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EVENTS

Friday, July 20, 2018 | Museum on the Move: Fire Walk | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Museum on the Move: Fire Walk.” Step back through time as you walk the path of the Fire of 1871 and relive the devastation that happened 145 years ago. With stories shared through images, objects, and firsthand accounts of the fire, you’ll feel a community’s heartbreak—and hear its rallying cry. This is a 1.5 mile, casually paced walk that begins and ends at the Cappon House Visitor Center. Tour capacity is limited to 20 people; advance registration is required by calling 616-796-3329. The time for this event is 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and it takes place at Cappon House Visitors Center. Suggested donation is $5/person for each tour. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org/?event=museum-on-the-move-firewalk&event_date=2018-06-15.


Saturday, July 21, 2018 | Museum Under the Stars with the SAAA and the Holland Museum | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Museum Under the Stars with the SAAA and the Holland Museum.” Come take a tour of the sky and learn the constellations with the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association (SAAA). The SAAA will be bringing out their telescopes to the Holland State Park to view multiple different stars and planets while giving a talk about what is up in the sky using laser pointers. The event will be located at the basketball courts to the right of the parking lots (when facing Lake Michigan). The park will be open later than usual, but visitors must leave by 11 p.m. This event is weather permitting. The time for this event is 9-11 p.m., and it takes place at Holland State Park Beach. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org/?event=museum-under-the-stars&event_date=2018-07-21.


Saturday, July 21, 2018 | Family Saturday: Let’s Vote! | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Family Saturday: Let’s Vote!” Join the museum for a family fun day exploring the right to vote! Learn about women who fought for the vote in the “Atmosphere of Distinction” exhibit, then participate in several hands-on activities, including: make your own voter card, practice voting, make an American flag craft, learn how to contact your representatives, and more. Adults can even set a great example for the kids by registering to vote with Holland’s League of Women Voters in the museum lobby! The time for this event is 12-4 p.m., and it takes place at Holland Museum. The event is included with museum admission. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org/?event=family-saturday-lets-vote-2&event_date=2018-07-21.


Thursday, July 26, 2018 | Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council Lecture at the Holland Museum | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council Lecture at the Holland Museum.” Coordinating with the Holland Museum’s ongoing Atmosphere of Distinction: Suffrage Exhibit, Ruth Van Stee will tell the story of a suffrage publicity stunt, Takeover! West Michigan Suffragists & the 1914 Grand Rapids Press. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at Holland Museum. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org/.


Saturday, August 4 | Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House | Niles

The Niles History Center presents “Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House.” Step back in time and experience Michigan’s French colonial past at the Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House. People of all ages are invited to meet Western Michigan University archaeologists working at the site of Fort St. Joseph, an important French mission, trading post, and military garrison built in 1691. Attendees can also view recently uncovered artifacts, visit with reenactors at the Living History Village, participate in period dance and take a ride on the St. Joseph River in Sarett Nature Center’s reproduction 36’ birchbark canoe. The time for this event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, and it takes place at Fort St. Joseph archaeological dig site, near the corner of Fort and Bond Streets. The cost is free; canoe rides are $3/person. For more information, call (269) 845-4054 or visit wmich.edu/fortstjoseph.


Sunday, August 5 | Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House | Niles

