VBRGS donates $100,000 to the Hartford Public Library

   The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) has made a $100,000 donation to the new Hartford Public Library (HPL) and Art & Bonna Vanderlyn Community Center. This donation supports the new HPL Genealogy Room and shows VBRGS’s gratitude to the library for welcoming the society and its one-of-a-kind genealogy and history collection into their new building, according to Joyce Beedie, President of the VBRGS.
   “The VBRGS and the HPL will be working together with a spirit of mutual cooperation to provide the community with a unique learning resource,” said Beedie. “The VBRGS, using the materials of the Genealogy Room along with state-of-the-art technology, will welcome everyone who has an interest in ‘finding their roots’ or learning about local history.”
   In 1987 a group of like-minded individuals decided to form the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society, Beedie noted.  Their mission was to encourage family history studies and to preserve and protect the history of the people and places of southwest Michigan. According to Beedie, this mission has been fulfilled continually for 33 years resulting in a collection consisting of 1,000s of books, documents, and photographs that are available for public use.
   “This collection is well-known by local researchers as well as those from across the United States and other countries. The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society looks forward to being a part of the new Hartford Public Library and the Hartford community,” said Beedie.

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