The Mid-Century Park School Development Program: Riverside2:00 – 2:45 PM

A Modern Vision Realized: The Mid-Century Park School Development Program

Pam VanderPloeg

Sponsored by the Grand Rapids City Archives

In 1951, a successful Grand Rapids Public Schools millage vote launched a twenty-year building program to solve the crisis of aging, overcrowded schools and the post-World War II baby boom. A collaboration between the schools, prominent West Michigan architects and the Grand Rapids Park Department, led by landscape architect Fred See, created beautiful modern schools set in expansive parks in old and new neighborhoods, and brought national recognition. The story of how that project unfolded, and of the fate of those schools today, will be told through original and contemporary photos and images.

This presentation is part of the 2017 History Detectives program on Saturday, January 28, at the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library.

10th Annual History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

 *Limited Seating – Space is limited and seating is offered first come, first served. There will be an overflow room available with a simulcast video presentation.

 Lunch – Reserve ahead of time!

12:15-1:00 PM

Boxed lunches are $10 and must be ordered in advance. Choose a turkey, ham or vegetarian sandwich (or make any of these gluten-free). Also included in the lunches are a fruit cup, pasta salad, cookie, condiments and bottled water. Pop will be available for an additional $1.00.

To reserve a lunch, call 616.988.5492 or email by 5:00 PM on Monday, January 23. Cash payment is due at the event.

Lunches by Cherry Deli; afternoon cookies by Lomonaco Sicilian Cookies. The Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University also sponsors History Detectives.


Limited parking is available in the Library parking lot and is free with a validated parking lot ticket.