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EVENTS

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 | Women Who Ran! Seeking Public Office Before the Nineteenth Amendment | Virtual Event

The Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council (GGRWHC) presents “Women Who Ran! Seeking Public Office Before the Nineteenth Amendment.” Hats off to the trailblazing women of Grand Rapids! Decades before the Nineteenth Amendment granted American women the right to vote, many had led serious political lives and even run for office. Celebrating Women’s History Month 2021, the GGRWHC has launched a new web page, Women Who Ran! This free, virtual program by the GGRWHC’s Jo Ellyn Clarey is sponsored by East Grand Rapids Branch of the Kent District Library. The time for this event is 7 p.m., and the cost is free. For more information, visit www.ggrwhc.org/events/category/events.

EXHIBITS

October 2020—April 2021 | Outbreak 1918-1920: The Zeeland Record Reports | Zeeland

The Dekker Huis Museum presents “Outbreak 1918-1920: The Zeeland Record Reports.” The newest exhibit at Zeeland’s Dekker Huis Museum tells the story of Zeeland’s experience of the 1918 influenza pandemic through the reporting eye of The Zeeland Record. The main exhibit provides background information on the influenza pandemic in general, but its focus is on Zeeland people and experiences. Learn about Zeeland people who died from the flu and about the only doctor in Zeeland at the time.  Discover the changes to daily life in Zeeland as a result of the pandemic and more! The time for this event is during regular hours, and it takes place at Dekker Huis, Zeeland Historical Museum 37 E Main Ave. The cost is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call (616) 834-5081 or visit zeelandhistory.org.


November 6, 2020—April 23, 2021| Who is Rosie Lee Wilkins? Piecing Together Her History| Muskegon

The exhibit showcases some of the stunning quilts Rosie Lee Wilkins created during her lifetime. Unfortunately, Rosie’s story beyond her quilting was never documented and museum staff had very little to go on when the project began. As Brenda Nemetz, the collections manager, and Kate Curto, the exhibits designer, researched material for the exhibit, the story of Rosie’s life unraveled to reveal a loving mother, grandmother, and friend—not just a quilt maker. The exhibit demonstrates why it is important to preserve stories of everyday life and is arguably one of the most exciting and rewarding exhibits we have done. Stop in and not only be amazed by the craftsmanship Rosie put into creating the quilts but learn how the stories were unraveled and the impact Rosie had on those who knew her.

General admission to the museum is $5/adult, Muskegon County residents and museum members are free.  Hours for the museum are Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 10 a.m. -4 p.m. and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11 a.m. -4 p.m. For more information, call (231) 722-0278 or visit https://lakeshoremuseum.org/.


June, 2021—December, 2021 | Yore Opera House Fire Commemoration | Benton Harbor

The Morton House Museum presents “Yore Opera House Fire Commemoration.” The Morton House Museum, “The Home of Benton Harbor History,” presents a 125th-anniversary commemoration of the tragic Yore Opera House Fire. The museum will host an exhibit on the fire, open from June to December 2021. The museum will commemorate the anniversary and honor the firemen on Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4-6). Events will take place in downtown Benton Harbor and also at the Morton House Museum, 501 Territorial Road, Benton Harbor.  For specific information, please visit mortonhousemuseum.org or the Morton House Museum Facebook page. The cost is $5 per adult. For more information, call (269) 876-7692 or email mhmdocents@yahoo.com

 

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