Brief History of the Cass City Area Historical and Genealogical Society
The Cass City Area Historical and Genealogy Society was established in 1977. This was the time of the Bicentennial of the United States and also the publication of Alex Haley's novel "Roots". Both of these events, no doubt, stirred up the revival of interest in local history and genealogy.
The primary area of concern for the historical society is the village of Cass City and the townships of Elkland, Novesta, Elmwood, Evergreen and Greenleaf. Membership includes people from those areas along with individuals who live in other parts of the country but have a connection either because they have lived here at one time or have ancestors from the area.
Projects completed by the Cass City Area Historical and Genealogy Society:
Two projects have recently been completed by the Historical Society. The Cass City Newspapers form 1881 until the present time and the Elkland and Novesta Cemetery Records are now available online. Both databases may be accessed using the buttons on the left-hand side of the screen.
Production of a book "The Cass City Area 1854-1995" both in soft cover and "limited edition" serial numbered hard cover editions. This book has been reprinted and copies are now available at Rawson Memorial District Library for $18.00 or by mail order.
Publication of postcards of local scenes both past and present
Production of "Living History" videos made up of interviews of long time residents of the area. These videos are available by checking them out at Rawson Memorial District Library.
Reproduction of the composite pictures of the graduation classes of the Cass City High School and set them up in a "traveling" display unit.
Production of the book "The Way It Was... Volume 2 - The Country Schools of the Cass City Area." This book is now available for purchase at Rawson Memorial District Library for $15.00 or by mail order.
Production of Wrapping Paper with photos of current and older buildings in Cass City. This may also be purchased at the library.
Production of the video "Cass City - The first 150 Years." This is available for purchase in DVD or VHS format at the library.
Production of a book containing the Cass City Area Historical Society newsletters for the last 10 years. This booklet may be purchased at the library for $8.00.