The Grand Rapids Historical Society will host a presentation by Mike Klawitter and Walter Lockwood on “Open Door: The 100-Year History of Grand Rapids Junior College/Community College at 7 p.m. March 12 at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl St. NW. Free admission and free parking!
Their presentation will explore the college’s origins and its importance to the central city through the years. Included will be a look at the expansion of programs, enrollment and facilities; the challenges and successes GRCC has experienced; and some of the personalities involved.
To learn more, click here or visit the society’s Facebook page here.
Looking for that perfect holiday gift for a past or present GRCC/GRJC student or employee? Think Open Door: Grand Rapids Community College 1914-2014! The 100th Anniversary Committee and GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons are hosting a book signing by the author. Walter Lockwood meticulously researched and entertainingly wrote Open Door – and he will be signing copies:
- When: Monday – Dec. 8, 2014 from Noon – 2 p.m.
- Where: Library & Learning Commons
- Refreshments provided
Copies of Open Door are on sale (cash, check, credit card, RaiderCard) in the Library for $40. Read what local historian, author, and alum Thomas Dilley had to say about our history.
GRCC’s 100th anniversary book, Open Door: Grand Rapids Junior/Community College 1914-2014, is now available for purchase via mail order, and at GRCC’s Library & Learning Commons Circulation Desk.
Open Door by Walter Lockwood
One hundred years of GRCC’s distinct history is presented in 10 full-color chapters, each highlighting significant events and people who contributed to the college’s inception, growth and success. An extensive timeline and sidebar story accents each chapter. Several appendices of boards, award recipients, program accreditation and full-time employees, along with a bibliography and index, complete this book.
The book was researched, written and produced by current and former employees. Author Walt Lockwood, a retired GRCC English professor, interviewed dozens of GRCC/GRJC retirees over the last year while conducting research with Mike Klawitter, GRCC reference librarian/archivist. Mike, who managed the project, also provided the archived images, timeline and half of the sidebar stories. As each chapter was completed, it was passed to Jan Ensing, GRCC graphic designer, who provided the layout and design. Mike and Jan each relied on their co-workers and colleagues from across campus to assist in bringing this huge undertaking to completion.
Copies of the book that are pre-signed by Walt are also available. The cost is $40, including tax; cash, check, credit cards and RaiderCard will be accepted for payment. Shipping & handling is additional per copy ordered online and mailed to Michigan (add $6.95) and other US addresses (add $9.95).