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SAVE THE DATE: History Detectives launching new Youtube Channel

The award-winning History Detectives Grand Rapids program sponsored by local heritage organizations is back! This year, History Detectives will launch their new Youtube Channel on January 22, 2022!

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Eight pre-recorded programs ranging from the shores of Lake Michigan through Grand Rapids to the State Library in Lansing. You will be able to view these programs starting January 22, 2022 at whatever time is convenient to you!

Members of the Greater Grand Rapids Womens History Council will be presenting Unearthing an Army of Women: Diversity in Our WWI Women’s Registration Cards. Join Ruth Stevens, GRCC’s own Sophia Brewer, Andrea Riley Mukavetz, and Sue Thoms to learn about the historical nuggets that can be found in an astonishing new resource. Collected in 1918, Kent County’s 23,000 WWI women’s registration cards are available on a searchable database, ready to reveal the diversity of women volunteers who crossed class, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries to create, inadvertently, a mine of treasures not limited to Grand Rapids. Sociological, historical, and geographic veins remain largely unexplored. The presenters will highlight individuals and clusters of African American, Native American, and working women to illustrate what the cards can provide state- and nation-wide researchers; as well as fascinating tips on searching: “journalist” was not used, but “Indian” was. Tune in to explore the skills, held or desired, of a forgotten front line.

Click the brochure pages below to learn more about other programs premiering that same day.

History Detectives Grand Rapids 2022 brochure page 1
History Detectives Grand Rapids 2022 brochure page 1
History Detectives Grand Rapids 2022 brochure page 2
History Detectives Grand Rapids 2022 brochure page 2

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616 Day!

616 is Grand Rapids local area code, and today is June 16 – aka 616. Today is also the inaugural 616 Day – what organizers hope will become an annual event. The event will be held TODAY at Celebration Cinema Studio Park Piazza at 123 Ionia Avenue SW.

This first 616 Day is also a crowd-funding fundraiser for a film project from Grand Stand Pictures. The filmmakers are working on a movie version of A City Within A City: the Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, MI film project – Dr. Todd Robinson’s book, the eBook about which I recently posted.

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A City Within a City : The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan

It’s not a new book, but it’s a great read. And, it’s finally available in unlimited user eBook format – that’s great since our print book is usually checked out. Dr. Todd Robinson‘s A City Within a City : The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “Robinson examines the civil rights movement in the North by concentrating on the struggles for equality in Grand Rapids, Michigan. School integration and bureaucratic reforms as well as the role of black youth activism detail the diversity of black resistance. Understanding race relations in Grand Rapids has broader implications for illuminating the twentieth-century African American urban experience.”

A City Within a City : The Black Freedom Struggle in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Before MLK Book Display

In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 20), librarian Sophia Brewer has curated a book display entitled “Before MLK there was….” Featured are images of famous African Americans with selected books on their lives and works.  Come on over, grab a cup of free coffee, and take a look at the display found near the Library & Learning Commons New Books Shelving.  Titles may be checked out!

Before MLK Book Display

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