Archive | Local History RSS feed for this section

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 the collection I worked with there are somewhere in […]

Continue Reading

History Detectives 2016

We are sleuthing for local history on Saturday, January 23.

Continue Reading

Say hello to our newest digital collection

We are pretty thrilled to introduce our newest digital photograph collection: the Robinson Studio – Grand Rapids Herald series. As of today, you can explore nearly 800 photographs from the Robinson Studio between the 1930s and 1960s. The photos were taken for the Grand Rapids Herald, a local newspaper some of you may remember. They […]

Continue Reading

Love, Sex, and 4-H: A Memoir

Join us on Tuesday, November 17, where Anne-Marie Oomen will discuss her book.

Continue Reading

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 contribution made by the city was serving as the training point […]

Continue Reading

Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity

For all the architecture and design fans out there, John Gallagher will be coming to the library on October 8 to discuss his new book, Yamasaki in Detroit: A Search for Serenity. Minoru Yamasaki (1912-1986) is best known for designing the World Trade Center and the Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis. The Japanese American […]

Continue Reading

ArtPrize Through Your Child’s Eyes

We want photos from kids that show us their perspective on ArtPrize.

Continue Reading

When to keep secrets and when to tell truths

Author Barbara Stark-Nemon is visiting the library to discuss her book

Continue Reading

Rare Poetry

In honor of National Poetry Month a few gems from our Rare Book collection have been placed in the display case in the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections area of the Main Library. You can see a selection from Michigan author and artist Gwen Frostic in addition to an illustrated version of Oliver Wendell […]

Continue Reading

A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps

This week Thursday, March 12 at 7 PM, Barbara Rylko-Bauer will join us for a talk about her book: A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps. Rylko-Bauer’s mother, Jadzia, was a political prisoner during World War II. She worked as a prisoner-doctor in labor and concentration camps. The book follows Jadzia’s story, her training as […]

Continue Reading