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EVENTS

Looking Back on a Century of Fort Custer

When: Mon December 11 2017
Where: Battle Creek
The Willard Library presents “Looking Back on a Century of Fort Custer.” To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fort Custer, retired Col. James Spackman, president of the Fort Custer Historical Society, will discuss how the camp was built and the 100,000 soldiers who passed through during World War I. Learn about our neighbor, which had 1,100 buildings and a hospital consisting of 59 buildings capable of housing more than 20,000 troops at one time. The time for this event is 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and it takes place at The Willard Library. Willard Library programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call (269) 968-8166 or visit http://willardlibrary.org/index.php/adultprograms.

150 Years of Grace: Grace Episcopal Church and Christmas Dessert

When: Tue December 12 2017
Where: Holland
The Holland Area Historical Society presents “150 Years of Grace: Grace Episcopal Church and Christmas Dessert.” Come hear church member and historian Paul Trap talk about this important local church and its part in Holland community’s long history of worship. The time for this event is 6:30 p.m., and it takes place at Grace Episcopal Church, 555 Michigan Ave. For more information, call (616) 395-7798 or visit https://hope.edu/library/joint-archives-holland/.

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/.

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

EXHIBITS

Explorations in Archaeology

When: Wed March 1 2017 - Sat December 30 2017
Where: St. Joseph
The The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center presents “Evidence Found: Explorations in Archaeology.” This exhibit shows visitors that when it comes to digging up the past, “It’s not what you find, but what you find out!” The exhibit displays artifacts and findings from archaeological excavations across Southwest Michigan, and provides fun, hands-on activities to learn about the methods used by archaeologists. The time for this event is during Museum Open Hours, and it takes place at The Heritage Museum, 601 Main Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085. The exhibit offers Free Admission. For more information, call 269-983-1191 or visit http://www.theheritagemcc.org.

Evidence Found: Explorations in Archaeology

When: Thu October 19 2017 - Sat December 30 2017
Where: St. Joseph
The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center presents “Evidence Found: Explorations in Archaeology.” This exhibit shows visitors that when it comes to digging up the past, “It’s not what you find, but what you find out!” The display showcases artifacts and findings from archaeological excavations across Southwest Michigan and provides fun, hands-on activities to learn about the methods used by archaeologists. The time for this event is during museum hours, and it takes place at The Heritage Museum, 601 Main Street. Admission is free. For more information, call (269) 983-1191 or visit theheritagemcc.org.
 

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