Category Archives: Grand Rapids History

Musical Moods This Friday

Moods written in instrumentsNext to commencement, the annual Musical Moods concert is the longest-running event at GRCC.  A collage concert featuring all of the performing ensembles of the Music Department, Musical Moods was the brainchild of Albert Smith, longtime chair of the department.  The first Musical Moods was held in 1948 and in its early years featured the band, orchestra and choir.   Over the years, new groups have been added to the mix, including the Guitar Ensemble, the Jazz Orchestra, the Madrigal Singers, the Percussion Ensemble, Shades of Blue, the String Quartet, the Wind Ensemble, and student soloists, duets and ensembles.

Until 1956, the concert was held at the East Building gymnasium.  It has bounced from venue to venue over the years due to the lack of a performing arts center at the college.  Check out some of the past Musical Moods concerts.

  • Friday, February 21
  • 7:00 p.m.
  • East Grand Rapids High School Performing Arts Center- 2211 Lake Dr. SE 49506
  • Admission:  Adults $11.00; Students/Seniors $6.00
  • All GRCC Students with current Raider Card ID- FREE/ All GRPS Students with current ID Card- FREE

Musical MoodsMusical Moods 1957 program

Musical Moods undated

For more GRCC history, see Open Door: Grand Rapids Junior/Community College, 1914-2014. Photos and text courtesy of GRCC Archives.

 

 

 

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Grand Rapids Press now Full-Image

You asked for this – and now it’s here –  full-page images for the Grand Rapids Press from 2018 to the present, as delivered through the Newsbank Michigan Newspapers database. (Off-Campus users should logon with last name and 7-digit Raider number.)  Other versions of the Press do not include graphics at all, OR, the MLive free version  does not include all the articles published in the print version of the Grand Rapids Press.     To see what other newspapers GRCC licenses, check out the News Subject Guide!GR Press front page
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Closed Labor Day Weekend

The Library & Learning Commons (LLC) will be open Friday, August 30 from 7:30 AM – 5 :00 PM – and then CLOSED through Monday, September 2 for the Labor Day weekend.  We’ll reopen on Tuesday, September 3 at 7:30 AM with regular LLC hours.

Labor Day evokes parades, farmers’ markets, golfing, a trip to Lakes Michigan, sales at the mall and online, the Michigan State Fair, and more.  Read WHY we have the opportunity to enjoy these last days of summer.

Grand Rapids Labor Day parade - historical photo

Grand Rapids Labor Day Parade (circa 1908-1911) up N. Canal St. (Lower Monroe) taken from the top of  the Boston Store in the former dimestore row. From the Grand Rapids Public Museum Collection: (https://www.grpmcollections.org/Detail/objects/175220)

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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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