History Detectives 2013: Time, Travel, and so much more!

Groce's Barber Shop_GroceHistory Detectives 2013 is just around the corner (January 19!), and this year’s line-up of programs has a little something for everyone! The morning sessions include presentations on early timekeeping and the pace of life before time zones in Michigan, the West Michigan Tourist Association and the tourist industry in Michigan, and the design and preservation of John Ball Park. The afternoon begins with a presentation on Eva McCall Hamilton who was elected to the state senate in 1920 and was the first and only woman to represent Grand Rapids in Lansing until the recent election of Winnie Brinks. Discover the history of and community surrounding Groce’s Barbershop and the influence the  Powers and Ball families had on Grand Rapids. Herkner Clock full_Smith

Parking will be available in the Library’s parking lot and additional parking will be available in the GRCC Bostwick Ramp for free for a limited amount of cars.

If you are staying for the whole day, consider ordering a Cherry Deli boxed lunch! The lunches are $7.00 and must be ordered in advance. Please call 988-5492 or email: rsvp@grpl.org by 5:00pm on January 15 to reserve your lunch – include your name and sandwich choice in your message, choose from turkey, ham, roast beef, or vegetarian.

History Detectives 2013 has all the makings of a great program for history lovers and for those who enjoy learning more about Grand Rapids! Maybe the best thing about this program is that the presenters are local people, in a range of different occupations, who share a common passion — researching and sharing their discoveries about our great city!

Pavillion fromNorth Pond_HoffmanHistory Detectives is sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, the Grand Rapids Civil War Roundtable, the Grand Rapids Historical Society, the Grand Rapids Public Library, the Grand Rapids Historical Commission, the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, the Kutsche Office of Local History, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation. Lunches are sponsored by Cherry Deli, bottled water by Meijer, and afternoon cookies by Lomonaco Sicilian Cookies.

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