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Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | Beyond Her Grave Bicycle Tour: The Legacies of Women Buried in Fulton Street and Oakhill Cemeteries | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Beyond Her Grave Bicycle Tour: The Legacies of Women Buried in Fulton Street and Oakhill Cemeteries.” She Rides Her Own Way and the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council will host a one-of-a-kind bicycle cemetery tour highlighting notable women of the past. Leaving from the Main Library, the tour will stop at Fulton Street Cemetery, the city’s oldest public burial ground. Then to Oakhill Cemetery, filled with architectural treasures. Learn about the historic women who shaped the Grand Rapids community as you visit their final resting place. If you are unable to ride, but would like to take part in the tour, visit our website. The time for this event is 6 p.m. and it takes place at 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, August 16, 2018 | #1223 Pere Marquette Train Ice Cream Social | Grand Haven

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum presents “#1223 Pere Marquette Train Ice Cream Social.” Join us for the annual ice cream social at the #1223 Pere Marquette Train. Free tours of the train begin at 6-8 p.m. Music and kids activities. Free ice cream while supplies last. The time for this event is 6-8:00 p.m., and it takes place at Chinook Pier Park on Jackson St. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 842-0700 or visit tri-citiesmuseum.org/.


Friday, August 17, 2018 | Museum on the Move: Fire Walk | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Museum on the Move: Fire Walk.” Step back through time as you walk the path of the Fire of 1871 and relive the devastation that happened 145 years ago. With stories shared through images, objects, and firsthand accounts of the fire, you’ll feel a community’s heartbreak—and hear its rallying cry. This is a 1.5 mile, casually paced walk that begins and ends at the Cappon House Visitor Center. Suggested donation is $5/ person for each tour. Tour capacity is limited to 20 people; advance registration is required by calling (616) 796-3329. The time for this event is 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., and it takes place at Cappon House Visitors Center. Suggested donation is $5/ person for each tour. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org/?event=museum-on-the-move-firewalk&event_date=2018-06-15.


Thursday, August 23, 2018 | Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council Lecture at the Holland Museum | Holland

The Holland Museum presents “Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council Lecture at the Holland Museum.” Coordinating with the Holland Museum’s ongoing Atmosphere of Distinction: Suffrage Exhibit, Jo Ellyn Clarey and the GGRWHC will highlight the colorful the 1899 meeting of national suffragists in St. Cecilia’s building led by Susan B. Anthony, NAWSA never again held its annual convention in Michigan. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and it takes place at Holland Museum. The cost is free. For more information, call (616) 796-3329 or visit hollandmuseum.org/.


EXHIBITS

August 3-31, 2018 | The World Through the Lens of the Merze Tate Explorers | Kalamazoo

The Merze Tate Explorers presents “The World Through the Lens of the Merze Tate Explorers.” Michigan native Merze Tate (1905-1996) left millions to Western Michigan University, was the first African American graduate of Oxford University, traveled the world twice, was an expert in atomic energy, an inventor, and more. Her photographs and those of the Merze Tate Explorers, will be on display to honor Tate and the 10-year anniversary of girls who travel the world in her legacy. The opening reception for this exhibit takes place from 5-8 p.m. at the Epic Center Gayle Sydnor Gallery-Black Arts and Cultural Center. The cost is free. For more information, call (269) 365-4019 or visit www.merzetate.com.


Through September 2, 2018 | St. Joe Lighthouse Tours Exhibition | St. Joseph

The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center presents “St. Joe Lighthouse Tours Exhibition.” Enter the North Pier’s Inner Lighthouse & Fog Signal Building and step into the old lighthouse keeper’s shoes. Explore historic photos, maps, and reproductions. Catch a photo-opportunity with St. Joseph’s longtime Lighthouse Keeper, Captain Ollhoff! (All open hours/ tours on the pier are weather permitting.) Visit the website for open hours. This event takes place at Tiscornia Park/ North Pier, 80 Ridgeway Street. The cost is free. For more information, call (269) 983-1191 or visit www.StJoeLighthouseTours.org.


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/.


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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