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December 2014

Researching Catholic Records

December 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Father Dennis Morrow, Pastor of SS Peter & Paul Church and Archivist of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, will introduce researchers to the best procedures and etiquette to use to gain access to records which might be of use to them in seeking family information. Parish and institutional sacramental records, cemetery records, where to look and ethnic concerns will all be discussed.

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Reading the Great Lakes

December 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. December’s selection is Fordlandia by…

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Ice Caves of Leelanau

December 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Ice, in all its glorious forms seen on and near Lake Michigan, is fleeting, even in the coldest of winter seasons. Last winter’s polar vortex created beautiful ice caves. Author Ken Scott, an avid outdoor photographer, made frequent trips to the shore of Lake Michigan to document the incredible Leelanau Ice Caves. Scott will share his story of the wonders of this ice that go seemingly unnoticed, but he meticulously documented. Experience these images captured on video and narrated by…

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January 2015

Reading the Great Lakes

January 8, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. January’s selection is The Bluest…

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History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History

January 17, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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A day-long event made up of six programs exploring various aspects of Grand Rapids history. Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations, topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan. Topics include: Why Grand Rapids Chose to Bulldoze Downtown in the Name of Urban Renewal The Architecture of Production: Grand Rapids’ Furniture Factories Pharaohs on the Grand: The Egyptian Revival in Grand Rapids Stories from Maple Grove: A History of the Kent County…

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