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EVENTS

Saturday, September 21, 2019 | Kids Acrylic Painting Class with Molly Hathaway | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Kids Acrylic Painting Class with Molly Hathaway.” Join Molly Hathaway at the Holland Museum for an Acrylic Painting class for ages 6 and up! Enjoy learning a new painting technique, meeting new friends, and the history of Holland! Molly will be teaching students how to create an abstract painting with acrylic paints, so please wear appropriate painting clothes. Please RSVP on Eventbrite: www.eventbrite.com/e/kids-acrylic-painting-class-with-molly-hathaway-tickets-67557758073?aff=utm_source%3Deb_email%26utm_medium%3Demail%2. The time for this event is 2-4 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is $35 per child with all supplies and a snack included. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Sunday, September 29, 2019 | Welcome to the Graveyard | Battle Creek

The Willard Library presents “Welcome to the Graveyard.” The Gravestone Girls, whose mission is to keep our dead alive, will present “Welcome to the Graveyard,” a virtual tour of the evolution of gravestones and cemeteries. The 90-minute presentation by Brenda Sullivan will be from the Gravestone Girls’ archives of photographs taken in cemeteries around the country and include notable Michiganders’ memorials. The time for this event is 3 p.m., and it takes place at the Willard Library, 7 W. Van Buren Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (269) 968-8166, email infodesk@willardlibrary.org, or visit willardlibrary.org.


Saturday, October 5, 2019 | Resources for Genealogical Research in Foreign Countries | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Resources for Genealogical Research in Foreign Countries.” Once you’ve discovered your immigrant ancestor’s home country, how will you go about finding documents generated while they were still there, and how will you research his or her parents? Participants in this program will discuss how to use available resources to begin conducting research in foreign countries, including how to locate foreign language genealogy terms and examine online maps that provide contextual information on shifting country boarders. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. The time for this event is 1:30–3 p.m., and it takes place at the Grand Rapids Public Library—Main Library, 111 Library St NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/research/history/.


Saturday, October 5, 2019 | Upcycle Inventing | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Upcycle Inventing.” Challenge yourself to transform everyday materials into exciting new inventions at this museum workshop. Using design challenges that provide a variety of problems that need to be solved, come up with creative solutions by building inventions from household materials. This workshop is best suited for children ages 5 and up. The Holland Museum will provide supplies. The time for this event is 1-2 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is $2 per child. Advance registration is required by calling (616) 796-3329. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Thursday, October 10, 2019 | Paths Less Taken: Grand Rapids Women and the Egyptian Revival in Cemetery Architecture | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Paths Less Taken: Grand Rapids Women and the Egyptian Revival in Cemetery Architecture.” Tom Dilley, author and expert on Grand Rapids cemeteries, takes a daring, speculative path to consider why around 1900, the Egyptian Revival fashion took hold in Grand Rapids more than in other areas of the country. Tom will explore why three examples of this exotic style of cemetery design were selected by women who were on their own unconventional paths.This program is co-sponsored by the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council, the Grand Rapids Historical Society, and the Grand Rapids Public Library. The time for this event is 7-8:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Grand Rapids Public Library—Main Library, 111 Library St NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/research/history/.


Monday, October 14, 2019 | October Free Second Monday | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “October Free Second Monday.” Check out our current exhibits including Spark!Lab. The time for this event is 4 to 8 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2019 | Hallowe’en Haunts | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Hallowe’en Haunts.” Discover the magic of Victorian Hallowe’en traditions and superstitions this fall at the Cappon House. Tour the dimly lit rooms of the Cappon House to learn how Hallowe’en was celebrated 100 years ago, then partake in spooky parlor games and broom races, listen to classic ghost stories, have your fortune told, and carve a mini pumpkin to take home. This is a family-friendly event great for families with kids ages 5-12. Costumes are encouraged. RSVP required via Eventbrite.com or by calling (616) 796-3329. The time for this event is 6-8 p.m., and it takes place at the Cappon House, 228 W. 9th Street. The cost is $8/member, $10/non-member, children 5 and under are free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Thursday, October 24, 2019 | Michigan POW Camps in WWII | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Michigan POW Camps in WWII.” Prisoner of War (POW) camps popped up nationwide during World War II, and Michigan had dozens of camps that housed about six thousand German and Italian war prisoners. Under the Geneva Convention, prisoners were allowed to volunteer for non war-related work. They picked fruit in Berrien County, harvested sugar beets in the Thumb, cut pulpwood in the Upper Peninsula, and maintained parks in Detroit. Author Gregory Sumner tells the story of these detainees and the ordinary Americans who embodied our highest ideals, even amid a global war. The time for this event is 7-8:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Grand Rapids Public Library—Main Library, 111 Library St NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/research/history/.


