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Tales from the Archives: Michigan County Poor Farms

Tuesday Oct 3 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Holland Museum
31 W 10th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Long before the advent of modern social welfare, county governments in Michigan maintained poor houses or poor farms. Explore the early history of these facilities in their attempts to care for Michigan’s poor, elderly and destitute. Join Adam Oster, Community Engagement Librarian from the Library of Michigan, to discover the lives and records of the inmates that resided at our state’s poor farms. This program is a collaboration with the Herrick District Library and a follow-up to our previous program on the Ottawa County Poor Farm.
Adam Oster (he/him) is the Community Engagement Librarian for the Library of Michigan.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Grand Valley State University with a minor in Political Science and Secondary Education Certification. He also has a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University. Adam’s interests include genealogy and local history research.


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