11th Annual History Detectives, January 20

History Detectives is a week away! Time to take a look at the programs and plan your day.  Starting at 9:30am, the morning set includes a history of Madison Square Church and the surrounding business district, a historical charting of Grand Rapids women’s runs for public office beginning in 1887 (at 10:30am), and a survey of historical markers (at 11:30am).  Following the lunch break, the afternoon set leads with African Americans in Early Grand Rapids (at 1:00pm), a look at the Voigt family clothing dating from the 1890s through the 1970s (at 2:00pm), and an early history of the Creston neighborhood (at 3:00pm).  There is a little something for everyone – come for one program, or stay all day! View the full brochure here.

Save the Date: History Detectives 2018

History Detectives 2018 / January 20 9:30am-4pm / Ryerson Auditorium at the Grand Rapids Public Library

Planned and co-sponsored by local historical and cultural organizations, including the Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids Historical Commission, Grand Rapids Historical Society, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, the Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids City Archives, and the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, History Detectives is a day-long event made up of six programs exploring various aspects of Grand Rapids History. Presented by area historians, topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan. For details about individual programs see the History Detectives webpage.