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Wanted: A few budding artist-historians in West Bloomfield

Discover history in your hometown.

That is the idea behind the West Bloomfield Historical Society’s first-time contest for young people. Kids are invited to look around West Bloomfield to find really old things, create an image of what they find, and learn the story behind it. Entrants do not have to actually live in the town but the artwork must show something historic in the town.

A contest category for families will encourage adults and kids to work together.

“I think it would be great for people to learn of and see our local historical homes,” said Mike Borgeest, whose home is one of the town’s oldest buildings.

Borgeest is vice president of the West Bloomfield Historical Society. The society, which was formed in 1983 by residents interested in preserving the history of the town, is headquartered in another of the town’s oldest structures, which was built in 1834 as a church.

Kids from kindergarten through 12th grade can create an image of something old found anywhere in the West Bloomfield township or the three hamlets of the town: West Bloomfield, North Bloomfield and Ionia. It might be a home, a church, a part of a building like a door, or a landscape feature like a fencepost — anything that tells a story.

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