Old Settler Reunion Coloring Book Aims To Teach Remus’ History


REMUS – A Remus organization allows you to learn about local history while becoming artistic.

The historical Remus coloring book was originally published in 2018 by the Organization of the meeting of former settlerswhose initiative aims to create a more inclusive history of Michigan and the United States in which African American participation in local Remus history is understood, accepted, and valued.

The book is now available on the Former Settlers Reunion website. Illustrations by Pointer Raymond are associated with historical information about Remus and his first settlers.

According to the organization’s website, Old Settler families came to Michigan from different places. They came from Canada on the Underground Railroad and from Payne’s Crossing in Ohio as free people.

Marsha Stewart, CEO and public relations representative for the Old Settler’s Reunion organization, said the coloring book includes several images and information about the settlers.

“On the cover of the book is George Mangal, who was a Civil War veteran in 1864,” Stewart said. “Inside the book what is illustrated are the older images we obtained from Remus’s Early Settlers Museum.”

The book includes 28 pages of illustrations and is a sort of coloring book for adults.

Readers can encounter local surnames like Fate, Bowman and Gingrich, as well as stories and information about local infrastructure and life in Remus during this time.

The book includes a history of the Homestead Act of 1862 which allowed each settler up to 160 acres in Michigan. In 1873, African Americans owned 1,392 acres in the three counties of Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm.

This year, The Old Settlers Reunion website won the Michigan Humanities Outstanding Organization Award for 2022 and is set to be featured in Michigan History Magazine.

The organization participated in several events on August 20 at its annual Veterans’ Reunion Picnic to celebrate the award, including donating to the Little River School Section Veterans’ Park school painting and a memorial program for POW Wilmer Norman, who was captured in 1951 from the Korean War .

Stewart said she hopes people can both learn and enjoy the creative aspect of the coloring book.

“Our history is important and we’ve been around for a long time,” Stewart said. “We are focused on preserving and sharing this story, and the hope with the coloring book is to engage people in this story.”

For more information on the Old Settler’s Reunion organization and to learn more about its history, visit the official website at www.oldsettlersreunion.com.


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