Historic Preservation Commission

The City of Kentwood Historic Preservation Commission (KHPC) is a group of seven individuals appointed by the City Commission to help preserve the history of the community.  Any resident interested in serving on the KHPC may complete the on-line application or contact the Mayor's Office (554-0771) for more information.

Local History Books Available!

The Story of Kentwood describes the dramatic struggles and sacrifices of the earliest settlers of Paris Township, the changes that marked the Township's coming of age near the turn of the century, and the rapid transformation of an agricultural area into a thriving suburban community.  The authors weave stories told by longtime residents with historical facts and text to create a book that is an interesting as well as an informative source.

Copies of The Story of Kentwood can be purchased at any of the following locations for $10.00:
  • City Offices (4900 Breton Avenue)
  • Heritage Room located in the Kentwood Branch Library (4950 Breton Avenue)

Click here for some historical facts about Kentwood (Paris Township)

Don't Throw It Out!

When was the last time you cleaned your attic or basement? What did you do with all of the old pictures and other memorabilia?
Whatever you do, don't throw it out and don't leave it tucked away so that no one else can see it! You are the community and your history is worth sharing with others! Consider adding it to the Kentwood Library for preservation and use within the Local History Room.

How Can You Get Involved?

If you are interested in learning more about the Historic Preservation Commission, attend one of their regular scheduled meetings or give staff a call at (616) 554-0707.

Regular Meeting Schedule

Unless otherwise noticed, the KHPC meets on the second Monday of each month at 6:00 pm in the Heritage Room at the Kentwood Library (4950 Breton Avenue).
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Commission Members

Esther Middlewood

Dick Cunningham

Jackie Moore

Dave VanDyke

Geraldine Noorman

Jean Deckert