Owosso, Michigan

July 26, 2006

July 19th: Welcome to Owosso, Michigan! If you have not spent a day here. Plan to do so in the future. Owosso, MI is just north of I-69 via M-52. It is located in Shiawassee County, near the county seat of Corunna. The purpose of my visit was to meet and advise the County Historical Museum and Archives on their collections. We had a good visit. I was duly impressed with the board’s attention to detail. Their organization and storage is better than some larger institutions. The board’s questions centered around appraisal decisions, storage medium and other administrative problems. Hopefully they will benefit from my suggestions.

One item that arose that is an ongoing problem is the locating of public documents in private organization’s holdings. State or local government records’ ownership cannot be transferred to private hands; they can be placed on permanent loan however. If you or your organization has public documents, or think you might, E-mail me at harveym@mi.gov or call me at (517) 373-1415 to discuss the options.

Owosso is filled with wonderful historic homes and factories. It is home to author James Oliver Curwood’s Castle. For you Canadians, Owosso has a 24 hours Tim Horton’s! Per the usual, I cruised the town on my way home to see the sites and share some interesting photos. Enjoy.

The Tuscola and Saginaw Bay rolling stock

Steam Railroad Institute

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