Macomb County Heritage Alliance
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History of Macomb County Heritage Alliance
Macomb County, Michigan has a proud tradition of recognizing and preserving its history. There are very few counties of the United States that can boast of the number of historical societies, groups, and commissions that Macomb County has. Virtually all of the county's towns, villages, and townships have a historical group devoted to them.
For a long time, many people had voiced a need for some kind of county-wide organization for historical and genealogical groups to get together to exchange ideas, network, and socialize. In early 1996, with the assistance and guidance of Madeline Page, then President of the Macomb County Historical Society (MCHS) and Pat Hallman, MCHS board member, Macomb County Heritage Alliance (MCHA) was born.
Since that date, MCHA has held annual meetings at various locations within the county. For the last few years, these meetings are generally held the last Saturday in April. With the disbanding of the Historical Commission within Macomb County government, the consortium of historical and genealogical organizations present at the 2011 annual meeting hosted by the Chesterfield Historical Society, voted to formalize the Alliance. In 2012, at the annual meeting hosted by the Richmond Area Historical & Genealogical Society, an interim board was selected with the primary task of formalizing the Alliance and writing the bylaws for the organization. At the annual meeting in 2013, hosted by the Lorenzo Cultural Center, the board of officers and directors were voted in and the bylaws were accepted by the consortium of historical and genealogical organizations in attendance. Annual dues, to cover operating costs of the Alliance, are now charged to those organizations and individuals wishing to become participating members of MCHA.
Current Officers and Board of Directors are:
President: Debbie Remer
Vice President: Chris Causley
Treasurer: Christopher Werner
Secretary: Lois Jackson
Directors: Sue Keffer