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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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Eat Locally – Shop Locally

West Michigan is home to several Farmers’ Markets, and even more farm-based markets.  My favorite is Fulton Street Farmers’ Market, not just because of the (mostly) locally-sourced produce, dairy, meat, plants and flowers – but because it’s a great place to people-watch while you sip a morning java,

Do you have the space and energy for a personal garden? Read April Philips’  Designing Urban Agriculture : A Designing book coverComplete Guide to the Planning, Design, Construction, Maintenance and Management of Edible Landscapes. (Access with  your GRCC user name and Raider #.)

Make a point to visit your local farmers’ market regularly this summer, and enjoy the seasonal selections. See you there!

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