Celebrate, Commemorate, Venerate

Send us a picture of the Sparta area military veteran in your life in time for this year's Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.

This is an all-inclusive call for photos, from the Civil War era to present.

STHC will then post photos in our Veterans Photo Gallery and their picture will also be published in the next issue of Sparta Today.

Submit your photos here


Horace "H.J." Kurtz established the Sparta Rotary Club in 1937. Do you have a desire to volunteer like those pictured? 

🙋‍♂️Your Sparta Township Historical Commission is requesting volunteers to assist in completing a digital inventory of our collections donated by the public. 

Jobs include scanning, identifying people and places, creating written descriptions, and inputting on our Past Perfect software. 

No experience necessary, just a willingness to help STHC in this massive effort to digitize our entire collection. 

Please indicate interest by either
📫 Emailing history@spartahistory.org
☎️ Calling Larry Carter at 616-887-7600

This is a perfect opportunity for students needing volunteer hours or to fulfill an internship.

Historical Commission Coffee Hour

Join us for coffee on Monday mornings, from 9am-11am at the Historical Commission Research Center (71 N. Union), sharing memories, old photos, and fellowship in addition to access to Sparta's history records that have been collected and cataloged.


Images of America

Sparta Township

Known for small-town charm and a beautiful countryside, the area known as Sparta Township was first settled in 1844, and over the next two years it would become home to those pursuing dreams in the logging industry. Rich in a variety of forests, and with the Rogue River and Nash Creek running through it, Sparta first developed saw and flour mills. In the late 1800s, the"Ridge" would develop along the western edge of town, where the land was prime for growing a variety of fruits. When the Pere Marquette Railroad passed through town, it brought opportunity for thriving industry, including the Welch Folding Bed Company, Carnation Creamery, and Sparta Foundry. Spartans enjoyed community picnics, apple smorgasbords, and The Lady of the Lake cruise ship that famously sank to the bottom of Camp Lake. A sense of close-knit community thrives in the area today.

Author Bio: Author Kathryn Paasch earned a bachelor of arts degree from Grand Valley State University, and this is her first book. The Sparta Township Historical Commission is dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the Sparta area. Together, Paasch and the Sparta Township Historical Commission are proud to be able to share the history of their hometown.

Purchase Price: $21.99
Call 616-606-0765

Avaliable on the iBookstore

Avaliable on the Kindle

Vintage Christmas Note Cards

“Preserving History for Future Generations"


There are 8 cards per package and the cards are blank inside with a description of each of the photos on the back of the card.

The pictures are from the following locations: Main Street Sparta, Sparta Theatre, Loomis Street Skating Pond and Harper Drive Luminaries.

Proceeds to benefit the Sparta Township Historical Commission