The Niles History Center presents “Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House.” Step back in time and experience Michigan’s French colonial past at the Fort St. Joseph Archaeology Open House. People of all ages are invited to meet Western Michigan University archaeologists working at the site of Fort St. Joseph, an important French mission, trading post, and military garrison built in 1691. Attendees can also view recently uncovered artifacts, visit with reenactors at the Living History Village, participate in period dance and take a ride on the St. Joseph River in Sarett Nature Center’s reproduction 36’ birchbark canoe. The time for this event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, and it takes place at Fort St. Joseph archaeological dig site, near the corner of Fort and Bond Streets. The cost is Admission to the open house is free; canoe rides are $3 per person. For more information, call 269-845-4054 or visit wmich.edu/fortstjoseph.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018 | Museum on the Move: Local Ladies | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Museum on the Move: Local Ladies.” Explore the stories of the women who shaped the development of Holland in this exciting downtown walking tour. From early business owners, shopkeepers, women’s organizations, and philanthropists, these local ladies sure knew how to get things done! This is an approximately one mile, casually paced walk that begins and ends at the Holland Museum. Tour capacity is limited to just 20 people, and advance registration is required by calling 616-796-3329. The time for this event is 7:00pm-8:30pm, and it takes place at Holland Museum. Suggested donation is $5/ person for each tour.. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org/?event=museum-on-the-move-local-ladies-2&event_date=2018-07-10.


Thursday, August 9, 2018 | Science on Tap: Exploring the Ecology of the Great Lakes | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Science on Tap: Exploring the Ecology of the Great Lakes.” Join Dr. Mark Luttenton from Grand Valley State University for a deep dive into the ecology of the Great Lakes. When the Europeans first arrived, the Great Lakes ecosystem had been evolving into a diverse and stable ecosystem. Europeans viewed this as an economic opportunity, and began to exploit the resources of the region. Dr. Luttenton will provide an ecological overview of the Great Lakes from the time they took shape to how they function today. The time for this event is 8-9:30 p.m., and it takes place at SpeakEZ Lounge, 600 Monroe Ave NW. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org.


Friday, August 10, 2018 | Genealogy Lock-In | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Genealogy Lock-In.” Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists. Learn how to use the library databases, newspaper microfilm and other resources, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Bring your family history questions or problems—volunteers from the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will be on hand to assist. Network with other genealogists—you never know what you might find. Registration is required. For more information, call (616) 988-5400. The time for this event is 6-10 p.m., and it takes place at Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Branch, 111 Library St NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/register.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Beyond Her Grave Bicycle Tour: The Legacies of Women Buried in Fulton Street and Oakhill Cemeteries | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Beyond Her Grave Bicycle Tour: The Legacies of Women Buried in Fulton Street and Oakhill Cemeteries.” She Rides Her Own Way and the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council will host a one-of-a-kind bicycle cemetery tour highlighting notable women of the past. Leaving from the Main Library, the tour will stop at Fulton Street Cemetery, the city’s oldest public burial ground. Then to Oakhill Cemetery, filled with architectural treasures. Learn about the historic women who shaped the Grand Rapids community as you visit their final resting place. If you are unable to ride, but would like to take part in the tour, visit our website. The time for this event is 6 p.m. and it takes place at Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Branch, 111 Library St NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org.


Thursday, August 16, 2018 | #1223 Pere Marquette Train Ice Cream Social | Grand Haven

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum presents “#1223 Pere Marquette Train Ice Cream Social.” Join us for the annual ice cream social at the #1223 Pere Marquette Train. Free tours of the train begin at 6-8 p.m. Music and kids activities. Free ice cream while supplies last. The time for this event is 6-8:00 p.m., and it takes place at Chinook Pier Park on Jackson St. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 842-0700 or visit tri-citiesmuseum.org/.


Friday, August 17, 2018 | Museum on the Move: Fire Walk | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Museum on the Move: Fire Walk.” Step back through time as you walk the path of the Fire of 1871 and relive the devastation that happened 145 years ago. With stories shared through images, objects, and firsthand accounts of the fire, you’ll feel a community’s heartbreak—and hear its rallying cry. This is a 1.5 mile, casually paced walk that begins and ends at the Cappon House Visitor Center. Suggested donation is $5/ person for each tour. Tour capacity is limited to 20 people; advance registration is required by calling (616) 796-3329. The time for this event is 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and it takes place at Cappon House Visitors Center. Suggested donation is $5/ person for each tour. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org/?event=museum-on-the-move-firewalk&event_date=2018-06-15.


