Category Archives: Grand Rapids History

History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History!

History Detective graphicThis is your official “heads up” about the most well-attended FREE local history event of the year!  History Detectives is scheduled for:

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019,
  • 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • GR Public Library – Main, 111 Library St NE

This day-long event is made up of 6 programs on local history. Come for one or all of the programs – but ARRIVE EARLY to get a seat!  Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations – including our own GRCC Librarian, Sophia Ward Brewer –  2019 topics include:

  • Lawrence C. Earle is Grand Rapids’ First Artist (Don Bryant)
  • Undercurrent: African American Women in Turn-of-the-Twentieth Century Grand Rapids (Sophia Ward Brewer)
  • What Did they Know and When Did they Know it?: Grand Rapids and the Holocaust (Rob Franciosi)
  • Hot Spots in a Cool City: Evening Entertainment in Grand Rapids, 1940-1970 (M. Christine Bryon)
  • Fresh Air, thrift, Exercise, and Innocent Delight: School Gardening Programs in Progressive Era Grand Rapids (Jason Otto)
  • WWII: When Patriotism Was the Norm (Sandra Warren)

All events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and seating is offered first come, first served. There will be an overflow room available with simulcast video presentation. A boxed lunch is available for purchase. Email rsvp@grpl.org to purchase a lunch.  Take a look at the 2019 History Detective brochure, too!

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Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow

Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians logoLearn more about the traditions, arts, culture and food of the first citizens of Grand Rapids.  The Grand River Bands of Ottawa Indians are hosting the 39th Annual Homecoming of the Three Fires Traditional Pow Wow will be held at Riverside Park (2001 Monroe Ave. NW)

  • Dates:  June 9, 2018
  • Times:  1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Price Per Person:  Free

Before you go, you may want to read more about the Native American communities in West Michigan. If you can’t attend this one,  the Grand Valley American Indian Lodge Pow Wow is scheduled for Sept. 8-9.

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Festival of the Arts 2018: June 1-3

2018 Festival poster

Chris LaPorte, past ArtPrize winner, designed the 2018 poster.

 

Festival of the Arts  is a FREE three-day community event that features several stages of performances, a juried Regional Arts Exhibition, and dozens of food booths run by non-profit organizations. Plus, creative activities for children and adults to enjoy making their own art as well as purchasing art from West Michigan artists. Every purchase at Festival from food to art to t-shirts and posters gives back to the West Michigan community. You’re sure to see your classmates, professors, and their families!

  • June 1-2-3, 2018
  • Friday Noon – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Festival crowds

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go see gr!

go see gr! logoDid you know that you can visit many local cultural and leisure venues for free?  go see gr! is available to all current GRCC students and employees. Use your RaiderCard to experience Grand Rapids Museums and John Ball Zoo at no cost. The cost of student admission is sponsored by the Campus Activity Fee.  Staff Development is proud to sponsor and fund the cost go see gr! for employees. For more on Grand Rapids, see the Grand Rapids Subject Guide.

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1967 Race Riots Display

1967 Race Riots Book DisplayLibrarian Mike Klawitter recently curated a book display about the 1967 Race Riots in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

The 50th anniversary of these events causes Michiganders to ask ourselves what has or hasn’t changed, and why?

For a scholarly look at the Detroit riots, see  Joe T. Darden’s 2013 book, Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide. (multiple user e-book)

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