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First Congregational Church (Kalamazoo, Mich.) Collection

Identifier: RH-A-53

Scope and Contents

The collection has a number of items relating to the church including bulletins with the weekly worship service, histories, the dedication booklet for the present building in 1928 and a church directory from 1972.


  • Creation: 1919-1985


Biographical / Historical

The First Congregational Church dates its beginnings to June, 1835. At this time they were joined by a group of Presbyterians. Their first worship space was located on West South Street just to the east of South Rose Street. In 1849 the congregation split and the Congregationalists built a new church a few years later at the corner of Academy and S. Park Streets where they continue to be today in 2010.


0.25 Cubic Feet

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The collection is composed of items from the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan and range from 1919 to 1985.

Source of Acquisition

This collection had been called "Acquired" but was renamed in 2010 "First Congregational Church, Kalamazoo." In addition, A-1753 and A-2167 which had items from the church that were acquired, were cl

Related Materials

Kalamazoo Public Library history of the First Congregational Church: "First Congregational Church: Fledgling Faith and Fire" First Congregational Church, written by Fred Peppel, Kalamazoo Public Library staff, August 2005.

Physical Description

The collection amounts to .25 cubic feet and is composed of a wide variety of items from the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan. The items vary in size. The church bulletins are approximately 5"x7" and are four total pages. The booklets also are 5"x7" and the church directory is 8.5"x11". The collection is in good shape although some of the church bulletins are in delicate shape. In addition, the memorial service program page from 1898 is in two pieces.

First Congregational Church (Kalamazoo, Mich.) Collection Finding Aid
Lynn Houghton
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490