94-year-old director retires from Evart Museum

Aloha Hodges: ‘I enjoyed every minute of it’

EVART — The Evart Library & Museum celebrated the retirement of its longtime museum director, Aloha Hodges, on Sept. 24. 

Friends and family of Hodges gathered to pay tribute to the woman who spent decades collecting and storing historical items, documents and clothes from the city of Evart’s residents of the past. 

The 94-year-old was in good spirits greeting friends, and reminisced on her connections to Evart through her family. 

“My time with my museum was over quite a few years,” Hodges said. “I enjoyed every minute of it. I've always been interested in history because of my background. My mother was Dutch, but she wasn't born in the Netherlands. I got interested in doing family history through learning about her life, and then it just kind of got into things with local history here in Evart.” 

Hodges was born in Muskegon and lived there before college. She also spent time in Pontiac at a farm her father owned. She later moved to Evart after meeting and marrying her husband, who is a native of the city.

Hodges said she hopes to stick around and spend time with family following retirement. 

“My wishes are that I live to be at least 98,” Hodges said. 

The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 105 N. Main Street in Evart.