Thank you for your interest in preserving the history of Westland and Nankin Township. While we would love to be able to accept all items pertaining to the history of Westland and Nankin Township, we may not always be able to. If you are interested in donating a piece of Westland or Nankin Township history to the Westland Historical Commission, please follow the guidelines below.
Pre-Presentation Steps (Answer the following questions)
- Criteria One: Does the item have a direct correlation to the Wesland, Nankin Township or any of the now defunct towns or villages of our past?
- Criteria Two: Is the item authentic*? Would this item be a unique** addition to the Westland Historic Village Park’s permanent collection? Is this item in reasonably good condition? Has the item been in existence at least fifty years?
- Criteria Three: Does this item have a specific place or purpose in one of the Westland Historic Village’s permanent collections…
- Felton Farmhouse 1850-1899
- Including the Military Sub-Collection 1860-1975
- Eloise Museum 1832-1984
- McKee Barn Agriculture
- Collins Archive and Westland Area History 1827-present
- Octagon House 1900-1950
- Including Toy Collection 1800-1990
- Including Local Schools Collection 1827-present
- Carriage Shed – Westland Police and Fire Department
- Perrinsville Schoolhouse
- Felton Farmhouse 1850-1899
If the answer to any of the Criteria is yes, there is a fair chance the item may be accepted. In the event an answer to one of the criteria is yes please follow the Presentation Steps in the next section.
- No artifact will be accepted unless a written statement of intent to donate is submitted to the Westland Historical Commission whether in person or through mail. Updated contact information should be provided so as to allow the Commission to contact the donor.
- The written statement must include the name and description of the artifact being donated, a model name and/or number, a manufacturer name and/or number, a photograph of the actual artifact and a statement citing why the donor chose to donate the artifact to the Westland Historical Commission.
- In the event the item is a document or a photograph, or collection of photographs, please provide a summary of the document and the photograph(s).
- Once the above information is submitted, the Westland Historical Commission will research the artifact(s) to determine if the artifact should be considered for acceptance. Once per month, the Commission will meet, at which time the artifact will be voted upon for acceptance or rejection.
- If an artifact is accepted, the object becomes the property of the Westland Historical Commission at which point the Commissioners will determine how best to use the artifact.
- All donated artifacts cannot be reclaimed by the donor or their heirs.
- Once an artifact is donated to the Westland Historical Commission, the Commission reserves the right to display, store, or dispose of the artifact as the Commission sees fit.
- If the artifact is to be deaccessioned, the Westland Historical Commission will attempt to contact the original donor.