Historical Society



P. O. Box 126

Champion, MI 49814


Attention: Your help is needed!


Our Society, The Champion/Beacon/Humboldt Historical Society, is working
hard to gather pictures and information for a Pictorial History Book. The
book will cover about the first century of the history of Champion, Beacon
and Humboldt. Good progress has been made in gathering materials for the
book; however, we are still lacking some important pictures and historical
information. Also, it is likely there are many interesting and important
items (pictures, documents, memorabilia, etc.) we are not aware of that
could make important contributions to the publication. Please help us to
produce a book that we all can be proud of by sharing your items with us, as
well as by helping us seek items from others. While we are grateful for
donated items, please understand that we will be very happy to simply copy
pictures and other materials and return the originals promptly to the
owners. If necessary, the copying can most likely be done at someone's home
or place of business. It is clear that the efforts and support of everyone
in our communities will assure the success of our book.
Please contact these persons concerning potential items and suggestions for
the book: Richard Waisanen (ispose@att.net) or Don Mikkola
(demikkol@alphacomm.net) .
Historical Society Beginnings


   Our Historical Society was established on March 15, 2006 following approval of a Constitution and a Policy Manual. As delineated in the Constitution, the purpose of the Society shall be to seek, gather, preserve, archive, display, disseminate, and make available historical information and materials pertinent to the area; and further, to encourage historical study and research, as well as to educate the public about the history of the area.


   Beyond the details of creating the organization, during this first year the Society has established a basis for developing a variety of activities for the coming year to complement those currently underway which include:


1.      Directory of Champion High School Graduates

2.      Pictorial History Booklet

3.      Cemetery and Obituary Documentation

4.      Auto and Walking Tour Pamphlets

5.      History of Area Schools and Transportation

6.      Oral History Recordings


   Currently the Society has more than 60 members and is growing. Anyone interested in supporting the work of the Society is invited and encouraged to become a member. A membership application is available below for that purpose. While memberships are vital to the Society, there are a variety of other ways to support our efforts, including making donations of additional funds and needed items, seeking and gathering historical documents, photos, and other items related to our mission and efforts, as well as working directly on projects of interest.



   For more information about the Society and memberships please contact any of the following:


Mary (Plankey) Joki 906-339-4492; Berle LaPin 906-339-2223 or 339-2920; Lorraine (Huotari) Palmer 906-339-4186; Ken Saari 906-486-4059; or e-mail Don Mikkola  demikkol@alphacomm.net