Books

Paths of Destruction - The Story of West Michigan's Worst Natural Disaster: The Tornadoes of April 3, 1956 with DVD

by Ernie Ostuno

Price: $29.95($23.96 for Historical Society members)
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ISBN: 0961770635

With material collected by author Ernie Ostuno, an employee of the National Weather Service, the book includes:

  • a narrative of the events that day
  • newspaper headlines, maps, and photos
  • over 100 personal remembrances
  • DVD including interviews with witnesses and footage from home movies

Four tornados struck West Michigan that horrific...

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Strike! How The Furniture Workers Strike of 1911 Changed Grand Rapids

by Jeffrey Kleiman

Price: $14.95($11.96 for Historical Society members)
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At the beginning of the 20th century, furniture factories dominated the physical and economic landscape of Grand Rapids.  More than 60 factories employed more than 5000 workers making it truly the “furniture capital” of the nation. The workers were asking for a nine-hour day, a 10% raise, and the abolition of pay based on piecework.  Factory owners refused to make concessions...

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