Saturday, October 26, 2019 | Monsters at the Museum | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Monsters at the Museum.” Attention all little ghouls and goblins–keep the downtown Halloween fun going by visiting the museum. Stop by for free trick-or-treating outside of the museum. Inside the museum, there will be flashlight tours of the Dutch Galleries, fun games, and spooky crafts. The time for this event is 10 a.m. -4 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost to enter the museum is $2/per child; adults enter for free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Monday, November 11, 2019 | November Free Second Monday | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “November Free Second Monday.” Check out our current exhibits including Spark!Lab. The time for this event is 4 to 8 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Saturday, November 16, 2019 | Build A Board Game | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Build A Board Game.” Repurpose pieces of old board games to construct your own game board, tokens, obstacles, and more. Then use your imagination to come up with rules to play your new game and test it by playing! This workshop is best suited for children ages 8 and up. The Holland Museum will provide supplies. Advance registration is required by calling (616) 796-3329. The time for this event is 1-3 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is $5/child. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Saturday, December 7, 2019 | Deck the Halls | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Deck the Halls.” Join museum staff and volunteers as they decorate for the holidays! Help us trim the tree and hang wreaths to the tune of holiday music, learn to make paper snowflakes, and design your own ornament to hang in the museum lobby. Supplies will be provided by the museum—all are welcome! The time for this event is 11 a.m. -4 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is free but there are fees for admission to museum galleries and exhibits. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Monday, December 9, 2019 | December Free Second Monday | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “December Free Second Monday.” Check out our current exhibits including Spark!Lab. The time for this event is 4 to 8 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15, 2019 | Christmas at the Cappon House | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Christmas at the Cappon House.” This holiday season join us in celebrating a Victorian Christmas at the Cappon House! Enjoy a tour of the opulent home while learning how yuletide celebrations have changed in the last 100 years. Visitors can also create traditional decorations, sample holiday sweets, sing along to Christmas tunes on the piano, capture a loved one’s affection under the kissing ball, and more. This event is appropriate for the whole family, with activities aimed at children and adults ages 5 and up. Advance registration is strongly encouraged. The time for this event is 12–4 p.m., and it takes place at the Cappon House, 228 W. 9th Street. The cost is $8/member, $10/non-member, children 5 and under are free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Monday, January 20, 2020 | How Would You Change the World?: MLK Day at the Holland Museum | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “How Would You Change the World?: MLK Day at the Holland Museum.” The Holland Museum will be open free of charge to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Learn about inventors from diverse backgrounds and explore how you can change the world. Please join us for family activities all day long. The time for this event is 11 a.m. -4 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Friday, January 24, 2020 | Museum on Tap | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Museum on Tap.” Join us for a fun filled tasting event to sample beer, wine, and cider with the Museum on Tap fundraiser. Enjoy an exhibit on the history of brewing in Holland along with great food, silent auction, and raffles. Proceeds support upcoming Museum programs and exhibits. Member discounts and early bird ticket discounts available. The time for this event is 6:30-9:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Armory, 16 W. 9th Street. Tickets are available at hollandmuseum.org. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.


Saturday, February 22, 2020 | Magic at the Museum | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Magic at the Museum.” Merlin’s beard! For one bewitching afternoon, the museum is transforming into an enchanting destination for witches and wizards to explore! All activities will take place throughout the day, so come and go as you please. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite witch, wizard, or magical creature. The time for this event is 11 a.m. -4 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, . The cost is $8/member, $10/non-member, children 5 and under are free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.

EXHIBITS

Saturday, May 18—Monday, September 30, 2019 | Herman Miller Summer Picnic Posters | Zeeland

The Zeeland Historical Society presents “Herman Miller Summer Picnic Posters.” The Zeeland Historical Museum is hosting an exhibit of Herman Miller picnic posters. This exhibit, on loan from the Muskegon Museum of Art,  features five posters designed by Steven Frykholm for the annual Herman Miller employee picnic. Also on view, from our permanent collections, is Herman Miller furniture designed by George Nelson and Charles Eames. Discover the story of the company that started in the small town of Zeeland and has become globally recognized for its design. The time for this event is during regular hours, and it takes place at Dekker Huis, Zeeland Historical Museum 37 E Main Avenue. The cost is free, donations accepted. For more information, call (616) 772-4079 or visit www.zeelandhistory.org.


Friday, November 15 and Monday, November 18 through Wednesday, November 20, 2019 | NEA Big Read Lakeshore Event: Exhibition of Student Learning | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “NEA Big Read Lakeshore Event: Exhibition of Student Learning.” Join us for extended Holland Armory hours in celebration of the work of students at the annual Student Exhibition of Learning. View hundreds of insightful student responses to the themes presented in Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies professionally displayed throughout the Armory. The time for this event is Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday from 11 a.m. -4 p.m., and Wednesday from 11 a.m. -6 p.m, and it takes place at the Holland Armory, 16 W. 9th Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org.

 

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