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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Succeed at an ESO: Grand Rapids SCORE and Your Library

There is no such thing as a natural entrepreneur. It is a learned skill. That’s why every entrepreneur, no matter their industry, age, or expertise, needs a mentor. A good mentor can help an entrepreneur avoid the pitfalls they faced, seize opportunities, and save great amounts of time and heartache. Luckily, for the entrepreneurs of […]

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Small Business Resource Center

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“Modern as Tomorrow” – Mid Century Modern Along Michigan’s Roadside

To coincide with the Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Exhibition & Symposium coming to Grand Rapids this Spring and Summer, the Local History Department has been featuring a series of displays on mid century modern architecture and design in Michigan. The first of these highlighted architect and builder James Bronkema. The newest display, done […]

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Market Research Series!

No matter what industry, business is all about risk. One of the ways you can minimize your risk is by understanding your industry, your market, and your competition. But how can you do this without spending the money you need to start or run your business in the first place? The Grand Rapids Public Library […]

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I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Shipwreck Hunter

I don’t know about you, but I’m a HUGE fan of shipwrecks (I know that doesn’t sound right but you know what I mean). Being born and raised in a peninsular state with a long, colorful history of ships going down will do that to a gal. Anyway, one ship that’s long been lost to […]

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