History Detectives GR 2022

jan 22

Virtual Online Presentation    map

A Virtual Collaboration
Join us online for 8 unique pre-recorded programs ranging from the State Library to the shores of Lake Michigan! Settle in for a full day of local history or watch the programs you want when it suits you!

Watch History Detectives GR 2022 at Grand Rapids Historical Society YouTube Channel

Be sure to visit History Detectives GR which launched January 22, 2022 at www.historydetectivesgr.org


History Detectives GR 2022 Programs Brochure [VIEW HERE]

Becoming a Home for All: LGBTQ Tourism in West Michigan
by G. Angel  —  Kutsche Office of Local History at GVSU

In 1962, The Blue Tempo bar opened in the West Michigan beach town of Saugatuck. It was one of the first gay bars in the region, at a time when state liquor laws prohibited serving gay customers. The Blue Tempo’s opening helped solidify this part of West Michigan as a “home for all,” notably the LGBTQ community. G. Angel, will discuss the flourishing of the local LGBTQ community during the 1960-70s. This presentation draws on research collected for the “Stories of Summer” project by the Kutsche Office in partnership with the Saugatuck Douglas History Center.

Discovering our State with the Resources of the Library of Michigan
by Tim Gleisner  —  Library of Michigan

Discover the history of Grand Rapids and Michigan with the wealth of resources at the Library of Michigan. In this program learn all of the online research tools that are available to any resident of Michigan. In this program learn not only what is on offer at the State Library, but also how to access these tools from your own home.

House History 101: Learning How to Research the Background of your Home
by Heather Edwards  —  Grand Rapids Public Library  |  GRPL

Many people want to know more about the place they invest their time and energy, the place they relax and feel safe—their home. It can be difficult to find out brick-and-mortar details, especially if your home was not designed by a well-known builder or architect. But there is so much more to learn about the history of your home beyond the era in which it was built, and the Grand Rapids Public Library has a wealth of resources that help you do just that. In this presentation, you'll learn about the resources available to you as you begin your own house research.

The Legacy of Lamberton Lake
by Don Bryant  —  Western Michigan Genealogical Society  |  WMGS

Lamberton Lake, the creek, and springs all comprise a unique ecosystem in north Grand Rapids. Be acquainted with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan and its most urban nature preserve. Get to know the families that developed the land from the 1860s thru to the mid 20th century in that northernmost area of Grand Rapids Township. Learn the secrets found in old newspaper articles; personal interviews will focus on tragic as well as inspirational events. Participants will learn of the early natural resources, farms, business enterprises, recreational opportunities, and even women’s history connected to Lamberton Lake that were important to Grand Rapids' development as a great place to live.

A Record of Crime: Exploring the Data and Stories behind the Mugshots
by Matthew Ellis  —  Grand Rapids City Archives and Research Center  |  CARC

From violating prohibition to bombing a theater, the crimes within the Grand Rapids City Archives and Records Center’s collection of mugshots and police records preserve the stories of those not often told. This program will explore the materials that make up the collection, provide an overview of the insightful data available, and give examples of the research made possible by these sources. The materials range from the late 1800s to the late 1930s, encompassing court records, turnkey logs, newspaper clippings, fingerprint cards, and the often-haunting photographs of the individuals arrested. While acknowledging the often-tragic stories of the offenders, and their victims, these sources provide an oftenoverlooked lens into the record of crime in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Researching the Other Side of the Story Using Historical Black Newspapers
by Christine Byron & George Bayard  —  Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives  |  GRAAMA & Grand Rapids Historical Commission

Interested in digging for information on national, state, and localAfrican American topics, people, places, or organizations? Muchinformation is hidden, under-reported or distorted in the usualresearch sources. Using the Historical Black Newspapers databaseat the Grand Rapids Public Library, George Bayard (Grand RapidsAfrican American Museum and Archives) and Christine Byron(Grand Rapids Historical Commission) will give examples of some ofthe treasures they have unearthed. Topics will include NegroLeague Baseball, the Keith Theatre incident in Grand Rapids, andMichigan places in the Green Book.

Team Photo at the Grand Rapids Public Museum Sampler
by Gina Bivins. —  Grand Rapids Historical Society  |  GRHS & Grand Rapids Public Museum  |  GRPM

The Grand Rapids Public Museum has thousands of photographs intheir archives. Team Photo volunteers work on cataloging them, byscanning, identifying the “who, what, where, and when,” adding ageolocation if known, and uploading the images for viewing onlineby the general public. Each Team Photo member selected imagesthat “spoke to,” delighted, or perhaps, frustrated them. Join us tolearn about GRPM’s collections, enjoy the images of our town, andmaybe even help us tell “the rest of the story.” These samplerimages are from the full November 2021 program which is available on the Historical Society’s YouTube channel.

Unearthing an Army of Women: Diversity in Our WWI Women’s Registration Cards
by Ruth Stevens, Sophia Brewer, Andrea Riley Mukavetz & Sue Thoms  —  Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council  |  GGRWHC

Our cadre of researchers will dig historical nuggets out of an astonishing new resource. Collected in 1918, Kent County’s 23,000 WWI women’s registration cards are available on a searchable database, ready to reveal the diversity of women volunteers who crossed class, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries to create, inadvertently, a mine of treasures not limited to Grand Rapids. Sociological, historical, and geographic veins remain largely unexplored. We will highlight individuals and clusters of African American, Native American, and working women to illustrate what the cards can provide state- and nation-wide researchers; as well as fascinating tips on searching: “journalist” was not used, but “Indian” was. Tune in to explore the skills, held or desired, of a forgotten front line.

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