NEWAYGO — The Heritage Speaker Series will host Rose Hammond at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at the Newaygo County Museum and Heritage Center located at 12 Quarterline R in Newaygo. Born in White Cloud, the third of six children, Rose is the author of Idlewild and Woodland Park, MI — An African American Remembers.

In 1987, while visiting Woodland Park with her mother, Rose was seized with the urgent need to record the stories of those who had founded the community before they were gone. With her background as a court stenographer, Rose traveled to Woodland Park every weekend for two months to document the recollections of those aged residents who were able and willing to share their memories. These interviews became the basis of her book. Rose will share her experience as she speaks on Documenting History — Past and Present.

Rose continues to write and has since published two more books. She also enjoys historical artwork and is a veteran Artprize participant. Her books will be available for purchase at the event on June 12.

There is no cost to attend the Heritage Speaker Series. Seating is limited, so please call the Museum and Heritage Center at (231) 652-5003 to reserve your spot. Speaker travel is underwritten by Freedom Chevrolet of Fremont.