Wright Township

Historical Information

Historical Commission

Wright Township Historical Commission is a group of volunteers who preserve and protect the oldest records of the township. The Wright Township Board approved the formation of this commission in 2011.

In the past, the Wright Township Historical Commission has secured grant money from Coopersville Area Community Foundation. With this money, they have purchased laptop computers and the Past Perfect Museum program for indexing.

In 2015, Wright Township Historical Commission wrote the book “160th Berlin Fair”.  This book is filled with photos and information of when the fair started and where it has gone in its 160 years.  Books are available for $10 at the Wright Township office.

Over these 10 years, Wright Township Historical Commission has organized the earliest township records in archival boxes, indexed the earliest burial records, photographed the tomb stones in the township, copied and indexed the one-room schools census records, collected photos and information on these schools, copied and indexed the WPA Rural Inventory records of 1938.  The Historical Commission continues to add to the family files they started with former and current families in the township.  In these family files one can find census records, obituaries, news articles and photographs.

Wright Township Historical Commission works in cooperation with Coopersville Area Historical Society, Alpine Township Historical Commission, Sparta Township Historical Commission, Western Michigan Genealogical Society and Ridge Historical Consortium. Free seminars are offered by these historical organizations that the commissioners attend to keep up to date.