Historical Commission


  • 5 p.m.
  • 2nd Thursday of every month
  • Cass County Building
    120 N Broadway
    Kincheloe Room
    Cassopolis, MI 49031


  • Ron McAdam, Chair
  • Allen Butchbaker, Vice Chair
  • Jackie Taylor, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jane Bergman
  • Sherry Hilden
  • Ken Krause
  • Wanda Norton
  • Al Palmer
  • C. Abigail Schten

History museum


Publications available through the Cass County, Michigan, Historical Commission. Buy one book at cost, buy two books 10% off total, buy three books 20% off total, buy four books 30% off total. Free Atlas with any purchase.

Glover's 1906 History of Cass County ($25 plus $13 Shipping and Handling)

1914 Atlas of Cass County, Michigan ($25 plus $7.50 Shipping and Handling) Atlas in color, soft cover, 18 by 14 1/2 inches and contains maps of each township, city, village and lake.

1860 Map of Cass, Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan ($25 plus $7.50 Shipping and Handling) Book form reproduction of an original 6 feet by 6 feet wall map. Includes 69 plats of townships and villages, plus 45 illustrations from the three counties. Soft cover, 66 pages, 12 1/2 inches by 17 inches, 1983. Indexed.

1872 Atlas of Cass County, Michigan ($25 plus $7.50 Shipping and Handling) The atlas includes maps of each of the county's townships, city and village plans, a railroad map, distances and population, and business directories. Soft cover. Indexed.

1896 Atlas of Cass County, Michigan ($25 plus $7.50 Shipping and Handling) This reprint of the 1896 standard atlas includes a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county. Indexed. 11 inches by 17 inches spiral bound.

Cass County A Brief History compiled by Mae R. Schoetzow ($12 plus $2.50 Shipping and Handling) Originally published by The Marcellus News in 1935, A Brief History of Cass County recalls the days of the early settlers, organization of the townships and villages, and more.

A Dowagiac Collection by Berenice E Vanderburg ($20 plus $2.50 Shipping and Handling) Third edition reproduced by the Historical Commission. Includes bookmark with short biography of the author who died in 1999. Vanderburg, a writer for many years with the Dowagiac Daily News, shares stories of Dowagiac's history and residents. Hardbound, 213 pages. Indexed.

Historical Reflections of Cass County, Michigan ($10 plus $7.50 Shipping and Handling) Printed through the combined efforts of the Cass County Historical Commission, Historical Society and Planning Department, Historical Reflections contains architectural, historical and archaeological information of Cass County. Photos and maps show the locations of many of the sites. Softbound, 147 pages, 1981.

History of Cass County, from 1825 to 1875 by Howard S Rogers ($25 plus $5 Shipping and Handling) The first reprinted edition of Rogers' history. Complete with expanded index. Hardbound.

History of Cass County, Michigan by A. Mathews ($25 plus $7.50 Shipping and Handling) This second reprint of the 1882 publication is one of the best sources of early Cass County History and Pioneers. The book is bound in dark red simulated leather with gold lettering. Reproduced by the Cass County Historical Commission. Hardbound, 471 pages, illustrated, 8 1/2 inches by 11 1/2 inches, ISBN 0-9615358-0-6, 1986. Indexed.

Historic Tours of Cass County, Michigan ($15 plus $3.50 Shipping and Handling) Features six self-driving tours throughout the county. Includes the northern part of the county, U.S. 12 from west to east, Dowagiac, Cassopolis, LaGrange, Glenwood, Charlestown, Wakelee, Jones and the Underground Railroad. Description of the sites and historical information provided. Spiral bound with map of Cass County enclosed. Compiled by Cass County Historical Commission. Edited by Grafton and Barbara Cook.

Historical Map of Cass County, Michigan ($10 plus $5 Shipping and Handling) The hand drawn pictorial map of Cass County includes the county's city and villages, and historic sites. A brief history of the county, with color photos, is printed on the reverse side. In color, 30 inches by 36 inches, can be framed.


Mail order to
Cass County Historical Commission
c/o Cass District Library
319 M-62 N
Cassopolis, MI 49031
Email Cass District Library - Local History Branch Manager Jon Wuepper


Cass County Administrator's Office
120 N Broadway
Suite 116
Cassopolis, MI 49031
Phone: 269-445-4421
Email Jackie Taylor