Our History

The Beginning

In 1999, Mary Cone Kasprzyk experienced the loss of both her father and father-in-law, as well as the birth of her third child, within months of one another. She funneled those emotions, along with a passion for education and childhood equity, into making a positive change in the community.

The idea for a hands-on, educational children’s museum in Southwest Michigan was born. After in-depth research and planning, the early stages of the 501(C) (3) non-profit organization, then known as the Allegan County Children’s Museum, began to take shape.

Fueled by the support of the community, Mary brought the museum in traveling form to schools throughout the county over the next two years. During that time, however, it was decided that a permanent home would be ideal. 


Putting Down Roots
In 2006, local philanthropist Robert Hutchinson offered to renovate an old building in downtown Fennville, which still serves as the museum's home. Many of the hands-on exhibits have been built by community members or purchased through generous donations and grants. The museum also offers a vibrant selection of programs and special events throughout the year.

Forever Curious has received numerous grants, awards and accolades, including the PBS/WGVU “Making a Difference” finalist in 2015. It was named the “Favorite Find of the Entire Summer” by Travel Editor Julie Henning Road Trips for Families in 2016.

A New Chapter

Mary retired in December 2016, but her dedication to the museum shows no signs of waning. The present executive director, Wendi Onuki, is working to further her vision and bring fresh exhibits, programs and ideas to the museum. 

Meet the Board

Katie Giovannucci


Katie Giovannucci is the lead event coordinator at Apple Blossom Chapel and Gardens in Fennnville, where she manages event staff, vendors and space setup for special events of all sizes. She also serves as a substitute teacher at area schools. She has been on the board since 2013.

Dr. Amanda Hodge

Vice President

Dr. Amanda Hodge is an optometry specialist in Allegan. She has more than seven years of diverse experiences and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in medical group Allegan Eyecare.

Dana Phillips


Dana is the owner of Dana Phillips Photography and a former FCCM staff member. She joined the board in 2017.

Wendi Onuki

Executive Director

Wendi Onuki has a background in journalism and communications and previously worked as an English-as-a-second-language teacher in Japan. She has a passion for nonprofit work and community service, and presently volunteers in several capacities, including as a foster for Al-Van Humane Society and on the South Haven City Parks Commission. She also maintains the Southwest Michigan Kids website. She has served as executive director of the museum since 2016. 

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All meetings begin at 6: 15 pm at the museum and are open to the public.