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Division Avenue: A Trip Back in Time
November 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
South Division was once a dirt road that connected Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo. Over time, it evolved into a thriving corridor important to area businesses and the people of Grand Rapids. Prior to an era with malls and shopping centers, South Division was home to a number of retail businesses, as well as auto deals, lawyers, restaurants, factories, hotels, doctors, and more. In the first of a two-part series, local researcher Ed Paciencia details the story of South Division, including how the city widened the road in the 1920s. Ed will show photographs and share stories from his forthcoming book, The History of South Division, which marks the culmination of 15 years of research. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society.