In October of 2005, City Manager Larry Nielson, called for a meeting of persons interested in the development of a Museum/Community Center.  The donation of the Edwin Foster Collection of trophy animals and the donation of Bob Emmert's book, "Bangor: Our History in Photographs" created a sense of need for a location to display local history.  Twenty-eight people showed up to the Simpson United Methodist Church's Community Room on the 27th of that month and plans were laid and dreams were about to come true.  Discussion for a museum included pros and cons, size, staff, funds, location, historical society, etc.  Meetings were held through the spring and on March 23, 2006, a final draft was accepted and the Bangor Historical Society became a reality.  A board of directors was elected from that meeting which included; Ken Ratzlaff, Clifford Waite, George Hein, Charles McNary, Teresa Wiles, Jane Rainey, Philip Wiles, Yvonne Beasley, and Bob Emmert.  At a board of directors meeting on March 30, 2006, the following board officers were elected: Teresa Wiles, President; Yvonne Beasley, Vice President; Charles McNary, Secretary; Bob Emmert, Treasurer.  To promote membership and set dues it was decided to have the following categories; Lifetime ($250), Senior ($10), Adult ($20), Student ($10), and Family ($40).  People becoming members before the annual meeting would become Charter Members.  The Society has 160 members and 5 families.  It was also decided to mail a bi-annual newsletter to the membership.  The name New Argos  was given to the letter to reflect on the Bangor High School newspaper that existed in the early 1900's.

From the Articles of Incorporation, the purpose of the Society is to; "collect, acquire, preserve and interpret the history and cultural development of the greater Bangor, Michigan area.  The Society endeavors to: a) foster an understanding and appreciation of local history; b) stimulate and encourage the collection, preservation and interpretation of history; c) assist and advance the contributions of local citizens; and d) cooperate and collaborate with individuals, organizations and institutions interested in history and which furthers items a), b), and c).  The Society may directly and indirectly produce, sponsor and support programs, activities, publications, collaborations, as well as function as a resource, clearinghouse, information exchange and network for others so the mission of the organization can be accomplished.  The society may develop and maintain a Bangor Community Museum or other facilities and operate said facilities as a museum and cultural center.  The Society serves as a repository for archival materials, a conduit for research of local history and genealogy, and provides educational materials and information about America's past." 

 

 

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