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Saturday, January 19, 2019 | History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History.” Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations, topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan:

  • Lawrence C. Earle is Grand Rapids’ First Artist
  • African-American Women in Turn-of-the-Twentieth Century Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids and the Holocaust
  • Evening Entertainment in Grand Rapids, 1940-1970
  • School Gardening Programs in Progressive Era Grand Rapids
  • WWII: When Patriotism Was the Norm

The time for this event is 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and it takes place at the Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE. All events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and seating is offered first come, first served. There will be an overflow room available with simulcast video presentation. A boxed lunch is available for purchase. Email rsvp@grpl.org to purchase lunch. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/.


Saturday, February 2, 2019 | Finding Your Michigan Ancestor at the Library of Michigan | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Finding Your Michigan Ancestor at the Library of Michigan.” The Library of Michigan has been collecting Michigan information since 1826. During that time, the Library of Michigan has collected materials that cover almost any aspect of life within the state. From newspapers, books, newsletters to magazines, the Library of Michigan has tried to collect it. Join Tim Gleisner, Head of Special Collections at the Library of Michigan, and discover what it has to offer to anyone interested in Michigan genealogy and history. 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 Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org.


Saturday, February 9, and Saturday, February 23, 2019 | Black Family History Series | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Black Family History Series.” Family history questions are universal and answers can sometimes be challenging to find. This is especially true for African Americans interested in their family history. Join us for a series of workshops that will help people of African-American ancestry learn and document family genealogical history. Hosted by local genealogist Joyce Daniels, the series will help people investigate their roots and connect with others around family history. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. The time for this event is 10 a.m. -3:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE. Registration is not required, however, a free lunch will be provided if you RSVP to rsvp@grpl.org. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org.


Thursday, February 14, 2019 | Riot, Race and Reconciliation | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Riot, Race and Reconciliation.” George Bayard will discuss the origins and results of the uprising of African Americans during the summer of 1967. His documentary, Riot, Race and Reconciliation, will serve as a backdrop for the talk. In the documentary, local residents and historians share their recollections of that tumultuous time. Artifacts from the African American Museum and Archives will add further context to the talk. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society. The time for this event is 7-8:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or email commreq@grpl.org.


Thursdays, February 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28, and April 4, 2019 | Getting Started (or Restarted) in Genealogy | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Getting Started (or Restarted) in Genealogy.” Whether you have been working on your family’s genealogy for decades or are just getting started, this class is for you. In this six-week series, Susan Rabick will provide instruction around basic and advanced research strategies, including four generation charts, family group sheets, and organizing your research. Come learn new skills and brush up on old techniques around using databases and primary sources to research family histories. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. The time for this event is 7-8:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org.

 

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