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EVENTS

Thursday, December 13, 2018 | The Burden: It’s Time to Put it Down | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “The Burden: It’s Time to Put it Down.” Author Rochelle Riley will lead a conversation about race as she discusses her book, The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. The Burden is a plea to America to understand what life post-slavery remains like for many African Americans, who are descended from people whose unpaid labor built this land, but have had to spend the last century and a half carrying the dual burden of fighting racial injustice and rising above the lowered expectations and hateful bigotry that attempt to keep them shackled to that past. 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/.


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.


Thursday, January 10, 2019 | Mackinac Island’s Historic Cottages of the Rich and Famous | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “Mackinac Island’s Historic Cottages of the Rich and Famous.” In recognition of Mackinac Island’s growing popularity, the U.S. government created a national park on the island, setting 1,000 acres of the federal property aside for a public park. The park was placed under the jurisdiction of the War Department, which would grant leases for small parcels of property for the purpose of constructing summer cottages. Soon, a cottage community was established by prominent and wealthy families from Michigan and the Midwest. This program is co-sponsored by the Grand Rapids Historical Society. 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/.


Saturday, January 19, 2019 | History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History | Grand Rapids

The Grand Rapids Public Library presents “History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History.” Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations, topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan:

  • Lawrence C. Earle is Grand Rapids’ First Artist
  • African-American Women in Turn-of-the-Twentieth Century Grand Rapids
  • Grand Rapids and the Holocaust
  • Evening Entertainment in Grand Rapids, 1940-1970
  • School Gardening Programs in Progressive Era Grand Rapids
  • WWII: When Patriotism Was the Norm

The time for this event is 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., and it takes place at the Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE. All events are free and open to the public. Space is limited and seating is offered first come, first served. There will be an overflow room available with simulcast video presentation. A boxed lunch is available for purchase. Email rsvp@grpl.org to purchase lunch. For more information, call (616) 988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/.

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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