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Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy.” The Edward Clown family, the nearest living relatives to the Lakota war leaders, will present stories and memories about their famous grandfather. They will clarify the inaccuracies in what has become the standard and widely accepted biography of Crazy Horse. Hear stories from the past, about their Lakota identity, their family genealogy, and the life of Crazy Horse. Discover why the family choose to remain silent about the truth for so long before telling their story. A question and answer period will follow the presentation. The time for this event is 7 -8:30 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.

Friday, May 31, 2019 | Dog Town Film Premiere | Sturgis

The Sturgis Historical Museum presents “Dog Town Film Premiere.” In 1909, two men, the Beers Brothers, walked to Sturgis in search of better lives for their families. They settled next to the railroad tracks in the southwest corner of town and built Dog Town. Their homes were modest – no running water, an outhouse in every back yard, and 600-800 square feet of living space for a family of six or more. This is the story of a quadrant of land known as Dog Town – a sometimes poor, but always proud community that continues to thrive today.

Reception and refreshments to follow film. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the film beginning at 7 p.m., and it takes place at the Sturges-Young Auditorium, 201 N Nottawa Street. The cost is $10, available at the door or prior to the event at the Sturgis Historical Museum, Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, Willer’s Shoes, or York Mercantile. For more information, call (269) 503-7440 or email sturgismuseum@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 1, 2019 | Genealogy Open House | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Genealogy Open House.” The Grand Rapids area is full of genealogy groups, resources, and classes. Join the Western Michigan Genealogical Society (WMGS) for an open house to explore, learn, and get connected. Volunteers will be on hand to talk about special topics such as DNA research, African-American genealogy, and writing your family story. You can learn how to research your ancestor’s house and get a tour of the archives at the library. Learn about volunteer projects with WMGS and other ways to get connected. This program is co-sponsored by the WMGS. The time for this event is 1:30 -3 p.m., and it takes place at the Grand Rapids Public Library – Main Library, 111 Library Street NE. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org.

Saturday, June 29, 2019 | Cemetery Preservation Workshop | Union City

The Union City Society for Historic Preservation presents “Cemetery Preservation Workshop.” Learn proper techniques to repair and restore grave markers. This year’s workshop will include instructions for making a new base for monuments. The time for this event is 9 a.m. -4 p.m., and it takes place at the Riverside Cemetery, GPS 42.07342-85.13517. The cost is $35  and the fee must be at the time of registration to hold your space. For more information, call (269) 251-0534 or visit www.facebook.com/events/413908279191981.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 | Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Tours | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) presents the “Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Tours.” Curator Don Hollaway will lead a tour of the museum and discuss the life of First Lady Betty Ford using museum exhibits and artifacts. The first 25 GRPL cardholders will get in free when they present their GRPL library card. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The time for this event is 11 a.m., and it takes place at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, 303 Pearl NW. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org.

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/.




Saturday, May 18—Monday, September 30, 2019 | Herman Miller Summer Picnic Posters | Zeeland

The Zeeland Historical Society presents “Herman Miller Summer Picnic Posters.” The Zeeland Historical Museum is hosting an exhibit of Herman Miller picnic posters. This exhibit, on loan from the Muskegon Museum of Art,  features five posters designed by Steven Frykholm for the annual Herman Miller employee picnic. Also on view, from our permanent collections, is Herman Miller furniture designed by George Nelson and Charles Eames. Discover the story of the company that started in the small town of Zeeland and has become globally recognized for its design. The time for this event is during regular hours, and it takes place at Dekker Huis, Zeeland Historical Museum 37 E Main Avenue. The cost is free, donations accepted. For more information, call (616) 772-4079 or visit www.zeelandhistory.org.

Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, 2019 | Milwaukee Clipper Onboard Museums | Muskegon

The SS Milwaukee Clipper Preservation, Inc. presents “Milwaukee Clipper Onboard Museums.” The current onboard museums are being expanded by a new SS Aquarama exhibit and a Georgian Bay Line museum. These new exhibits include new ship models plus artifacts, dishes, souvenirs from the ships, and more from our extensive collection. The time for this event is Thursday through Sunday, 1-5 p.m., and it takes place at the SS Milwaukee Clipper, 2098 Lakeshore Drive. The cost is free for members, $7 for non-members, and $5 for students. For more information, call (231) 722-2538, visit https://www.milwaukeeclipper.com/, or email res035d8@comcast.net.


Historical Society of Michigan 5815 Executive Drive Lansing, MI 48911
Email hsm@hsmichigan.org | Phone (517) 324-1828 | Fax (517) 324-4370

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