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Welcome to the
Oceana County Historical & Genealogical Society

Research Headquarters
Historical Park Museums
~Free Admission~
Handicapped Accessible

Click Here for a full sized Slide Show of some of our Buildings


Research & Library Headquarters

114 Dryden St, Hart MI 49420
Phone 231-873-2600

Open Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
We are here to help you
on site - by email - by mail

Also available for School Tours 

If you are unable to visit us,
you may send us requests for genealogical or historical information. 
Our volunteers will do their best to find the information you have requested.

Contact us for information on fees for this service.


Click here to get turn by turn directions from your location to our Headquarters and Research Library

Map of 114 S Dryden St, Hart, MI 49420, USA

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Map of Oceana County, MI 49420

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Map of 5809 W Fox Rd, Mears MI 49436 USA

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Oceana Historical Park Museum Complex
5809 Fox Rd, Mears MI 49436

June, July & August
Open Weekends 1pm - 4pm
Free Admission


Buy a Brick Program

A brick permanently engraved with your name or a memorial to a loved one can be a lasting part of the walkway in our Memorial Garden.  To be constructed on the west side of the historic Swedish Mission Church between the ramp and the church building at the Museum Park in Mears.  Just fill out the form below and we'll do the rest.  A contribution of $100 will buy a 4"x8" brick engraved with up to three lines.  Proceeds will be used to complete the restoration of the church and provide funds for the maintenance of the Museum Park.  Make check payable to the Oceana County Historical Society.

Click here for the application


Museum Direct Links




History of Our Organization

The Oceana County Historical Society was organized in 1967 with an organizational meeting in Pentwater. In 1974 the Swift Lathers home in Mears, Michigan was given by the family for a museum. Since that small beginning, the museum has grown into a Historical Park which includes five buildings and one storage building. In addition, the Society now is the proud owner of the historic " Swedish Mission Church". And in 1984 the society purchased the Chadwick-Munger house from the county to be used as its headquarters. The Society is a non-profit organization, relying totally on dues from its membership and gifts from individuals.  There is no paid staff. A dedicated staff of volunteers maintain genealogical material and collected artifacts. Volunteers also conduct tours of the museum, answer questions about Oceana history, and conduct fundraiser's.


Oceana County Historical & Genealogical Society
114 Dryden Street
Hart, Michigan 49420
email: info@oceanahistory.org
Phone: 231-873-2600

Visitor Number Since April 15, 2006


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