Thursday, August 23, 2018 | Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council Lecture at the Holland Museum | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council Lecture at the Holland Museum.” Coordinating with the Holland Museum’s ongoing Atmosphere of Distinction: Suffrage Exhibit, Jo Ellyn Clarey and the GGRWHC will highlight the colorful the 1899 meeting of national suffragists in St. Cecilia’s building led by Susan B. Anthony, NAWSA never again held its annual convention in Michigan. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at Holland Museum. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org/.


EXHIBITS

August 3-31, 2018 | The World Through the Lens of the Merze Tate Explorers | Kalamazoo

The Merze Tate Explorers presents “The World Through the Lens of the Merze Tate Explorers.” Michigan native Merze Tate (1905-1996) left millions to Western Michigan University, was the first African American graduate of Oxford University, traveled the world twice, was an expert in atomic energy, an inventor, and more. Her photographs and those of the Merze Tate Explorers, will be on display to honor Tate and the 10-year anniversary of girls who travel the world in her legacy. The opening reception for this exhibit takes place from 5-8 p.m. at the Epic Center Gayle Sydnor Gallery-Black Arts and Cultural Center. The cost is free. For more information, call (269) 365-4019 or visit www.merzetate.com.


Through September 2, 2018 | St. Joe Lighthouse Tours Exhibition | St. Joseph

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center presents “St. Joe Lighthouse Tours Exhibition.” Enter the North Pier’s Inner Lighthouse & Fog Signal Building and step into the old lighthouse keeper’s shoes. Explore historic photos, maps, and reproductions. Catch a photo-opportunity with St. Joseph’s longtime Lighthouse Keeper, Captain Ollhoff! (All open hours/ tours on the pier are weather permitting.) Visit the website for open hours. This event takes place at Tiscornia Park/ North Pier, 80 Ridgeway Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (269) 983-1191 or visit www.StJoeLighthouseTours.org.


Through Mid-September 2018 | A Century of Weddings: 1894-1995 | Zeeland

The Zeeland Historical Society presents “A Century of Weddings: 1894-1995.” The Zeeland Historical Museum’s wedding dress exhibit coincides with wedding season and showcases a century of Zeeland brides who followed fashion trends, but who each had their own flair. Join us to enjoy the beauty of wedding days long ago and see the progression of wedding fashion across a century. The time for this event is Thursdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and it takes place at Dekker Huis/Zeeland Historical Museum: 37 E Main Ave, Zeeland 49464. The cost is free, donations accepted. For more information, call (616) 772-4079 or visit zeelandhistory.org/.


Through December 2018 | Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service | St. Joseph

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center presents “Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service.” Lighthouse keeping in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was a rugged life filled with long hours and hard work, punctuated by periods of real peril. Still, at least 50 women in Michigan were employed as lighthouse keepers. This comprehensive exhibit, developed by the Michigan Women’s Historical Center & Hall of Fame, shares their stirring stories of dedication, courage, and determination. The time for this event is the museum’s hours of operation, and it takes place at The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, 601 Main Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (269) 983-1191 or visit www.theheritagemcc.org.


Through December 2018 | Michigan Lighthouses: An Aerial Photographic Perspective | St. Joseph

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center presents “Michigan Lighthouses: An Aerial Photographic Perspective.” This exhibit presents the stunning work of pilot John L. Wagner, who photographed every Michigan lighthouse while flying his own Cessna 172 airplane and published a hardcover book of his photography in 1993. With more than 75 aerial photographs on display throughout the museum, an exhibition booklet accompanies the display to provide a location reference and more background about each Light. Additions include aerial video courtesy of the Great Lakes Drone Company, models and mementos of the St. Joseph Lights. The time for this event is the museum’s hours of operation, and it takes place at The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center, 601 Main Street.The cost is free. For more information, call (269) 983-1191 or visit www.theheritagemcc.org.

 

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