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As promised in the first bus trip post, here are some personal thoughts from some of the Bus Trip attendees. “The Microfilm reader room is the ACPL’s best kept secret” “I found the PHD dissertation about the Dred Scott fall from grace”- Claudia Day

Our next monthly meeting: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm in the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library Topic this month: Traffic Violations, Criminal Complaints and Marriages: Records of a Justice of the Peace Justices of the Peace served as local magistrates empowered primarily to administer summary justice in minor cases, to commit for […]

Our fall bus trip has just ended and it was a great success. We left early Wednesday morning, November 16.  Sue Irving always treats us to a morning rest stop break, including donuts, coffee and juice. We arrived about 11:30 at the Allen County Public Library. This is a high energy time as we rush […]

I confess I have spent more time researching the life and work of a former resident of my house in Grand Rapids than I have of any other single person. I can’t seem to resist searching for Lawrence Carmichael Earle when new resources come to my attention (see www.lcearle.com). Recently, I was looking on the Grand […]

Bodies in Transit

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One experience I had in New York City while on a New England Historical and Genealogical Society sponsored week last May was fascinating and productive but kind of macabre. Consulting with one of the Society professional genealogists, I was expressing my frustration with my inability to document my great great-grandmother’s death. I had tracked her, […]

As genealogists, we have all had that ‘a-ha!’ moment and regularly ask the genie spirits to provide another one. A couple of weeks ago I was able to share someone else’s, based on my past experience. I’m one of the Tuesday volunteer help group at the downtown Grand Rapids Public Library and it is particularly […]

One of the articles in the upcoming summer 2016 issue of Michigana is about Grace VanHoesen (1870-1959), a very active citizen of Grand Rapids. Grace was an involved citizen, dedicating her time to service on county boards and political entities. She was an organizer of Grand Rapids’ League of Women Voters, co-authoring their first edition, […]

Where does one find OUR (WMGS) blog?? Look for the link from the wmgs.org main website (or simply navigate to wmgs.org/blog)                   What is a blog? (from Wikipedia) A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog)[1] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide […]

Beer in Grand Rapids is big. But how big is it really? Journalist Pat Evans explores the history of beer in Grand Rapids and how it influences the multitude of brewers that now call West Michigan home. Evans will also take a broader look at how the current world beer industry developed, from an eclectic […]

By the middle of the 20th century the name Herman Miller had become synonymous with “modern” furniture. Working with legendary designers George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, the company produced pieces which would become classics of industrial design. Since then, Herman Miller has collaborated with some of the most talented designers in the world, […]