The Brechting Family History book is being printed and will be ready for review & purchase at an open house on Monday, July 23rd from 5-7 pm or Wednesday, July 25th from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Alpine Township community room, 2015 7 Mile Road.
This book traces the history of the Alpine Township Brechting family from their roots in Dorlar, Westphalia, Germany to Four Brothers coming to America and settling in Alpine Township and Grand Rapids, Michigan. The book is full of photos, stories and records of the Brechting ancestors.
Alpine Township Historical Commission is always looking for items you would like to share, such as photos, which can be scanned and kept digitally. Originals can stay with you. We will give you a digital DVD of any photo scanned.
Also, we have a collection of 4 generation photos. As you gather at any time during the year, please remember to take a 4 generation photo and please share it with us. We can reproduce it and return your original. Or, call the township office at 784-1262 and you can email it to them.
If you are interested in researching your family history, call the township office and they will give one of us a call to set up an appointment to meet at the Alpine Township Historical office. If any of your relatives lived in Alpine Township, you will find a host of information on them in our files. Or, you can share what you have to add to our files. Call the township office for an appointment at 784-1262
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In 2015, we printed The 50th Anniversary of the Palm Sunday Tornado book. This is a history of the tornado that came through Alpine Township on April 11, 1965. We worked with the National Weather Service on this very interesting book. It is available for $20 at the township office on Alpine Ave. and 6 Mile Road. We interviewed those who lived through that tornado and included photos of the destruction of that day. Along with the book, we include a DVD of those interviews and photos.
Alpine Township Historical office is in the Community Building at 2015 Seven Mile Road.
Alpine Township Historical museum is just east at 7 Mile and Walker Ave.
For information call the Alpine Township office at 616-784-1262
Alpine Twp. Historical Commission Members
Patricia Cederholm, President
Peg Brechting, Treasurer and museum
Marta Brechting, Secretary and Museum
Mary Alt, computer operations & office
Don Doyle, Programing and Vice President
Bill Schweitzer, Township Representative
Charlene Rasch, museum & office
Fran Rollart, library & office