The Birth of the Howell Heritage and Historical Society
( HHHS )
In February of 2019, word started to spread that the future of the MacKenzie Museum and Library on Lakewood-Farmingdale Road in Howell was in jeopardy of being torn down. A small group of historical enthusiasts knew the “MacKenzie House”, the home of the Museum and Library, had to be saved. They started attending Howell Township Council Meetings to gather information and plead the case of the MacKenzie House.
In order for the group to have any chance of owning the MacKenzie House, they would have to become incorporated and a 501c3 organization. On February 24, 2020, HHHS received the deed for the MacKenzie Museum and Library property from Howell Township.
On September 14, 2021 Howell Township Council passed an ordinance leasing the land under the Ardena Schoolhouse to the Howell Heritage and Historical Society. They were now in full possession of two major historic properties in Howell.
The mission of Howell Heritage and Historical Society is to collect and preserve materials related to Howell Township’s cultural and historical heritage; to provide the Howell Township residents and the public at large, accessibility to materials, displays and buildings that highlight the historical significance of Howell Township, and to promote the study of local and regional history through educational programs and events.
The Howell Heritage and Historical Society meets the 4th Friday of each month (except November & December) 7pm at Ardena Baptist Church Gym, 593 Adelphia Rd, Howell. The meetings feature various talks and presentations, and are open to anyone with an interest in the history of the Howell area.