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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. […]

Our personal calendars tend to fill up in June with graduation open houses, weddings and vacations. We also have an active Society calendar as summer gets kicked off. Here’s a quick list of WMGS events for your reference. June 12 – Here’s a reminder that in June, because the annual Arts Festival held in downtown […]

I will sometimes get questions from members and I do my best to answer them all. This week I received an email from Tom D. “Have a question about the meaning of the phrase ‘was not between 16 and 45 when children were born in marriage.’  When bringing up “possible record problems” in my personal […]