The Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society (RAHGS) is a non-profit organization established in January 1990 when a group of citizens gathered in the Richmond Public Library to pursue a common interest: the preservation of a 19th Century one-room schoolhouse which was located in the middle of a cornfield owned by James McKiernan of Richmond Township.

     Shortly thereafter, the newly formed Society was offered a former Grand Trunk Railroad Depot from Columbus Township, which was owned by Joseph Maranzano and located on Rattle Run Road. Members and interested individuals were able to save these historic buildings by moving them to the Bailey Park property which was donated to the Society by the City of Richmond.
     In 1996, the descendants of John Donley donated a log cabin and outhouse which were also moved to the park.
     In 2007 the Society raised funds and built a replica blacksmith shop to sit alongside the historic buildings. The building was completed in the spring of 2009 and serves as a museum, office space, and storage.

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Download a PDF of our now quarterly newsletter: “The Historian” below:

March April 2016 Historian
May June 2016 Historian
July August 2016 Historian
September/October 2016 Historian
November/December 2016 Historian

January/February 2017 Historian
March/April 2017 Historian

May/June 2017 Historian
July/Aug 2017 Historian
Sep/Oct 2017 Historian
November/December 2017 Historian
January/February 2018 Historian
March/April 2018 Historian
May June 2018 Historian
July/August 2018 Historian
Sept/Oct 2018 Historian
Nov/Dec 2018 Historian
January/February 2019 Historian
March/April 2019 Historian
May/June 2019 Historian
July/August 2019 Historian
September/October 2019 Historican
November/December 2019 Historian
January/February 2020 Historian
2020 Summer Historian not published due to Covid 19 Pandemic

2020 Fall Historian
2021 Winter Historian
2021 Spring Historian
2021 Summer Historian
2021 Fall Historian
2022 Winter Historian
2022 Spring Historian
2022 Summer Historian
2022 Fall Historical
2023 Winter Historian

2023 RAHGS Society Officers

President: Dianne Gibson
Vice-President: Don Graham
Treasurer: Lori Nye 
Secretary: Kristine Nolan

Norm Gibson
Marsha Phillips
Richard Weinert

Contact Us

Richmond Area Historical and Genealogical Society
36045 Park Street, PO Box 68
Richmond, MI 48062