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EVENTS

Thursday, November 8, 2018 | Zeeland Historical Society’s Annual Dinner |Zeeland

The Zeeland Historical Society presents “Zeeland Historical Society’s Annual Dinner.” Join us to learn about the society’s beginning, present, and vision for its future. This is a free, informational, and fundraising dinner, featuring guest lecturers! The time for this event is 6:30-9:30 p.m., and it takes place at Howard Miller Community Center, 14 S. Church Street.

The cost is free, please RSVP to Debbie Albert by October 30, 2018. To RSVP or for more information, call (616) 405-0317 or email deblynalbert@yahoo.com.


Friday, November 9, 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 library databases, newspaper microfilm, and other resources. You can also 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 required at www.grpl.org/register or call (616) 988-5400. The time for this event is 6-10 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/register


Saturday, November 10, 2018 | Tracking a Population: How the Swedish Lutheran Church Kept Tabs on Everyone in Sweden (and America) | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Tracking a Population: How the Swedish Lutheran Church Kept Tabs on Everyone in Sweden (and America).” Don’t you wish you had a continuous record of your ancestors in America instead of a snapshot every ten years? Discover how the Swedish Lutheran Church kept track of its parishioners from the day they were born until the day they died, including baptisms, marriages, household examinations, moving, and death. They’re a genealogist’s dream come true! 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/.


Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Life in Native America 400 Years Ago | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Life in Native America 400 Years Ago.” Award-winning author Robert Downes will examine the lives of the Ojibwe and Ottawa tribes of the Upper Great Lakes region from 400 years ago. Fiction mixes with history in Downes’ book, Windigo Moon. In the novel, a young woman is abducted in a raid by an enemy tribe, during which her village is destroyed. She is rescued by an Ojibwe youth, and they must band together to survive. History, legends, and beliefs of the Native Americans of the Upper Great Lakes will be explored. A book signing will follow the presentation. 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/.


Friday, November 16, through Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | Exhibition of Student Learning | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “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, artistic student responses to the themes presented in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven and professionally displayed throughout the Armory. Please visit the website for hours. The event takes place at the Holland Armory, 16 W. 9th Street. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=exhibition-of-student-learning&event_date=2018-11-16.


Saturday, November 17, 2018 | Build a Board Game | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Build a Board Game.” Repurpose pieces and parts from 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! The 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 per child. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=build-a-board-game&event_date=2018-11-17.


Monday, November 26, 2018 | Mars “Insight” Landing Party | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Mars ‛Insight’ Landing Party.” Save the date! The Mars lander, InSight, is scheduled to enter the Martian atmosphere and descend to the planet’s surface on November 26, 2018. Join the celebration at the Holland Museum to mark this historic event. More information will be available when it’s available from NASA. Check the website for the most up to date details. The event takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=mars-insight-landing-party&event_date=2018-11-26.


Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Tech Take Apart | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Tech Take Apart.” Have you ever wondered what the insides of household electronics look like? This is your chance to find out! Join us for an afternoon of tinkering with tech to dissemble, investigate, and rebuild familiar electronics. You can even dissect items and try to invent something new! The workshop is best suited to children ages 10 and up. The Holland Museum will provide tools, gloves, and protective eyewear. 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 per child. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=tech-take-apart&event_date=2018-12-01.


Wednesday, December 5 and Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 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! This is a free event in the museum lobby, admission to museum galleries and exhibits is additional. 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 event is free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=deck-the-halls-2&event_date=2018-12-05.


Saturday, December 15 and Sunday, December 16, 2018 | Christmas at the Cappon House | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Christmas at the Cappon House.” Enjoy a tour of the Cappon House while learning how yuletide celebrations have changed in the last 100 years. Visitors can also assist in making 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. Register at Eventbrite.com or by calling (616) 796-3329. The time for this event is noon to 4 p.m., and it takes place at the Cappon House, 228 W. 9th Street. The cost is $8/members, $10/non-members, children 5 and under free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=christmas-at-the-cappon-house-3&event_date=2018-12-16.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | Movies at the Museum: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Movies at the Museum: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.” Join the Holland Museum for a night of sci-fi laughs as Santa Claus brings Christmas fun to Mars! Regularly appearing on lists of the worst films ever made, Santa Claus Conquers the Martians showcases the far-reaching impact that the Space Age and Mars mania had on American culture in the 1960s. Since its release and subpar critical reception, the film was spoofed multiple times and has become a holiday cult classic. The Holland Museum will provide popcorn and beverages. Advance registration is encouraged by calling (616) 796-3329. The time for this event is 7-8:30 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is $3 per person. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=movies-at-the-museum-santa-claus-conquers-the-martians&event_date=2018-12-18.


EXHIBITS

Friday, September 21, through Saturday, December 29, 2018 | Mars: Astronomy and Culture | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Mars: Astronomy and Culture.” Mars: Astronomy and Culture brings together photographs, drawings, movie posters, book covers, and video projections that connect the recent scientific images of Mars to the entire history of photography of the red planet. Crucially, it shows the impact of Mars on popular culture even before the 20th century. The time for this event is during regular museum hours, and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. Standard admission rates to the museum apply. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?exhibition=mars-astronomy-and-culture.


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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