History Detectives Day

jan 17

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. N.W. Grand Rapids, MI 49503    map

Grand Rapids Public Library’s award-winning “History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History” is an all-day event.  Six presentations will be given on various local history topics throughout the day 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 by Garret Ellison
  • The Architecture of Production: Grand Rapids’ Furniture Factories
    by Matthew Daley
  • Pharaohs on the Grand: The Egyptian Revival in Grand Rapids
    by Thomas R. Dilley
  • Stories from Maple Grove: A History of the Kent County Poor Farm
    by Adam Oster
  • Fannie Boylon: The Legacy of Grand Rapids’ First Female Home Designer
    by Marcella Beck
  • Support Our Schools: Mid-Century Architecture and Rebuilding the Schools Plant in Grand Rapids by Melissa Fox and Pamela VanderPloeg

All Events are FREE and Open to the Public
FREE Parking Saturday on the street and in the Ellis Library Lot with validated parking ticket

Boxed Lunches will be available for purchase to Order In Advance. Email rsvp@grpl.org to purchase a boxed lunch. 

Find more information here: GRPL.org/Event/HistoryDetectives


Mailing Address
Grand Rapids Historical Society
c/o Grand Rapids Public Library

111 Library St NE FL 4
Grand Rapids MI 49503-3268

(616) 988-5497 GRPL


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