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EVENTS

Thursday, October 4, through Thursday, October 18, 2018 | Courage Without Fear: The Red Arrow Division in WWI | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Courage Without Fear: The Red Arrow Division in WWI.” One hundred years ago, the United States joined a conflict of empires in order to bring the fight to its end and win victory for the Allies. Young men from West Michigan that volunteered for this fight went on to see action in some of the crucial battles in the late stages of the war. Join Mike VerHulst, former Exhibits Facilitator at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, as he details the contributions of the Red Arrow Division during World War I. The time for this event is 7-8 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=courage-without-fear-the-red-arrow-division-in-wwi&event_date=2018-10-04.


Saturday, October 6, 2018 | Upcycle Inventing | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Upcycle Inventing.” Challenge yourself to transform everyday materials into exciting new inventions at this museum workshop! Using design challenges that provide a variety of problems that need to be solved, come up with creative solutions by building inventions from household materials. The workshop is best suited for children ages 5 and up. The Holland Museum will provide supplies. Advance registration is required by calling (616) 796-3329. The time for this event is 1-2 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is $2/child. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=upcycle-inventing&event_date=2018-10-06.


Saturday, October 6, 2018 | Off to the Great War: West Michigan World War I Veterans | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Off to the Great War: West Michigan World War I Veterans.” Many people from West Michigan served in World War I. Follow their experiences from the time they joined up through their service overseas. Learn the process of locating their records as well as how they can shed light on a veteran’s time during the Great War. Co-sponsored by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society. The time for this event is 1:30 p.m., and it takes place at the 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, October 11, 2018 | The Building of 196 | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “The Building of 196.” From north to south, the city was divided by a freeway. Not long after the roadway was finished, I196 was built from east to west. Neighborhoods were divided and the physical walls of the freeways put up visual and mental divides. The photographic documentation that Seymour F. Beiboer made shows the aftermath of the demolition, otherworldly landscape, and the construction of intersecting freeways. Gina Bivens, with the Grand Rapids Public Museum, will discuss Beibour’s work and perseverance. Co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at the 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.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | Far Out! Drawing Space Age Comics | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Far Out! Drawing Space Age Comics.” Discover how outer space and the idea of Martians have contributed to comics in this hands-on workshop by local artist Wade Gugino. Practice the basics of creating comics and drawing characters, then sketch out the beginnings of your own visual story. The workshop is best suited for families with children ages 8 and up and supplies will be provided. Advance registration is required by calling (616) 796-3329. The time for this event is 5-6 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. The cost is $5/child. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=far-out-drawing-space-age-comics&event_date=2018-10-16.


Friday, October 19, Saturday, October 20, and Friday, October 26, 2018 | Hallowe’en Haunts | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Hallowe’en Haunts.” Discover the magic of Victorian Halloween traditions and superstitions this fall at the Cappon House! Tour the dimly lit rooms of the Cappon House to learn how Halloween was celebrated 100 years ago, then partake in spooky parlor games and broom races, listen to classic ghost stories, have your fortune told, and carve a mini pumpkin to take home. This family-friendly event is great for families with kids ages 5 to 12. Costumes are encouraged. RSVP required via Eventbrite.com or by calling (616) 796-3329. The time for this event is 6-8 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=halloween-haunts&event_date=2018-10-19.


Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Keep on the Grass: A Brief History of Grand Rapids Parks | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Keep on the Grass: A Brief History of Grand Rapids Parks.” Michigan historians Chris Byron and Tom Wilson will share where the first parks in Grand Rapids were located, how new parks were developed, and share the history of parks based on the Grand Rapids Historical Commission’s new book, Keep on the Grass: A Brief History of Grand Rapids Parks. David Marquardt, Director of Grand Rapids Parks & Recreation, and Stephanie Adams, Executive Director of Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, will conduct a question and answer session at the end of the program. The time for this event is 7 pm., and it takes place at the 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.


Saturday, October 27, 2018 | Monsters at the Museum | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Monsters at the Museum.” Attention all little ghouls and goblins—keep the downtown Halloween fun going by visiting the museum. Stop by for trick-or-treating in the exhibits, flashlight tours of the Dutch Galleries, fun games, and spooky crafts! Although all ages are welcome, this event is intended for children ages 8 and under. Don’t forget to bring a camera and a flashlight to light the way! 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 cost is $2 per child, adults are free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=monsters-at-the-museum-2&event_date=2018-10-27.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 | “Roger That!”: The Life of Roger B. Chaffee, Michigan’s First Astronaut | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “‘Roger That!’: The Life of Roger B. Chaffee, Michigan’s First Astronaut.” Join former NASA historian Glen Swanson as he talks about the life of Grand Rapid’s native son, Roger Bruce Chaffee, an astronaut who would have flown aboard America’s first manned Apollo mission. Sadly, his life was cut short by a tragic fire that broke out inside the spacecraft on January 27, 1967, caused by a routine launch-pad systems test. The lessons learned from that fatal accident paved the way for the eventual success of the Apollo program’s six successful lunar landing missions that allowed twelve men to walk on the surface of the moon. The time for this event is 6-7 p.m., and it takes place at the Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=roger-that-the-life-of-roger-b-chaffee-michigans-first-astronaut&event_date=2018-11-01.


Friday, November 2, 2018 | Museum on the Move: Fire Walk | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Museum on the Move: Fire Walk.” Like the characters found in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, Holland’s early settlers were put in a dire situation when a fire nearly destroyed the fledgling community. Walk the path of the Fire of 1871 and relive the devastation through the survivors’ own words. You’ll feel a community’s heartbreak—and hear its rallying cry. The walk starts and ends at the Cappon House Visitor Center. Tour capacity is limited, and advance registration is required. Please call (616) 796-3329 to register. The time for this event is 10-11:30 a.m., and it takes place at the Cappon House Visitors Center, 228 W. 9th Street. A donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=museum-on-the-move-fire-walk&event_date=2018-11-02.


Saturday, November 3, 2018 | Pioneer Skills Workshop | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Pioneer Skills Workshop.” Like the characters found in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven, Holland’s early settlers had to learn new skills to build a community far from their original home. Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to join us at the Settlers House to learn and practice some of these skills, including: transporting water, doing chores, making a lantern, playing games, finger knitting, and more. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Please call (616) 796-3329 to register. The time for this event is 10 a.m.-noon, and it takes place at the Settlers House, 190 W. 9th Street. A donation of $5 is suggested. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit https://hollandmuseum.org/?event=pioneer-skills-workshop&event_date=2018-11-03.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | Lunch at the Museum: The “Ground Zero” Moment | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Lunch at the Museum: The “Ground Zero” Moment.” The “Ground Zero Moment,” the moment you learn that a major, world-changing event has just taken place, is a deeply personal experience that everyone responds to differently, as illustrated in Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. Join us for a conversation to reflect on what our own “Ground Zero Moments” have been over the course of our lives, and how those events have shaped us in the days, weeks, and years following the event. The time for this event is noon-1:30 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=lunch-at-the-museum-the-ground-zero-moment&event_date=2018-11-07.


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

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/.


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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