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Thursday, March 14, 2019 | Faith of the Fathers: The Courage, Humor, and Dedication of Catholic Civil War Chaplains | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Faith of the Fathers: The Courage, Humor, and Dedication of Catholic Civil War Chaplains.” As religion helped bring about the Civil War, it also helped support its soldiers. The Catholic priest-chaplains were a unique group of pioneers—adventuresome, courageous, outspoken Catholic apologists in a “foreign land.” This presentation will highlight these unique men. Being an antebellum Catholic was not an easy task living in a strong anti-Catholic culture, with a Vatican that didn’t “get” American democracy and with a priest shortage created by an influx of immigrants. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at 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, 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 research organization tips. 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 p.m., and it takes place at Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/.


Saturday, April 6, 2019 | The Abandoned Bride: A Documentary | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “The Abandoned Bride: A Documentary.” Sisters Lynne Doele and Dr. Deb Havens discovered a box of pictures and postcards from their grandfather’s post WWI service in Europe. Among them were sad messages from a mysterious woman named Dora Gallner, claiming to be his abandoned bride. The two sisters traveled to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland to search for Dora Gallner and uncovered her tragic story. This program is co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. The time for this event is 1:30 p.m., and it takes place at Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 | From Pig Farm to Thriving Neighborhood | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “From Pig Farm to Thriving Neighborhood.” Come hear the story of the beginning, development, and struggles of the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood. Fred Davidson, from the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood Association, will share the story of the neighborhood. See the varied and beautiful architecture of the homes, meet the prominent citizens who have added to the city, and watch the evolution of the schools. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Branch, 111 Library Street NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/.


Saturday, May 18, 2019 | Annual Conference of Michigan One-room Schoolhouse Association | Delton

The Michigan One-room Schoolhouse Association Historical Society and Bernard Historical Society & Museum present the “Annual Conference of Michigan One-room Schoolhouse Association.” The conference, dedicated to the late Larry Schlack, long-time educator, will include tours of Brown School and Doster School, now a private family retreat. Speakers will include author Lyn Farquhar and Claudia Throop, both of whom will help guide us through the internet maze. Lunch is included. The time for this event is 8:30 a.m. -3 p.m, and it takes place at the Bernard Historical Museum and Brown School. The cost is $35. For more information, call Rochelle Balkam at (734) 668-6294 or Tom Johnson at (517) 665-1030 or email balkamhp@gmail.com or tjjj@wowway.com.


Friday, August 2, through Sunday, August 4, 2019 | Nashville, Michigan Sesquicentennial | Nashville

The Nashville, Michigan Historical Society presents “Nashville, Michigan Sesquicentennial.” Join us for dedications of a Michigan Historical Marker and a Milestone Marker, color-run, parade, cemetery tour, pancake breakfast, musical entertainment, games for kids, an antique marketplace, water-ball battle, displays of artifacts, Barry County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development’s Brew-fest, line dancing and fireworks. BYO picnic on Sunday with pie auction, beard contest and free ice cream social. Something for everyone! There is a Friday night kickoff and events all day Saturday. On Sunday, there is a Bring Your Own picnic, pie auction, beard contest, and a Mooville ice-cream social. All events take place in downtown Nashville. The cost is free except for the Brew-Fest tent. For more information, call (517) 582-0481 or visit www.nashville150.org/.

 

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