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Ottawa Hills: From Pig Farm to Thriving Neighborhood

by (Grand Rapids Hi...)

Submitted 03-27-2019 under NEWS

On Thursday, April 11, 2019, Fred Davison will present the story of the beginnings, development, and struggles of the Ottawa Hills Neighborhood; see the varied and beautiful architecture of the houses, meet the prominent citizens who have added to...

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Calkins Law Office - The oldest building in Grand Rapids

by (GRTV)

Submitted 08-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

We all admire this beautiful city that we call Grand Rapids. It is grand for many reasons, ranging from its patron’s artistic ability, and more recently, its brewing ability and beautiful modern skyline. Have you ever wondered what Grand...

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Streetcar history takes shape in upcoming book

by (tbalx)

Submitted 05-06-2015 under OPINION

Carl Bajema, retired GVSU biology professor and local historian, is intent on bringing to life Grand Rapids’ transportation history. He's currently revising the drafts for the second book in a local transportation series, tentatively...

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Story Matters: Daniel Doane retells story of father's work as electrician on The Morton House

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 09-27-2014 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. The Rapidian created a special story fort for SiTE:LAB's Preview Party on Tuesday, September...

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Story Matters: Greg Hopping recalls childhood memories downtown

by (The Rapidian)

Submitted 06-23-2014 under NONPROFITS

We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. STORY MATTERS. is a story collecting project from The Rapidian and GRTV. The Rapidian's...

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Joan Wolfe: The Legacy of WMEAC's Founder

by (WMEAC)

Submitted 11-06-2013 under NONPROFITS

Anyone who has visited the page for WMEAC’s Annual Meeting (and if you haven’t, you should) has seen a woman in a black-and-white picture as part of the event’s flier. The picture is of Joan Wolfe, who founded WMEAC back in 1968 on...

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Creston's changing street names

by (crestongr)

Submitted 01-22-2013 under NONPROFITS

By Michael J. Page   A Very Brief History The Village of Grand Rapids was incorporated in 1837. In the following decade, there was substantial growth. The village then became the City of Grand Rapids in 1850. At that time, the lands we call the...

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Several Grand Rapidians honored by Michigan historical societies

by (Greater Grand R...)

Submitted 10-27-2012 under NONPROFITS

The late Eva McCall Hamilton, Michigan's first female legislator and the only Grand Rapids woman to serve in the Michigan State Senate, and local environmentalist Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray were among eight women and one women's organization...

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Learn about the early years of the Fulton Street Farmers Market

by (Grand Rapids Hi...)

Submitted 03-05-2012 under NONPROFITS

Travel back into the early part of the 20th century Thursday evening when we learn how local residents -- mostly women-- tried to fight the high cost of food prices by convincing leaders to establish farmers markets, including the popular and...

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Presentation to explore legacy of Jaycees founder

by (Grand Rapids Hi...)

Submitted 02-06-2012 under NONPROFITS

A Central High School principal’s extraordinary leadership among his Grand Rapids students during the early 1900s will be explored Thursday during a presentation about Dr. Jesse B. Davis, a multi-faceted visionary whose positive impact on the...

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