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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...
Say hello to our newest digital collection

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...
Raise a Pint to this Old Settler

Raise a Pint to this Old Settler

Maybe you’ve experienced sleeping in the guest room of an elderly relation and had to avert your eyes from the creepy, antique photo on the wall or dresser; the kind of photo that resides in an ornate wooden frame and rests on a doily. Maybe you slept facing the...