FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2020
Photo: Left to Right Eric Gustad, Consumers Energy Representative, and RAHS Board members,Linda Howard, Diana Green and Ken Todd at the Remus Museum.
Remus, MI – Remus Area Historical Society has received a $2,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to support its Oral History project to strengthen community development.
“As a company with over 130 years of serving Michigan, we at Consumers Energy appreciate the value of preserving history in the communities we serve,” said Carolyn Bloodworth, secretary/treasurer of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are excited to support the Oral History project, keeping the past alive and promoting a strong future for the Remus community.”
The goal of the Oral History project is to produce a DVD with photos, recordings and video for distribution that will reflect the industriousness and unique collaborations that helped develop the Remus area. In addition, photo placards in store windows will build interest in the DVD project and draw tourists and residents to shop in Remus’ downtown area and visit the museum.
The Oral History project began years ago spearheaded by the late Don Hatfield, whose family has been in the Remus area for over 135 years. An active community leader, Don used his school, farm, and church connections to conduct oral history interviews with over 60 area elders. He also collected photographs and documents that reflected the community. After he passed in 2013, his daughter Sherry Marks began organizing his materials.
Remus Area Historical Society, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable all-volunteer organization that manages the Remus Museum, displays historical items that reflect the area and offers activities and programs to residents and tourists. (Subscribe to www.Remus.org.)
The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. The Consumers Energy Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan – its people, our planet and Michigan’s prosperity. In 2019, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy and its employees and retirees contributed more than $11.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation, visit www.ConsumersEnergy.com/foundation.