The annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner for volunteers of the Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society will take place in Hart at the Hart United Methodist Church Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 6 p.m.

Each year, the OCHGS invites all of its volunteers for dinner to show their  tremendous appreciation for their volunteering at the historical park and Old Town Hall in Mears and the Chadwick-Munger House in Hart.  

The historical society is an all volunteer organization, and thanks to the many people who have been involved, the historical society will celebrate 50 years of preserving the past in 2017. With its many volunteers and the hundreds of gifts of Oceana history, the historical society has grown each year and depends on the volunteers for its care and support.

This year, the historical society is pleased to have as its volunteer dinner program Dr. Melanie Shell-Weiss, of Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Shell-Weiss will give an update on the progress of the historical society’s Oceana Agricultural History project and her experiences in recording the oral history of Oceana County families and workers.

A 2016 project of the historical society is to interview as many farmers as possible about their family history of farming; many of whom are now fifth generation farmers. Interviews are being done by local volunteers and will continue throughout the year. The interviews, pictures, family histories and more will all be available at the historical society’s Hart headquarters the Chadwick-Munger House and at GVSU. All are invited to take part in the interviews. Call the Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society at 873-2600 to schedule an interview.