The Grand Rapids Public Library was the focal point of local history on Saturday, January 21st for the fourth annual History Detectives. The day-long event co-sponsored by local historical organizations featured six speakers. We had several hundred patrons throughout the day learn about various aspects of local history. Our own Benjamin Boss did a fantastic presentation on the cartoonist Ray Barnes. Our partners for the event were the GR Historical Commission, GR Historical Society, Greater GR Womens History Council, Western Michigan Genealogical Society, GR Public Museum, Kutsche office of Local History at GVSU and the GR Civil War Round Table. Presenters shown (left to right) are Gordon Olson, Sonya Bernard Hollins, Diana Barrett, Matthew Daley, Benjamin Boss and Don Bryant.
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