The Rapidian

History Detectives: Sleuthing for Local History

Saturday, January 17, 2015

9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Library

111 Library St NE
Grand Rapids MI 49503

A day-long event made up of six programs exploring various aspects of Grand Rapids history. Presented by area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations, topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan. Topics include:

  • Why Grand Rapids Chose to Bulldoze Downtown in the Name of Urban Renewal
  • The Architecture of Production: Grand Rapids' Furniture Factories
  • Pharaohs on the Grand: The Egyptian Revival in Grand Rapids
  • Stories from Maple Grove: A History of the Kent County Poor Farm
  • Fannie Boylon: The Legacy of Grand Rapids' First Female Home Designer
  • Support our Schools: Mid-Century Architecture and Rebuilding the Schools Plant in Grand Rapids


 All events are free and open to the public. A boxed lunch is available for purchase. Email [email protected] to purchase a lunch.

Event Type: Arts-Entertainment  Lectures 

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