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3:00 – 3:45 PM Reflections on the Gi-Gikinomaage-min (We are all Teachers) Project Belinda Bardwell Sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society & Kutsche Office of Local History Launched in November 2014, the Gi-gikinomaage-min (We are all Teachers) project aims to document the urban Native American experience in Grand Rapids. The local Native American community […]

1:00 – 1:45 PM Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Rediscovering Emma Cole’s 19th-Century Grand Rapids Flora Julie Stivers, Garrett E. Crow, and David P. Warners Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Museum In 1901, Emma Cole published Grand Rapids Flora, a catalog of plants growing without cultivation in the vicinity of Kent County. Enormous […]

11:30 AM-12:15 PM Making Waves: Michigan’s Boat Building Industry, 1865-2000 Scott M. Peters Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Commission Michigan’s late-nineteenth century emergence as the boat-building industry’s hub drew together talented designers, builders, and engine makers to produce some of the fastest, most innovative boats ever created. Entrepreneurs like Christopher Columbus Smith, John L. […]

10:30-11:15 AM Selling Grand Rapids: Expositions in the Furniture City, 1878-1965 Scott St. Louis Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society Grand Rapids’ late-nineteenth century business leaders were ambitious and optimistic: striving for the greatest profit from available resources, they rationalized production workflows, integrating the latest technologies into their factories. They also took advantage of […]

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 […]

We receive inquiries regularly. A recent question was about the availability of church records at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Do you maintain historical (approx. 1850-1900) church records from the following churches: St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Ada, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Hubbardston, and Saints Peter and Paul in Ionia?  Are these maintained […]

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society received a sizable donation of books this past summer from Barbara Vander Mark. If you have Illinois ancestors, especially from McLean County, you need to review this list. We’ve sent the books on to the Grand Rapids Public Library and the titles are now on the shelves on the 4th floor. Thanks […]