History Detectives 2014

photo_harms Mark your calendar for the 6th annual, State History Award winning, History Detectives on Saturday, January 18! If you have attended History Detectives in past years, then you already know what a great event it is. This year will be no different.

If you haven’t attended History Detectives, here’s what you should know…. History Detectives features local historians who present their research projects and resources. Eight organizations co-sponsor the program: Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids Historical Commission, Grand Rapids Historical Society, Grand Rapids Civil War Round Table, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, the Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University, and the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. Past yearsAngelo_image have included such programs as “Saving John Ball Park’s Historic Legacy,” “Rescued from the Attic: A 1918 Grand Rapids Treasure Trove,” “Building a Case: Grand Rapids as an Important Suffrage Center,” and “Imagining Michigan Experiences in the Civil War.” Because History Detectives is a day-long event, we offer the choice to reserve a boxed lunch from Cherry Deli. To reserve a lunch, either call 616.988.5492 or email rsvp@grpl.org, and leave your name and sandwich choice (ham, turkey, roast beef, or vegetarian). Lunch is from 12:15-1:00pm.

We have a great list of programs planned for History Detectives 2014:

  • 9:30 “Women and WWII: New Roles and Old Stereotypes” with Dr. Richard Harms
  • 10:30 “When the Automobile Came to the Furniture City” with Chuck Snow
  • 11:30 “Mr. Rover Visits Grand Rapids” with Melissa Fox
  • 1:00 “The Mystery of West Michigan’s Sunken Canoes” with Kevin Finney
  • 2:00 “Remembering Grandville” Avenue with Mary Angelo
  • 3:00 “Still Standing: 40 Years of Historic Preservation” with Rebecca Smith-Hoffman

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4 Responses to “History Detectives 2014”

  1. January 2, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    What is the price on the boxed lunch?

  2. January 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm #

    Greetings from Cleveland,Tennessee.Sure wish I could attend this event as I am a history buff of Grand Rapids.
    My older brother still lives near G.R so will tell him about this.

    • January 2, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

      I have a 1928 GRAND RAPIDS TELEPHONE DIRECTORY and there are listings of those living on Grandville Ave west of Clyde Park with a long distance number.Did Grandville Ave extend west to Godfrey ave in 1928?
      Where did Chicago Drive start.

      • January 7, 2014 at 11:13 am #

        You are actually looking at this backwards. Grandville actually extended northward in 1928 connecting to Ellsworth Avenue which was renamed Grandville from the point of connection. Grandville Avenue came from the town of Grandville. Chicago Drive started in Chicago but probably changed names as it went along..