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Community Collection Day: Share Your Family History

Community Collection Day: Share Your Family History

As part of our Día de los Muertos Family Day, we invite families to bring in their photographs, letters, journals and other pieces of family history to the library. Library staff share ways to preserve your family history, including scanning items to make a digital...
A Journal Comes Home

A Journal Comes Home

The Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department has recently been the recipient of a fascinating piece of early Grand Rapids history. John Loren Page (1926-1987) possessed a journal kept by his great-grandfather, Loren Marsh Page, one of Grand Rapids...
Discovery in the Archives

Discovery in the Archives

During the American Civil War the city of Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas made a considerable contribution to the war effort in the form several regiments of volunteer infantry and cavalry as well as smaller units of artillery and engineers. A less know...
Digging into the past

Digging into the past

Guest blog from intern Brian Hall For the past three months, I’ve been working on a project with the Local History department here at the library. I learned last summer that our library has a large archive of photographs. Lots and lots of photographs. Just in...