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Heritage Community of Kalamazoo



The Heritage Community of Kalamazoo was established in 1945 when Mayor Louis Sutherland and local residents looked to improve Kalamazoo’s system for senior care. Mayor Sutherland worked with Dr. Richard U Light, Mrs. Gifford “Love” Upjohn as well as community members to invest in secure, comfortable living for all seniors, regardless of their ability to pay.

Today there are seven communities on the Portage Street site for independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care. Heritage Community is the oldest continuum of care in Southwest Michigan, serving numerous residents.

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Heritage Community of Kalamazoo

Identifier: RH-A-4232
Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of documents, photographs, scrapbooks, photo albums, and VHS/cassette tapes from the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, an senior living community, located in Kalamazoo Michigan.

The documents include event information, reports, an IRS letter, lists, bylaws and ethical information, agreements, board minutes, a cookbook, guestbook, marketing materials, newletters, ledgers, court cases, and campaign materials.

Dates: 1950s-