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Abolition! African American History at the Library

The Local History and Special Collections Department, located on the fourth floor of the downtown library, is a pretty special place. You can find all various materials to assist with historic research, house history research, and genealogy. There a lot of books on the shelves (this is a library after all!) but it’s the books […]

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Yes, There Is A Michigan Accent

An evening with author Edward McClelland

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Sleuthing for Local History

Join us Saturday, January 28 for the 10th Anniversary of History Detectives.

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An Evening with Kevin Keefe: Twelve-Twenty Five

Learn about the life and times of a World War II-era steam engine.

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Notable rare book: American Brewing Academy’s 10th year anniversary

One recent addition to our rare books collection a book published by the American Brewing Academy (ABA) of Chicago in celebration of its tenth anniversary (1891-1901). The ABA held a 4-day reunion in honor of the occasion, as marked by the numbers at the top of the volume (9.30-10.3…1901…) The first thing I noticed about […]

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Religious Diversity in Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids, MI, has a strong Dutch and Christian background, and this tradition carries into the modern day. However, Grand Rapids is becoming steadily more diverse, and the city’s religious institutions have grown to reflect that.

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The secret side of Miss America: how the pageant supports women

Guest post by intern Abby Geluso We all know the Miss America pageant, right? The one the nation watches with rapt attention as fifty-two young women strut across the stage, dazzling the crowd with their smiles, sequins, and charm. For most of the country, that’s all there is to the pageant…and to the women. For too […]

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An Evening with Maureen Dunphy

You may think you know Michigan, but are you familiar with the 30,000 tiny islands in the Great Lakes Basin?

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Get to know Gert, Grace, and the Berkey & Gay girls

Come to the library on Thursday, June 2 to learn about previously unnoticed Grand Rapids women from the 1910s

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An Evening with Jack Lessenberry

Join us Wednesday, May 25 to hear author and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss his new Michigan Notable book.

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