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Black Family History Series

When: Sat February 3 2018
Where: Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Black Family History Series.” Join the library for a series of workshops to learn about researching and documenting family history. The series will feature local and regional speakers and offer the opportunity to connect with others around family history. Registration is not required; however an RSVP is required for lunch.To RSVP, email rsvp@grpl.org. The time for this event is 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Branch. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit http://www.grpl.org.

Wagoosh: The Fox, Louis Campau

When: Thu February 8 2018
Where: Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Wagoosh: The Fox, Louis Campau.” Louis Campau, a 19th-century fur trader, is credited as the founder of Grand Rapids. Born in Detroit, Campau was known for being a wily, shrewd trader, earning him the nickname “The Fox.” Maureen Shirey, a local history enthusiast and aspiring author, will share her findings of the character of Louis Campau and the making of his legend during the earliest years of Grand Rapids. The time for this event is 7 - 8:30 p.m., and it takes place at Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Branch. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit http://www.grpl.org.

Black Family History Series

When: Sat February 10 2018
Where: Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Black Family History Series.” Join the library for a series of workshops to learn about researching and documenting family history. The series will feature local and regional speakers and offer the opportunity to connect with others around family history. Registration is not required; however an RSVP is required for lunch.To RSVP, email rsvp@grpl.org. The time for this event is 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Branch. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit http://www.grpl.org.

70 Years of Growing: History of Walter Gardens, Inc.

When: Tue February 13 2018
Where: Holland
The Holland Area Historical Society presents “70 Years of Growing: History of Walter Gardens, Inc..” Walter Gardens, Inc. is North America’s leading wholesale grower of perennials. For over 70 years, the company has built its reputation by offering a wide variety of over 1,000 new and classic perennials of the finest quality to independent growers. Chief Operating Officer Troy Shumaker will show us a wonderful video about the company’s history along with a Q&A session. The time for this event is 7:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Mass Center Auditorium, Hope College 264 Columbia Ave. For more information, call (616) 395-7798 or visit https://hope.edu/library/joint-archives-holland/.

Black Family History Series

When: Sat February 17 2018
Where: Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Black Family History Series.” Join the library for a series of workshops to learn about researching and documenting family history. The series will feature local and regional speakers and offer the opportunity to connect with others around family history. Registration is not required; however an RSVP is required for lunch.To RSVP, email rsvp@grpl.org. The time for this event is 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Branch. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit http://www.grpl.org.

Black Family History Series

When: Sat February 24 2018
Where: Grand Rapids
The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Black Family History Series.” Join the library for a series of workshops to learn about researching and documenting family history. The series will feature local and regional speakers and offer the opportunity to connect with others around family history. Registration is not required; however an RSVP is required for lunch.To RSVP, email rsvp@grpl.org. The time for this event is 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Grand Rapids Public Library - Main Branch. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit http://www.grpl.org.

Answering the Call: Company K Sharpshooters in the Civil War

When: Tue March 13 2018
Where: Holland
The Holland Area Historical Society presents “Answering the Call: Company K Sharpshooters in the Civil War.” Company K of the First Michigan Sharpshooters regiment was composed primarily of Native Americans of the United States, especially members of the Ojibwa, Odawa, and Potawatomi nations. Communications professor and filmmaker David Schock will illustrate through images and historical accounts the history of this famous Civil War fighting group. The time for this event is 7:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Mass Center Auditorium, Hope College 264 Columbia Ave. For more information, call (616) 395-7798 or visit https://hope.edu/library/joint-archives-holland/.

All Aboard! Early Railroads of Holland

When: Tue April 10 2018
Where: Holland
The Holland Area Historical Society presents “All Aboard! Early Railroads of Holland.” Area railroad lines helped to settle immigrants and connect the small Dutch community to the world. Join railroad historian Bob VandeVusse as he explores the history of 19th century Holland area railroads through images and historical research. The time for this event is 7:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Mass Center Auditorium, Hope College 264 Columbia Ave. For more information, call (616) 395-7798 or visit https://hope.edu/library/joint-archives-holland/.

Wheels Keep Turning: History of Elhart Auto Group

When: Tue June 12 2018
Where: Holland
The Holland Area Historical Society presents “Wheels Keep Turning: History of Elhart Auto Group.” The Elhart Auto Group has been a family-owned and operated car company in Holland since 1965. Come hear members of the Elhart family tell the story of building a successful company in West Michigan. The time for this event is 7:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Mass Center Auditorium, Hope College 264 Columbia Ave. For more information, call (616) 395-7798 or visit https://hope.edu/library/joint-archives-holland/.

145th Annual State History Conference

When: Fri September 27 2019 - Sun September 29 2019
Where: Ludington
The State History Conference moves to a different location in the Lower Peninsula each year. This conference celebrates all aspects of Michigan’s history and offers a close-up look at the heritage of the host area. The State History Awards are also presented during the conference. Each year, the Historical Society of Michigan presents a State History Award to those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation and understanding of Michigan history. The State History Conference offers… • Four keynotes that cover a wide range of popular topics, including sessions that explore the host area’s heritage • 12 breakout sessions, 4 workshops, and 4 tours • President’s Reception, State History Awards Banquet, and Closing Banquet • Exhibitors/vendors for attendees to visit • Networking opportunities Come see what all the excitement is about! For more information call 517-324-1828 or visit hsmichigan.org

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